Full Time
March 1, 2024
March 8, 2024

Company: Spark MicroGrants

Please Share




About Spark 

Spark Microgrants believes in a world where everyone lives with dignity and determines their positive future. Spark has pioneered a poverty alleviation model in East Africa that draws on the evidence from ultra-poor graduation and Community-Driven Development approaches, known as the facilitated collective action process (FCAP). The FCAP combines a cash grant plus facilitated community meetings and training to catalyze improved livelihoods, stronger social cohesion, and greater gender equity. Spark is partnering with NGO and Government partners to scale adoption and impacts for rural communities – on their terms. Read more about our Approach,Impact, and Values on our website.

About the role

The Trainer role is primarily a field-based position which plays an important role as an interface between Spark, CBFs and communities in delivering Titukulane FCAP Program implementation initiatives in all communities of practice. He or she will see to it that there is effective execution of Titukulane FCAP in all communities’ projects activities, continued implementation, growth through benefits sharing and sustainability of Titukulane FCAP Projects in all communities of practice during and after partners’ handovers of the projects to communities. The Trainer shall support the achievement of Sparks ultimate objectives and KPIs. The Trainer shall report to the Program Officer. (PO)



  • Field execution of Titukulane FCAP activities e.g. collaborating with CBFs, Design fellows, Partner Officers and community leaders on community meetings and local Government sensitization meetings and training during projects introductions, planning, implementation and during post implementation.
  • Lead in CBFs training, refresher training and field monitoring.
  • Coordinate with Design fellows and take part in Co-designs.
  • Supervise projects by ensuring CBFs, Community leaders and communities have necessary expertise in implementing their pathways with adequate coordination.
  • Carry out activities that promote Projects or pathways continuity such as CBFs visits, community or village and Pathways sustainability activities.
  • Track record keeping, CBFs activities, Pathways progress, benefits sharing and sustainability progress of the pathways.
  • Supervise, mentor, and coach Community Based Facilitators in the execution of their duties.
  • Accompany Community Based Facilitators during community meetings and other pathway activities such as during villages/community exchange visits to advance pathways sustainability and Community of practice learnings.
  • Manage allocated funds for field use in regard to finance policy.
  •  Developing weekly work plans and reports for all field activities with measurable deliverables and in relation to KPIs.
  •  Field data administration for FCAP meetings, benefits and maintenance activities through comcare and other reporting tools.
  • Collect success stories and learning and share with the Program Officer
  • Engage with Partner Field Officers, Community development structures such VDCs and ADCs, Technical Assistants, Development Assistants for program activities progress.
  • Manage relations with CBFs, Community leaders and their communities.’
  • Effectively manage all organization items such as phones, riding gear including motorbike usage under his/her jurisdiction with close attention to, fueling, maintenance and repairs.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as delegated by the Program Officer.

The Trainer will:  

  • Report to the Program Officer, and will have weekly check-ins related to projects, performance, and professional development.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and monthly team training.
  • Participate in planning and budgeting for field related activities.


  • You are driven by a world with a strong civil society where communities are in the driving seat of local change
  • You have relevant development experience, ideally in either community-driven development, governance, citizen engagement, social accountability, livelihoods, or other related areas and/or policy-driven change,
  • You have an excellent track record of report writing for institutional, preferably for donors, with strong writing, editing, and critical analysis skills
  • You have excellent written communication skills, preferably including experience writing reports, program documents and good in the local language.
  • Excellent training skills
  • You should be flexible to work anywhere in Malawi.
  • Excellent community proposal writing skills
  • You possess strong planning, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Good understanding of the parameters of quality in the context of the organization.


The person should be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Administration and any other  relevant field. Any additional qualifications in the field of Community training is an added advantage.

You have the cultural fit to work with us here at Spark, if:

  • You are dynamic, self-driven, and proactively seek out feedback.
  • You keep yourself organized, yet lift your head up to think strategically on the regular and relish the challenge of applying a range of approaches to answer complex questions.
  • You are a leader with a passion for transforming bold ideas into actionable strategies. You drive new initiatives, embrace and push for change, and aren’t afraid to try something new.
  • You are a facilitator, you listen intently, integrate feedback, and create an environment where everyone feels comfortable to speak up and develop ideas together.
  • You drive thoughtful processes to make strategic decisions and problem solve. You collaborate and prioritize an inclusive process that can be replicated in the future.
  • You are authentic. You speak your mind, and you live your values.
  • We are looking for someone who is committed to this role for at least 2 years.


  • You will be joining a dynamic team that hails from ten countries around the world and is committed to our vision
  • You will have the freedom and autonomy to make your role your own. We want to hear your innovative ideas, your vision for the future, and your critical questions.
  • We respect and value work-life balance and your need for downtime, vacation, and reflection.
  • You will join a dynamic and growing organization with a clear pathway to learning and career advancement.


Job Location:  Lilongwe, Phalombe or Nkhotakota, Mzimba

Start Date: As soon as possible

Application closing date: On a rolling basis, we reserve the right to close this recruitment process at any time.

How to apply. Please Follow this link to apply:


Our safeguarding follows a do no harm principle. All Spark staff are to respect and uphold the safeguarding procedures and principles to minimize harm to stakeholders, program participants, and the environment, in compliance with the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework and Rwandan Legislation.

Equal Opportunity 

Spark Microgrants provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals. Employment decisions at Spark are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Spark does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Spark will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship to daily operations.