Projects Assistant Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Applications have closed

Malawi National Commission for UNESCO

The Malawi National Commission for UNESCO (MNCU) is a public service institution established on 23rd March 1979 through Malawi Government Gazette Notice No- 375. MNCU’s establishment is in line with Article VII of the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Its principal purpose is to coordinate interaction between UNESCO and Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and other stakeholders working in education, science, culture and communication and information programmes in Malawi.

MNCU is in partnership with Rei Foundation Limited, a New Zealand-based charitable organisation ( Through the partnership, MNCU is coordinating a number of  projects in the culture sector in Malawi. To ensure effective coordination of the projects, MNCU wishes to engage a Projects Assistant Manager, a non established position, to be financed through the partnership for one year. The principal role of the Projects Assistant Manager will be to coordinate the said projects. The successful candidate will be based in Lilongwe and for an initial one year engagement subject to renewal for a further period of one year upon satisfactory performance. MNCU will offer a competitive salary in the public service commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The officer will be responsible to the Executive Secretary who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) but under the direct supervision of the Assistant Executive Secretary for Culture and will be expected to  undertake the following main responsibilities, among others: (1 ) Formulation of projects in partnership with Rei Foundation Limited; (2) Acting as a liaison between National Commission for UNESCO and Rei Foundation Limited; (3) Developing results based strategies and plans; (4) Conducting monitoring and evaluation; and (5) Implementation of Rei Foundation Limited-funded projects.


  • Coordinate adequate planning, implementation, and follow up of activities of the assigned projects. Prepare and update corresponding work plans. Stay informed of and apply updated finance and administrative procedures while carrying out the work;
  • Maintain close collaboration with the corresponding counterparts including national arts organizations and local authorities, national and international organizations and experts as needed, giving special attention to cooperation with UNESCO and Rei Foundation;
  • Provide technical and administrative backstopping to the relevant counterparts on implementing Rei Foundation supported projects;
  • Participate in monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the projects; ensure compliance with Results Based Management;
  • Contribute to the formulation and preparation of culture project proposals, work plans, and strategy documents;
  • Provide field level supervision; undertake necessary missions and prepare mission reports;
  • Coordinate assistance provided by consultants, review products and participate in their performance evaluation;
  • Carry out research to support culture programme activities;
  • Participate in sector working groups and other relevant technical working groups;
  • Provide inputs for Database, Website, press releases, speeches, presentations, and reports;
  • Prepare monthly and other reports on compliance of assigned scope of work indicating progress towards expected results and outputs;
  • Ensure the integration of a gender equality, cultural diversity and human rights based approach in program/activity design, implementation and reporting;
  • Perform any other task as deemed appropriate by the Secretary.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

  • University Degree in Arts, Humanities, Sociology, Development Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Heritage Studies or other relevant courses;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is an asset;
  • Courses in project management will be added advantage;
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in managing and coordinating programmes i.e., proposal writing/development, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and report writing;
  • Strong knowledge of national government structure and line ministries, as well as knowledge about cultural and social policies;
  • Knowledge of World Heritage, Copyright and Intangible Cultural Heritage would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s programming and of the UN system would be an asset;

Skill and Competencies

  • A self-starter, requiring minimum supervision and capable of exercising exceptional initiative;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. A high level of proficiency and fluency in verbal and written English;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong team-work and multi-tasking skills;
  • Good level of computer skills (MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Excel, Power Point, Youtube Download & Upload, Movie Maker or similar applications).

Mode of Application
Application letters accompanied by Curriculum Vitae with at least three traceable referees should be sent to:

The Executive Secretary
Malawi National Commission for UNESCO
CHAM Secretariat Building, Area 14
P.o. Box 30278

Or through email: and should reach the addressee not later than 27th October, 2017 at 15:00 hours.

The Malawi National Commission for UNESCO is an equal opportunity employer but currently
focussing on gender mainstreaming. Therefore, female candidates with relevant qualifications, skills and experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Malawi National Commission for UNESCO does not allow follow up of applications through any means.