Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Malawi

Vacancy: Temporary Development Economist

26/07/2019 - 11:09
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The European Union (EU) is offering a temporary post of Development Economist in the Economic and Public Affairs (ECOPA) Section of the Delegation, under the authority of the Head of Delegation (HoD).

The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Malawi is looking for

Temporary Development Economist

Ref No: ECOPA/DE/2019/TEMP


The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.


The EU Delegation to Malawi's mission is to support Malawi and its population effectively in its development ambitions; notably, eradicating poverty and fighting inequality, achieving economic growth, integrating its economy into the world economy and becoming a mature and well governed democracy, while taking into account the interests of the European Union.


The European Union (EU) is offering a temporary post of Development Economist in the Economic and Public Affairs (ECOPA) Section of the Delegation, under the authority of the Head of Delegation (HoD).


Under the guidance and supervision of the Team Leader, the Temporary Development Economist will act as a bridge between economic issues and governance, population and gender issues. 


Detailed description of duties:

  • Support the Delegation's management on a strategic planning, programming and advisory level, on all pertinent planning, programming and policy areas within this remit. Lead in the production of strategic programming documents including the Country Strategy and the National Indicative Programme for Malawi, and related documents;
  • Analyse and monitor socioeconomic developments at national, regional and international level affecting Malawi. Analyse the budgetary and financial situation in Malawi. Linkages with other sectors, such as gender. Research and analyse key economic statistics, and updates in Malawi;
  • Follow tasks relating to Aid Effectiveness and Development Finance under the government's lead;
  • Collaborate with government departments, think tanks and other agencies to continually monitor the economic policies in Malawi;
  • Issue regular reports and publications relating to the economic, fiscal and budgetary, labour market, fiscal, external accounts, financial sectors of the economy;
  • Implement the European Economic Diplomacy Agenda, including managing a facility of support to business environment improvements affecting EU firms;
  • Assist other colleagues economic issues including relating to public finance management, and international trade and regional integration files;
  • Ensure efficient management and implementation of development co-operation in the areas of economic, trade and private sector development and, as required, economic governance;
  • Give visibility to assistance in the context of the Community's external relations and provide colleagues with all relevant data and information on the development and situation of Malawi's economic policies. Contribute to the Delegation's outreach by managing communication activities in the field of economics;
  • Be a collaborative team member supporting other colleagues when required, including acting as a back-up, as required; select and maintain documentation, relevant to the Operations section.


  • University degree, in Economics. Additional graduate studies also in Economics would be an added advantage


  • A minimum of 5 years' experience working in a similar relevant work environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required, as well as good presentational skills and knowledge of basic IT tools.


Abilities and skills:

  • A self-starter and motivated professional with an eye to detail,  able to set priorities and respect deadlines, and to convert those into plans and actions
  • Good resilience, showing drive and determination in the pursuit of goals, even when faced with difficulties and/or when working under pressure.
  • Excellent ability to work in a team and to build positive working relationships with staff, colleagues, senior management, local authorities and representatives of member states.


  • Sharing the principles of the European Union, and wanting to make a positive difference in his/her country through development cooperation.
  • Sound creative/inventive approach to problem solving.


How to apply:

Applications must be submitted by email only and must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Copy of certificates
  • The email must indicate the job reference number ECOPA/DE/2019/TEMP and be addressed to:


Applications not complying with all the above will not be considered.


Closing date for receipt of applications:  Monday 19th August 2019 at 12:00 NOON.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews on 23 August 2019. Candidates who have not been contacted by Monday 9th September 2019 should consider that there is no follow-up to their application and the EU Delegation will not further advise unsuccessful candidates.


The vacancy is for a temporary contract of 6 months, with a possibility of an extension.


The European Union is an equal opportunity employer and the Delegation is a smoke free environment. Recruitment of the successful candidate will be subject to medical fitness. The Delegation has HIV/Aids at the workplace policy.


The Delegation reserves the right to establish a reserve list of suitable candidates for future posts.


The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone: please address any queries concerning this procedure to




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