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Terms of Reference – Mining Adviser at Adam Smith International

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Adam Smith International

Job description

Programme Background

The five-year Malawi Value Chain (MVC) project is part of FCDO’s Malawi Trade and Investment Programme (MTIP),

which aims to break Malawi’s cycle of low growth through promoting high value exports, namely mango, macadamia

and mining. Adam Smith International (ASI) was contracted to deliver the MVC project which commenced

implementation in November 2023, following a six-month inception period to select the focal industries to promote. MTIP

also has a component focusing on trade and logistics (operated by Trade Mark Africa) and seeks to promote investment,

including through access to patient capital.


The Mining Adviser plays a key role in MVC’s Mining Team, comprised of the Team Leader and Mining

Adviser. The objective for the Mining Team is to identify, facilitate and support private and public developments in the

mining sector that will lead to investment and ultimately increased exports. This includes serving as Development

Partner Coordinator in the mining sector.

Scope of Work

The Mining Adviser has overall responsibility for supporting the successful delivery of MVC’s mining activities and

deliverables. The primary role of the Mining Adviser is to support the Team Leader in the delivery of MVC’s mining

strategy and workplan through providing high-quality technical inputs that ensure that the project targets and

deliverables are met.

The Mining Adviser reports to the Team Leader and collaborates with Agribusiness & Competitiveness (AC), Rules &

Enabling Environment (REE), Research, Learning & Communication (RLC), Result Management (RM) and Finance and

Operations (FinOps) teams.


The Mining Adviser will be expected to:

1. Follow a problem-driven methodology with an emphasis on identifying, and addressing key issues, problems

and opportunities for developing the mining sector in a pragmatic, adaptive and evidence informed manner; and

2. Adopt a facilitation role working in close collaboration with the government/public sector, private sector,

development partners and other mining stakeholders to enable them to make appropriate changes in the rules

and enabling environment and to invest.

Key Tasks

The Mining Adviser will support the Team Leader to:

1. Update and implement the mining workplan, ensuring timely and high-quality delivery;

2. Provide expert advice and inputs on the mining sector for effective programming, coordination and facilitation;

3. Undertake appropriate research and analysis to support delivery of the MVC programme;

4. Engage with relevant stakeholders to support improved coordinated development of Malawi’s nascent mining


5. Support facilitation of dialogues that result in realistic strategies and action plans;

6. Support resolution of divergent views in a constructive and practical manner;

7. Represent MVC at key fora and events;

8. Manage the delivery of support to mining action plans, including use of short-term technical assistance (STTA);

9. Manage spending following programme procedures within overall limits;

10. Ensure that mining results inform programme activity to deliver more impact;

11. Be effective in team working and coordination, engaging in and contributing to team meetings, reports and
activities; and
12. Identify keys risks to delivery on strategy and develop mitigating actions for effective implementation of activities.
Stakeholder Engagement
The Mining Adviser supports the Team Leader to:
1. Develop and manage strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders at senior level across private
sector, Government of Malawi, Development Partners and non-government organisations/bodies (NGOs) to
facilitate support and appropriate action for the mining sector;
2. Support the Team Leader in their engagement with FCDO in-country, to develop positive relationships;
3. Identify and manage political economy issues that can support or undermine progress in the mining sector and the programme more widely.

The Mining Adviser supports the Team Leader to:
1. Participate in team progress reviews and strategy sessions and provide written inputs to monthly, quarterly and
annual reports as required;
2. Manage the development of the mining team’s workplans;
3. Support the development of the mining strategy and action plans;
4. Prepare and deliver presentations to key stakeholders to report on progress;
5. Contribute to key reports prepared by the team on finance, VfM, learning and impact assessment; and
6. Ensure all reports and presentations prepared by the mining team are to a high standard of clarity, accuracy,
and presentation.
Knowledge Management

There is a strict requirement to ensure that copies of all working documents, drafts, data sets, models, reports, etc. are
placed promptly on MVC’s Microsoft Teams folder in an editable format.
Results Management

Result Management is integral to the delivery of an effective programme. The Mining Adviser supports the Team Leader
1. Ensure that RM is integrated into the design and implementation of the mining workstream;
2. Monitor the mining component’s performance against the Logframe ensuring it is up to date and that action is
taken if performance is or may fall short or the levels required; and
3. Adopt and promote a culture of adaptive learning so as to improve results.

Communications and learning are key to programme delivery. The Mining Adviser supports the Team Leader to:
1. Ensure effective communications within the Mining Team so that team members are aware of information that
could impact on their work areas;
2. Ensure that communications with AC, REE, RLC, RM and FinOps teams are good and that relevant information
is communicated timely and effectively; and
3. Ensure that communication with relevant external parties is good so that these parties are aware of information
that is relevant to their own activities and influences these in a positive way.

Job requirements


The key requirements for the role are:

• In-depth knowledge and experience of mining sector issues, both internationally and in Malawi.

• Strong skills and expertise in facilitating dialogues between stakeholders – private-private and private-public.

• Successful experience of developing and delivering work plans and reporting thereon.

• Good knowledge and skill at making presentations to a wider range of audiences, including senior private,

government and development professionals.

• A high degree of motivation and energy to deliver initiative workplans on time and to a high standard.

• High-quality written and oral communications skills with colleagues and external parties.

• Well-organised working practices and methods.

ASI operates an inclusive approach to employment, with all candidates fairly considered. Malawi-based candidates are

strongly preferred, and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Timing and Duration

The Mining Adviser is expected to work an average of five (5) days/month based on the direction of the Team Leader.

The contract will run from July 2024 through March 2025, with the possibility to extend subject to satisfactory


Method Of Application

Send your CV and a brief covering letter detailing your experience and fit for the role to

[email protected] by Wednesday, 10th July 2024. Applications will be considered on rolling basis until the right candidate is identified

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