Organizational Background

CCSS is a registered Malawi NGO dedicated to supporting local governance and gender equality. CCSS works with government, parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups to help make local processes and systems fairer and more inclusive, accountable and transparent. CCSS’s initiatives include: consolidating the inclusive agenda through 50-50 campaign initiatives, making parliamentary women caucus work visible, consolidating democratic institutions in Asia and building trust in democracy across the Western Balkans.

Introduction

Since 2024, with support from the European Commission, Save Children (SCI), in collaboration with Centre for Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS), will provide support towards strengthening capacity of Parliament of Malawi (Members of Parliament and staff) to better perform its legislative, oversight and representative functions for good governance through Phung Wanga (My MP) project.

The Phungu Wanga (My MP) will provide support towards citizens and Parliament of Malawi (Members of Parliament and staff) engagement through a variety of activities, which include; a) organizing training workshops to enhance the skills of members, and secretariat staff on their legislative and oversight functions, (b) Improve research services and evidence-based decision-making by MPs and staff, (c) Empower citizens including children and youth to become more aware of how to exercise their civic rights in engaging with their MPs., (d) profiling how Parliament works and how citizens especially often left out population can be able to participate in parliamentary proceedings as actors of positive change. Support to the Parliament of Malawi – will primarily be implemented within Lilongwe, at the Parliament of Malawi and selected constituencies in Balaka, Mchinji and Rumphi.

Presently, the Centre for Civil Society Strengthening seeks a bright, enthusiastic and organised individual to work on community led parliamentary programming activities in the following districts: Balaka, Rumphi and Mchinji. The role holder will be responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all Phungu Wanga project interventions in the three districts

Job Title: Field Officer
Reporting to: Project Coordinator
Location: CCSS offices, Lilongwe
Duration of Contract: April 2024-June 2026

Required Qualifications and Experience:

• Degree in Political Science, Gender, Project management, Community Development, Social Work, or any other related field from an accredited institution.
• Minimum of four (4) years of experience of supporting the implementation of development work at the community/district level, including data collection, analysis, and reporting. Experience in parliamentary work will be an added advantage.
• Demonstrable knowledge of spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in collecting data using electronic gadgets such as tablets.
• Demonstrated experience of working with complex teams in different geographic locations
• Demonstrated experience of working in fast-moving and fluid professional environments with multiple competing deadlines and tasks
• Demonstrated ability to network and build strong work relationships
• Advanced proficiency in English and Chichewa/Chitumbuka Skills

Competences:
• Self-starter
• Respect for diversity.
• Teamwork orientation.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to build and maintain relationships with government departments, community organizations, and volunteers.
• A comprehensive understanding of parliament and political context in Malawi
• Commitment to supporting Children, Women voice and participation at community and household level
• Media savvy, including social media and website consistent updating
• Data collection and recording for monitoring and evaluation
• Strong networking abilities desired
• Passionate about delivering the Phungu Wanga project

Additional training will be provided to upskill the right candidate.

Method of application
Interested candidates should send their application letters together with copies of certificates, detailed
Curriculum Vitae (CV) and indicating their availability to take up the position to the following email:
info@ccssmalawi.org

Applications must be received before: 17:00 hours Wednesday 3rd April 2024. Only shortlisted
candidates will be acknowledged. Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

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