Senior Project Manager

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified personnel to fill the position of  Senior Project Manager  (1 position) for Green Climate Fund (GCF) project to be based in Lilongwe. The role holder will be responsible for the provision of administrative and budget management of the consultancy team. The applicant must have an in-depth knowledge of climate change, health and resilience in Malawi to be able to understand the broad project concepts and stakeholders.  The SPM will be managed by the SCI Malawi Program Development and Quality Director under a fixed term contract and will sit in the SCI Malawi team. They will manage a Project Assistant and a Technical Lead who will supervise a team of consultants, coordinate inputs from the SCI Malawi technical team and Member Technical and awards staff (Save the Children UK and Australia). They have overall accountability for delivering a proposal package that is in line with donor guidelines, although accountability for technical content and quality lies with the Technical Lead.

As the GCF Malawi project covers a range of sectors, taking a locally-led approach to adaptation, the design team will include a range of specialist consultants, including in: education/skills; food security, livelihoods and markets; adaptation technologies; economic analysis; environment and social safeguards; gender equity and social inclusion; climate vulnerability assessment; and monitoring, evaluation and learning. These consultants will likely be in a range of different global locations. Please refer to Annex A for a full list of deliverables required by the donor.

The SPM must be based in Malawi and willing to travel within the country. SCI will adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • A Masters degree development administration, project management, public administration, social sciences or any relevant field
  • A minimum of 8 years of project management in development contexts, preferably with solid experience with Save the Children internal processes and focus areas.
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience (eg project management) or higher education in climate change or environment from an acknowledged institute
  • experience in research and monitoring and evaluation methodology and analysis (qualitative, quantitative, participatory) including design of systems and tools, development project management, data analysis and report writing.
  • Proven Experience in managing multiple stakeholders (Government, partners, consultants, members, CO) effectively to successful achieve project goals and deliverables.
  • Proven Experience in managing relationships with high-value consultants, including holding external consultants to account in planning and execution of deliverables to a high quality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including proven success in ability to present ideas and concepts effectively and persuasively.
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills including demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities and multiple tasks.
  • Familiar with Malawi’s relevant climate, environment and health policies and frameworks
  • High quality Outcomes and deadlines oriented.
  • Excellent attention to detail. Organized and process-oriented
  • Great communication skills and Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team
  • Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Experience in overseeing projects with a thematic focus on livelihoods and/or climate change.
  • Previous experience working in Malawi.
  • Experience in the use of data analysis software like SPSS, STATA.


The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5 th  birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.





Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here   Job description


Date advertised: 22 Dec 2021

Closing date: 7 Jan 2022 – 23:59 CAT

Location:  Lilongwe, Malawi

Department:  Programme, Development and Quality

Type:  Fixed-term contract

Schedule:  Full-time

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