Field Facilitator – Reaching Our Goals Project

  • Full time
  • 2 weeks ago
  • Dedza

    Job Description

    United Purpose (UP), formerly Concern Universal, is an international development NGO headquartered in the UK that focuses its Malawi programme on four impact areas: WASH and healthier lives; resilient livelihoods; sustainable energy; and gender equality. With nearly 30 years of supporting the most vulnerable people and addressing the drivers of poverty in Malawi, UP has developed a unique approach to achieving sustainable change through enabling independence, intelligent development and disruptive innovation. In Malawi we work in partnership with District Councils and communities to implement development interventions, reaching over 1 million people annually. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting over 20 on-going projects, with a total staff of over 180.

    Project background

    UP is seeking to recruit a Field Facilitator in its “Reaching Our Goals” Project. In Partnership with Link Community Development Malawi, and with funding from Comic Relief, UP is implementing a 2-year girls’ empowerment project in rural Dedza District. This is a follow-on Project of the previous Girls INSPIRED Project. Through participation in netball-based education programmes, the project will target girls 15-18, enabling them to make decisions about their future and lead the lives they choose. The project will support adolescent girls to complete an accelerated learning programme and transition into mainstream education, vocational training, or employment. The project will also strengthen the awareness and the capacity of relevant stakeholders in the Sport for Change (SFC) approach.

    Field Facilitator – Reaching Our Goals Project (Based in Dedza)

    Job Purpose

    The Field Facilitator will be responsible for ensuring that all project activities are properly planned and facilitated at the district and community level. S/he will assist the facilitator coaches to implement the empowerment curriculum; facilitate group formation/strengthening; provide linkages and support community-based action plans; and ensure implementation is in line with the project approach and principles. The Field Facilitator will work hand-in-hand with Link Malawi Dedza staff, other UP Dedza Projects staff, and District Government Structures and their corresponding community structures. The Field Facilitator will report  to the Project Manager, based in Dedza.

    Key responsibilities and duties

    1. Ensure successful delivery of project
    • With oversight from Project Manager, identify and sensitise relevant district Government and civil society partners on Project activities.
    • Identification and sensitisation of relevant community based authorities, opinion leaders, and key change agents, using a firm understanding of local social networks and power dynamics.
    • Work with communities to vision, design, prioritise and implement project initiatives, innovations and collective actions, through coordinating and liaising with other stakeholders. This should be in line with project log frame, agreed deliverables, and resources and involve ensuring active and meaningful involvement and participation of most vulnerable groups within local communities, especially the promotion of girls and women.
    • Budget for and reconcile, community district activities as per Project Budget and following correct UP financial and operational procedures
    • Provide oversight to facilitator coaches, ensuring a positive and effective work force, and act as link between coaches and UP.
    • Raise awareness and facilitate critical analysis of community issues and opportunities, particularly related to girls’ empowerment and SFC, in coordination with Link Malawi.
    • Assisting communities to establish and strengthen relevant linkages with different development stakeholders, as well as collective advocacy.
    • Support the integration of women’s empowerment and leadership; and UP mainstreaming issues (HIV/AIDS, disability) throughout all aspects of the project cycle.
    • Actively promote UP’s Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and procedures.
    1. Support curriculum training
    • Facilitating curriculum design and training
    • Oversee training of facilitator coaches, liaising with PM and technical leads (internal and external).
    • Provide technical input into girl’s empowerment curriculum, as per learning from MEL Visits and interaction with the Facilitator coaches.
    1. Monitoring and evaluation
    • Capture all required data using Project MEL tools
    • Ensure all data required is appropriately captured, stored and reported on in a timely
    • Report regularly and accurately to their line manager and project holder.
    • Conduct MEL Visits to the Project areas and periodically interact with project participants to get feedback for Project learning.
    • Feed into the Project Report

    Note: The FF shall be required to follow all UP Policies and attend all required staff trainings.

    Essential skills and experience

    • At least a Diploma in Social Sciences, gender, Community Development, education or related fields.
    • Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding risks and mitigating actions.
    • Must have worked with local communities in rural livelihoods activities.
    • Facilitation skills and extensive knowledge of participatory tools essential.
    • Ability to ride a motorbike and clean license.

    Desirable skills and experience

    • Familiarity and experience working with SFC approach
    • Passion for sport, especially netball

    Submission of applications and logistical arrangements

    Please visit  to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to:

    Email: [email protected]‐

    When submitting, please put YOUR NAME_ [POSITION APPLIED] and cite “Reaching Our Goals FF” in the email subject title and application form. Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered.

    The deadline for applications is 07th May 2021. Interviews will be held in Lilongwe during the week commencing 24thand 31st May 2021. It is expected that the selected candidate will begin reporting for duty on 1st June 2021; the contract will end on 31st March 2023. FF will be based in UP Malawi’s Dedza office.


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