The Embassy of Ireland in Malawi is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to fill a full-time Development Officer (DO) position on an initial two-year contract

Roles and Responsibilities
The Development Officer will work closely with the Embassy team and will report directly to the relevant Programme Advisor/Development Specialist. The precise range of duties will vary over time according to the needs of the Embassy, but will include the following:

  • To work with programme staff in responding to the administrative needs of the programme;
  • This will include grant management functions including engaging with partners on behalf of the Embassy and involvement in field trips and monitoring.
  • To take responsibility for developing and maintaining a filing and information management system relevant to the needs of the Irish Aid programme.
  • Ensure compliance with the Standard Approach to Grant Management. The scope of this work includes capturing photos and images related to the Embassy’s work, assisting with documenting and collecting case studies and filing these for retrieval and use.
  • Assist with preparation of files for any possible audits.
  • To form part of the Embassy’s communication team that will promote the Embassy’s work in various formats, including social media.
  • Participate as needed in all relevant internal and external meetings and events including coordination sessions, technical discussions and partnership meetings; and
  • Other duties as required from time to time and directed by the Programme Advisor/ Development Specialist as necessary.

Essential Requirements candidates must be able to demonstrate

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have a well-established track record of good performance and possess the following skills and experience:

  • Candidates must have a degree in a relevant subject.
  • Candidates must have at least 2 years programme experience working with government, non-government or donor agencies in developing countries.
  • Candidates must show through demonstrating work based examples of strong familiarity with the political, economic and development context in Malawi and with responses of government, donors and non-governmental organisations.
  • Candidates must demonstrate using examples of their familiarity with the key principles and practice of effective aid management and delivery.
  • The candidate must provide evidence of flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness showing strong organizational skills, attention to detail, able to work under pressure and to manage multiple tasks.
  • The candidate should provide examples of being solutions-oriented, and committed to delivering results, including by adapting approach if necessary.
  • The candidate must demonstrate using work based examples of providing excellent interpersonal skills, being persuasive, working in a team but also dealing effectively with people in external organisations.
  • The candidate must demonstrate using examples, their working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • The successful candidate must have a legal entitlement to live and work in Malawi prior to recruitment.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • A good understanding of the role of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi.
  • The successful applicant will work alongside other local employees of the Embassy, and will report directly to the diplomatic staff in the Mission. Previous experience in a diplomatic mission is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience in the area of agriculture or nutrition is desirable.

Terms and conditions of employment

  • The successful candidates will be hired on a fixed-term contractual basis and will be based at the Embassy of Ireland, Lilongwe.
  • Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with standard office hours from 07:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m.
  • Annual Leave entitlement 24 days per annum.
  • The salary for the position is set according to a scale and is paid locally on a monthly basis. Salaries are paid direct to a bank account, therefore, the successful candidate must have a bank account.

The Job Description and Application Form for this position are available on our website www.dfa.ie/malawi

Completed application forms should be sent via e-mail only to: lilongweemjobs@dfa.ie with the subject line Development Officer

Applications must be received before 12:30 p.m. (CAT) on Friday 19 August 2022.

No applications will be accepted after this deadline. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Selection Process 

  • Depending on the number of applications received, a short-listing of candidates to be called for a competency-based interview may be undertaken based on the Essential Requirements above.
  • It is planned that interviews will be held in August or September 2022
  • A skills test may be included in the recruitment process.
  • A second interview may be included in the recruitment process, and
  • A panel may be set up depending on the calibre of Candidates. General Data Protection Regulation: All personal information received will be kept in line with GDPR guidelines.

Security Clearance for Local Staff
Police security clearance will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which thhe applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful, this information will be destroyed. If the applicant subsequently comes under
consideration for another position, they will be required to supply this information again.

Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.

The Embassy is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity.