Mpamba Recharge & Win

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peace-building.

CRS commenced its operations in Malawi in 1997 at the invitation of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). For over 20 CRS has implemented projects that promote economic strengthening of rural and vulnerable communities and building resilience. Over the past 10 years CRS has been promoting landscape level approaches and interventions aimed at restoring degraded lands focusing on soil and water conservation and community ownership.

Climate change and land degradation are threatening livelihoods, incomes and food security in Malawi, particularly in communities which rely on rain-fed agriculture. These impacts are compounded by unsustainable fuelwood harvesting, and unsustainable farming practices. Reversing land degradation and achieving sustainable land management is essential to address food insecurity, rural poverty and ultimately enhance resilience to the impacts of a changing climate for the vulnerable land-based communities in Malawi. Evergreening systems (which include agroforestry and managed natural regeneration of trees on grazing and communal land) are among the most effective ecosystem-based adaptation techniques for restoring and sustaining land and soil fertility. enhancing climate change adaptation and resilience, and sequestering carbon in landscapes.

CRS Malawi as a member of the Global Evergreen Alliance in collaboration with other partners intends to implement a Land Restoration and Livelihoods project in Malawi. The main objective of project is to restore the land and livelihoods of vulnerable small-scale farm households to enhance carbon sinks using locally appropriate evergreening systems in Malawi.

Upon the approval of the grant CRS Malawi intends to hire the following position:


Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development, implementation and consolidation of Land Restoration Initiative projects. Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of all aspects of program quality, program management, representation and human resource.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to the GEA, donors, and consortium partners as well as public, private and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Ensure strategic objectives and results are accomplished and meet technical quality standards through annual and quarterly activity planning and budget forecasts. Lead quarterly technical review of implementation plans.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise CRS talent for the Land Restoration Initiative team. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) department to oversee the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system, using appropriate forms, procedures, and tools for data collection and analysis as the basis for measuring, documenting and reporting outcomes.
  • Provide overall leadership for program learning and adaptive management and identify opportunities for learning, research and publications. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency and GEA knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices.
  • Manage and mitigate risk, and ensure compliance, including security, finance and administration, and donor reporting.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with GEA grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to GEA. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops.
  • Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the Land Restoration Initiative portfolio in line with agency, regional, and country program, Government of Malawi and GEA strategic priorities. Contribute to technical design, budgets and management and staffing plans for proposals.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities among Land Restoration Initiative for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or similar field required.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience managing large scale development grants required, with preferably focusing in the area of Landscape Management and Restoration, Climate-Smart Agriculture or Agroforestry.
  • 5 years’ experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make solid judgment and decisions.
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all Levels internally and externally. Strategic approach to relationships and ability to influence for results.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Travel — Must be willing and able to travel up to 35% in Malawi.

How to apply

All applications should include: a cover letter, a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), names, active e-mail, contact phone numbers and addresses of at least three traceable referees; copies of Diplomas, Certificates and degrees.

Applications should be submitted to:

The Country Representative,

Catholic Relief Services! Malawi,

Manobec Complex, Behind 7/11 Plot No. 5/1

Private Bag B-319

Lilongwe 3




Applications should be received no later than Monday, April 6th, 2020.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. CRS is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Please be advised that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, all successful candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and their personal professional references will be asked to evaluate their behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics

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