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MwAPATA Institute is an independent local policy think tank in Malawi. The Institute is affiliated to Michigan State University (MSU), the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Malawi, and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). The Institute’s ultimate goal is to accelerate the adoption of effective Malawian-led policies and programs to drive broad-based agricultural transformation, diversification and improved smallholder livelihoods in Malawi. The Institute is playing a leading role in identifying strategies that will improve the investment climate, promote diversification, and promote increased commercialization and productivity within Malawi’s agricultural sector and then build consensus and support for their implementation. Among other things, this would include building coalitions of private and public sector support to overcome barriers to private investment; assisting government to develop and implement improved policies and regulatory frameworks; and capacity strengthening in policy analysis and communication.

The MwAPATA Institute wishes to employ Fixed-Term Consultants to engage together with Institute researchers on special assignments and commissioned studies, ranging in duration from one month to one year, in the areas of agricultural food systems, transformation, and diversification; regional and domestic trade; the development of agricultural markets; natural resource management, including soil health; water and irrigation; and other issues related to rural household livelihoods. The successful candidates will plan, coordinate and implement research programmes in accordance with the Institute’s strategy and procedures. The selected consultants will work in teams integrated into the Institute’s priority research, policy outreach, and communications activities.

Key tasks shall include:

  • Conducting research and policy analysis on agricultural, natural resources management, and rural development policy issues.
  • Preparing research reports, working papers, policy briefs, and publishable journal manuscripts.
  • Writing of research proposals and contributing to the Institute’s fundraising efforts.
  • Translating research into concrete policy guidance and support for implementation, including coordination and collaboration with Government Ministries and Departments.
  • Identifying opportunities for private investment and entry into key agricultural commodity value chains with the potential to drive agricultural transformation in Malawi.
  • Assisting in organizing and participating in workshops, seminars, and conferences for dissemination of research outputs and outcomes.
  • Preparing research project budgets.
  • Peer reviewing research work by other researchers.
  • Collaborating with other local, regional and international research institutions on policy analysis issues.

Qualifications and skills

  • MSc and/or Doctorate Degree, in Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Policy Management, or related field with a minimum of 3 years’ post-graduate experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proficiency in quantitative research methods, the analysis of household survey data, and the use of STATA, SPSSS or similar statistical analysis software packages.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively design and implement survey data collection activities.
  • Specific experience in relating to government and private sector as key stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability and experience in managing internal and external relationships with project teams, donors, and collaborators.
  • Ability and experience in managing internal and external relationships with project teams, donors, and collaborators.
  • Experience working in multi-cultural teams.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and at least one Malawian local language.

How to apply

Interested persons should complete consultant’s recruitment form found at https://form.jotform.com/193423290923559 . Please, also remember to send your Curriculum Vitae to:

Email: hrmwapata@gmail.com

after filling in the form.

Applications should be received before close of business on December 20th, 2019

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