Mpamba Recharge & Win

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Technical Lead - Markets & Value Chain

Date Posted: Mar 29, 2020

Job Description

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 markets, value chains, and livelihoods activities under the Land
  • Restoration Initiative in line with Government of Malawi (GoM) and GEA priorities.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in markets, value chains, and livelihoods for staff, consortium partners, communities, and GoM counterparts to enhance program quality and impact.
  • Coordinate market assessments and value chain analyses in targeted districts and Traditional Authorities and ensure application of findings in program interventions.
  • Support implementation of financial inclusion activities by partners, including Savings and Internal Lending Communities, in line with best practices.
  • Lead the identification, assessment and strengthening of new private sector partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches. Coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) department to ensure effective 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.
  • Lead the development of program learning and innovations in markets, value chains, and livelihoods. Identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in these areas and facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the GEA knowledge management agenda.
  • Contribute to the proactive pursuit of additional funding opportunities to ensure growth of the Land Restoration Initiative, including donor engagement and proposal development

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Agricultural Ecology, Business or similar field required. Additional relevant experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in development program/ project management, technical leadership, and capacity building with a focus on agriculture/agribusiness, livelihoods, market/enterprise development or resilience.
  • Experience in advising complex projects, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Strong strategic analytical and problem-solving and systems thinking skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Good presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% 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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