National Family Strengthening Manager 

  • Full time
  • 7 months ago

    Job Description

    We support children who have lost parental care and those at risk of losing parental care to develop within a caring family environment to their full potential as contributing members of their respective societies. We are currently operating four SOS Children’s Villages Programmes in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Ngabu, Chikwawa.

    We are looking for a candidate to fill a vacant position of National Family Strengthening Manager for the Family Strengthening Programme. The position is responsible for managing the 2020-2024 NORAD supported Family Strengthening Programme (FSP). S/he guides and supports the Programme Directors, FSP Coordinators and other staff directly involved in the operation of the FSP, facilitating and coordinating the development of national FSP plans and ensuring their effective implementation.

    Position: National Family Strengthening Manager


    • Provide technical leadership in the implementation of the 2020-24 NORAD funded FS programme: in cooperation with the National Programme Director, Location Programme Directors, FSP co-workers and other stakeholders provide technical leadership and expertize on effective and efficient implementation of FSPs. This involves leading and coordinating the development of annual plans and budgets as well as providing technical support for efficient and effective programme delivery.
    • Contributes to effective monitoring & evaluation of the FS programmes: works in close collaboration with the M&E Officer to ensure monitoring and evaluation of the programme in line with the results framework, monitoring and evaluation plans as well as internal systems and policies. Provides regular progress reports to the National Programme Director, IOR ESAF Regional Advisor/Grant Coordinator. Compiles monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual reports in line with NORAD 2020-2024 funding agreement and management requirements, in collaboration with other key functions.
    • Supports in the development of new FSP: initiates family strengthening programmes in line with agreed plans and objectives, including supporting detailed needs assessments, ensuring full stakeholder participation, developing programme proposals and budgets and identifying partner organizations. Monitors programmes ensuring alignment with organizational policies and objectives.
    • Promotes partnerships & participation: identifies opportunities for national partnership building, and supports the development of formal partnership agreements with likeminded groups, organizations and/or institutions operating nationally, as well as complementary service providers; and representation in relevant national and international forums.
    • Contributes to accountability in the programmes: provide technical insights and recommendations into the implementation of simple and effective financial and administrative procedures, in accordance with defined policies. In close collaboration with Institutional Partnership Development Officer, ensure grant compliance, in line with the NORAD-2020-2024 grant agreement and internal memorandum of understanding/agreement.
    • Contributes to the work of the broader organization: participates in regional, continental and global processes, meetings and structures within the organization as required and agreed with the direct superior; documents and shares good practices and lessons learned with colleagues to support organizational learning; prepares national FSP information as required for public relations and fund development purposes.


    The suitable candidate must have the following minimum qualifications and attributes:-

    • Master’s Degree in Community Development, Social Work, Development Studies, Agriculture and any other relevant qualification.
    • At least 8 years’ experience in managing multi-year and multi-million USD projects in community development, rural development or child rights and development.
    • Sound understanding of child rights, child development, family and community development, gender and rights based programming.
    • Good communication and reporting skills.
    • Understanding and ability to apply community development participatory methodologies.
    • Possession of a driving license will be an added advantage.
    • High level analytical skills and ability to think strategically

    How to apply

    Interested persons should submit their applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae with three traceable referees to:

    The Human Resource Manager
    SOS Children’s Villages Malawi.
    P. O. Box 2359


    Email: [email protected]

    Please ensure that you include your full contact details including telephone numbers. Closing date for receiving applications is 30 September 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.



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