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: