Job Summary
PROTECT Country Coordinator – Malawi
Region: Hivos Southern Africa
Office: Lilongwe
Hours: 40 hours per week
Application deadline: March 10, 2020
Job context

Hivos, aims towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity. Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable. We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of Social Innovation of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. We use this frame to stretch Hivos’ view and remit beyond ‘development’ towards a future as a global organization that finds its relevance and impact in the generation of ideas, initiatives and relationships for open and green societies. Hivos has a long track record of being creative and innovative. With social innovation we’re going to take these developments to the next level by working more collaboratively, systematically, innovatively. We will do this by scanning, experimenting and scaling change initiatives and learning throughout the process.

Hivos Southern Africa is implementing a new programme: PROTECT (Protecting Rights, Openness, Transparency, Enhancing Civic Transformation) which aims to promote free, open and inclusive societies in Kenya, Malawi and Myanmar by empowering civil society organizations, human rights defenders and infomediaries to fulfill their role in holding governments accountable and building independent and democratic societies. ARTICLE 19, Hivos, ICNL, Internews and in-country partners are bringing together their expertise in the fields of freedom of assembly, association, expression, access to information and data transparency, media sustainability and protection to address holistically the multifaceted challenge of closing civic space. We look for a person who shares our values, with great and inclusive programmatic, management and leadership skills who can lead this new programme with passion and commitment.

Hivos is seeking qualified candidates for the position of a PROTECT Country Coordinator – Malawi

Duties And Responsibilities
Your responsibilities

The Country Coordinator – PROTECT is part of the Open Society Team in the Hivos Hub for Southern Africa. In particular, focuses on the Hivos thematic area that addresses Transparency Accountability and Freedom of Expression. The Country Coordinator, will oversee PROTECT programme activities at country level and coordinate the PROTECT Country Team, comprised of in-country consortium partners. S/he will have a holistic view of the PROTECT programme and understand how the respective in-country PROTECT work integrates with the bigger PROTECT programme objectives. S/he will ensure that implementation of activities stay on track and are in line with donor requirements. The Country Coordinator will be the primary in-country contact person with donors and other key stakeholders, on Consortium issues. S/he will also be the main conduit for information about the respective. Country’s PROTECT Programme to the rest of the PROTECT consortium and represent this work at Steering Committee level. S/he will be responsible for ensuring project visibility at national level in coordination with consortium partners and other key stakeholders. The Country Coordinator will be reporting to the PROTECT Programme Manager/Thematic Lead (Malawi, Kenya and Myanmar) and cross-reporting to the PROTECT Consortium Manager – UK

In country coordination

Lead and Coordinate the PROTECT Country team, composed by a representative of each Consortium partner, to ensure that the team fulfils its responsibilities in accordance to programme goals, best practice and grant compliance;
Lead and coordinate the development and update of PROTECT in-country vision and strategy and plans;

Oversee synchronised in-country PROTECT programme implementation to ensure effective programme delivery, grant compliance;
Be the primary relationship manager with in-country DFID team, Global PROTECT teams and with external stakeholders on matters PROTECT in the respective country;
Support respective in-country and global teams to ensure sound financial management in line with grant requirements;
Act as the in-country security compliance focal point and ensure that the security and risk register is updated and remains relevant for effective risk management;
Participate in PROTECT in-country and global meetings and represent PROTECT at external events and forums

Programme Management, Representation and Communication

Manages the implementation of the PROTECT programme in Malawi in liaison with the PROTECT Programme Manager and Consortium Partners. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring high quality narrative and financial reports, further building relationships with consortium partners and grantees, data management, monitoring & evaluation and linking and learning.
Provides technical oversight of the programme in Kenya and individual activities to ensure adherence to defined goals, evidence-based interventions and best practices
Is the primary relationship lead in Malawi representing all consortium members and with external stakeholders, including responding to information requests
Discusses with consortium partners and other key stakeholders, in all aspects of programme planning, monitoring, and implementation
Innovates and proactively support strategic alliances with relevant stakeholders
Leads a participative process of programme implementation that closely involves both the donor as well as consortium and local partners

Partner Support

Ensures that partners are meaningfully engaged in decision making and receive the organizational and technical capacity development needed to successfully complete their grant-funded activities
Ensures compliance with and implementation of all donor-related and project specific policies
Supports the organization of PROTECT program events and activities in Malawi in collaboration with local expert Partners and the PROTECT Consortium Team
Ensures partner compliance with Consortium grant making procedures and policies

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Coordinate with respective in-country and global teams to ensure effective MEL strategy implementation and tracking;
Work with MEL working group and in-country thematic leads to develop and localise and implement monitoring tools for PROTECT programmes;
Work respective thematic leads at country level to ensure localised MEL targets are on track, as each thematic lead has a mandate on monitoring aspects;
Work closely with in-country thematic leads and lead partners to periodically review MEL plans and strategy to ensure and maintain quality that responds to achievement of project objectives and grant compliance.
Monitors performance of the programme and makes recommendations regarding scale-up potential or trouble shooting when challenges arise
Monitors contextual developments in Malawi affecting the program
Supports development of knowledge and learning approaches for partners and other stakeholders
Supports the implementation of the program’s co-creation research approach
Maintains an updated in-country database of the program’s key stakeholders

Administrative and Procurement Tasks

Oversees financial management and procurement, including subsequent contracting of local partners, in line with Consortium Partners’ and donor requirements. This also includes the delivery, management, and monitoring of sub-grants
Support the identification of possible service providers in line with Consortium Partners’ procurement procedures and policies
During PROTECT programme events and activities, guide the Consortium support staff to facilitate the delivery of in-country logistical tasks
Assist the Regional staff with the tracking and follow-up of partner documentation and reporting

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Experience in working with and commitment to good governance, transparency, citizen engagement and accountability.
Experience with managing multi-stakeholder initiatives including civil society, government, oversight authorities and private sector.
Demonstrable experience in implementing learning and sharing information with a wide range of stakeholders.
Experience in facilitating training, policy and advocacy interventions across countries and region.
Experience working with investigative journalists, using data for public scrutiny and anti-corruption investigations.
Excellent communication, analytical, problem-solving and relationship management skills.
Commitment to team-working and a willingness to join in with colleagues to manage the pressures and priorities of the day.
Likes to work in a multi-cultural environment with people from different religions, cultures and of various orientations.

Qualifications And Experience
Your profile

Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, International Development, social sciences, or related area. Those with a Master Degree will have added advantage.
More than 5 years’ professional experience in programme management of transparency, citizen engagement and accountability programmes, or programmes on good governance, anti-corruption, civic space, independent media, human rights or related fields
Proven experience in implementing high-volume sub-granting programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Demonstrated experience with similarly complex programmes involving coordination with multiple projects and partner institutions, including delivering at pace and managing demands from multiple stakeholders.
Financial and operational management skills.

How To Apply
What we offer

Hivos offers a challenging position in an international environment. The Regional Office is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. This position will be based in Lilongwe. Hivos is an equal opportunity employer.

Contingent upon funding
How to apply

If you meet the above mentioned qualifications, send a letter explaining your motivation and your CV to: [email protected] by 10 March 2020. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.