Chief Legal Officer

Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates of Malawian Nationality to fill existing positions in the Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC).


Background Information

The Commission and Fair Trading Commission is a body corporate established under Section 4 of the Competition and Fair Trading Act Chapter 40:09 of the Laws of Malawi. The Commission is a quasi judicial body whose mandate is to regulate, monitor, control, and prevent acts or behaviour which are likely to adversity affect competition and fair trading in Malawi.

The objective of the Commission is to create an enabling environment for the private sector by promoting effective and fair competition thereby strengthening efficiency of production and distribution of goods and services, securing the best possible conditions for the freedom of trade, safeguarding consumer welfare and setting a favourable operating environment for expansion of the country’s entrepreneurship base.

Chief Legal Officer (CFT 4)

The Chief Legal officer shall be responsible for supporting the Directorate of Legal Services in ensuring that the Competition and Fair Trading Act is enforced according to established legal procedures and best practices and making sure that the Act and Commission’s decisions and directives are complied with at all times.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Legal Services Director, the Chief Legal Officer’s main duties shall be to:

  1. Conduct legal research on matters relating to enforcement of the competition law and prepare briefing notes;
  2. Participate in investigation of cases;
  3. Prepare submissions and participate in ligation of cases;
  4. Draft legal opinions on various aspects of the Competition and Fair Trading Act;
  5. Draft, examine and advise on contracts and agreements between the Commission and third parties including other regulators;
  6. Participate in case reviews and offer legal advice; and
  7. Develop compliance schemes and programs.
  8. Assist in any legal matters relating to the Commission

Qualification and Competencies

The ideal candidate should have the following requisite qualifications and attributes:

  • A minimum qualification of LLB (Hons) degree from a recognized institution
  • At least five (5) years experience in litigation;
  • Should be in possession of a valid Legal Practitioners License
  • Knowledge of competition and consumer regulation desirable
  • Strong drafting skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be self-motivated
  • Have excellent negotiation skills
  • Be of outstanding honesty and integrity

Appointment and Remuneration

The positions are permanent subject to 3 months’ probation and meeting agreed performance targets. The successful candidates shall be offered an attractive salary and benefits in accordance with the Commission’s Conditions of Service.

Method of Application

Applications including detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV’s), photocopies of relevant certificates and names and contacts of at least three (3) Referees should be sent by post to the address below, not later than 19th July, 2024.

The Executive Director
Competition and Fair Trading Commission
MERA Office Complex, 1st Floor
P/Bag 332