Job Title : Emerging Public Leaders Malawi Senior Program and Learning Associate
Location : Lilongwe, Malawi
Commitment : Full-Time
Contract length : 1 year (renewable subject to availability of funding)

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) exists to accelerate good governance and equitable prosperity in Africa.
Achieving that vision requires talented, ethical, energetic government professionals. With our in-country partners, we rigorously select diverse cohorts of public service professionals who are committed to practicing and promoting good governance throughout Africa. With EPL’s support throughout their career journeys, these leaders influence and strengthen their country’s infrastructure for delivering government services with care, innovation, and integrity.

EPL’s competitive recruitment process, continuous and responsive training, professional development, and
mentorship motivates highly qualified, University- educated young professionals to pursue careers in the civil service.

By injecting government institutions with new innovative, diverse, and ethical talent, EPL aims to improve government capacity and performance, strengthen countries’ democratic governance and accelerate sustainable growth in the countries where we operate. We bring an inclusive and accessible approach across lines of class, ethnicity, ability and geography because we believe that governments who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, better meet the needs of those citizens. Additionally, EPL ensures that the recruitment, retention, and promotion of young women in public service is prioritized; women and men are equally represented in the Fellowship program.

EPL has built strong partnerships with funders, government partners and local implementing partners in Liberia, Ghana Kenya, and most recently Malawi. The organization’s business model involves managing a significant amount of restricted funding and targeted international grant-making, which underlines its need for a strong and strategic operational infrastructure.

Position Description
The Senior Programs and Learning Associate, reporting to the Country Director, will be the EPL Malawi Program lead, and as such s/he plans, oversees, and coordinates all aspects of program implementation with EPL Malawi program team and Malawi Public Service to ensure the objectives of the program are accomplished within the prescribed timeframe and funding parameters. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring progress toward deliverables, providing necessary reporting and documentation, quality assurance of activities, careful financial and administrative management, and adherence to EPL policies and procedures and MasterCard Foundation rules and regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of concept notes, proposals and internal/external reports through the availability of the data emerging from the reporting structures
  • Lead successful implementation, planning, monitoring, and reporting of EPL Malawi programs by agreed-upon budgets and plans
  • Prepare. review and evaluate donor proposals and reports
  • Finalize policy documents, briefs, and other strategic papers/ materials for use in the development and
    presentation of policy and programmatic positions
  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans
  • Oversee program quality control and identification of potential challenges
  • Review and develop partnerships and resource mobilization strategies
  • Prepare and communicate top level learning/analysis reports and monitoring data to ensure that EPL Malawi’s management is able to make informed decisions on a timely basis to scale up and face operational challenges
  • Document lessons learned, recommendations, good practice examples, and challenges faced in program
    implementation to enhance the delivery of outstanding program results
  • Work to ensure that lessons learned, and best practices are incorporated into new program design
  • Conduct reflection and review meetings
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication, and coordination between EPL Malawi, Country programs Teams, and EPL
  • Monitor and manage any strategic risks/issues facing EPL Malawi’s project/s
  • Manage stakeholder expectations and participate in communication activities to inform stakeholders of progress and issues
  • Lead the process of knowledge creation and dissemination related to national, regional, and global know-how
  • When required, represent the project with donors, government and national and international forums
  • Ensure that all program activities comply with the Government of Malawi policies and procedures and EPL’s
    organizational policies, regulations, and rules
  • Maintain critical program records and documents on the EPL Shared Drive.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Ensure all projects have robust MEL plans are developed and implemented
  • Support in submission of quality periodic data and reports as required for each project.

Key Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant university degree in Project Management, Development Studies, or Monitoring and Evaluation, a Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred
  • Experience in Human Resource development and management
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in Senior Project Management roles in the NGO sector with an
  • Experience in training and providing capacity-building support on M&E
  • Experience in working with Government funded projects. Demonstrable knowledge of Malawi 2063 vision and goals will be of added advantage
  • Excellent data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Demonstrable financial, planning, and budget management and proposal writing skills.

Key Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken
  • Teamwork
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability including managing competing priorities and delivering results at pace
  • High degree of integrity and trust
  • Communication skills with excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills
  • Leadership skills with big-picture thinking and vision.

Application Instructions
If you are interested and meet the qualifications, please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@emergingpublicleaders.org with “Program and Learning Manager” as the subject line.
Please submit your application by 8th March 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Emerging Public Leaders is an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law