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POSITION: SEO (A2L) Health Advisor
SALARY: MKW38,327,346 gross annually, paid 13 times per year
DURATION: Permanent

About the FCDO
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the government’s UK Aid Strategy. Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat of terrorism and global climate change – all of which also directly threaten British interests. We are ending the need for aid by building peaceful and stable societies, creating jobs and strong economies, fighting corruption, unlocking the potential of girls and women, tackling climate change and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. We are doing this because it is both the right thing to do and firmly in Britain’s national interest.

Working for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Malawi, despite long term peace and political stability, remains one of the world’s poorest countries after
decades of weak economic growth. Its undiversified economy is built on an unproductive agriculture sector that dominates employment. Malawi’s resulting vulnerability to droughts and flooding erodes resilience and further weakens agricultural output. While it has achieved substantial human development gains, these are from a low base, and it is unable to self-finance the further progress required.

Malawi’s relative stability is an asset but cannot be taken for granted. By 2030, Malawi’s population will have doubled to 30 million, with one of the highest population densities in the world. The country has the largest youth population ever with 80% of this population below the age of 35 years. 51% are below 18 years representing a high dependency ratio. Pressure on land and services combines with climate-change related droughts and floods, pandemics like COVID 19, poor governance, and a lack of economic opportunities
to threaten prosperity and stability in the medium term.

However, Malawi has strong growth potential, which would enable it to successfully face these challenges.

The UK is a close, long-term partner to Malawi, and UKaid has a demonstrable impact and is highly cost effective.

Purpose of the Job
FCDO is among the leading donors to the health sector in Malawi and takes a very active role in shaping the future of the sector. This post offers an opportunity to play a role in determinising the direction of FCDO’s future support and contribute to delivering better
impact and results in Malawi.

The postholder will be the lead adviser on the “Tsogolo Langa” SRHR and Family planning programme working closely with implementing partners (mainly PSI and UNFPA) and other partners in the SRHR subsector including in the Ministry of Health. S/he will provide
advisory support to contribute to positive outcomes in the health portfolio in FCDO Malawi, reporting directly to the Human Development Team Leader and working with the A2 Health Advisor and Education Advisers.

The postholder will work closely alongside the Umoyo Wathu programme and Education programmes to align our support and maximise synergies.

The postholder will foster effective relationships with Malawi health sector stakeholders and collaborate with the Reproductive Health, Planning and Quality departments of the MoH. S/he will be a passionate advocate for progress on SRSH and focused on how to
deliver real change in a sector that has long relied on external assistance.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead on successful implementation of the Tsogolo Langa SRHR/FP Services programme (TLP) and provide SRHR/FP inputs in other teams/programmes.
  • Engage in health sector policy dialogue and influencing with other DPs, Government and strategic partners, strengthening relationships to enhance FCDO reputation
    and contribution in the health sector.
  • Ensure compliance to FCDO programme operating framework rules and guidelines, provide support across the team and wider office and demonstrating the FCDO
    values and behaviours across the office.
  • Line manage a programme manager to ensure strong performance and support their overall development.

Success Criteria
Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the UK Civil Service. Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the following behaviours. These may also be tested at the interviews.

Delivering at Pace
Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.

Working Together
Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.

Making effective decisions
Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.

Communicating and Influencing
Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.

Technical Competencies
Health Systems Development: Support the Ministry of Health and other development partners to provide institutional capacity strengthening interventions, engage in dialogue about health sector reforms including decentralisation and support the delivery and
development of accessible and responsive services.

Epidemiology and Public Health:
Able to apply epidemiological techniques to reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescence health and the latest evidence to advise how development assistance can be
used to reduce inequalities and support public health priorities.

Global Health Architecture:
Engage multiple stakeholders effectively in national and international dialogue on key global health issues and work to FCDO’s comparative advantage using an understanding of their mandate and structure.

Evidence, Innovation and Evaluation:
Apply evidence and learning from monitoring, evaluation and research into policy and programmes.

International Competency
Demonstrating Resilience: being able to handle uncertainty and changes in the Malawian operating environment that may arise from political, programmatic or operational challenges.

Requirements for this post


  • Experience of managing health and SRHR/FP programmes in challenging contexts
  • Strong track record of collaboration, influence and leadership roles.
  • Experience across a wide range of SRHR/FP, Youth SRHR, population/demographics and health systems issues including governance, quality of care,


  • Understanding of the political economy of health systems.
  • Experience working experience with government, non-governmental organizations and UN

The full Job Description and Application form can be found at:

Important – HOW TO APPLY
The candidate must complete the Application form and send it to [email protected] with a copy of their most recent CV.

Please quote the following reference number when applying “MLW2110”. Failure to do so may result in your application not being viewed.

Closing date of applications is midnight on 01 November 2021. Applications shown as being received after this time will not be accepted.

Feedback will only be given to candidates who reached the interview stage.

Failure to follow the outlined procedure may result in the application not being considered.

While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Applicants must be legally authorised to live and work in Malawi.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

The British High Commission is committed to equal opportunities in its staffing policy and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Selection will be on merit. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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