Technical Advisor, Youth-CEFM:  HP+ Malawi 1

Technical Advisor, Youth-CEFM: HP+ Malawi

Palladium International

Organization Overview

Palladium is an international company that develops and delivers solutions to create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies, and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations, and non-profit organizations. We are currently implementing over 100 projects with more than 2000 employees across 90 countries. In Malawi, Palladium manages the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.

Position Summary

HP+ requires a Technical Advisor to support the project in two respects: (1) co-managing HP+ activities on combating early and forced marriage (CEFM) hand-in-hand with a Plan Malawi counterpart, and (2) ensuring quality capacity development and skills-building trainings and workshops.

The position is a fixed-term contract through September 2021, with an annual renewal thereafter depending on performance and USAID priorities, and the availability of funding.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Co-manage HP+ Malawi CEFM activities with a Plan Malawi counterpart. Palladium-led responsibilities will include:
    1. Organizing national-level and district-level policy discussions on CEFM
    2. Improve inter-ministerial coordination to support change
    3. Engaging religious mother bodies (RMBs) on CEFM
    4. Ensure smooth communications and coordination between Palladium Malawi, Plan Malawi, and HQ counterparts through routine meetings and collaborative decision-making
  2. Ensure technical excellence in the design and development of HP+ workshops and trainings. This may include:
    1. Designing and delivering trainings and workshops within our Youth portfolio
    2. Providing technical assistance to other HP+ Malawi team members on capacity development methodologies as they design and deliver trainings and workshops for our other areas of work.
  3. Identify modalities and tools to measure and evaluate capacity-strengthening activities.
  4. Lead organizational capacity assessments if needed.
  5. Contribute to project monitoring by providing weekly updates on activities and contributing to HP+ Malawi reporting.
  6. Work with project managers to monitor budgets and spending on related activities.
  7. Draft activity briefs, success stories, blogs, or other items to communicate the lessons learned and achievements of assigned portfolio(s).
  8. Other related tasks as assigned on an as-needed basis


  1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, social science, development, or related field, Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Over 7 years of professional experience in public health or development, with at least 3 years’ experience in designing and delivering capacity development interventions (training, workshops, mentoring and coaching, etc.).
  3. Demonstrated experience strengthening individual and/or organizational capacity in an East African context.
  4. Understanding of latest evidence and best practices in adult education.
  5. Experience working on projects in Malawi to address early and forced marriage.
  6. Knowledge and experience working on Youth Friendly Health Services and AGYW interventions preferred.
  7. Relevant experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and decision-makers, from MPs and senior officials, to traditional and community leaders and excellent diplomatic and stakeholder management skills are required.
  8. Understanding of governmental structures and processes in Malawi preferred.
  9. Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and networking skills, ability to work within a cross-cultural and virtual team.
  10. Experience working with USAID projects preferred.
  11. Ability to work well under pressure and skilled in change management, crisis management and problem-solving skills.
  12. Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to draft quality briefs, reports, training/facilitation agendas, training PPTs, and curricula. A writing test may be administered as part of the interview process.
  13. Fluency in oral and written English required.
  14. This position is open to people located in and legally permitted to work in Malawi only.

Period of Performance                                      

November 1, 2020 (or earlier) to September 30, 2021, with the possibility of renewal.

Interested candidates should apply online at  The link is also available by going to, clicking careers on top right, and selecting Malawi in left tab.  Contact [email protected] with any questions or issues with the application process. Applicants should include their Curriculum vitae or résumé, Requested salary, and List of at least three (3) references.

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is identified.