UNDP Project Specialist Jobs in Malawi

UNDP Project Specialist Jobs in Malawi

Project Context

UNDP has been supporting the operationalization of National Peace Architecture (NPA) since the Government of Malawi established the NPA secretariat at the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) in 2012. The Malawi Government, through an Act of Parliament, established the Peace and Unity Commission (MPUC) in November 2023 as the highest umbrella body and focal point of peacebuilding and conflict prevention, management, resolution, and transformation in Malawi.

The MPUC shall be an independent body responsible for coordination and engagement in peacebuilding mechanisms, decision making and implementation of the National Peace Policy. The work of the MPUC shall be guided by independence, non-partisanship and non-discrimination in terms of 'race, colour, sex language, religion, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnic or social origin, disability, property, birth, or other status.

As MPUC is newly established, it requires operational and technical support to activate its work in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. As part of its support to the MPUC, UNDP Governance Portfolio intends to engage the services of a Project Specialist, Support to MPUC who will be based in the MPUC office to support MPUC to achieve its mandate by supporting day to day administration affairs of the Commission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the chairperson of the Peace and Unity Commission with the technical support from UNDP Governance Portfolio Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for performing the following:

Operational and administrative advice to the Commission

  • Provide all necessary logistical and administrative support for day-to-day operations and management of the commission, including fund management, scheduling activities and meetings;

  • Actively participates with the Commission in fully establishing the Secretariat by facilitating staff recruitment in close coordination with relevant government entities;

  • Actively participates the Commission in administering and implementing the Peace and Unity Act and the relevant government policies in peacebuilding and conflict prevention;

  • Providing necessary policy and technical support to the commission on conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding;

  • Liaise with key stakeholders to be accountable regarding its administrative and financial rules on issues related to human resources, IT, travel, security, procurement, general administration and other tasks.

    Programme and project development and management

  • Participate with the Commission in developing and implementing strategies, workplans and concept notes for the activities and report on progress to the Commission;

  • Plan and organize peacebuilding training, workshops and dialogue meetings and provide logistical and technical support to the activity;

  • Advise the chairperson in the coordination of fundraising support;

  • Research and analyze thematic issues, gaps and emerging issues and advise the Commission for their decision making.

    Coordination and partnerships

  • Identifying and establishing opportune events, networks, and partners that provide the commission with
    the platform for establishing mechanisms for fostering peace and unity in Malawi;

  • Establishing and maintaining a network of local, national, and international stakeholders, peace actors, CSOs, traditional leaders, and religious or faith-based communities as identified by the commission;

  • Coordinate programmes, projects, and initiatives that promote peaceful conflict resolution mechanisms at national, regional and community levels;

  • Actively participate in knowledge management and sharing of good practices on conflict prevention and peacebuilding; ensure that stories and lessons learned are shared with key stakeholders;

  • Perform an array of duties that support coordination and effective programme implementation for the commission.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Public Policy, Political Science, Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, International Relations or related area; OR

  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • A minimum of 7 years (with Master’s degree) or 9 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in programme management and project implementation at the national or international level in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding;

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in conflict analysis, peace infrastructure development/or conflict prevention in a government, multilateral, or civil society organization is required;

  • Demonstrative experience in project/programme management is required;

  • Experience in coordinating high-level government officials, development partners and/or CSOs is required;

  • Extensive experience in analysis, research and sound drafting is required;

  • Experience in national and community-level conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives is required;

  • Proven experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) is required;

  • In-depth knowledge of and extensive experience in (country/region), including in dialogue and conflict prevention initiatives, and awareness and familiarity of key actors and stakeholders across the political, economic, and development spheres alongside knowledge of government, civil society, and other non-state actors.

  • Field experience in the country and region is desirable;

  • Experience in drafting concept notes and proposals in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

    Language Requirement(s):

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Fluency in Chichewa or another local language is required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Project Specialist Jobs in Malawi

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