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Job Description

Job Title National Post: Driver, Lilongwe, Malawi, GS2

Job ID 40701

Location East and Southern Africa

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular


This post is non-rotational.

Duty Station:  Lilongwe, Malawi

Closing Date : 31st December 2021

Duration:  One year (*)

Post Type:  Fixed Term Appointment

Please note that this vacancy is open to national of Malawi

* No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN staff Regulation 4.5


Organizational Setting

The Position:

The Driver provides reliable and safe driving services to UN officials and visitors ensuring the highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues. You will report to the Transport and Protocol Coordinator

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:

A. Providing transport for UN officials, staff, and visitors as well as logistics support:

  • Drive UNFPA staff and officials to meetings, field missions and ports of entry and exit.
  • Ensure provision of reliable and safe driving service by:
    • Driving office vehicles for the transport of UN staff, officials and visitors.
    • Driving official personnel and visitors at community level and ensuring that they sign the relevant transport form.
  • Obtain security clearance for field missions where necessary.
  • Collect and deliver mail, packages and equipment; and maintain records of all deliveries and distributions.
  • Ensure that, in the event of an accident involving the office vehicle, the necessary steps required by rules and regulations are followed.
  • When necessary, translate in local language for any official personnel using the car who may require assistance in this regard.
  • Ensure that all required driving training is successfully completed and certifications are kept up to date.

B. Conducting basic vehicle maintenance:

  • Ensure that the assigned vehicle is compliant with the United Nations minimum operating standards and UNFPA’s Vehicle Policy requirements.
  • Ensure proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes and water levels, car washing, etc. so that the vehicle is kept clean and in good running condition at all times.
  • Ensure safety and custody of the vehicle, including tools.

C. Providing logistics and administrative support:

  • Maintain records for vehicles, logs official trips, records daily mileage, records the use of fuel vouchers, and keeps records on consumption.
  • Ensure cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.
  • Ensure availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, and necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle.
  • Keep track of insurance and other tax formalities
  • Assist office staff in filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required.  Assist in the mailing and distribution of newsletters and publications, as required.


Qualifications and Experience


Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license class C1
  • Possess a professional driving permit P
  • Two years’ work experience as a driver in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a safe driving record is an asset.
  • Valid / Up to date defensive driving certificate.
  • Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, and local roads and conditions.
  • Skills in minor vehicle repairs.


Fluency in English. Working language of Chichewa is an asset


Required Competencies


• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing diversity in all its forms
• Embracing change

Core Competencies:

• Achieving Results
• Being Accountable
• Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
• Thinking analytically and Strategically
• Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
• Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Providing logistical support
  • Managing data
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports
  • Managing information and work flow
  • Planning, organizing and multitasking


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary, annual leave, pension, health insurance and other benefits.



UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer that makes use of the name or logo of UNFPA, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline

UNFPA has established an electronic application management system.  This allows applicants to create a candidate profile which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.  Download the step by step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at registration and application process.  Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any state of the application process.  UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status

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