Project Manager

Job ID 92

Program / Project Management Malawi   Lilongwe


Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

The Project Manager will play an important role in implementing the Enhancing Community Based Financial Organisation (ECBFO) Project in the selected eight (8) districts. He /she will facilitate an increase in smallholders’ access to finance and financial services through enhancing the capacity of new and existing community based financial organisation, facilitate investment in pro-poor value chains and enable market linkages. The Project Manager will lead the efficient agribusiness related planning and implementation at field level. The position will also ensure that the value chain actors involved with the project are using Heifer’s Values Based Community Development model and Market Systems Development approach. This position will facilitate participatory planning, development, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of smallholder farmer-owned agribusinesses and financial mobilization for the community based financial organisation (CBFOs), associations, cooperatives and financial services providers in close collaboration and coordination with project staff and relevant partners and stakeholders.
Essential Character Traits:
Team player, creative, self-driven, high integrity, accountable and good communicator.

Project Management and Coordination (35%)

  • Lead the processes of project planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Champion project management to reflect Heifer Malawi’s priorities for quality, impact, scale and cost-efficiency
  • Working with the MELs team develop an appropriate system of monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the project achieves impact and scale while documenting success and lessons learned.
  • Provide leadership and technical support to the project staff and appraise performance.
  • Control project budget and ensure compliance with Heifer’s policies, procedures and contractual requirements.
  • Build and nurture good working partnerships and linkages with NGOs, government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders in the project areas to advance the mission of Heifer.
  • Results-Based Management practices promoted.
  • Written and submitted high-quality semester project status reports.
  • Annual Project Implementation Plans and budget developed.
  • Semester project monitoring and internal control visits conducted.
  • Project successes, innovations and lessons learned documented and shared with all project stakeholders.
  • Actively supported the MELs team in collecting project information.
  • Strengthened relationships among all stakeholders
  • Project implemented within scope, budget and time frame.
  • Strengthened processes, tools, and systems for effective and efficient resource management
  • Well-managed and motivated staff.
Capacity Building (30%)
  • Coordinate the mobilisation of project participants into CBFOs.
  • Lead capacity building of CBFOs in financial management, business management, marketing, governance and technology.
  • Provide support in exploring business opportunities along the value chain of the selected commodities.
  • Develop an appropriate business training package for farmers, producer associations.
  • Conduct training needs assessment and develop capacity building plan in social capital development, women empowerment and youth participation.
  • Identify staff, and CBFOs capacity gaps and design capacity building plans
  • Managerial and organizational capacities of farmers, CBFOs and coops strengthened.
  • Farmers and CBFOs coached in monitoring and tracking business progress.
  • Business training package developed for farmers businesses within the first year of the project.
  • Capacity gaps conducted, plans developed, and coaching sessions organized within six months of the project.
  • All producer savings groups transformed into formal CBFOs.
Promote Access to Finance (30%)
  • Champion CBFOs awareness and use of informal and formal financial products and services
  • Facilitate exploration, assessment and identification of appropriate financing opportunities.
  • Support development and improvement of appropriate financial products and services being offered by identified financial institutions to targeted farmers, and CBFOs.
  • Build evidence at field level for advocacy to enhance the access to finance for smallholder farmers.
  • Identify new opportunities such as mobile banking, mobile money, ICT based solutions, etc to improve the accessibility of financial services and efficiencies
  • Provide ongoing support to member organization with the view to increase production and business capacity.
  • Increased CBFOs awareness, access and use of informal and formal financial products and services.
  • CBFOs clustered and developed into cooperatives.
  • Established networks and linkages between CBFOs and appropriate financial service providers and other value chain players.
  • Designed guidelines for the formation, management and governance of CBFOs.
Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor (5%)
  • This will be dependent on the specific duties assigned Assigned tasks promptly executed and of high-quality.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Business, Finance, Economics or other related field.
  • At Least (3) year’s of technical experience is required.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Finance or Economics plus two years’ technical work experience.
  • Willingness and openness to working in the livestock sub-sector.
  • Ability to influence and engage effectively with the private sector, local authorities and governmental partners.
  • Ability to transfer private sector product and service delivery strategies to rural clientele.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills, able to work well under pressure both proactively and prioritize a challenging workload
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Word.
Most Critical Proficiencies:
  • Strong knowledge of small and medium-scale business models and business development.
  • A good understanding of informal and formal financing models for rural farmers.
  • A good understanding of the cooperative movement and Savings and Credit Cooperation Organizations (SACCO).
  • A good understanding of the agriculture sector and the enabling and commercial drivers that may be key to success.
  • Resources management – organizing, training and managing farmer groups.
  • Communications and reporting, including ensuring appropriate information is collected, communicated, managed & archived effectively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
  • Include any significant physical, mental and emotional actions that are required for the job. These include traveling; time spent sitting, presenting, working independently, after hours, performing mathematical and statistical computations, etc.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.