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Resource Mobilization Strategist at Democracy International

Democracy International

Job Description

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a short- term Resources Mobilization Strategist (Consultant) for the USAID-funded Parliamentary Support Program in Malawi. This Consultancy is open to Malawian, US, and third-country nationals. This short-term consultancy will take place in person in Lilongwe, Malawi, with a start date in/or around January 2023. The level of effort is expected to be approximately 40 days. To apply, please provide your CV, Cover Letter that includes your proposed daily rate, and a writing sample in English.


The Parliamentary Support Program aims to contribute to Malawi’s democratic governance by supporting the Parliament of Malawi to better fulfill its legislative, oversight, and representative functions. The Activity provides technical support to selected committees and caucuses; provides cross-institutional coordination between parliament and statutory oversight institutions; facilitates collaboration and coordination between the Parliament, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), and the media around public integrity issues, and legislative and oversight matters; and integrates Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) research and insights to identify key behaviors and psychological, social, and situational barriers that prevent stakeholders from leading reform. The Activity has three purpose areas under which key interventions are framed:

  • Purpose 1: Improve the legislative and oversight roles of Parliament;
  • Purpose 2: Strengthen the institutional coordination for public integrity management;
  • Purpose 3: Improve civic engagement in policy and oversight processes.

The consultant will guide the Parliament of Malawi in mobilization and management of resources through its primary objective to develop a Resource Mobilization Strategy, spelling out a clear action plan for the execution of the 2021-2026 Parliament Strategic Plan in regard to funding of activities, modalities, actors, and creating sustainable funding means. The strategy aims at leveraging active traditional Development and Cooperating Partners at the same time explore other sustainable funding modalities and financiers that can be aligned to the long-term objectives, mission, and vision of the Parliament of Malawi.


Since 2006, Parliament of Malawi has been developing strategic plans to guide the implementation and delivery of its mandate. The current 2021-2026 Parliament of Malawi Strategic Plan is the fourth strategic plan to be developed, collating the lessons and final evaluation recommendations from the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The strategy aims at fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Malawi and is aligned with both the short and long-term plans of the country; Malawi Implementation Plan (MIP1) 2030 and the Malawi Agenda 2063. The Strategic Plan further aligns Parliament’s programs with other regional and international development frameworks including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. During the implementation of the previous strategies, Parliament continued to receive inadequate funds to conduct its work and had support withdrawn on some programs by the Development and Cooperating Partners which led to failure in the attainment of the outcomes of the Plans. The successful implementation of the 2021-2026 Parliament of Malawi Strategic Plan hinges on adequate resources for the attainment of the outcomes set therein. The plan has a total budget requirement of K108.9 billion across the entire period of execution, with an annual requirement of about K21.8 billion.


The specific tasks of the consultancy will include;

  • Review of Parliament of Malawi policy documents and strategies (i.e., section strategies, acts, and Strategic Plan)
  • Identify areas of focus and gaps in financing arrangements in the strategic documents
  • Consult with management to better understand the vision, mission, goal, and mandate of Parliament
  • Prepare inception report
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment and prepare a matrix of traditional Cooperating and Development partners in line with their interests and priorities to funded, committed, and unfunded areas of the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan
  • Explore areas of possible cooperation with new partners and areas of concentration of these partners
  • Compile potential partner’s proposal templates and work plans for future engagements
  • Create guidelines on engagement, developing and managing partnerships with past, present, and prospected future partners
  • Provide coaching in the development and management of the same
  • Evaluate in-kind donations, gifts, and funding management channels of Parliament of Malawi
  • Formulate an action plan within the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan that details timelines within the years over the five years
  • Develop a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy


  • An initial draft of the the Resource Mobilization Strategy
  • A comprehensive presentation on the initial draft Resource Mobilization Strategy to Parliament and DI
  • Delivery of final and approved Resource Mobilization Strategy for the Parliament of Malawi

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, economics and/or business administration.
  • At minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in the development sector and/or public sector, preferably in fundraising, resource mobilization or partnership building.
  • Demonstrated understanding in strategic planning management and fundraising
  • Proven track record of effective interactions with all levels of staff, policy makers, senior political and civic leaders, government personnel, and members of the donor and diplomatic community
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relationships.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and ability to apply political analysis to programmatic activities.
  • Proven ability to adjust programmatic activities in response to changing political circumstances and/or partner/stakeholder needs

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, & Experience:


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the Malawi donor community, strategic approach and funding priorities.


  • This position reports to Chief of Party.

Application Process:

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.

About the Organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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