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In continuing with the compact development process, the Malawi Millennium Development Trust (MMD) working with the Government of Malawi (GoM) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) are currently exploring the underlying root causes of the three key binding constraints to economic growth identified during the Constraints Analysis Phase of Compact Development. The key binding constrains are: rural roads/farm-to-market linkages; land access/land administration; and macro-economic stability. After the root cause analysis, Malawi will need to assess these sectors to identify promising areas of opportunity, identify and develop projects that are likely to yield high impact, and identify those impacts and beneficiaries of proposed projects.

To assist with this exercise in respect of the land access/land administration constraint, MMD seeks to recruit a Land Sector Lead who will work with GoM and MCC to identify feasible and sustainable solutions throughout the compact development period. The Land Sector Lead will engage substantially with senior officials and senior experts in various Government of Malawi stakeholder institutions, other donors, the private sector, and local authorities; effectively integrate a range of related technical disciplines and MCC requirements; and serve as the senior technical liaison with MCC on land.

To be successful, the Land Sector Lead must be highly motivated and highly organized; be able to develop relationships and sustain engagement with a wide range of stakeholders at the highest levels in government, the private sector, and other donor organizations; and be able to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least a university degree in public administration, law, economics, geography, business, agricultural science, or another field;
  • At least ten years of prior work experience on matters related to land administration strengthening or public administration strengthening or other aspects of economic development in Malawi, preferably including work with a development agency or international donor or the private sector;
  • Demonstrated experience operating at a senior level in the private sector and/or in government or donor organization, and ability to engage directly at senior levels in government, private sector or donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment and to manage multiple priorities, demands and tasks across functional areas with limited supervision and direction.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, including ability to work in a team-based environment and to build and maintain productive relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders at high levels.
  • Experience leading project operational management and implementation, including work program planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and procurement and financial management.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in the English language, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the Malawian public sector operational context;
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and preferably Microsoft Project;
  • Able to display qualities of maturity, initiative, drive and commitment to the task at hand; and
  • Knowledge of current developments in the land sector in Malawi.

Description of Main Responsibilities:
  • Lead the Government’s further diligence of the land sector constraint, problems and root causes in collaboration with MCC, synthesizing viewpoints of a range of key stakeholders and experts in Malawi.
  • Lead potential land project or activity development on behalf of the Government, identifying and addressing opportunities, challenges, and risks.
  • Assess land project components and activities as may be eventually proposed by Government or other stakeholders to ensure their relevance to the country context, the problems identified, and their alignment with MCC expectations and criteria.
  • Engage and convene senior government officials in the land sector and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors active in the land sector in Malawi for purposes of sector analysis and identification and development of potential MCC land-related investments.
  • Develop and maintain project work plans for both the compact development and compact implementation periods.
  • Coordinate and assist with timely review and commentary by stakeholders on all technical documents produced during the compact development process;
  • Serve as the primary liaison with MCC land experts and others doing work related to the land constraint – both MCC officials and MCC consultants – throughout the period of Compact development, negotiations, and implementation preparations.
  • Work closely with other MMD experts on due diligence and compact development as may be related to land, including the Senior Economist, Private Sector Lead, Gender and Social Inclusion Lead, and Environmental/Social Performance Leads.
  • Organize and facilitate expert meetings with Malawi-based stakeholders during periodic MCC missions to Malawi. D Gather information and data as may be needed from a range of institutions
  • Perform any other related duty as appropriate.

How to apply

Applications supported by a detailed Curriculum Vitae, including three traceable referees should reach:

The National Coordinator
Malawi Millennium Development Trust
Ground Floor, Pamodzi House,
Off Presidential Way
P O Box 31513
Capital City
Lilongwe 3


By close of business on September 20th, 2019.

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