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Chief of Party at World Vision

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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World Vision

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.


Come join our 33,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!


Key Responsibilities:

Project and Budget Management:

  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with USAID in close collaboration with World Vision staff both in Malawi and in the U.S.
  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation, and quality assurance.
  • Establish a comprehensive understanding about major policy, strategy and program landscape of TLM in the country; identify, develop and undertake viable strategies for successful institutionalization and sustainability of community engagement in TLM interventions.
  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives;
  • Ensure the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Ensure the application of robust evidence and learning system to inform the implementation of the project
  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact in children with disabilities and disadvantages

Collaboration with Associations/Organizations and Capacity Building:

  • Play an influencing role through forging strong partnership with major education policy and strategy level actors in the country for enhanced outcomes of the project
  • Provide policy and strategy level advisory support to MoE and other major education actors
  • Provide oversight support to consortium partners
  • Represent World Vision Malawi with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local ministries, and the country office team;
  • Liaise with local government officials, especially education officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Liaise with Ministry of Education, local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

Grant Compliance:

  • The CoP will work closely with the awards manager to ensure that the Tisamale Mabukhu project is implemented according to USAID polices and principles and that there are no disallowable expenses.
  • S/he will report any variance (budget or programmatic) on time to USAID after internal consultation
  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems.
  • Submit timely, accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure project staff submit accurate and timely financial reports, forecasts, and burn rate analyses to donors and Support Office staff.

People Management:

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with educational technical skills.
  • Lead grant operations staff including finance, M&E, and communications.
  • Provide the necessary support to ensure that all technical and project personnel function within approved budgets and in accordance with USAID and WV regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Promote staff integration and a good work environment


Communication and Capacity Building:

  • Work closely with Communication and Strategy teams to develop and implement effective marketing and communication (both internal and external) that ensure knowledge capture and learning across the organisation.
  • Serve as focal point for USAID Tisamale Mabukhu project and actively participate in the required meetings/forums and others.
  • Participate in Christ-centered commitment activities, creates opportunities for spiritual reflection to increase passion for ministry and demonstrates Christian principles in work and lifestyle.
  • Contribute to team operations and perform additional responsibilities as assigned


1.Minimum of 10 + years of progressively responsible experience in leadership positions in development assistance activities within the education sector; minimum of 5 years managing large education projects; minimum of 2 years in senior roles.

2. Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.

3. Demonstrated outstanding leadership, effective organizational development, partnership building, managerial, team building, and communications skills.

4. Demonstrated professional experience in early grade reading, book and education material provision, supply chain management/strengthening, government capacity/system strengthening, or related field; Proven ability to coordinate with other key stakeholders such as governmental and non-governmental organizations in Malawi.

5. Strong presentation and report writing skills.

6. Experience of leading large and diverse teams. Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

7. Experience as a CoP, “key personnel”, or senior expert advisor required.

8. Experience in managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.

Required Education, training, license, registration, and certification

1.Master’s degree in education, International Education & Development. Qualifications that have a focus on basic education, technical leadership and program management will be preferred.

2. Demonstrate technical expertise in book supply chains and exemplify strong interpersonal skills including diplomatic communication and the ability to build positive relationships with a variety of government and development partner representatives.

3. Expertise in market systems development and private sector engagement; project management expertise; knowledge and experience in the Malawi or Southern African context.

4. Ability to effectively co-develop the implementation plan with key stakeholders, recruit key personnel, oversee the activity’s initial start-up phase, and effectively manage all subsequent project activities.

5. Demonstrated strong coaching and team building skills.


Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications

1.Sound knowledge and experience of effective and proven experiences of coaching large teams.

2. Sound knowledge and experience of on Education programs, specific experience on teaching and learning materials a plus

3. Sound knowledge of strategies and techniques to manage the effective implementation of USAID funded large grants.

4. Excellent relationship building skills including ability to engage and influence across all levels with key decision makers / executives of a variety of key external organizations.

5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team.

6. Experience successfully building local capacity and local systems strengthening through programming.

7. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English


Applicant Types Accepted:

Local Applicants Only