Malawi Next Generation Early Grade Reading Activity Application

Chemonics International Inc., a U.S.-based international development consulting firm, seeks a Human Resources Assistant for the USAID Next Generation Early Grade Reading Activity (NextGen) in Malawi. The $75 million activity aims to solidify and build on the contributions made to date as part of the implementation of Malawi’s National Reading Program (NRP) towards improving the delivery of high-quality early primary reading instruction in all Malawian primary schools. We are seeking an individual who has a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

This is a long-term position that will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assists in maintaining confidential personnel files for all local staff in electronic and hard-copy format in compliance with the applicable local laws and the project’s policy manual
  • Updates the project personnel tracker as directed by operations manager
  • Under the guidance of the operations manager, prepares recruitment documents, schedules interviews, releases recruitment ads, and collects required documentation from candidates
  • Collects employee timesheets and ensures the required supporting documentation is attached and maintained in both hard copy and electronic format in the project’s human resources files
  • Tracks employee leave balances in the project’s leave tracker and communicates leave balances to staff and senior management as required
  • Assists the human resource manager in identifying recruiting needs and conducting recruits
  • Assists the human resource manager with communications to staff on labor law compliance
  • Assists the human resource manager to ensure project compliance with local labor laws by assisting with regular audits and staying updated on local labor laws and human resources best practices
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred
  • A minimum of at least one year of experience in operations, human resources management, and/or relevant work experience
  • Knowledgeable of Malawian labor laws, personnel benefits, and taxes required; ability to interpret local labor laws, previous experience interacting with labor counsel preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize multiple work assignments in an extremely fast-paced environment, to meet deadlines, and to exercise good, strong professional judgment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint required
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality and high level of professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

Application Instructions

To apply for any of the below position, please submit a CV and application through this form. Please submit your application as soon as possible, as candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. This application will close on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.