Mpamba Recharge & Win

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The National Planning Commission (NPC) is an independent think tank that was established through an Act of Parliament in 2017. The Commission as an autonomous public institution is mandated to lead in medium and longterm national development planning and overseeing implementation of the plans. To this end, the specific functions of the Commission include: (i) identify Malawi’s socio-economic development priorities and formulate the national vision and strategy for social and economic goals taking into account the country’s resource potential and comparative advantage; ii) Oversee implementation of the long-term national vision and strategies and the medium-term development plans; (iii) formulate innovative and progressive flagship projects and programmes for implementation in line with the national vision and strategies for the country; (iv) identify and commission research on any matter the Commission deems relevant to the attainment of the objects of the National Planning Commission Act; (v) engage relevant individuals and institutions in all sectors of the economy in conduct of its functions under the National Planning Commission Act; (vi) appraise the State President and the National Assembly annually on the progress made with regard to the implementation of plans, programmes and projects; (vi) and perform any other functions in relation to national planning as the Commission may deem appropriate for achieving the purposes of the National Planning Commission Act.

In order to fulfill its mandate effectively and efficiently, an opportunity has risen as part of the institution setting up process to fill positions with qualified persons at its Head Office in Lilongwe. The Commission, therefore, invites applications for suitably qualified candidates to fill these positions.

These are highly demanding positions that require persons who have demonstrable capacity and qualifications towards making the Commission a Centre of Excellence in medium and long term national development planning and overseeing implementation of the plans. More importantly, the Commission seeks professionals that are motivated and enthusiastic about driving the new development narrative of moving away from the self-defeating poverty-reduction agenda that has characterized the country over the past decades towards the agenda of ‘spearheading wealth creation for all’

The following are the required personnel and work-related traits for the positions.



Under the guidance of the Director of Planning, the key highlights of the position of the Development Planning Manager are as follows:

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute strategic and technical management oversight of the socio-economic development and inclusive growth programs and activities
  • Support strategic planning and stakeholder management on inclusive growth and socio-economic development programs;
  • Support the Director of Planning in provision of high quality advisory services, strengthen institutional linkages, leverage links through private sector and other external partnerships;
  • Contribute to the development of high quality knowledge creation, and management and dissemination of knowledge products on socio-economic development, inclusive growth and innovation;
  • Ensuring that principles of gender equality, youth and social inclusion are mainstreamed throughout the whole economic governance and inclusive growth work stream, as well as piloted in innovative and high-impact initiatives;
  • Support the development of robust operational management for the socio-economic development and inclusive growth work stream, including program implementation, budget management, risk management and reporting,
  • Contribute to cohesion and efficiency throughout the commission through seeking (and acting upon) opportunities for greater collaboration with similar initiatives across different sectors and cooperating partners.

Minimum Academic and Professional Qualifications/Experience
  • Masters level qualifications in economics, development, public financial management or related field. Those with PhD will have an added advantage.
  • 7+ years of senior management experience in the development and implementation of economic socio-economic development programs and private sector development (with experience in a developing country context being an asset).

Competencies and personal Attributes
  • Quantifiable program design and program management experience;
  • Knowledge of political economy issues, including an understanding of how power relations within government can have major impacts in program selection, design and implementation;
  • Experience in private sector innovation with proven ability to build collaborative communities and strategic partnerships;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and proven experience in developing and maintaining relationships with senior partner government officials, donor representatives and other key stakeholders;
  • Having a positive mind-set, motivation and enthusiasm on spearheading a ‘wealth creation for all’ agenda;
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to lead and manage high quality reporting, knowledge and communication products;


The Commission shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to successful candidates in accordance with its salary structure commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The candidates should submit their application in the following manner: (i) an updated Curriculum vitae (CV); (ii) Names and contacts of three traceable referees at least one of whom should be a first or second level supervisor of the applicants within the last five years; (iii) and copies of their academic and professional qualifications. The applicants should quote the job being applied for on the envelope or email heading. The application should be sent to the address below not later than Sunday, 15th December 2019.

The Director General,
National Planning Commission,
2nd Floor, Chief M’mbelwa House,
Private Bag B316,


Qualified females and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Only Shortlisted Candidates will be acknowledged.


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