Entrepreneurship and Business Development Officer
  • 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:

Entrepreneurship and Business Development Officer

Position Objective

The Entrepreneurship and Business Development Officer will be responsible for leading the implementation of the TAGDev programme’s entrepreneurship and business development initiatives at the University.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Programme Coordinator, the Entrepreneurship and Business Development Officer will carry out the following key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Lead implementation of the entrepreneurship and business development model at MUST.
  2. Develop the university-level strategy and operational plans for the Business incubation hubs.
  3. Working closely with the Senior Programme Officer on Business Creation, Incubation and Jobs that promote the aims and values of RUFORUM related to business development.
  4. Coordinate the delivery of business development services to students, startup owners and agricultural value chain stakeholders.

Delivery, Timelines and Quality

The Entrepreneurship and Business Development Officer will have the following deliverables, timeliness and quality:

  1. Institutional entrepreneurship, investment and business development strategy developed.
  2. Monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on entrepreneurship, investment and business development activities.
  3. Proportion of enterprises/start-ups surviving.
  4. Business linkages, collaborations and networking initiatives undertaken.
  5. Contribution to additional financial resources mobilized for supporting entrepreneurship, investment and business incubation.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience

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

  1. A Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, Agribusiness, Economics or related sciences from a recognised university.
  2. At least 3 years’ experience in a similar position with a reputable organisation.
  3. Experience in coordinating university-level incubation processes and mentorship of startups.
  4. Sound understanding of SMEs sector needs.
  5. Good interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  6. A good understanding of organisational and management operations.
  7. Ability and drive to manage complex processes.

Remuneration and Tenure for the Positions

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: vacancy@must.ac.mw
  2. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged