Director of Liquid Fuels and Gas

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)


The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), the Energy Sector Regulator in Malawi, was established under the Energy Regulation Act No 20 of 2004 with the mandate to regulate the energy sector in Malawi in a fair, transparent, efficient, and cost-effective manner for the benefit of consumers and operators. MERA’s vision is to be a recognised global leader in Energy regulation.

To fulfil the aforementioned mandate and vision effectively and efficiently with strategic leadership and management at technical level, an excellent and rare opportunity has arisen to engage a qualified person of Malawian origin to fill an Executive Management position of Director of Liquid Fuels and Gas (DFC), Grade M2, tenable at MERA Head Office in Lilongwe. The Board of Directors of MERA therefore invites applications from suitable candidates to fill the position on a three (3) year employment contract.

This is a highly demanding position that require persons of demonstrable capacity to initiate technical, administrative, and managerial innovations geared at making MERA a vibrant and competitive public institution.

The following are the required academic and professional qualifications, personnel and work-related traits of the position:


Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for: Senior Fuels Regulation Specialist; and Senior Gas Regulation Specialist

Purpose of the Job

To ensure adherence to safety, environmental and quality standards and monitor performance in the supply and use of Liquid Fuels and Gas as set by the Authority.

Key Responsibility Areas

  1. Developing Directorate’s plans, programmes, projects and budgets based on priorities within resources allocated.
  2. Formulating, implementing, and monitoring short-term and long-term fuels and gas operation strategies.
  3. Taking lead in the development of fuels and gas technical specifications including safety, environmental and quality standards for the existing and potential investors.
  4. Developing and implementing monitoring mechanisms to ensure that all players in the sector comply with standards set by the Authority.
  5. Coordinating the appraisal process of licence applications and ensure compliance with internationally acceptable public and occupational safety, environmental and quality standards.
  6. Liaising with and representing the Authority on technical matters relating to fuels and gas involving Government of Malawi and other stakeholders.
  7. Allocating and supervising the work of the Senior Fuels, and Senior Gas Regulation Specialists.
  8. Developing, implementing and maintaining licensing criteria / guidelines for fuels and gas.
  9. Analysing inspection reports on new and existing players in fuels and gas sub-sectors and recommending appropriate action to management.
  10. Monitoring, evaluating and certifying installation of fuels and gas equipment and infrastructure.
  11. Monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and performance of fuels and gas energy sub-sectors in meeting agreed key performance indicators.
  12. Representing the Authority at meetings.

Minimum Education Qualification and Experience

The ideal candidate for the post must:

  1. Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in either Sciences or Education Sciences or Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Sciences or Business Administration from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. Have at least seven (7) years’ experience at a senior executive management level in a reputable institutions) directly operating within fuels and gas business environment.
  3. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the Liquid Fuels and Gas industry.
  4. Membership with any relevant professional body will be an added advantage.

Competencies and Personal Attributes

The ideal candidates for the position must:

  1. Have a proven track record in strategic management;
  2. Have a proven superior leadership and high level managerial skills;
  3. Have high level of integrity and team building skills;
  4. Be results oriented and;
  5. Be decisive, self-motivated and assertive.

Terms and conditions of service

MERA shall offer an attractive employee benefits package to the successful candidate in accordance with its emolument structure (commensurate with qualifications and experience) which includes salary, medical insurance, and membership to contributory Medical Scheme.

Method of application

Candidates should submit their applications with:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Names and contacts of Three Traceable Referees, one of them should have been a first or second level supervisor of the applicant within the last five (5) years.
  3. Copies of their Academic and Professional Qualifications.

Please quote the job title being applied for on the envelope. The application should be sent to the address below:

The Board Chairperson
Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)
MERA Complex
Convention Drive
City Centre
Private Bag B- 496

To reach the Board Chairperson not later than 25th June 2024.

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. MERA is an equal opportunities employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply.