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Director of Operations at National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA)

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  • Lilongwe
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National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA)

The National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) whose main objective is to ensure security of fuel supply in Malawi is a wholly owned Malawi Government Company established under the Company’s Act of 1984 on the 10thof December 2010 and commenced its operations in 2012. NOCMA’s mandate is stipulated in the strategic plan as being:

a) To manage the country’s strategic fuel reserve facilities in line with the Malawi Government
prescribed management plan.
b) To promote competition in the oil and gas industry by offering hospitality to new entrants in the industry at a fee; and
c) To promote oil and gas activities and ensure stability and security of supply of liquid fuel and gas products.

In line with its mandate. NOCMA is responsible for managing the Country’s 60 million liters Strategic Fuel Reserves (SFRs) facilities situated in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu, and smaller depots in Chilumba, Chipoka and Mchinji.

Over the past thirteen (13) years, the Company has grown tremendously in its national strategic importance with its fuel importation market share growing from ten percent (10%) in 2015 to an average of sixty-five percent (65%) in 2023/2024 and this has been matched with growth in
institutional capacity and investments to enable efficiency and effectiveness in executing its mandate.

In its drive to ensure improved and sustained efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of its mandate, NOCMA is seeking to recruit a qualified and experienced candidate to fill the following position that has arisen within the Company at Executive Management level.

An attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications is on offer to the right candidate with prospects to build a meaningful career within the oil industry.


Job Title: Director of Operations

Grade: NOC3
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Operations is an executive management post and will lead, manage, and control the Department of Operations in execution of its mandate provided for in the organogram.


The Director of Operations will have a management responsibility for the effective, efficient, and proper performance of the following functions within NOCMA:

a) Operations of the country’s strategic fuel reserve (SFRs) and depots under the control of NOCMA.
b) Supporting fuel acquisition and importation processes.
c) Fuel supply, handling, storage, transportation, and istribution logistics.
d) Departmental resource (human, financial, material) management.
e) Delegated responsibilities.


a) Provide departmental leadership.

i. Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management in the execution of
departmental mandate.

ii. Coordinate development of departmental plans and ensure that these are aligned with the Company’s overall vision, mission, and goals and annual corporate plans.
iii. Uphold ethical standards.
iv. Manage and deploy departmental resources
(people, material, and budgets) to deliver approvedplans.
v. Foster departmental engagement that promotes collaboration, cooperation, harmony, and teamwork.

b) Provide strategic advice to Exco on matters within the core functions under the DOO.

i. Business decisions.
ii. Investments.
iii. Other strategic initiatives.

c) Operations management of the country’s Strategic Fuel Reserves (SFR) and NOCMA’s fuel storage depots.

i. Ensure that SFRs are adequately stocked.
ii. Ensure SFR operations (product quality, receipts, and sales) comply withregulations and standards.
iii. Ensure that information and reports are updated and provided to stakeholders.
iv. Supporting fuel acquisition and importation processes.
d) Develop strategies and practices to implement approved policies.
i. Contribute to the development of organizational policies and strategies.
ii. Develop innovative strategies for fuel importation, logistics, and management of strategic fuel reserve (SFR) facilities.
iii. Encourage a culture of innovation, stay updated on industry trends, and implement technological
advancements to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.

e) Implement Departmental Risk Management

i. Oversee implementation of contracts and agreements within the department in collaboration
with Legal, Finance, and Procurement services.
ii. Ensure rigorous compliance with standards, safety protocols, and operational practices.
iii. Optimize the use of NOCMA’s infrastructure and assets assigned to him/her.
iv. Update departmental risk assessment and mitigation plans.
v. Establish comprehensive emergency response plans to address unforeseen challenges and crises.
vi. Implement audits findings.

f) Implement Stakeholder Engagements

i. Contribute to the identification of key NOCMA stakeholders.
ii. Serve as a focal point for stakeholders relating fuel supply, oil products off-takers, and fuel logistics
service providers, among others.
iii. Collaborate with regional and international oil and gas organizations in learning and operationalization of best practices relevant to NOCMA’s operations.

g) Planning and Budgeting

i. Develop and submit annual departmental plans aligned to NOCMA strategic plans and
corporate annual targets.
ii. Develop multiyear capital and revenue expenditure budgets.

iii. Implement approved departmental plans and budgets.

h) Performance Management and Reporting

i. Update departmental and individual performance targets.
ii. Departmental staff performance appraisals.
iii. Provide and present performance reports against plans and targets.


The required candidate should have the following Competences, Skills, and Attributes:

a) Proven track record of managing diverse work teams.
b) Familiar with legislation, policies, and developments in energy sector in Malawi.
c) Ability to communicate and effectively manage NOCMA’s strategic stakeholders.
d) Ability to develop and successfully execute strategic plans.
e) Mature, judicious, and honest person with good communication skills
f) Strong leadership capability.


1. Relevant first Degree in Engineering; Science; Fuel/Energy; Operations Management; or equivalent fieldfrom an accredited institution.
2. Master’s Degree in Leadership; Management; Administration; or equivalent from an accredited
3. Professional certification in fuel supply, logistics, or transportation management or equivalent is an
added advantage.
4. A minimum of ten (10) years’ general work experience in operations, six (6) years of which
should be at a position comparable to Director of Operations in an organisation whose size is similar or comparable to NOCMA.

The successful candidates shall be offered a performance-based contract for a period of three (3) years with an attractive salary, benefits, and gratuity package commensurate with the seniority of the position and qualifications of the candidate.

Method Of Application

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience should send applications with a cover letter, copies of certificates, a copy of national identity card and a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), with names, addresses and telephone numbers of three traceable referees to the
following address:

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations
Department of Statutory Corporations
P.O. Box 30061

With copies to: Email:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th March 2024.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as NOCMA is committed to achieving relevant quota’s as per the provisions in the Malawi Gender Equality Act, 2013.