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Interim Land Specialist at Malawi Millennium Development Trust

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Malawi Millennium Development Trust

Malawi Millennium Development Trust
The Government of the Republic of Malawi (the ‘Government’) has secured grant funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC”), called a Compact which was signed on 28th September, 2022 (‘the Compact”). The Compact consists of three projects, one of which is a Land Productivity Project (the Land Project). The Land Project’s main objective is to make land in Malawi more productive through improved land services, strengthening conditions for increased investment in land, and better-functioning land markets. The Compact will implement the Land Project through two main activities: the Land Administration Resourcing and Institutions Activity and the City Council Revenue Modernization Activity.
The Government through its implementing arm, the Malawi Millennium Development Trust (MMD), is currently undertaking studies and fulfilling various conditions on the satisfaction of which the Compact will enter into force. To support this ongoing work, the Government intends to use a portion of the grant funding to hire the services of an Interim Land Specialist.
  • MMD is seeking the services of an Interim Land Specialist (six-month renewable term) to work in the MD offices in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Interim Land Specialist will be a core team member of the MMD Land Team and will report to the Land Project Lead at MMD.
  • Responsibilities include assisting in the drafting and preparing Land Project-related work plans, agreements including Implementing Entity Agreements with government entities – and providing inputs to procurement documents in line with MCC’s policies, expectations, and criteria, as well as general monitoring and assessing main land-related developments in Malawi. The Interim Land Specialist will work closely with the MD Senior Economist and Land
Project Lead to perform the following activities:
  • Significantly contribute to the design, drafting, and written preparation of Terms of Reference (TOR). Scopes of Work (SOW), budget estimates, technical specifications, and other inputs to procurement documents needed to procure various goods and services needed to implement the Land Project;
  • Closely collaborate with the various government entities responsible for the implementation of the Land Project and significantly contribute to the design, drafting, and written preparation of Implementing Entity Agreements with these entities;
  • Serve as a liaison with MCC personnel, including the MCC Malawi Land Team and consultants working on the Land Project;
  • Review and provide comments on technical and operational documents produced during the Compact pre-Entry into Force period and assist in coordinating the timely review and commentary by stakeholders on all technical documents produced during the pre-Entry Into Force period;
  • Collaborate, as needed, with other MD experts on due diligence and Compact Entry Into Force preparation on land-related issues:
  • Organize and facilitate expert meetings with Malawi-based stakeholders during periodic MCC missions and consultant trips to Malawi;
  • Coordinate with and gather information and data as may be needed from land project beneficiaries and a range of institutions, in particular the Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance, and the City Councils, among others;
  • Develop and keep up-to-date Land Project work plans for both the Compact pre-Entry Into Force and implementation periods:
  • Engage senior Government officials in the land sector, including bilateral and multilateral donors active in the land sector in Malawi for purposes of sector analysis concerning Compact land-related interventions such as the World Bank and others;
  • Attend regular working virtual meetings with MCC Land Team and accompany MCC Land Team and consultants as needed during trips to Malawi; and
  • Perform any other related duties as appropriate.
Selection Criteria
  • Minimum of a master’s degree in economics, law, engineering, geography, or a similar field with specialization and a minimum of five years of professional work experience in land policy, land administration, land economics, land management, land use planning, or related field;
  • Demonstrated strong technical and operational skills to lead or contribute to all land-related tasks. Previous experience in land policy and regulation, property valuation, land administration, and land-based revenue is a plus;
  • Prior knowledge of the Malawian economy and a strong understanding of key land administration policy, especially legal and regulatory, revenue management, devolution of land administration services, Information and records, property management, and valuation issues in Malawi;
  • Familiarity with the organization and functioning of the Malawian Government and knowledge of key stakeholders and local networks that influence economic policy-making;
  • Proven sense of initiative results-orientation, and leadership qualities, as well as effective teamwork skills;
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills in English, including the ability to speak and write position papers to colleagues, management, and senior government officials persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely;
  • High level of personal and professional integrity, and
  • Strong ability to function well in a multicultural environment and work in teams.
Technical Proficiency
  • A thorough understanding of government land administration services and interlinkages between the various land-related functions;
  • Skills and experience in working on land policy issues and data analysis;
  • Skills to conceptualize and conduct land-related analyses and derive policy-relevant findings;
  • Ability to translate technical analyses of land administration services and growth into policy recommendations and cross-country lessons; and
  • Familiarity with land administration services, analysis, and relevant software and technologies(including computer-assisted mass appraisal, land information management systems, land-based revenue automation, and other relevant systems and technologies) and MS Office programs, including Excel, is essential.

MMD Core Competencies
We are proud to be an equal-opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce. We do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Method Of Application
Applications supported by a detailed curriculum vitae, including three traceable referees, should reach the
The National Coordinator
Malawi Millennium Development Trust
Manobec Complex behind 7/11 Building, Off Mchinji Round About,
PO Box 31513,
Capital City,
By the close of business on January 31, 2023

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