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Principal Quantity Surveyor at Ministry of Lands

Ministry of Lands

The Ministry is mandated to create an enabling environment for sustained provision of Land, Housing and Urban Development services to promote and encourage sustainable  development. In pursuit of this mandate, the Ministry is implementing a flagship project to construct 10,000 houses for Security Institutions across the country in order to provide decent accommodation for security Institutions (Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Malawi Prison Service and Immigration and Citizenship Services.

The Ministry of Lands has developed an innovative strategy to fast – track the implementation of the project and wishes to engage suitably qualified and experienced professionals to fill the following vacant posts tenable at the Infrastructure Management Unit – Lilongwe.

Post : Principal Quantity Surveyor (Grade G)
Salary : Within the range of Grade G salary scale segment
Reporting to : Chief Quantity Surveyor (Grade F)
Location : Infrastructure Management Unit in the Ministry of Lands, LilongweThe Principal Quantity Surveyor’s primary purpose is to initiate or design a job that will be agreed upon by the Chief Quantity Surveyor for approval by the IMC. He/ she will provide draft cost and material estimates, draw up projected budgets and work alongside a team, noting any design changes and their effect on cost. The Principal Quantity Surveyor often liaise with builders, architects, engineers and contractors.


The incumbent must have the following qualifications;

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering.
    • Must have 7 years work experience of professional practice the profession in a busy organization or firm;
    • Those with Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering will have an added advantage;


    • Preparing initial estimates.
    • Scrutinizing maintenance and material costs, as well as contracts to ensure the best deals.
    • Arranging for tender documents
    • Evaluating tenders received
    • Attending to site managers
    • Liaising with site managers, clients, contractors and subcontractors on Project matters.
    • Preparing reports, analysing contracts, budgeting, conducting risk assessment and produce other relevant documents.
    • Advising managers and clients on improvements and new strategies.
    • Documenting any changes in design and updating budgets.
    • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships with stakeholders.
    • Solving contractual disputes and problems.

Additional Knowledge:
Strong analytical skills;
Sound knowledge of construction;
Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills;
Ability to organize, plan and strategize;
Great networking abilities.

Terms and Conditions of Employment
The Ministry of Lands shall offer employment on Non-Established (NE) terms for a period of three (3) years.

Method of Application
Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit applications with a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and three (3) traceable referees, copies of relevant professional and academic certificates to the address below.

The Secretary for Lands,
Private Bag 311,
Lilongwe 3.