District Programs Manager

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World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to The good news of the Kingdom of God. It is a child focused organization and its goal is sustained wellbeing of (150 million) children within families and communities especially the most vulnerable.

As a Child focused organization. World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for employment with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible

World Vision International in Malawi therefore is currently looking for dedicated professional Christians to fill the following vacant position- District Programs Manager, Livelihood and Resilience Technical Program Development Facilitator and Drivers. If you are passionate about child wellbeing and you are considering a career with a calling we would love to talk to you

District Programs Manager – Based in Dowa/Kasungu – (Grade 16) 1 Position

Purpose of the position:
To provide overall leadership and management to all programmes and projects in the district in accordance with WVs procedures and donor requirements. Ensure capacity building of partners and staff within the district. This position will represent WV at the district and foster strategic collaborative relationships with key stakeholders such as government, NGOs and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs).

Major Responsibilities:


  • Ensure quality design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of all WVM’s programme interventions in alignment with LEAP 3.0 and other accepted standards
  • Ensure completion and submission of quality timely reports to Zonal associate Director and Support Offices as per required standards.
  • Provide overall leadership and management in creating long and short term operational plans
  • Ensure capacity building of partners and staff


  • Lead all Area Programmes in the district in budgeting and planning processes and reviews
  • Monitoring budget expenditure against planned activities and take appropriate measures
  • Ensure capacity building of district partners and staff in program financial management
  • Review Projects’ and Programmes’ Field Financial Reports regularly and provide required support to Area Programmes in the district
  • Ensure that recommendations from audit reports and audit findings are implemented within the stipulated period.
  • Ensure cost effective utilization of resources.


  • Manage the project team, define expectations, provide leadership and technical support needed and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure recruitment, orientation and promotion of staff as appropriate
  • Establish annual performance and development goals for staff ensure availability of appropriate development opportunities.
  • Handling of grievances and discipline matters in accordance with WV set procedures
  • Model high standards of personal Christian leadership through lifestyle and work relationships and provide spiritual guidance to staff on the vision, mission and WV core values


  • Ensure compliance with sponsorship standards and integration of child sponsorship with development programming in accordance with sponsorship TD Policies and sponsorship programming guidelines


  • Provide oversight on logistics and administration to the Area Programs and projects in the district


  • Network and develop partnerships with others NGOs, local Government officials, local Churches and community leaders in the district
  • Represent World Vision Malawi in strategic external meetings within the district
  • Coordinate with senior programme officer (Grants Adquisition and Management) and relevant TPs in resource mobilization initiatives for the district
  • Promote and strengthen the advocacy related initiatives at district level


  • In liaison with HEA Department coordinate DRM initiatives/ protocols involving partners. e.g. government, civil society, private sector and ensure emergency preparedness and mitigation measures are in place


  • Ensure Area Programs are well informed and comply with WV policies, guidelines and standards in program delivery
  • Ensure security and safety of assets and staff in all the programs in the district. Identification of and mitigation of risks

Knowledge, qualification and experience required 

  • Bachelor s Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities and Development Studies or other related disciplines from recognized tertiary institutions.
  • 5 years demonstrated experience in project and financial management including designing, monitoring and evaluation
  • 3 years with knowledge of, and/or proven experience in managing the similar position at management level
  • Experience in working independently with discretion, tact, patience and diplomacy.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A clean driver’s license
  • Demonstrated ability in supervision
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Tact and diplomacy in dealing with staff — related to work environment needs Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and public
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building
  • Committed to WVI values
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis. definition of a clear way forward and ensuring stakeholder buy in

All interested applicants should send a cover letter with a detailed Curriculum Vitae with three traceable referees to [email protected] not later than 17th September, 2021. Only short listed candidates will be acknowledged

Qualified women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

World Vision Malawi does not use agents, nor solicit any form of payments for any application, training interviewing, testing or any fees in connection with this recruitment. Report any acts of solicitation for payment and/or extortion to World Vision Malawi on the following. Tip offs Toll Free Line 847; [email protected]

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