The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is a statutory organization established in 1972 by an Act of Parliament (Cap 51:02 of the Laws of Malawi), with a mandate to promote metrology, standardization and quality assurance of commodities and of their manufacture, production, processing or treatment; and further to provide for matters incidental to, or connected with standardization. The MBS is also mandated to provide metrology services which involve verification of weighing and measuring instruments undertaken through the implementation of the Metrology Act (Act No. 10 of 2016).

In order to fulfill its mandate effectively and efficiently with strategic leadership and management, an opportunity has arisen to engage qualified persons of Malawian origin to fill Management positions of Director of Metrology Services and Director of Finance tenable at its Head Office in Blantyre. The MBS Board therefore invites applications from suitable candidates to fill the positions on a three (3) year
employment contract, which is subject for renewal upon satisfactory performance.

These are highly demanding positions that require persons who have demonstrable capacity to initiate administrative, managerial and technical innovations geared at making MBS a vibrant service organization.


Grade : BS 3
Reporting to : Director General

Job Purpose

To provide strategic direction for effective and efficient delivery of metrology services.

Key Responsibilities of the Position

a) Formulating in consultation with public and private sector agencies, policies and reviews of legislation on metrological activities and requirements;
b) Ensuring that metrology standards are maintained and are traceable to international standards;
c) Developing annual work plans, budgets, fees schedules and procedures for the Department;
d) Ensuring implementation of annual work plans, budgets, fees schedules and procedures for the Department;
e) Monitoring the performance of the Department;
f) Determining appropriate human and material resource levels for the Department;
g) Providing a leading role in directing research on measurement standards;
h) Acting as a liaison officer for international metrological organizations and accreditation institutions;
i) Implementing and maintaining the requirements of MS-ISO 17025 for Laboratory Accreditation;
j) Consolidating progress reports on the activities of the Department;
k) Endorsing certification on calibration and verification; and
l) Appraising performance of Deputy Directors and the Secretary.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Applicants should possess:

a) Masters Degree in Metrology/Physics/Engineering.
b) At least 6 years’ practical experience at managerial level with knowledge in Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology issues.

Required Competencies and Personal Attributes

The ideal candidate for the position must:

a) Demonstrate leadership skills and analytical mind;
b) Be able to lead and motivate various scientific teams in the area of Quality Assurance;
c) Have self-drive and excellent communication ;
d) Be able to coordinate various research and training programmes in quality assurance;
e) Be conversant with quality assurance procedures;
f) Must have a clean driver’s license;
g) Have good leadership and team building skills;
h) Be results oriented;
i) Be decisive, self-motivated and assertive;
j) Have excellent interpersonal skills and able to deal with a diverse workforce;
k) Be of high integrity; and
l) Have excellent negotiating and analytical skills.


The MBS shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to the successful candidate in accordance with its emolument structure which includes salary, medical insurance and membership to a Contributory Pension Scheme.


Those interested should submit their applications together with a detailed and updated Curriculum Vitae and names of three (3) traceable referees. The application should be sent to the address below not later than 19th January, 2024.

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations
P.O. Box 30061
Capital City

The MBS is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, qualified females are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.