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Job Description: Project Officer, based in Lilongwe


Organizational Background

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer and more inclusive, accountable and transparent. WFD’s initiatives include: helping protect women from violence in the Middle East, making politics more inclusive in Africa, consolidating democratic institutions in Asia and building trust in democracy across the Western Balkans.

Introduction

Since 2018, the Scottish National Party’s office of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (SNP-WFD) has provided support towards members of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus, and coordinated with relevant stakeholders to create a conducive environment for women’s active political participation. The SNP-WFD Malawi Programme has provided support towards Malawi’s Parliamentary Women’s Caucus through a variety of activities, which have included; a) organizing training workshops to enhance the skills of members, and the functionality of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus as a whole, (b) strengthening the visibility of women in leadership, (c) engaging in election monitoring exercises to determine the integrity of electoral processes, (d) engaging in research studies to analyze women’s political participation in Malawi in efforts to facilitate a conducive socio-political environment for women’s leadership, and (e) liaising with political party leadership to improve intra-party environments.

Presently, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Scottish National Party office seeks a bright, enthusiastic and organised individual to support our 2022-23 programme with the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus (PWC), through Center Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS). 

Location:  CCSS offices, Lilongwe

Duration of Contract: July-March 2023 with possible renewal depending on funding

The desired candidate would ideally possess the following skills: 

  • A comprehensive understanding of the political context in Malawi
  • Commitment to supporting women in leadership
  • Demonstrable research and writing skills, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Proficiency in logistics and event planning
  • Knowledge of campaigning and fundraising
  • Good communication skills
  • Media savvy, including social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter.
  • Good knowledge of html and commonly used content management systems, particularly WordPress
  • Data collection and recording for monitoring and evaluation
  • Basic budgeting and bookkeeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexible approach to adapt to changing context and needs
  • Strong written and spoken English and Chichewa
  • Strong networking abilities desired
  • Passionate about delivering the retention program

Additional training will be provided to upskill the right candidate. 

The Project Officer will be managed through an output-based approach, where each component of deliverables is as listed below:

  • Provide logistical support to organise training events and workshops that will cover PWC strategic plan for the given implementation period.
  • Draft newsletters regarding the work of the PWC and organise its distribution to constituencies. 
  • Organise fundraising and campaigning events to increase the awareness and importance of the political participation of women and PWC members. 
  • Support the PWC members profiling by providing technical support to review and develop a platform to be included in retainship campaign, including activities and follow-up. 
  • Assist in organising caucus networking with media and monitor media outlets. 
  • Develop strategies and action plans for popularising visibility specific to each constituency (to include what the role of an MP is and highlighting their achievements in the constituency and Parliament) 

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor’s degree in politics, gender, international relations, or project management obtained from a recognised University. At least two years’ experience in promotion of Gender Equality programming. Experience in parliamentary work in the context of PWC will be an added advantage. 

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 8th June 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.