Government of Malawi Recruitment – Ministry of Agriculture , Deadline 20 April 2017

The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development with support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is implementing the Programme for Rural Irrigation Development (PRIDE). PRIDE aims of reducing vulnerability to food insecurity. climate change effects and vagaries of the market. The Programme development objective is to enable smallholder farmers to sustainably enhance their production levels to such a degree that they can provide for their household nutritional demands and deliver produce to viable markets. PRIDE will achieve these objectives by providing smallholder farm households a combination of (i) irrigation, soil and water conservation infrastructures; (ii) promotion of good agricultural practices: and (iii) linkage to improved value chains. PRIDE will engage in approximately 15 cluster scheme areas. The pre-selected cluster scheme areas are concentrated in the northern and southern regions of the country. In order to address rain-fed and litigated elements of the farming system, PRIDE will engage with the villages clustered around the irrigation schemes earmarked for the Programme. The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development through the Department of Irrigation as the implementing agency would like to engage the services of the following listed individual consultant to assist, facilitate and coordinate the implementation of activities under the programme.

Tasks and Responsibilities
The Accountant will work closely with the Financial Management Specialist and all accounts personnel in the line Ministries in all financial management functions of the project. tt is expected that the Accountant will contribute towards efficient and effective finance management and reporting of the project. The Accountant will be responsible for implementation of financial management activities of the Project as well as for financial management related capacity assessment and capacity building activities to implementing agencies for community based interventions. She or He will be responsible for all accounting, internal control and other financial management within the Project Coordination Office, as well as supervision of the finance unit staff at the Implementing Partners level. She or He will work as a team with, and under the supervision of, the Financial Management Specialist.

Gender and Targeting Specialist
Tasks and Responsibilities
The specialist will lead and manage all gender targeting, social inclusion and gender mainstreaming activities of the project with guidance from the Project Manager. S/he will be expected to develop gender and social inclusion (GESI) strategy and implementation action plan based on a GESI study at the onset of the project, implements capacity enhancement measures at various levels and ensure that all TORs for the service providers and secondary target groups include gender balanced teams and their contract deliverables meet gender and inclusion target indicators of the project. The Gender Targeting Specialist is the main direct responsible position to ensure that the project achieves the expected results in relation to Gender Targeting and Social inclusion.

Agricultural Extension Expert
Tasks and Responsibilities
The initial responsibility of the Agricultural Extension Expert will be to get better understanding of the proposed project interventions and understand issues and challenges facing the agricultural extension and rural support services related to proposed agricultural and rural development activities under the project. The expert will guide/assist in undertaking situation analysis including examination of strengths and weaknesses of the existing agricultural extension and support service systems, articulate priority issues, identify gaps requiring assistance and thereby suggest interventions / plan of actions to be implemented under the project.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Specialist
Tasks and responsibilities
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Specialist will be responsible for overall monitoring of the project activities, comparing plans with actual delivery/performance. He/ She will be responsible for reporting, storing and maintaining project records and providing periodical assessments on delivery and impact. He/She will liaise with the planning unit in MoAIWD on all aspects of monitoring and evaluation and will work closely with the other professional staff assigned to the project and with the other stakeholders involved in the project.

Office Assistant/Receptionist
The Office Assistant/ Receptionist will under the directly supervision of the Administrative Assistant in order to accomplish the targets and objectives of his/ her assignments.

Administrative Assistant
Tasks and Responsibilities
The administrative Assistant will provide project administrative assistance to the Project Coordination Office (PCO) in the implementation of the project. The Administrative Assistant will report to the Project Coordinator as he/ she executes duties within his/ her framework .

Location of Employment
The stated Individual consultants will be based at Project Coordination Offices within Department of Irrigation Headquarters in Lilongwe but will be required to travel
regularly and extensively to the project areas and work closely with the divisional/ regional/district stall and communities to ensure that progress follows project plans  and that appropriate support is provided for project implementation.

Duration of Employment
The assignment is for 7 years with an initial contract period of 12 months. The appointment will be extended subject to annual satisfactory performance.

Method of Application
Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should send their application letters enclosing detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of relevant certificates plus names of three traceable referees not later than 20th April, 201(7) to the following address (hand delivery or email)

The Director of Irrigation Services
Department of Irrigation Headquarters,
Off Paul Kagame Road Opposite NACIT
P.O. Box 30797
Capital City, Lilongwe 3
Attention: Human Resource Management Office
or through email to:

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