Associate Programme Coordinator
  • Fixed Contract
  • Thyolo, Malawi
  • Applications have closed

Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST)


Transforming Africa’s Agricultural Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Growth and Development (TAGDev 2.0) is a collaboration between RUFORUM, Mastercard Foundation, 12 African universities and the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). The main objective is to strengthen universities and TEVET institutions to better serve communities by skilling and empowering Africa’s young people and their institutions to drive inclusive, equitable and climate resilient transformation of agriculture and agrifood systems. This goal will contribute to three strategic outcomes: (a) Expanded equal work opportunities for young women and men in the agricultural sector (b) Improved climate adaptive agricultural production and productivity (c) Strengthened quality of higher agricultural education outcomes in training, research and innovation.

Exciting and challenging job opportunities have arisen at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) for suitably qualified and experienced individuals who would like to work in the following positions tenable under the TAGDev 2.0 Project:

Associate Programme Coordinator

Position Objective

The Associate Programme Coordinator shall perform the administrative function and day to day management and operations of the programme unit and activities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Programme Coordinator, the Associate Programme Coordinator (Programme Officer will carry out the following key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Support the Programme Coordinator in the university in the administration and technical delivery of the programme.
  2. Provide administrative support in the selection, recruitment and capacity building of programme staff and scholars.
  3. Establishing partnerships with private sector, TVETS and other institutions to advance university-community engagement, students training, and entrepreneurship.
  4. Support the Programme Coordinator and RUFORUM Secretariat team in mobilizing resources to support programme activities for scaling and supporting other partner universities.

Delivery, Timeliness and Quality

The Associate Programme Coordinator will have the following deliverables, timeliness and quality:

  1. Support the Programme Coordinator in the university in the administration and technical delivery of the programme.
  2. Participate in monthly programme meetings.
  3. Proportion of resources raised to support scaling up and out.
  4. Monthly, quarterly and annual reports produced and shared with the programme director at the RUFORUM Secretariat.
  5. Timely completion of studies by beneficiary students.
  6. Institutional transformation initiatives undertaken and respective outcomes.
  7. Programme learning outcomes documented and published.
  8. Proportion of financial resources fundraised.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience

Interested candidates should possess the following qualifications, attributes and experience:

  1. A Master’s degree in agricultural sciences or related disciplines from a recognised university.
  2. A PhD will be an added advantage.
  3. At least 5 years’ experience in coordinating development programmes.
  4. Experience in resource mobilization with evidence of funds mobilised from international community.
  5. Evidence of publication in SCOPUS indexed journals.
  6. Flexibility in working schedule and willingness to travel at short notice.
  7. Good inter-personal skills and communication skills.
  8. A good understanding of organisational and management operations.
  9. Ability and drive to manage complex processes.

Remuneration and Tenure for the Position

The successful candidates for the above stated positions shall be engaged on a two-year renewable contract based on satisfactory performance in line with the MUST’s Performance Management System and new job requirements. In addition, the successful candidates shall receive appropriate remuneration based on MUST’s prevailing rates.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

MUST has a zero-tolerance policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Therefore, applicants for the above vacancies must be willing to abide to the MUST Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Method of Application

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications and attributes should submit their applications, together with detailed curriculum vitae not later than 14th June, 2024.

The curriculum vitae must include the following: the candidate’s names in full; date of birth; academic qualifications; work experience; and names and e-mail addresses of three traceable referees. Applications must be submitted to:

University Registrar
Malawi University of Science and Technology
P O Box 5196

Please Note:

  1. Signed applications can also be sent electronically to:
  2. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged