The Human Rights Commission (the Commission), an independent institution established under Chapter XI of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, with the primary mandate of the promotion and protection of human rights and investigations of violations of the rights accorded by the Constitution or any other law in Malawi, invites applications from suitable, qualified and experienced persons to fill the following vacant position.

Title of post : Under Secretary

Grade : H4

Reporting to : Director of Corporates Service H3.


The Under Secretary shall be responsible for overall effective provision of the shared and support services. Specifically, the Under Secretary shall perform the flowing functions and duties:

  • Leading in the planning and organising the provision of shared and support services including Information Technology, security, procurement, cleaning, transport;
  • Ensuring efficient and effective staff delegation, supervision and performance appraisal within the unit;
  • Initiating review of administrative policies, systems and standard operating procedures;
  • Responsible for project management evaluation and monitoring under leadership of the Director
  • Assisting the director to ensure prudent asset management;
  • Assisting the director in preparing directorate and institutional workplans, budgets;
  • Convening regular section meetings for progress review and planning;
  • Provide leadership in transport management system for the Commission and;
  • Taking any other duty assigned from time to time by the Director of Corporate Services and Executive Secretary.


Suitable candidates must have at least the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Social science or Business Administration, with knowledge in procurement and corporate governance being added advantages;
  • 7 years of experience in providing shared and support services in a busy environment, of which 3 years must be in middle level management roles;
  • Demonstrable ability to provide senior line management role, with sound experience in project management being an added advantage;
  • Demonstrably decisive with a good sense of judgment and ability to take solve problems;
  • Excellent organizational and supervisory skills with the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and payment of attention to detail;
  • Excellent drafting, spoken and presentation skills especially in the English Language;
  • A dependable team player, with creative thinking and ability to manage projects and computer literacy and;
  • Willingness to learn and ability to take instructions without close supervision.

The Commission is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, both male and female persons including persons with disabilities, who meet the prerequisite qualifications and experience are encouraged to apply. However, considering that the Commission oversees the implementation of the Gender Equality Act that ensures 40:60/60:40 distribution of decision-making positions; the Commission particularly encourages women to apply for positions above. Please note that any canvassing shall lead to disqualification.

An attractive remuneration package comprising a competitive salary and benefits will be offered to the successful candidates. The Commission also offers excellent career development opportunities.


Interested persons should submit their application with up-to-date detailed curriculum vitae including names and addresses of three traceable referees, to reach the undersigned not later than the 15th January, 2022. All late applications shall not be considered.

The Executive Secretary

Malawi Human Rights Commission

HB House, Off Paul Kagame Road

Private Bag 378