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Director of Planning and Resource Mobilization at National Commission for Science and technology (NCST)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

National Commission for Science and technology (NCST)

The Malawi Gazette Supplement Notice No. 1 of 20th February 2009, appointed 14th November 2008 as the day on which the Science and Technology Act, No. 16 of 2003 came into operation. The Act establishes the National Commission for Science and technology (NCST) whose function shall be to advise Government and other Stakeholder on all science and technology matters inorder to achieve a
science and technology –led development. The NCST has now been in operation since December 2009 and has a secretariat headed by a Director General.

The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the following posts:


The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the position of Director of Planning and Resource Mobilization tenable at its Secretariat in Lilongwe, situated in Lingadzi House, City Centre.


1.1 Job title: Director of Planning and Resource Mobilization

1.2 Grade: CST 2
1.3 Reporting to: Director General
1.4 Directorate: Planning and Resource Mobilization
1.5 Division/Section: N/A
1.6 Staff responsible for: Senior Economist
Senior Resource Mobilization Officer
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


2.1 Purpose of the job: To provide corporate planning services through development, implementation and supervision of corporate planning activities and monitoring performance.

2.2 Key duties and responsibilities

a) Providing leadership in the formulation of strategic and business plans including the setting of performance and service standards, development of programs and monitoring their implementation.
b) Overseeing the formulation, review and implementation of Science, technology and innovation policy instruments for adaptation, invention and transfer of technologies.
c) Coordinating the development and review of National Research, Innovation, Science and Technology Agenda, Strategies and frameworks and identifying key development need areas to inform and define national priority areas for R&D support and inform on areas of focus for national research funding.
d) Developing and implementing relevant performance management and reporting systems to track corporate performance and strategy implementation.
e) Establishing mechanisms for soliciting support from the Executive and Legislative branches of government, policy makers and the private sector towards effective implementation of STI programs.
f) Providing leadership in the formulation of short, medium to long term development plans for the Commission in line with government development goals, strategies and objectives.
g) Ensuring that Commission’s plans, programs and budgets are prepared and approved based on priorities and achieves value for money within he resources allocated to each Directorate/Division.
h) Ensuring proper interpretation and forecasting of short term social economic shocks and their implications and effects on the Commission in order to achieve sound economic management of NCST.
i) Evaluating service delivery of the Commission in technical, financial and human terms from time to time and highlight areas of attention to top management in a timely manner and makes recommendations for improvement.
j) Identifying and driving relevant organizational development programs and initiatives to drive organizational excellence by conducting appraisals and monitoring and evaluating operation systems, economic and financial impact of Commission’s programs and regulatory policies.
k) Providing leadership in projects development and in assessing projects and programs based on viability and established policy.
l) Directing and supervising members of staff in the Directorate, defining their responsibilities, administering performance management system and allocating them tasks to gain effective and efficient achievement of work programs.

m) Leading in engaging with potential contributors to the STI Fund and coordinating NCST’s development and investment programs.
n) Providing technical guidance in policy analysis and review; monitoring; evaluation and research; program planning and budgeting
o) Preparing the state of Science and Technology Report for presentation to the National Assembly.


3.1 Minimum Academic/Professional Qualification and Work Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics or Business Administration or related field or its equivalent. Those with PhD will have an added advantage. PLUS
  • At least eight (8) years’ work experience at Senior Planning Level.

3.2 Functional skills (Behavioural Competencies/Attributes).

The post requires a person who must have/be:

  • Team Player
  • Public presentation and interaction (effective communication)
  • Ability to handle complaints
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • IT skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Integrity
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision


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

Method Of Application

Applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copy of Nation ID, copy of relevant membership certificate, photocopies of relevant certificates, and names and addresses of three traceable referees, one of which must be from the most recent employer should be sent to the following address not later than June 24, 2024.

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations
Department of Statutory Corporations
Capital Hill, New Building, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 30061
Capital City

NCST is an equal gender-based opportunities employer and only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged and invited to the interviews.