Country Director (Malawi & Mozambique)

Job Description

Position : Country Director (CD), Malawi and Mozambique

Department : Programs Department

Responsible To : Head of Programs Department


Location : The position is located in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Country Director is expected to travel to Mozambique on a regular basis. Periodic travels and stay in Oslo and regular travel to the project sites and Mozambique will also be required.

Effective Date : As soon as possible

General purpose of the job

This is a challenging but rewarding function to ensure that DF Malawi Programme achieves a sustainable impact on sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

1. Main purpose of the position

The Country Director will ensure the sound management of the Development Fund’s programmes in Malawi and Mozambique in line with the organisation’s strategy and policies. The Country Director will lead the Development Fund’s country office in Lilongwe and will represent the organisation in relevant fora and towards donors.

2. Responsibilities

The Country Director will have the responsibility for the management of the Development Fund’s programme in Malawi and Mozambique, including consolidation of the existing efforts/activities and the development and strengthening of the programme in line with the organisation’s strategy and policies. The Country Director will lead the country office in Lilongwe, with a special focus on strengthening the capacity of the country offices and ensuring alignment with the organisation’s policies and procedures. The Country Director will act as the Development Fund’s local representative towards relevant donors and other stakeholders, including local partners and government officials.

3. Tasks

Programme management

  • Oversee quality assurance of the programme portfolio (including budgets, applications, and reports) and put in place measures to strengthen quality
  • Coordinate and ensure that existing areas of the programme portfolio are managed in line with the Development Fund’s strategies, programme management cycle, budgets and donor’s requirement
  • Ensure that the financial follow-up of the programme is in line with the Development Fund’s policies and in coherence with technical follow-up
  • Ensure coordination and involvement of partners
  • Strengthen routines and systems for programme management at the country offices in line with DF’s systems/routines, as well as providing identifying needs and providing inputs for the strengthening of DF’s systems/routines as necessary
  • Programme development-
  • Oversee the development new projects/programmes that contribute to the operationalisation of the Development Fund’s country strategy for Malawi and Mozambique and the development Fund’s organisational strategy, with particular focus on strengthening DF’s portfolio in Mozambique
  • Identify new funding opportunities and strengthen the programme’s funding base in close collaboration with the Head of Programme, with particular emphasis on Mozambique
  • Follow-up and ensure the participation of local partners in the development of new initiatives


Management of the country office in Lilongwe

  • Ensure that the country offices are managed in line with the Development Fund’s quality requirements and procedures as expressed in DF policies and guidelines
  • Ensure the transparent management of the country offices’ budget in line with the Development Fund’s systems for financial management
  • Responsible for budget management in line with the established budget frame
  • Strengthen the capacity of the country office and ensure that local staff have required competencies within the available financial resources
  • Human Resource Management in collaboration with DF Oslo
  • Ensure that DF’s intervention and management in Malawi and Mozambique are in line with national laws and policies
  • Liaison and harmonisation with the Development Fund’s office in Oslo and other parts of the organisation
  • Ensure that the Development Fund’s policies are adopted and put in practice at country office level
  • Contribute to the Development Fund’s process of increased harmonisation and interaction across the organisation (“One Organisation”)
  • Close coordination and collaboration with Head of Programme
  • Provide regular updates and analysis of the local context to DF’s office in Oslo
  • Support Management Group and other departments as required
  • Participate in regular coordination meetings with DF’s Programme Department and HR/Finance department
  • Participate in cross-cutting teams as relevant
  • Support DF private and cooperative fundraising in close collaboration with the Marketing and Communication Department
  • Strengthen HR and management of the country office in close collaboration with the Finance and HR department

Representation and networking

  • Represent the Development Fund in consortia with other organisations
  • Act as Chair in the Steering Committee of the Transform Programme
  • Act as the Development Fund’s representative towards the Norwegian Embassies in Lilongwe and Maputo
  • Represent the Development Fund in meetings with relevant donors
  • Maintain and strengthen the Development Fund’s networks in Malawi and Mozambique
  • Support advocacy work as relevant and appropriate

4. Capacity building

The Development Fund will facilitate capacity building of the employee through internal and external capacity building activities, in line with the organisation’s resources.

5. Revision and approval

The position can be changed if decisions by the board or changes within the organisation so require. All changes shall be discussed with the employee. This will also apply in the case of absence caused by health-related issues, and the management shall delegate tasks in dialogue with the employee. Flexibility in terms of travels and prioritisation of tasks will be required.

6. Professional qualifications

  • A minimum of a masters degree in related field of community development/social science or relevant discipline.
  • 10 years’ experience in senior management position in international development. Experience in livelihoods and community-based programs.
  • Work experience from senior positions in international organisations, by preference Norwegian or Scandinavian will be considered an asset
  • Experience in the management of large institutional grants preferred.
  • Proven track record of strong management skills with complex programs and a large number of staff.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English. Norwegian and Portuguese will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to grow/develop a development agency by attracting local and international resources and building alliances.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, social and political issues.
  • Ability to pragmatically solve problems, plan a course of action using analytical, conceptual, strategic and forward-thinking abilities to achieve an effective resolution.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in such areas as: strategic management, project, budget and resource management.
  • Strong leadership skills in such areas as: fostering teamwork; developing and motivating others; managing change; conflict resolution; initiative and flexibility.
  • Strong visioning, strategic planning, implementation ability and effective under pressure, results oriented and proactive with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to demonstrate support for innovation and organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  • Ability to recognize, react and adjust to rapidly changing conditions and to lead the resources in appropriate direction with cohesiveness and a sense of urgency
  • Coalition building capabilities, external networking and experience in developing strategic partnerships.

Desirable personal attributes and qualities

  • Good diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral and should be able to coordinate teams and be a self-starter.
  • S/he should have good leadership and administration skills and relevant experience.
  • The country director should network and maintain a good working relationship with other stakeholders in the sector and in the country. S/he should have sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work effectively in teams, coordinate tasks among different colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to organize one’s workload and adapt to shifting priorities and needs
  • Excellent capacity to acquire knowledge and understanding of new topics and different cultures
  • Commitment to the Development Fund’s values and ethical norms
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver within set deadlines

How to apply

Qualified and interested candidates should apply to the email address below, enclosing their cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV), indicating three names of traceable referees with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses: 

Email: [email protected] 

not later than 10th January, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DF is an equal opportunity employer and women are especially encouraged to apply

Skills Required

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