Technical Lead – Consultant

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified personnel to fill the position of  Technical Lead –  Consultant  for Green Climate Fund (GCF) project to be based in Lilongwe. The Consultant will be responsible for leading the development of the “Climate resilient health and well-being for rural communities in Southern Malawi” (henceforth ‘GCF Malawi’) design team and proposal development process. The role holder will require an excellent understanding of climate change and development issues, including in Malawi, and will work directly with Save the Children staff and a range of specialised consultants to draft the project’s feasibility study and funding proposal, and other specified outputs. The technical team leader will be managed by a Senior Project Manager (on a fixed term contract with SCI) who has overall accountability for coordinating the delivery of the proposal package and team management, while the TL has responsibility for high quality technical outputs and technical leadership of the team. The SPM will be managed by SCI’s Director of Program Design and Quality in Malawi. During kick off SCI will hold a workshop to discuss and agree responsibilities and a workplan which will clarify some of the decision making structures.

The technical lead will act as primary lead author for the funding proposal and feasibility study, including leading the refinement of the project’s climate rationale; coordinate a range of specialist consultants; support in-country consultations and preparation for field visits for data collection; and act as the key liaison between specialist consultants and Save the Children.

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: food security, livelihoods and markets; adaptation technologies; economic analysis; environment and social safeguards; gender equity, women‘s and girls’ empowerment and social inclusion; climate vulnerability assessment; and monitoring, evaluation and learning. These consultants will likely be in a range of different global locations.

It is preferable that the TL is based in Malawi for the duration of the contract. Travel around Malawi may be required, during which time COVID 19 restrictions will be adhered to.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • University degree (at least MSc) in climate change, physical geography, natural resource management, environmental science or similar from an acknowledged institute
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in development of climate change and development proposal development in a developing country context. Southern Africa experience highly valued, particularly in Malawi
  • Experience in research and monitoring and evaluation methodology and analysis (qualitative, quantitative, participatory) including design of Theories of change, results based management, systems and tools, data analysis and report writing
  • Profound experience in strategic thinking and planning skills, ability to set priorities, prepare manageable plans and to evaluate progress.
  • Proven Experience in managing multiple stakeholders (Government, partners, consultants, members, CO) effectively to successful achieve project goals and deliverables.
  • 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 and team player skills including proven success in ability to present ideas and concepts effectively and persuasively.
  • Clear understanding of GCF processes, policies and requirements as well as relevant climate, environment and health policies in Malawi
  • Proven Experience with development of GCF concept notes and funding proposals, particularly in Africa
  • ability to apply climate models incl. downscaling to real-world contexts in Southern Malawi
  • Sound understanding of high technical climate change projection data and their interpretation for Southern Malawi
  • Sound Understanding of  Malawi’s climate change and development context
  • Sound Understanding of locally-led adaptation principles and experience in applying adaptation actions in developing country contexts, particularly at the community level
  • already mentioned above
  • Preferably application skills of remote sensing and GIS software
  • Experience and knowledge of gender transformative programming and the intersections between gender inequality and climate vulnerability


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:  Contingent

Schedule:  Part-time


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