Technical Advisor, Youth-CEFM

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

In Malawi, Palladium manages the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.



Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

HP+ requires a Technical Advisor to support the project in two respects: (1) co-managing HP+ activities on combating early and forced marriage (CEFM) hand-in-hand with a Plan Malawi counterpart, and (2) ensuring quality capacity development and skills-building trainings and workshops.

The position is a fixed-term contract through September 2021, with an annual renewal thereafter depending on performance and USAID priorities, and the availability of funding.

Key Responsibilities

1. Co-manage HP+ Malawi CEFM activities with a Plan Malawi counterpart. Palladium-led responsibilities will include:


Organizing national-level and district-level policy discussions on CEFM

Improve inter-ministerial coordination to support change

Engaging religious mother bodies (RMBs) on CEFM

Ensure smooth communications and coordination between Palladium Malawi, Plan Malawi, and HQ  counterparts through routine meetings and collaborative decision-making

2. Ensure technical excellence in the design and development of HP+ workshops and trainings. This may include:

Designing and delivering trainings and workshops within our Youth portfolio

Providing technical assistance to other HP+ Malawi team members on capacity development methodologies as  they design and deliver trainings and workshops for our other areas of work.

3. Identify modalities and tools to measure and evaluate capacity-strengthening activities.

4. Lead organizational capacity assessments if needed.

5. Contribute to project monitoring by providing weekly updates on activities and contributing to HP+ Malawi reporting.

6. Work with project managers to monitor budgets and spending on related activities.

7. Draft activity briefs, success stories, blogs, or other items to communicate the lessons learned and achievements of assigned portfolio(s).

8. Other related tasks as assigned on an as-needed basis

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, social science, development, or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

  2. Over 7 years of professional experience in public health or development, with at least 3 years’ experience in designing and delivering capacity development interventions (training, workshops, mentoring and coaching, etc.).

  3. Demonstrated experience strengthening individual and/or organizational capacity in an East African context.

  4. Understanding of latest evidence and best practices in adult education.

  5. Experience working on projects in Malawi to address early and forced marriage.

  6. Knowledge and experience working on Youth Friendly Health Services and AGYW interventions preferred.

  7. Relevant experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and decision-makers, from MPs and senior officials, to traditional and community leaders and excellent diplomatic and stakeholder management skills are required.

  8. Understanding of governmental structures and processes in Malawi preferred.

  9. Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and networking skills, ability to work within a cross-cultural and virtual team.

  10. Experience working with USAID projects preferred.

  11. Ability to work well under pressure and skilled in change management, crisis management and problem-solving skills.

  12. Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to draft quality briefs, reports, training/facilitation agendas, training PPTs, and curricula. A writing test may be administered as part of the interview process.

  13. Fluency in oral and written English required.

  14. This position is open to people located in and legally permitted to work in Malawi only.   

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