Overview

BACKGROUND

Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE) Programme is a Government of Malawi 6-year initiative funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) whose overall goal is to contribute to improved sustainable livelihoods of rural people in Malawi through Value Chain commercialisation and resilience of rural poor and smallholder’s producers”.

TRADE Programme specifically seeks to: (i) increase.production and productivity by smallholder farmers; (i) functionally upgrade smallholder farmers and the rural poor to undertake new functions such as processing, storage, packaging to capture more value; (ii) improve horizontal linkages by strengthening the capacities of cooperatives to provide market access functions to smallholder farmers; and, (iv) improve vertical linkages between stakeholders at different functional levels of the commodity chain, including private sector. TRADE intends to support rural entrepreneurs, focusing on youths and women to develop and sustain their agribusiness enterprise opportunities and ensuring that commodities are nutrition sensitive.

This objective will be achieved through targeted support to smallholder farmers and non-farm actors to benefit from commodity markets, improved access to rural financial services, market and business development services and partnerships with the private sector.

The programme directly contributes to Pillar 1 of MW 2063 and Strategic objective 2 of the Malawi Country Strategic Opportunity (COSOP 2016-2021) “Smallholder households access remunerative markets and services”. It also contributes to Strategic Objective 1 of the COSOP “Smallholder households become resilient to natural shocks” by focusing on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and the mainstreaming of nutrition in all project activities. Under the Ministry of Local Government as lead agency, TRADE will be implemented under 3 interlinked components namely: sustainable producer-private partnerships; enabling environment for smallholder commercialization and component; and, institutional support and programme management. With a total target of 300,000 households,.

TRADE will initially cover 11 districts (Mchinji, Ntchisi, Dedza, Blantyre, Kasungu, Nkhata-Bay, Rumphi, Karonga, Lilongwe Rural, Thyolo and Chitipa) placed into Clusters namely Thyolo-Blantyre; Ntchisi-Kasungu-Mchiji; Karonga-Chitipa; Rumphi-Nkhata-Bay; Lilongwe-Dedza focusing on7 commodities (groundnuts, soyabeans, sunflower, Irish potato, dairy, beef and honey).

It is in view of this background that TRADE Programme is looking for highly motivated and experienced candidates to nil ditferent positions tenable in various TRADE Programme Offices as follows:

POSITION: FIELD ENGINEERS

Number of Positions: Three (3)

Reporting to: Infrastructure Specialist

JOB PURPOSE

Field engineers will be responsible for providing direct support of TRADE’s infrastructure interventions at district levels.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide support in developing works inventory and preparing tender documents for the district (s).
  • Take lead in supervising works supported by TRADE and carried out by contractors and other partners supported by TRADE
  • Prepare annual budget for infrastructure activities.
  • Participate in conducting road and bridge surveys and inventories.
  • Design and prepare schedules of qualities and tender documents for road and bridge rehabilitation and improvements and construction of silos, warehouses and stores.
  • Participate in tender evaluation.
  • Execute contract management activities for both works and services.
  • Take corrective action of the overall progress of works and service contracts in consultation with the Infrastructure Specialist.
  • Verify measurements of the quantities for executed works and certify payments
  • Collaborate and interact with District Councils and other stakeholders on all issues relating to infrastructure component.
  • Manage all works records of each district and ensure that the records are safely kept.
  • Compile quarterly progress report for works in the districts in line with the agreed format.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER ATTRIBUTES

The post requires a person with:

  • BSc degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized university years experience in rural infrastructure maintenance.
  • Experience in contracts management and site supervision will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge in working with District Councils will be an added advantage
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Adequate knowledge in computer packages such as Word, Excel, Power point, and Project Manager.

APPLICATION MODALITY

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications together with copies of certificates, CVs and names of three traceable referees clearly indicating the position being applied for on the email heading (for emails of envelopes (for hard-copies) not later than 18th May 2022 to:

The National Programme Coordinator

Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship (TRADE

P.O. Box 2135

Lilongwe.

Or Email: administration@tradeprogramme.org

Area 9 Plot Number 328.

TRADE Programme is an equal opportunities employer.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.