Driver/Office Assistant 1

Driver/Office Assistant

MwAPATA Institute

MwAPATA Institute is an independent policy think tank in Malawi, established to inform and guide national policy issues related to agriculture, natural resources and rural transformation. The mission of MwAPATA Institute is to conduct independent, objective, empirical research aimed at providing innovative and practical recommendations to inform agricultural sector policies in Malawi. The aim of the Institute is to accelerate the adoption of effective Malawian-led policies and programs to drive broad-based agricultural transformation, diversification and improved smallholder incomes and nutrition in Malawi. The Institute plays a leading role in identifying strategies that will improve investment climate, promote agricultural productivity, diversification, and commercialization. The Institute is affiliated to the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and is currently receiving technical and institutional development support from the Michigan State University.

MwAPATA Institute wishes to recruit highly motivated, proactive service-oriented and energetic individual to fill the following position based in Lilongwe:

Driver/Office Assistant
The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the Institute vehicles on official business and ensuring that Institute vehicles are always in good running condition. She/he will also be responsible for providing administrative support for the smooth operation of the office.

Key tasks shall include:

  1. Drive staff locally and to field sites.
  2. Carrying out office errands, deliveries, and collections.
  3. Maintain a good logging system for the use of the vehicles.
  4. Ensure compliance with organization’s vehicle driving policies.
  5. Conduct daily checks on levels of oils/lubricants, battery acid, tire pressure etc.
  6. Track all vehicle expenses using appropriate forms.
  7. Ensure that vehicles are properly insured, and road licenses/taxes are up to date.
  8. Prepare and submit monthly vehicle fuel/maintenance costs reports.
  9. Report all vehicle faults and request for maintenance as appropriate.
  10. Ensure compliance with government laws on driving speed, parking, and other road safety
    regulations.
  11. Support administrative functions and carry out any other duties as may be assigned from
    time to time.

Qualifications and skills

  1. Clean class PG driver’s license.
  2. Malawi School Certificate of Education and good spoken English.
  3. Three or more years previous experience driving for international organizations.
  4. Experience driving in urban and rural settings with good ability to handle and manage four-wheel drive vehicles.
  5. Computer literate.
  6. Ability to prepare and keep computerized records and use e-mail
  7. Those with a Defensive Driving License will have an added advantage

Please email detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter to [email protected] stating the position being applied for in the subject line. Positions are open until filled.