Malawi: Malawi Consortium Team Leader

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 19 Aug 2016

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Consortium Management Team

LOCATION: Lilongwe with field visits




Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Consortium Team Leader will be responsible for effective and high quality coordination and management of the Consortium implementing the multiple grants (currently ECHO and DFID) for the humanitarian response, secured by Save the Children (Lead Agency) and implemented with Oxfam, Concern Worldwide, Concern Universal and GOAL in Malawi. This will include supporting the Consortium’s and the 4 partners’ efficient planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting on the this grant, aimed at reaching more than 677329 beneficiaries by improving food security and increasing ability to generate and protect productive assets amongst the targeted households. The programme is built on: provision of cash entitlements to meet immediate food needs, households participating in productive asset creation at a level appropriate to their labour availability, providing access to inputs and knowledge contributing to increase productivity and income from farming in 2016/17 agricultural season and evidence gathering and research on linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD).

Under the guidance of SCI leadership and partners Country Director Committee, the Consortium Team Lead will be responsible for supporting the consortium members (Save the Children, Oxfam, Concern Universal, GOAL and Concern Worldwide) to widen this consortium both in terms of scope and funding in line with the broader Malawi Consortium framework.


Reports to: The Consortium Team Leader will report to Save the Children Malawi Head of Humanitarian and s/he will work under the overall guidance of the SCI leadership and partners Country Director.

Staff directly reporting to this post: Cash Transfer Specialist, Finance and Grants Manager, Livelihoods Integration Specialist and M&E Manager.

Staff indirectly reporting to this post: TBC

Dimension of Role:

This is a challenging role in a complex environment. It requires a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can manage the difficulties of working in such an environment and still be fundamental in helping to drive forward our programmes and ambitions. The Consortium Team Leader will be part of a Consortium Management Unit made of a Cash Transfer Specialist, Finance and Grants Manager, Livelihoods Integration Specialist and M&E Manager to provide sound programme/grant management services and key centralised technical support across all Consortium members.


Programme Development and Planning

· Ensure that the program will produce the outputs as set in the relevant proposals, while also allowing the consortium to refine and finalize strategies, methodologies and inputs as the program goes on and as relevant.

· Provide strategic guidance and report to Steering Committee and implementing partners in particular in planning and implementing a high quality and innovative consortium programme

· Institute a practice of joint project planning and reviewing with consortium members

· Ensure that the programme adapts best practices gained through establishment and maintenance of high level of professional engagement with relevant actors (including academic/research institutions, international organisations, etc.)

· Ensure the development and application of appropriate system for systematic documentation, dissemination and storage of best practices and knowledge gained from implementing the programme

· Support the Steering Committee and members of the consortium in identifying opportunities for improving the quality and scope of the programme

Programme Implementation

· Ensure the development and application of harmonised approaches for implementing the programme including the development of standards and frameworks for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)

· Ensure that technical support areas of implementing consortium partners are identified and addressed to ensure quality programme delivery by the team designated for consortium management

· Provide continuous guidance to the Consortium Management Unit made of Cash Transfer Specialist, Finance and Grants Manager, Livelihoods Integration Advisor and M&E Manager

· Provide centralised technical support across all consortium members and to ensure the development and application of common standards and practices for programme planning, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting within all members of the consortium

· Ensure the effective planning and implementation of activities that cut-across all consortium members including assessments, studies, capacity building initiatives, setting up and running of a centralized evidence and knowledge management and dissemination initiatives etc.

· Ensure that implementation of the programme across all consortium members is regularly monitored; evidences, results and lessons are documented and communicated; challenges are tracked and addressed in a timely manner

· Ensure that the project is appropriately staffed across the consortium members, including the appropriate combination of expertise across technical and operational areas.


· Ensure that monthly programme progress updates are produced and shared with Consortium Members

· Ensure the adoption of data/information collection and management system including the production and communication of professional quality reports to users and the donor as required

· Institute a practice of producing a harmonised quality programme report by consortium members (develop relevant tools and training of staff)

· Ensure the production and submission of evidence based and high quality technical/narrative and financial reports to be submitted to the donor and consortium members


· Chair the Programme Technical Working Group (TWG) to be held on a regular basis

· Ensure that all consortium members both at field and Lilongwe levels coordinate and regularly represent the Consortium at the coordination and technical working group meetings, and other relevant fora

· Strengthen and maintain links between FSL/CTP and other thematic areas in areas of operation

· Liaise on a regular basis with other departments of the Lead Agency and other Consortium members to guarantee the smooth running of the programme.


· Ensure that evidence is adequately produced and use learning to advocate for good practices with key stakeholders (international agencies, local government, civil society and communities).

· Ensure that the team is disseminating effective interventions at a wider scale.

Other duties:

· Serve as secretary of the Steering Committee

· Comply with and promote all Global Policies such as Child Safeguarding, whistle blowing, fraud and safety

· Perform other duties as may be requested by the Steering Committee and incumbent’s line manager



· Masters in any related field of Development, livelihood or humanitarian context on food security/social protection programming

· Experience working in Development, livelihood or humanitarian context on food security/social protection programming (minimum five years)

· Experience in cash transfer programming

· A minimum of three years’ experience of ECHO contract management essential, including budget holder responsibilities,

· Demonstrated experience in financial management and budgeting of development, livelihood and humanitarian projects (minimum three years)

· Experience in coordinating and managing a Consortium of INGOs under and institutional donor grant

· Ability to represent the cash transfer programme at a strategic level and engage and influence key stakeholders at district and national level.

· Demonstrated experience of working with national level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the state to take ownership for and deliver services.

· Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills.

· Experience budgeting and financial monitoring of the project, including all partners’ budget and financial management. The detailed annual budget and corresponding project plan will be tracked as per Save the Children accounting systems and in accordance with grant agreement stipulations

· Strong communication skills in English, with substantial experience in managing multicultural teams

· Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise

· Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in


· Experience in Southern Africa Region

· Demonstrable understanding of Value for Money

· Ability to coach and mentor partners.

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