Malawi: Dissemination Advisor

Organization: FHI 360
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 31 Aug 2016

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Dissemination Advisor


Design Squad Global (DSG) connects after school programs for 10- to 13-year-olds around the world, empowering them to collaborate to solve real-world engineering problems and increase their cross-cultural understanding. Through DSG, youth work together on hands-on activities, learn teamwork and creative problem-solving, and discover how to use the engineering design process to express and develop their ideas. They begin to see the possibilities for applying science and engineering to their own lives, and learn to share their own perspectives, while appreciating the cultures and experiences of students from another country.

WGBH and FHI 360 piloted DSG in 30 after school programs in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, and the United States, and are now documenting lessons learned. Initial cohorts were supported by DSG facilitators, who provided hands-on support and troubleshooting services to after school educators.

WGBH and FHI 360 now plan to scale DSG to 130 new pairs of DSG Clubs in 7 countries (the four initial countries, as well as Malawi, Jordan, and Myanmar). While no direct DSG facilitator support will be provided, educators running a DSG Club will be supported by a Club Guide, a comprehensive and user-friendly set of educator training and club start-up materials, a website featuring a mechanism to identify and link with potential partner clubs, and an email help desk. Additionally, WGBH has prepared a toolkit of marketing and communications materials designed to interest and inform educators and organizations about DSG.

The Dissemination Advisor will lead the promotion of DSG in the identified country and the establishment of 20-25 new DSG Clubs per country. Strategies for encouraging uptake will differ between countries and may include partnering with local NGOs serving after school programs; working through local or national government to encourage adoption; and contacting after school programs or schools directly. The Advisor will also be responsible for providing some email support (supported by the DSG Program Manager where necessary) to participating DSG Clubs, and for providing data about DSG uptake to assist with the summative evaluation of the DSG program.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support in the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention for research projects.
  • Works closely with assigned team to ensure activities are implemented according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Writes and edits technical reports and documents.
  • Assists with publications, web pages, and presentations.’
  • Conducts searches of published literature on evolving issues in assigned technical area.
  • Monitors and maintains protocols, instruments, data sets, manuals, training materials and reports.
  • Responds to requests and inquiries from internal and external staff.
  • Develops or writes technical briefs, reports, or other necessary materials to facilitate research, best practices, policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the implementation of research studies by monitoring and documenting processes.
  • Conducts analysis of program implementation to identify areas for improvement and propose appropriate technical strategy and guidelines.
  • Prepares reports and papers summarizing project results.
  • Delivers presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Ensures project implementation adheres to company strategy and remains technically sound.
  • Provides leadership and team building at the task level.
  • Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of global level innovative technical strategies.
  • Oversees all aspects of the programs/projects.
  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
  • Analyzes data sets and technical assessment findings.
  • Develops and monitors work plans.
  • Provides leadership and team building at the project level.
  • Serves as company liaison to external organizations at professional meetings and conferences as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent – Economics, Education, Environment, Health, Human Development, Information Science, International Development, Social Sciences or Related Field.
  • Typically requires 8+ years of managing data collection and technical assistance experience.
  • Proficiency with database management software and on-line search tools required.
  • Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private company.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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