• 4 months ago

    Job Description

    Dowa Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (DI-WASH Phase 3)

    United Purpose (UP) Malawi is an international non-governmental organisation working to create opportunities for lasting improvement in peoples’ lives. We work in partnership with others to support a range of livelihoods and food security, WASH and health, sustainable energy and gender equality programmes reaching over 1,000,000 people a year across Malawi. Globally, we work in nine countries across Africa, Asia and South America, however our Malawi programme is by far and away our largest and most established country programme. UP currently operates in 17 districts in Malawi, supporting 24 on-going projects, and a team of 180.

    Since 2012, we have distributed emergency food and cash assistance to over 1 million people making us one of the key emergency response players in the country. This includes reaching over 200,000 people after the devastating 2019 floods with immediate supplies, coordinating WASH in evacuation camps, and recovery support across nine districts and being one of the first responders in WASH during the COVID-19 outbreak in Malawi.

    UP Malawi is seeking to recruit a talented and dynamic team to start work 1st February 2021 for our Charity: Water funded WASH programme, called Dowa Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (DI-WASH). Since January 2019, UP has been implementing the first two phases of DI-WASH in Dowa District primarily targeting underserved communities in four TA’s in close collaboration with relevant Government line ministries’ and WASH actors. UP will be implementing phase 3 of the DI-WASH Program effective 1st January 2021. The goal of the program is to reduce morbidity and mortality of rural people of Dowa, especially under five children caused by WASH related diseases. The objective is to increase access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene practices in target communities and selected schools and ensure sustainable operation and maintenance of WASH facilities by beneficiaries in partnership with the district councils and private sector. The project is targeting population of over 55,000 people with an annual budget of $1,000,000.

    The team we are recruiting must all be firmly committed to delivering lasting positive improvements to the communities that we serve, and delivering UP’s mission and upholding our values of integrity, dignity, and environmental respect. The contracts will run until approximately December 2021 performance and funding). UP invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the following vacancies:

    The availability of these positions are contingent upon contract signing and funding disbursement to UP Malawi.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator (Based in Lilongwe, with extensive travel)

    Job Purpose:
    The role of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator is to establish and implement systems to promote evidence-based decision-making, programme and project performance, and internal management. The MEAL Coordinator will contribute to quality programming through supporting access to and use of relevant and timely information on programme scale, relevance, and effectiveness. S/he is responsible for coordinating monitoring, evaluation, research, and knowledge management related to DI-WASH as well as WASH and Healthier Lives Programmatic Pillar.

    The MEAL Coordinator will be reporting to the WASH Program Manager while working very closely
    with WASH Operations Manager.

    Key duties and responsibilities:

    • Responsible for designing and developing methodologies and tools related to planning and monitoring, evaluation and capitalization of lessons learned, and accountability and reporting; and ensure that they are age/gender sensitive
    • Responsible for the updating of, implementation and oversight of the DI-WASH and WASH Program M&E frameworks with project stakeholders and WASH teams.
    • Develop, where appropriate, tools/methods/database to capture M&E gender disaggregated data at multiple levels, supporting data collection, analysis, research, monitoring and evaluation, together with WASH Program Manager and Operations Manager – ensuring all data required is appropriately captured and stored in a timely manner.
    • Responsible for coordinating knowledge capture and management for the UP component of the project, as well as appropriate dissemination. This includes facilitating learning reviews and document lessons for internal/external sharing and cross-learning.
    • Build capacity of UP project staff, and relevant government and community partners on M&E related issues.
    • Develop monthly, quarterly and yearly detailed project activity implementation plans, plus monthly monitoring and documentation reports to WASH Operations Manager and Program Manager.
    • Conduct regular field visits to monitor processes and outputs ensuring that all opportunities for monitoring and learning are being taken forward.
    • Work closely with the UP National Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager and cross-programme M&E technical working group.
    • Lead the process of baseline, end line surveys and final evaluations and management responses.
    • Monitor reports deadlines and support management with the preparation of donor reports to ensure compliance with key programme indicators and objectives.
    • Support in the development of improved information management systems and photo gallery within the program
    • Work in close collaboration with Carbon Finance Coordinator and Energy Unit to monitor carbon finance boreholes

    The successful candidate will have:

    • At least a BSc degree in social science, M&E, community development, or any related field.
    • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience in a similar M&E position.
    • Extensive experience of targeting and working with disadvantaged people in Malawian society.
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, Chichewa, including good English report writing skills.
    • Practical knowledge and experience in use of a wide range of M&E tools including participatory methodologies and use of statistical packages like SPSS, Excel, ACCESS, STATA, GIS and mWater platform
    • Demonstrable understanding of safeguarding risks and mitigating actions.
    • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods; this should include survey development,
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with strong data analysis and critical thinking skills.
    • Proactive and highly motivated individual who requires the minimum of supervision.
    • The ability to coach others in the operation of M&E frameworks.
    • Analytical thinking, problem solving and decision-making ability
    • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet tight and competing deadlines.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
    • Good planner and ability to deliver results
    • Strong respect and empathy for rural communities, and an affinity to UP’s mission and values of integrity, dignity and environmental respect.

    How to apply:
    Qualified and interested candidates who meets the stated requirements must submit a completed Application Form.

    Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be accepted. Please visit to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email only to [email protected]. When submitting, please put YOUR NAME [POSITION APPLIED] in the email title. Any applications that do not include this in the title will not be considered.
    No hard copy / physical applications will be accepted.

    Closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is mid-day of Thursday 10th December 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information about UP, please visit our website at

    UP is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.


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