Planning and Research 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.

Planning and Research Officer (CFT6)

The Planning and Research Officer Shall be responsible for ensuring that the Commissions activities are coherent and implemented according to plans.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Planning and Research Officer shall undertake the following functions:

  1. Conduct high quality qualitative and quantitative research including data analysis to strengthen the Commission’s understanding and inform decision making
  2. Facilitate the design and execution of evidence based strategy and policy
  3. Developing and supporting directorates in implementing the Commissions plans
  4. Consolidating annual institutional and departmental work plans including budget.
  5. Drafting annual institutional performance contracts as per Government’s guidelines.
  6. Participating in formulation, development and implementation of strategies and policies that will enable the Commission effectively achieve its mandate
  7. Planning and participating in the execution of institutional and market research activities
  8. Developing systems for following up and sharing research findings
  9. Monitor wider national, regional and international policy developments of relevance to the Commission
  10. Develop and sustain effective partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders locally and internationally

Qualification and Competencies

  • A minimum of Bachelors’ Degree in Economics or Statistics
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills
  • Excellent project management, organization and administrative skills
  • People management and problem solving skills.

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