Office Assistant (Driver)


1.0 Background
The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) through its Faculty of Food and Human Sciences has received funding from Irish Aid to implement a project titled “Support National Nutrition Response in Malawi.” The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA) and in partnership with Ministry of Health (MOH) through Environmental Health Section (EHS), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) from 2017 to 2020.

The project is aiming to scale-up and support the national nutrition response using selected interventions which would largely build on successes a predecessor project as well as undertake implementation of thematic areas that have emerged in recent years such as:

  1. Adolescent nutrition
  2. Nutrition-sensitive agriculture
  3. Food fortification monitoring
  4. Area Specific Seasonal Food Availability Calendars (ASSFACs)

2.0 Objective: 
To provide services in collecting, sorting and delivering mail, documents and other items; and to operate a motor vehicle to provide transportation for Staff and other authorised persons as required, by the Project

3.0 Characteristics of the Appointment:

Job Title: Office Assistant/ Driver
Duty Station: LUANAR, Department of Human Nutrition and Health
Project Reference: LUANAR’s Support to National Nutrition Response
Employment Type: Contract

Duration of Employment:

1 Year contract, renewable on basis ot performance and availability of funding for the project

Organizational Setting:

The Office Assistant will provide support services to the project management team under the direct supervision and coordination from the Principal Investigator (Pl) and the Project Coordinator.

4.0 Job Content:
Overall job content:
The Assistant/Driver is responsible for ensuring the project vehicle is timely and that clerical responsibilities are executed in coordination with Pl, Project Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Project Accounts Assistant.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Clerical responsibilities:

  • Support and assist project staff in performing registry-related duties, such as providing messenger services and filing.
  • Ensure offices tor project staff are clean and safe for use.
  • Make distribution of mails and project documents.
  • Provide logistical support to project staff in organization and preparation of all workshops, trainings, meetings and events.
  • Assist in the technical aspect of procurement of equipment, furniture and office supplies.
  • Perform all other clerical related duties, upon request.

Vehicular responsibilities:

  • Drive project vehicle for transportation of authorized personnel and delivery/ collection of project materials.
  • Drive project staff for field trips or meetings in/or out-side Lilongwe.
  • Ensure that assigned vehicle is clean and road worthy.
  • Ensure safety of the vehicle at all times.
  • Fill the Log Book appropriately
  • Check and timely report to the Project Coordinator if the vehicle is due for service or requires maintenance.
  • Ensure that necessary steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accident.
  • Perform all other related duties.

5.0 Required qualifications and experience

  • Clean and valid professional driving licence
  • Should possess defensive driving licence
  • Minimum MSCE qualification
  • Age of between 25-45 years
  • Experience in office work, preferably in a busy settings
  • Fluent in English
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary

6.0 Application and Selection Process
Individuals who meet these minimum should send:

  1. Application letter of no more than one page long, clearly stating their suitability for the post.
  2. No more than a 2-page resume, with email and mobile contacts of 2 traceable referees by 5p.m. Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 via email to:
  3. Email: ur@bunda.luanar.mw
  4.  The Subject line should read: Application for Office Assistant/Driver for National Nutrition Response.
  5. Alternatively, the application should be hand delivered to the University office. The envelope should clearly be written Application for Office Assistant/Driver for National Nutrition Response.

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted and called tor Interviews.


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16th of September, 2017 9:13:07 am


Location: Lilongwe

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 20th September, 2017

Company: Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

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