Senior Technical Advisor – Local Capacity Development

Project Management Lilongwe, Malawi


Senior Technical Advisor – Local Capacity Development 

Jefferson Solutions is recruiting a Senior Technical Advisor to live and work in Malawi for an upcoming USAID opportunity. The desired candidate will have senior management and operational experience having served inside of or in support of USAID projects. The desired candidate will have proven experience with USAID regulations and processes. 

The Senior Technical Advisor will provide leadership, strategic guidance and oversight in partnership with the Chief of Party/Project Director. S/he will oversee capacity building operations for local partners, serve as the key company representative for the project, and ensure strong collaboration with subcontractors, local government, U.S. Government client and other partners. 


Key responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical direction to increase skills and capacity of local practitioners, NGOs, and government 
  • Develop the team’s capacity to manage USAID-funded awards through training and mentoring. 
  • Manage and supervise staff implementing the award to improve partners’ capacity.
  • Assign work among project staff and ensure that tasks are completed appropriately. 
  • Apply quality control and project-specific standard operating procedures. 
  • Support the preparation of narrative progress reports, annual work plans and other project communication materials. 
  • Build relationships and work with government points-of-contact. 
  • Coordinate with the Chief of Party/Project Director on management of all aspects of the project, including vision and direction for the effort. 
  • Discern potential problems in client relationships and use effective solutions to resolve them. 
  • Facilitate meetings, including working with stakeholders to develop agendas. 
  • Report on project status in internal and client meetings.   
  • Ensure compliance with federal acquisition regulations, agency policies, company standards and local laws 
  • Other management tasks to ensure successful contract execution.   

 Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent years of experience. 
  • At least 10 years of project management & international operations experience and a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience. USAID project management experience highly desirable.  
  • Experience working in Malawi with demonstrated ability to partner with local NGOs, private sector, and government required. 
  • In-depth experience as a government employee, contractor or consultant with proven knowledge of USAID processes and regulations. 
  • Experience performing organizational landscape analyses and/or conducting NUPAS strongly preferred. 
  • Proven ability to design and execute training programs for senior professionals. 
  • Demonstrated experience developing business strategies and guiding operations. 
  • Able to obtain a USAID facility access clearance. 
  • Strong organizational, communication, writing and analytical skills to effectively interact with program and contracting officials.  
  • Attention to detail, high standards of excellence, and commitment to perform and execute all project activities successfully.   
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. 

Jefferson Consulting Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, genetic data, veteran status or any category protected by law.