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Vacancy: Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Civil Society Officer

09/11/2020 - 15:19
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The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Malawi is looking for
Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Civil Society Officer
Social Sectors and Infrastructure Section
Ref No: ADM/AL-I/243466/2020
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 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, 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.
We offer a post of Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Civil Society Officer in the Social Sectors and Infrastructure (SSI) Section, under the supervision of the Head of Delegation, the Head of Cooperation and the Team Leader: the Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Civil Society Officer will be responsible for the management of projects and programmes related to the EU development assistance in the relevant field of work, including;
  • Assist in all aspects of programme management including, identification, design and implementation of programmes and projects, public procurement processes, contract administration and supervision, primarily in the fields of democratic governance (with special emphasis on the electoral reform process, but not limited to that), human rights and civil society.
  • Follow public affairs and political developments as well as good governance issues, including electoral processes, human rights and civil society
  • Provide strategic analysis and advice in all matters related to the democratic governance, human rights and civil society sectors.
  • Liaise with and coordinate among a wide range of stakeholders including NAO Support Unit, Government and Donors Agencies, Civil Society Organisations and contractors.
  • Contribute to effective internal and external communication and visibility activities in matters related to the EU involvement in areas related to democratic governance, human rights and support to civil society in Malawi.
  •  Liaise with EU Headquarters as appropriate
  • Participate and occasionally represent the EU in technical meetings, coordination meetings, workshops and conferences in the fields related to this job description
  • Assess proposals for funding under the European Union general budget and prepare local calls for proposals as needed;
  • Monitor financial and operational performance of projects through field missions
  • Launch audits and evaluations and follow-up on findings and recommendations
  • The Delegation is a multicultural environment.
  • Salary will depend on number of years of relevant experience.
  • The vacancy is for a permanent contract.
  • We offer a competitive progressive career in an international environment. Benefits, such as additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions.
We look for
  • University degree, preferably Master’s Degree, in Political or Social Science, Law or a related field is required.
  • Excellent and solid oral and written communication skills in English are required, as well as good    presentational skills and knowledge of the whole Microsoft Office package (especially Word and Excel).
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in areas related to democratic governance, human rights and/or support to civil society in Malawi or in similar country contexts.
  • Excellent ability to set priorities, analyse needs and convert those into plans and action as well as effective time management  
  • Good resilience, showing drive, rapid comprehension and determination in the pursuit of goals, even when faced with difficulties and 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.
How to apply
Applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a letter indicating the job reference number,  ADM/AL-I/ 243466/2020 should be submitted to:
The Head of Administration
European Union Delegation to Malawi
Area 18 Roundabout, Corner of M1 and Presidential Way
P.O. Box 30102, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
In order to meet the deadline, all applications should be sent by email to
Closing date for receipt of applications: 25th November 2020 (applications must have reached the delegation by this date).
Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 December 2020 should consider that there is no follow-up to their application and the EU Delegation will not further advise unsuccessful candidates.
Short listed candidates will be invited for interviews and may be asked to sit a written test.
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 an 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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