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 direct supervision of the Director General, the key highlights of the position of Legal Counsel are as follows:

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Negotiating, writing and executing agreements and contracts on behalf of the Commission, 
  • Offering counsel, a variety of legal issues
  • Advising on contract status, legal risks, and the legal liabilities associated with different deals,
  • In consultation with the relevant Departments in the Commission, researching and initiating review of the Policies, Acts and other regulatory instruments that support coordination in meeting the defined long and medium term development goals of the country
  • Researching and anticipating unique legal issues that could impact the commission,
  • Reviewing advertising and marketing materials to ensure that they are in compliance with legal requirements,
  • Providing legal opinions, legal interpretations, and recommendations to the Commission for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission maintains compliance with various local and international regulations,
  • Maintaining and cataloguing legal documents and contracts for the purpose of ensuring accurate reference materials,
  • Representing the Commission in all legal matters,
  • Providing staff development/training to the commission on legal topics mainly for the purpose of educating others on their legal responsibilities,
  • Attending various meetings at local and international levels for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions.

Minimum Academic and Professional Qualifications/Experience
  • At least a Masters degree Level qualifications in law from a recognized university
  • Must be admitted to a recognized bar
  • Must have 7+ years of experience gained in the public sector and preferably having also worked with a major private sector firm.

Person Specifications
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization,
  • Strong negotiating skills with both legal and policy-related issues,
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with the Malawi legal society,
  • Have a positive mind-set, motivation and enthusiasm on spearheading a ‘wealth creation for all’ agenda
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.


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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