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Project Management Specialist (Agriculture Productivity) at United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)



This position is based in Lilongwe and is open to Qualified Malawian Citizens.

Opening: April 21, 2023; Deadline date for applications: May 26, 2023, at 05:00 pm Malawian time.


The primary objective of the Project Management Specialist (Agriculture Productivity Specialist) is to design, advise, manage, monitor, and report on agriculture activities under the President’s Feed the Future (FF) initiative, which aims to reduce poverty and under-nutrition in Malawi. The incumbent will serve as a resident expert in the targeted value chains of legumes (primarily soya and groundnuts) and orange-fleshed sweet potato and must be current on recent technologies and innovations related to these and other major crops grown by smallholder farmers in Malawi.


Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated.

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agronomy, crop or soil science.
  • Prior Work Experience: Progressively responsible experience in agriculture programming with a minimum of five years job-related, professional-level experience in agriculture, food security, and livelihood programming.
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV written and oral English language skills, as well as a good working knowledge of Chichewa. Ability to analyze and present on agriculture interventions, approaches, and outcomes in non-technical and easy to understand language in English.


After an initial application screening, the best qualified applicants may be invited for a written examination and to an oral interview.

The incumbent must have extensive knowledge of agriculture conditions causes of low productivity among smallholder farmers, and effective methods to strengthen agricultural growth in Malawi.

The incumbent must possess the ability to effectively communicate findings from field assessments, both verbally and in writing, and develop recommendations for addressing issues that arise

Total Possible Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Points: 20 points

Total Possible Interview Points: 50 points

Total Possible Written Exercise Points: 30 points

Satisfactory Professional Reference Checks: Pass/Fail

Total Possible Point -100

The successful candidate will be selected based on a review of his/her qualifications, work experience, skills, and abilities; an interview; and the results of reference checks. The hiring panel may check references that have not been specifically identified by applicants and may check references before or after a candidate is interviewed.

NOTE: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this solicitation, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Salary range: $30,074- $46,622 (basic salary, paid in local currency Kwacha at the prevailing exchange rate), equivalent to FSN-11. In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of United States Mission, Malawi (Effective February 26, 2023). Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

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Method Of Application

Only those fulfilling the education and experience requirements listed above should submit their application by e-mail to

The strict closing date/deadline for receipt of applications is May 26, 2023, at 05:00 pm Malawian time.