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 fill different positions tenable in various TRADE Programme Offices as follows:

POSITION: GRANTS MANAGEMENT OFFICER

No of Position: 1

Reporting to: GRANTS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support in ensuring compliance with the grant agreement conditions and fiduciary obligations by grantees, coordinating, managing, supervising and monitoring performance and contractual obligations of the grantees, and ensuring that recipients of grant facilities from TRADE comply with all grant requirements and that the grant facilities are used for intended purposes and consistent with value for money principles, benefiting commercial partnerships with smallholder farmers.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide support services in ensuring that both TRADE and the grant recipients are complying with terms and conditions of the grant agreement;
  • Conduct regular financial management support visits to TRADE grant recipients from time to time;
  • Critically analyse financial reports from grant recipients by identifying any financial shortcomings to and make appropriate recommendations component specialists and management;
  • Ensure systematic.follow-up on progress made on previous financial recommendations with grant recipients
  • Ensure that the grant recipients have sound financial management arrangements;
  • Ensure that the grant recipients have reliable system of internal controls;
  • Liaise with both internal and external auditors to ensure smooth audits and timely submission of financial reports by grant recipients;
  • Ensure that audit recommendations from auditors are complied with;
  • Coordinate and participate in technical backstopping missions to grant recipients by TRADE, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development and IFAD
  • Review and vouch financial transactions to ensure that they are supported by authentic third party documentation;
  • Ensure that grant recipient’s expenditures are made within agreed physical deliverables to ensure reasonableness and value for money among grant recipients
  • Alert TRADE of any signs of corruption or wrong doing by the grant recipients.

MINIMUM ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/

EXPERIENCE AND OTHER ATTRIBUTES

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Administration, Commerce or professional qualifications in CIMA, ACCA, CA.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the Grants management of Programmes or businesses with similar funding budgets and staff complements to the Programme in the public or NGO sector
  • Private, NGO sectors and specific private sector/ commercial accountability and experience will be a pre-requisite for selection;
  • Experience in IFAD Grants Management or any development partner supported Grant facility will be an added advantage.

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.