AFIDEP Project Manager (Governance Specialist)

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The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an international, non-profit policy think-tank whose mission is to translate and enable utilisation of research and other types of evidence in policy-making, primarily in the fields of Population Change and Sustainable Development; Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child, and Adolescent Health; Transformative Education and Skill Development; and Capacity Building in Evidence-Informed Policy-Making in Africa. 

We work to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice by enabling use of research evidence in decision-making aimed at addressing various development challenges in Africa. 


With our Head office in Nairobi-Kenya and a branch office in Lilongwe-Malawi, we are seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Project Manager – Governance Specialist for a Governance Project in Malawi to be based in our Lilongwe office. 

This is a new project to be implemented under the leadership of the Parliament of Malawi, and in partnership with the Institute for Policy Research and Social Empowerment (IPRSE).

The Project Manager will lead the design and implementation of project interventions. 

The project has the primary goal of strengthening the performance of the Parliament of Malawi.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in the design and implementation of interventions under the Malawi parliament strengthening project.
  • Develop and implement annual project delivery plans.
  • Lead the day-to-day management of the Malawi parliament strengthening project.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key partners and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of project.
  • Coordinate project activities within AFIDEP and among project partners.
  • Manage project budget to ensure implementation within approved budget-lines.
  • Produce regular progress reports.
  • Contribute to scientific and other publications that document and share learning from the implementation of the Malawi parliament strengthening project.

Required Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Masters degree in political science or other development-related field with ten years practical experience in governance programming, five of which should be in governance related to parliamentary work in Malawi. 

A PhD would be an added advantage.


  • Overall, the successful candidate is a coordinator, an organiser, a convenor, and a results-driven change agent.
  • Ability to facilitate change management processes.
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills, and innovation, with the ability to translate project documents into action plans with specific deliverables.
  • Ability to provide technical support to other staff, and project delivery.
  • Ability to establish, expand and deepen partnerships and conduct high-level engagement with top leaders in parliament and government.
  • Excellent writing skills, in both scientific and policy-oriented evidence products.
  • Excellent presentation and public-speaking skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and form credible relationships.
  • Skilled communicator, able to dialogue effectively with a wide range of audiences/constituencies and to represent the organisation with authority and credibility to the outside world, including the media.
  • Value driven and upholding high integrity; a team player.


  • An excellent understanding of the functions and operations of parliaments.
  • An excellent understanding of the operations of the Malawi parliament.
  • An in-depth understanding of the public policy and legislative processes, and the role of research and other evidence in these processes.
  • Knowledge of the African context and how this influences governance and other development issues.
  • Policy economy analysis expertise.
  • Political and cultural awareness.


  • At least ten years practical experience in governance programming, five of which should be in governance related to parliamentary work in Malawi.
  • Proven experience in engaging parliament officials, development partners and other stakeholders at national, regional and international levels.
  • Well-networked with a good understanding of the key political players in Malawi.
  • Experience in conducting research on governance issues in Malawi.
  • Direct experience working with the Malawi Parliament and Parliamentary Committees.

This position will be for a period of 2 years, with possibility of extension. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Applicants are required to send their 

1) one-page cover letter, 

2) CV (including three relevant referees), and 

3) two-page statement detailing career goals and interests, 

not later than 15 January 2018 to:

Finance and Administration Manager
African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP),
Area 6, Maula Prison Road, Plot Number 6/3, P.O. Box 31024, 

The subject of the email should be marked: ‘Project Manager – Governance Specialist’.

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