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: REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICER

Number of Positions: Two (2)

Reporting to: Environment and Climate Change Specialist

JOB PURPOSE

To lead in environmental management in compliance with the Social, Environment and Climate Assessment Procedure (SECAP), oversee the execution of climate change adaptation related activitiesat the District level and support policy dialogue, institutional coordination and local level capacity building.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide technical inputs and guidance in the implementation of the environment and natural resources management and climate change adaptation activities under TRADE at District level;
  • Provide inputs for measuring climate change resilienceand improved natural resources management among the target beneficiaries of TRADE within the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation system, in close consultation with the Environment and Climate Change Specialist and M&E Specialist
  • Ensure the inclusion of climate resilience and environmental management data collection in the baseline studies to be undertaken as part of TRADE at District level;
  • Providing support in the coordination of the SECAP related studies particularly for infrastructure development and value chain activities and ensure the reviews and approval by Technical Committee;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plans at District level;
  • Undertake the technical review of environmental management and climate change adaptation fact sheets and maps being produced under TRADE at District level;
  • Identify the appropriate dissemination channels for the fact sheets and vulnerability maps to be produced as part of the TRADE;
  • Provide training to fill the knowledge and capacity gaps of the various project stakeholders including service providers and the PMU in the understanding, planning and implementation of environmental management and climate change adaptation measures;
  • Provide strategic orientation in planning implementation and monitoring stages through periodic field visits to programme intervention areas
  • Contribute to the preparation of the AWPB;
  • Contribute to reporting structures as laid out in the TRADE documentation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER ATTRIBUTES

The post requires a person with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resource or environmental management, agriculture or rural development.
  • 5 years of experience in the field of Climate Change Adaptation or Environment and Natural Resource Management with strong knowledge of climate change adaptation.a
  • Thorough knowledge of the institutional setting in Malawi with a specific reference to climate change adaptation and environmental management as well.as familiarity with all the governmental and non-governmental actors and stakeholders involved in the policy dialogue on climate change adaptation at the national level.
  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative and regulatory framework on climate change, environmental management and agriculture as well as ongoing projects and initiatives focusing on climate change adaptation in Malawi.
  • Good knowledge of GIS systems with relevant spatial skills for mapping project areas.
  • Excellent and proven presentation, facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Good knowledge of communication tools and technologies (internet, Microsoft office packages etc).
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential.

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.