Malawi: Expert Delegate Disaster Risk Reduction Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, Malawi

Organization: Belgian Red Cross
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 15 Apr 2017

The disaster preparedness program in Malawi is funded by the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO). Belgian Red Cross-Flanders (BRC-FL) leads the program, which is implemented by a consortium between the Netherlands Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and Malawi Red Cross. The overall objective of the program is to strengthen the capacities to cope with and respond to natural hazards, both on an institutional level (Malawian authorities as well as Red Cross response structures) and on a community level, with special attention to setting up cash transfer structures.

Job Description

  • The expert delegate is the overall end-responsible for the ECHO-funded Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project, and works in close collaboration with the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders Country Representative and with representatives of the Netherlands and Danish Red Cross, consortium partners to this project.
  • The expert delegate provides technical and managerial assistance to its implementing partner, the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to ensure the successful, qualitative and timely implementation of the ECHO-funded DRR project.
  • As an expert delegate, you are the point of contact for managerial and technical input on disaster preparedness (DP) & DRR for the various parties involved in the program, and you coordinate the delivery of technical input from the different partners, according to the assigned areas of expertise and agreements.
  • You ensure qualitative planning, monitoring and reporting throughout the project implementation phase, in line with ECHO, BRC-FL and MRCS guidelines and procedures, and as per the MoU’s and grant agreement. You assure adherence to these guidelines through guidance, overview, coaching and capacity building of MRCS national staff involved in the project. You facilitate joint progress reviews based on quarterly financial and narrative (indicator-based) reporting, and adapt planning and budget forecasts accordingly.
  • You are also responsible for facilitating the knowledge transfer on DP and DRR towards and between the Red Cross partners and other organizations by assisting them, among others, in the documentation of lessons learned and good practices, organizing exchange activities and workshops, or developing and delivering relevant training.
  • You will report directly to the Head of Humanitarian Operations of BRC-FL, providing accurate and timely information regarding progress against targets and financial status.


  • You possess a Master’s degree or have similar qualifications based on experience.
  • You have at least 7 years of professional experience, of which the implementation of DRR/DP programs has been an essential part.
  • You are familiar with ECHO-funded programs and with their requirements regarding financial and narrative management and reporting.
  • Your extensive knowledge on DP/DRR and humanitarian aid in general make you an expert in this field.
  • Experience in international project management is considered an added value.
  • You possess a thorough knowledge of the most common software tools (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, …).
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written; knowledge of Dutch would be an added value.
  • You have knowledge of evidence-based methodology or are motivated to enhance your knowledge in this field;
  • You are a results-oriented problem solver with a strong team spirit and sense of initiative;
  • You have strong communication and negotiation skills combined with the necessary diplomatic skills;
  • You have a driving license;

Further information

  • You are part of an internationally recognized humanitarian organization, which can make a difference;
  • An exciting and relevant challenge;
  • A fixed-term contract of 15 months (with possible extension);
  • Beginning of contract: between 01/07/2017 and 01/09/2017;
  • Compensation based on BRC-FL salary scales and seniority, including overseas social security and comprehensive insurance;
  • Non-accompanied posting.


Malawi Red Cross office in Lilongwe with frequent travels to project districts


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Vacancies at Central Region Water Board

Central Region Water Board is a statutory corporation legally mandated by the Waterworks Act No. 17 of 1995 to provide water and sanitation services in all towns and market centres in the central region except Lilongwe City.
Vacancy has arisen in the Technical Services Directorate which the Board would like to fill immediately.
Laboratory Technician (Grade CRWB7)
Key duties and responsibilities
  • Receives water spacemen from zones and schemes
  • Registers spacemen and names of sending zones or schemes
  • Processes spacemen and checks the results
  • Records results of the examined spacemen in relevant documentation
  • Reports results of the spacemen to Senior Quality Assurance and environment Officer for interpretation after writing up in the day book
  • General cleaning of laboratory room and equipment
  • Allocating and supervising the work of Laboratory Assistant
  • Any other duties relevant to the post of Laboratory Technician as may be assigned from time to time.
Job Title: Quality Assurance and Environment Officer (CRWB 4)
Reporting to : Quality Assurance and Environment Manager
Purpose, Roles and Responsibilities
Purpose of the job Provides guidance and Water Works quality control and technical backstopping; and enforces Board’s by-laws and standards for the design and implementation of water supply distribution activities
Key duties and responsibilities plans
  • Initiates the preparation of By-Laws, Quality Control and Customer Care enforcement and promotional programmes and ensuring their effective implementation by Board
  • Participates in supervising implementation of By-Laws, Quality Control and Customer Care programmes.
  • Carries out appraisal of all water systems including the domestic systems of new applicants to verify adherents design and standards
  • Promotes implementation of Board By- Laws, Sanitation standards and Customer Care policies and review of same
  • Conducts periodic water tests to verify treatment and hygiene standards adherence of the Board
  • Negotiates with Customers on connection, Bills and water supply matters affecting them
  • Compiles various Marketing and Commercial reports and information
  • Any other duties relevant to the post as may be assigned from time to time.
Job Title: Operations Engineer (Grade CRWB 4)
Reporting to: Operations Manager
Purpose of the job
Provide Technical support services to Board’s Plant and Water Works Operations
Key duties and responsibilities
  • Identifies operational problems by observing and studying water systems and plant operations functioning and performance results; investigating complaints and suggestions; interviewing process supervisors and operators; completing troubleshooting procedures.
  • Identifies operational priorities by assessing operational objectives; determining program objectives, such as, efficiency, cost savings, energy conservation, operator convenience, safety, environmental quality; estimating relevance, time, and costs.
  • Develops operational solutions by defining, studying, estimating, and screening alternative solutions; calculating economics; determining impact on total system
  • Anticipates operational problems by studying operating targets, modes of operation, unit limitations; monitoring unit performance.
  • Improves operational quality results by studying, evaluating, and recommending process re-design; implementing changes; contributing information and opinion to unit design and modification teams.
  • Provides operational management information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing operating and engineering data and trends.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Accomplishes engineering and organization mission by sorting out technical problems related to the Board’s plants and water systems to improve water supply to customers.
  • Oversees technical activities of various professional people those who are junior to him/her working under Operations Division at zone and scheme level.
  • Conducts periodic water tests to verify treatment and hygiene standards adherence of the Board
  • Dialogue with Customers about customer services and water supply matters affecting them
  • Compiles various Marketing and Commercial reports and information
  • Prepares monthly work progress report for Board use
  • Attends various meetings with stakeholders to represent interests of the Board as required from time to time
  • Attends to complaints and queries related to matters of his/her Division.
  • Any other duties relevant for the post of Senior Engineer.
Minimum Qualification and experience
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering plus at least 4 years at Engineer level. Those that have worked in the water industry will have an added advantage
If you feel you fully qualify for the position, as per above specifications, please submit your Curriculum Vitae containing details of three traceable referees and a covering application letter by 31st March,2017 to the:
Chief Executive Officer,
Central Region water Board,
Private Bag 59
Or email to:
Central Region Water Board is an equal opportunity employer and all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.