Country Director

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mothers2mothers (m2m) is an Africa-based NGO that unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families across ten sub-Saharan African countries. m2m trains, employs, and helps empower women living with HIV to work as community healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and underserved communities. Through a peer-to-peer approach, these ‘Mentor Mothers’ deliver a range of health services, advice, and support to women and their families. Started in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001 with an initial focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has innovated and built on its strengths and now provides family-centred support for a range of related health and social issues spanning pregnancy, birth, childhood, and adolescence. It also partners with governments and other NGOs on the adoption of its programme to spread the Mentor Mother Model and its benefits. m2m has a track record of scaling its services and proven impact. To date, m2m has reached over 11M women and children under two, and created more than 11,000 jobs for African women living with HIV. For more, visit

Job Title
Country Director
Organisation Levels
mothers2mothers -> m2m Malawi -> Operations
Lilongwe – , MW (Primary)
Type of position
Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date
Job Description

The Country Director (CD) will strategically lead the development and day-to-day implementation of the mothers2mothers Programme in Malawi with the support of a multi-disciplinary in-country team, ensuring alignment to the m2m strategic plan and organizational direction as well as country strategy. To ensure quality programming and organisational success, the CD will collaborate with and draw on resources from the Head Office Departments of Finance, Human Resources, Programmes and Technical Support, Communications, Business Development, Operations, and Strategic Information.  The CD will represent m2m in Malawi and be responsible for growing and maintaining relationships with current, former and new funders and key stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Health.  The position is based in Lilongwe, Malawi reporting to the Senior Portfolio lead at m2m Head Office.

Key Performance Areas
Leadership and Management of m2m Malawi (40%)

  • Lead the development, implementation and review of country operational plans, including annual workplan and budget, aligned to the organisation’s strategic plan.
  • Facilitate the employment, development, and performance management of in-country staff, improving organizational, team, and individual performance while promoting teamwork and the values, mission, vision and culture of m2m at all levels.
  • Build, maintain and manage effective and efficient organisational operating systems to support programme service delivery such as finance, administration, IT, and HR. Ensure the sound development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of all country-level operating systems, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the effective use of financial resources at all levels (including the utilisation of budget tracking, expenditure analysis, and forecasting) to support programme service delivery, holding fiduciary responsibility for the m2m Malawi entity.

Stakeholder Relations and Engagement (20%)

  • Represent m2m with international, national, and regional stakeholders, partners, government, and donors in promotion of the organisation’s strategic objectives, ensuring smooth operation of m2m’s programme and active involvement in key national processes.
  • Build partnerships and generate financial commitments to sustain and expand m2m’s programming in Angola in line with organisational objectives and identified needs, including leadership for proposal development.
  • Provide country intelligence and insight to resource mobilization team to inform planning and proposal development led by head office.
  • Ensure close working relationships with MOH and partner organizations to ensure harmonized efforts and coordination of project activities.
  • Manage relationships with donors and serve as the liaison to senior leaders in partner organisations.

Programme Delivery (25%)

  • Lead the design, implementation, and expansion of m2m programme activities in Malawi, including strategic innovations related to scaling up of geographical and technical scope, aligned to donor, MOH, and m2m priorities.
  • Manage ongoing expansion of current m2m programming and oversee quality implementation of existing programme services through programmatic assessment and evaluation.
  • Lead and provide technical oversight of the implementation, monitoring, and expansion of project activitiesm2m model.
  • Ensure quality program implementation. Oversee at least monthly analysis of supportive supervision results and other technical assessments; work with m2m Malawi team to identify quality improvement priorities, capacity building and training needs, and develop capacity building and implementation plans to address gaps.
  • Engage Head Office technical and M&E staff to provide technical oversight and guidance into project implementation
  • Conduct supportive supervision as required to monitor site-level service delivery; support site-level QI processes as needed.

Compliance (15%)

  • Ensure the timely submission of high-quality donor reports, record-keeping, and compliance to all relevant donor requirements.
  • Hold responsibility for corporate governance for m2m Malawi ensuring compliance with all legal requirements.
Job Requirements

Qualifications  and experience

  • Masters’ degree in Public Health or relevant field
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in evidenced-based programming, project management, strategic planning and capacity building, ideally in public health, HIV and/or international development
  • Programming experience and technical competence in HIV/AIDS, PMTCT, RMNCH and/or ECD
  • At least 5 years in a management position, supervising senior staff, in an international or intercultural environment at the national / country level
  • Demonstrated success in organizational representation, fund development, donor and partner relationship management
  • Experience with public health, government relations, the donor and national leadership context, and systems and processes in Malawi
  • Demonstrated experience developing project workplans and writing quality donor reports
  • Demonstrated success in organisational representation, fund development, donor and partner relationship management
  • Experience in line managing senior staff
  • Experience implementing and managing USAID/CDC/PEPFAR and other bi- and multi-lateral funded programmes


  • Fluency in English essential
  • Working knowledge of Chewa an asset
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to translate organizational vision into concrete action
  • Advanced skills in strategic and analytical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and negotiation
  • Excellent demonstrated writing ability
  • Strong financial management skills
  • Experience with managing diverse teams across both programmes and operations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to conduct relationships with senior level managers, government officials and public health staff
  • Determination and resourcefulness
  • High level of computer literacy (MS Office Suite)
  • A passion for m2m’s vision and mission
mothers2mothers is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged people. Competitive salary packages will be negotiable in accordance with m2m’s remuneration policies.

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