Opportunity for Scholarships for Masters and PhD Programmes

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTERS AND PhD PROGRAMMES

1.0. Background
The Government of Malawi (GoM) is committed to providing adequate, reliable and sustainable water and
sanitation services to the urban, peri-urban, towns and rural population of Malawi to meet the ever-increasing
demand for safe water for domestic, institutional, industrial, commercial and agricultural use. GoM through Ministry of Water and Sanitation, with financial support from the International Development Agency (IDA)
of the World Bank intends is implementing the water supply and sanitation improvements under the Malawi
Water and Sanitation Project -1 (MWSP-1). The phase 1 of the project targets Blantyre Water Board, Blantyre
City Council and Institutional strengthening under the Ministry of Water and Sanitation. The above-mentioned
institutions which are the implementing entities for the MWSP -1 commit themselves to successfully execute
the project, which aligns with Malawi’s development goals as well as strategic plans for the institutions. The
project is consistent with the Government’s priorities, as it directly aligns with Malawi’s commitment to improving urbanization as stipulated in the Malawi 2063.

The MWSP -1 seeks to address the immediate and medium-term water and sanitation needs and support
a long-term solution to Blantyre City’s growing demand for improved water and sanitation services. The project further wishes to bridge the capacity gaps for water and sanitation practitioners by offering training opportunities to WASH Practitioners in the sector. Target beneficiaries are practitioners from Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Blantyre Water Board, Lilongwe Water Board, Central Region Water Board, Northern Region Water Board, Southern Region Water Board, National Water Resources Authority and District Water Development Offices, which are currently facing several challenges related to water supply and sanitation services delivery. Some of the challenges include lack of proper planning and designing of WASH systems, high population growth, dwindling water resources, climate change, lagging infrastructure development and aging water and sanitation systems with high levels of non-revenue water creating large gaps between supply and demand, leading to unreliable services. The current water and sanitation situation in the cities is alarming, which calls for comprehensive measures that will bring about sustainable and reliable improved services. To address these capacity gaps, the Project seeks to train WASH Practitioners currently working
in the sector so that after the successful completion of the trainings, they can contribute to the successful
implementation of the project and other WASH projects.

The Ministry therefore seeks applications for various Masters and PhD opportunities as follows;

2.0. Priority Areas for Study
The scholarships shall be offered to successful candidates to study in any of the following areas:
a. Master of Science in Sanitation or Wastewater
b. Master of Science in Water Supply Engineering
c. Master of Science in Project/ Construction Management
d. Master of Science in Civil Engineering
e. Master in Economics
f. PhD in construction Economics
g. PhD in Civil Engineering
h. PhD in Water Engineering

3.0. Eligibility Criteria for Masters Scholarships
The scholarships are open for interested eligible Civil Servants working in the WASH Sector and Practitioners
from Water Supply Utilities who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a Malawian citizen.
  2. For Master’s degree the applicant must be a Civil Servant at Grade I and above with a minimum of five (5) years working experience and in possession of the first degree in the relevant area of study;
  3. The applicant must be fifty (50) years and below working in Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Blantyre Water Board, Lilongwe Water Board, Central Region Water Board, Northern Region Water Board, Southern Region Water Board, National Water Resources Authority and District Water Development Offices.
  4. Must submit together with the application a valid admission offer letter from an accredited university. Those with no valid offer letter but have submitted an application to an accredited university must obtain and submit a confirmation letter from the academic Registrar.
  5. Must submit a stamped letter of recommendation from the employer on the official headed letter confirming that they are supporting the application and they will endorse the applicant’s training bond and grant him/her a Paid Study Leave if the applicant emerged successful.
  6. Must not already hold a Certificate in any of the above priority areas of study.
  7. Must be accepted by the University to start studies, failure which, the scholarship offer shall be withdrawn.
  8. Must be willing to sign a training bond and undertaking in line with Government’s training policy.
  9. Must be willing to undergo training either on full time or block release.
  10. Must be willing to complete the Certificate within the specified academic period.

4.0. Eligibility Criteria for PhD Scholarship
The scholarships are open for interested eligible Civil Servants working the WASH Sector and Practitioners from Water Supply Utilities who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a Malawian citizen.
  2. The applicant Must be a Civil Servant at Grade I and above with a minimum of ten years working experience and in possession of Master’s degree in the relevant area of study and must have served
    his/her bond for the master’s degree.
  3. The applicant must be working in Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Blantyre Water Board, Lilongwe Water Board, Central Region Water Board, Northern Region Water Board, Southern Region Water Board, National Water Resources Authority and District Water Development Offices targeted by the Project and directly linked to the Water and Sanitation sector.
  4. Must submit together with the application a valid admission offer letter from an accredited university. Those with no valid offer letter but have submitted an application to an accredited university must obtain and submit a confirmation letter from the academic Registrar.
  5. Must submit a stamped letter of recommendation from the employer on the official Government letter head confirming that they are supporting the application and they will endorse the applicant’s training bond and grant him/her a Paid Study Leave if the applicant emerged successful.
  6. Must not already hold a Certificate in any of the above priority areas of study but should have Master Certificate in the relevant field above.
  7. Must be accepted by the university to start studies failure which the scholarship offer shall be withdrawn.
  8. Must be willing to sign a training bond and undertaking in line with Government’s training policy.
  9. Must be willing to undergo training either on full time or block release.
  10. Must be willing to complete the Certificate within the academic period.

5.0. How to Apply
Interested eligible applicants should submit an application letter together with the following documents:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Copies of academic certificates.
  3. Valid admission offer letter issued by the university or a confirmation letter from the academic registrar certifying that the officer’s application for admission is being processed for commencement of studies by 30 December 2024.
  4. Stamped letter of recommendation from the applicant’s employer on the official headed letter confirming that they are supporting the application and they will endorse the applicant’s training bond and grant him/her a Paid Study Leave if the application emerged successful.
  5. Confirmation in Appointment Letter from Employer.
  6. Letter of conditional offer of employment (PSR19 Form) for Civil Servants.
  7. Recent Pay Slip
  8. Copy of National ID
  9. Statement of motivation detailing why you are applying and why you want to be considered for the scholarship (Not more than 1000 words)

Applications should be sent to the address below clearly marking on the envelope and in the application letter which category of scholarships the officer is applying for:

The Secretary for Water and Sanitation
Ministry of Water and Sanitation
Private Bag 390
LILONGWE 3

The deadline for receiving applications is 30 March 2024.

Kindly note that Non-Civil Servants and those on Non-Established (NE) posts, Internship and Contract Employment are not eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Post expires at 4:30pm on Saturday March 30th, 2024