Project Manager

July 26, 2023
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

  • Anywhere

Lilongwe WildLife Trust






Position LWT-MCHF Project Manager
Location Lilongwe Wildlife Trust Offices 

MCHF Project Office

Division Law Enforcement, Conservation Justice and Campaigns
Line Manager Director of Programmes
Reports to MCHF Chief of Party 

MCHF Deputy Chief of Party

Part Time Full Time (40 hrs p/week)
Permanent/Fixed Term/Casual Fixed Term – 1 year (with possibility of extension depending on objective extension)
Salary/Benefits See Employment Contract


Role Description / Overview


The MCHF Project Regulations and Enforcement Specialist is a technical position within LWT’s Wildlife Law Enforcement and Communications and Campaigns Divisions. More information on this project can be found on

The MCHF Project Regulations and Enforcement Specialist reports to the Director of Programmes who in turn reports to the LWT’sCEO. In collaboration with the Director of Programmes, team members and external project partners (including the Department of Forestry, Malawi Police Services and Project Consultants), the MCHF Project Regulations and Enforcement Specialist is responsible for coordinating the objective 3 project activities and working with the Enforcement, Justice and Campaigns division managers in organizing the trainings, workshops or any other events. The specialist is also responsible for overseeing the objective 3 deliverables and working with LWT Division Managers and the MCHF MEL specialist in monitoring and evaluation of related project activities for MCHF objective 3 activities.

Specific technical duties and responsibilities include:

Coordination of Project Activities

  • Coordinating and following up on project activities amongst the different divisions.
  • Periodic reporting to MCHF Project on progression of activities and managing timelines of activities as specified in the annual work plans.
  • Liaising with the Department of Forestry and Malawi Police Services on specific project activities and providing periodic updates.
  • Ensure that objective 3 planning and activity boards are up to date.
  • Ensure that all relevant project documents are uploaded on the cloud

Policy, Communications and Advocacy

  • Work with LWT Justice team, Department of Forestry, Malawi Police Services, Judiciary, Parliamentarian Committees, consultants and the Media in
  1. Development and review of forestry policy and legislation documents in relation to project
  1. activities including reviewing and finalizing the draft Charcoal Regulations
  2. Dissemination and implementation a Forfeiture Application Reference Guide for prosecutors and investigators under the amended act
  3. Finalizing the proposed firewood valuation and assessment tool
  4. Dissemination of the charcoal valuation and assessment tool
  5. Dissemination of endorsed Sentencing Guidelines to enforcement officers and judicial staff
  6. On-going dissemination of amended Forestry Act, regulations, and guidelines at national level and within MCHF landscapes at the community level
  7. Promote investigative journalism and fact-based reporting on the forestry sector
  8. Raise awareness and advocate for changes in relevant laws, guidelines, and regulation
  9. Support for fact-based reporting, transparency, and accountability in forest sector
  10. Publication and launch of the “Sounding the Alarm, Malawi’s Forests on the Brink” investigative Dossier Part 2 and other future planned dossiers
  11. Train Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) or select journalists in investigative
  12. journalism techniques and categories of submissible evidence
  • Assist project partners in development of presentations, briefing papers, and summative reports on project related regulatory and enforcement activities
  • Work with MCHF project office, LWT directorate and division managers in communicating with project partners on project activities and deliverables

Capacity Building/ Training and workshops

  • Facilitate reporting of forestry related crimes through Community Enforcement Networks and Anti-Corruption clinics, which includes structures such as VNRMCs, Community Policing Forums, LFOs, and community-based organizations
  • Coordinate capacity building for law enforcement agencies
  • Support ongoing court monitoring program and conduct a sentencing variation analysis on forestry crime cases
    • upport implementation of the Forest Crime Disruption Strategy

    Project, operations and financial management

    • Develop and manage budgets and ensure full accountability of all finances under your direct supervision, including reviewing project expenditure and reconciliation
    • Submit all receipts and other financial records to accountant in timely and professional manner
    • In collaboration with partners, facilitate relevant trainings and workshops within prescribed timelines and budgets; and prepare summary of the training outcomes and action points
    • Work with LWT Grants Compliance Manager and MCHF Director of Cross Cutting Services in implementing compliance procedures and protocols.
    • Working with LWT division managers, HR division and Grants Compliance Manager in recruiting and cross-cutting line management of MCHF Objective 3 LWT employees

    Monitoring and Reporting

    • Collaborate with the programme teams to produce monthly progress reports
    • Assist the LWT directorate and MCHF senior management in development of project reports specifically through provision of objective 3 activity updates input
    • Work with the LWT project teams to compile donor reports, give briefings and presentations to donors
    • In collaboration with division managers, MCHF MEL Specialist and project partners, ensure that the relevant M&E data (from MPS, DoF and WAG..) is being collected and reported on as per project deliverables on a periodic basis
    • In collaboration with MCHF MEL specialist and LWT division managers prepare the grant and organizational reports according to the reporting schedule and the reporting template
     Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Environmental and Natural resources and Project Management. Those with Masters in the above disciplines will have an added advantage
    • Outstanding organisational skills
    • Outstanding skills using Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Outstanding/good writing skills
    • Good communication and inter-personal skills
    • Previous experience with communications and coordination and project management
    • Dedication, passion and sound understanding of the law and environmental conservation
    • Sound analytical, organisational and problem-solving skills
    • Able to effectively manage people and build relationships to engender trust
    • Able to work independently and carry out assignments to completion
    • Excellent verbal communication and report writing skills
    • Fluent English and Chichewa (Written and Spoken)
    • Full clean driving license and willing / able to self-drive


    • Previous experience in coordinating donor projects
    • Knowledge in compiling reports and monitoring of activities
    • Previous experience in organising or coordinating events
    • Relevant experience in financial management and budget tracking.

    This job description is correct as of 26th June 2023 and subject to change at any time should the Trust feel the need to add, remove or adjust any core duties and accountabilities and responsibilities. LWT is an equal opportunities employer with policies in place to conduct fair and open recruitment processes.


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