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Arizona State University (ASU) is recruiting applicants for the following position: Workforce Development Specialist for the Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA).

SHEAMA is a USAID-funded activity implemented by Arizona State University with its consortium partner Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. The objective of the project is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for adolescent girls and young women, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.

Our mission at Arizona State University is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. ASU has ranked #1 in innovation 6 years in a row, ahead of MIT and Stanford (U.S. New & World Report). In 2020, ASU ranked #1 in the U.S. and #5 globally on the SDG Impact Rankings (Times Higher Education). The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

Positiuon: Workforce Development Specialist (FULL-TIME) – 1 POST


  • Design and lead activities that will increase opportunities for vulnerable adolescent girls access to post-secondary training and market-driven workforce development activities leading to employment or self-employment.
  • Develop and maintain strong linkages with relevant stakeholders to advise on higher education curricula, provide internships and training opportunities, mentoring, and other pathways to permanent employment.
  • Promote strong, productive relationships between higher education institutions and labor market players; ensure that post-secondary training and certification programs are linked to growth areas of the labor market.
  • Advise on measures to ensure sustainable project interventions.
  • Work with team members to promote innovative education delivery methods to increase training quality and access for youth in rural areas.
  • Contribute to all program reports (quarterly, annually, others).
  • Provide input to other program activities as needed.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Economics, or relevant discipline. Master’s preferred.

Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in designing, managing, and implementing programs to improve workforce readiness and entrepreneurship among youth (rural young women in particular).
  • Experience working with universities, industry/private sector representatives, secondary schools, government officials (at national, regional, and local levels), NGOs, and other education stakeholders to increase access to post-secondary training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Experience collaborating with higher education institutions and employers
  • Experience working to improve the ability of post-secondary graduates to gain access to training, start-up capital, workforce readiness skills, soft skills, etc. resulting in promising employment and self-employment in growth areas.
  • Knowledge of Malawi labor market.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement activities that successfully address financial, educational quality, and socio-cultural barriers to girls and other vulnerable youth training and employment.
  • Familiarity with education and labor policy and GoM decentralization processes.
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects preferred
  • Experience in skills training curriculum design and review helpful.
  • Ability to develop and implement activities in collaboration with universities, the private sector and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, training skills, creative problem-solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
  • Familiarity with USAID regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equally complex international government funding organization.
  • Familiarity with use of technology solutions in education.
  • Fluent English required; additional language skills (Chichewa) desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

How to apply

To apply please send cover letters with CVs to:

The Chief of Party

Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity

P.O.BOX 31021


Or by

Email: SHEAMA@asu.edu

by 26th September, 2020

If you are applying by Email, please include in the Subject line the position for which you are applying.

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