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Team Leader (Chief of Party) for a Malawi VAWG (GBV) Project

at IMA WorldHealth

Location: Malawi

For consideration, please attach your cover letter and resume to

IMA World Health is seeking applications for Team Leader for an anticipated DFID-funded violence against women and girls (VAWG) prevention funding opportunity in Malawi. The Strengthening Access to Justice and VAWG Prevention program is designed to strengthen the capacity of communities and institutions to prevent and respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Violence against Children (VAC) and to improve the accessibility, responsiveness, and accountability of the justice system for women and girls living with violence. The Team Leader will provide overall leadership, management, and oversight for all program activities and staff in accordance with the contract and donor guidelines. The Team Leader, to be based in Malawi, will report directly to the Senior Technical Director of Programs at IMA. S/he will liaise regularly with key stakeholders representing the program, including assigned DFID in-country technical advisors and other staff, Government of Malawi relevant Ministry stakeholders, and to civil society networks. With an extensive regional track record in preventing and responding to GBV, coupled with IMA’s strong and experienced team, IMA has forged the relationships and credibility to positively transform how VAWG is addressed in Malawi.



  • Strategic Direction: 30%

    • Serve as IMA's representative to DFID, the Malawian government, other donors and multinationals, technical agencies and other participating organizations on behalf of the program.

    • Ensure visibility of program results, achievements and lessons learned through presentations at conferences and workshops and/or publishing articles through professional journals.

    • Project design and thought leadership around strengthening and reforming GBV prevention and response within Malawi.

  • Project Management: 50%

    • Ensure the development and implementation of key project deliverables, including the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan and work plan.

    • Provide overall leadership and supervision of all project activities, including three (3) sub-awardees/contractors and 15 project personnel; lead the Program Management Unit

    • Serve as the primary person responsible for overseeing the full-time and short-term technical assistance personnel and directing program management and operations, including financial management, cost control, partner management, program planning, performance monitoring, financial reporting, and client relations.

    • Monitor staff performance and provide capacity strengthening support when needed

    • Hold team and partners accountable to meet objectives in timely manner; ultimately responsible for management of fiduciary risk, attention to value for money and continual performance improvement

  • Ensuring Program Quality and Reporting: 20%

    • Oversee quality and timely reporting in line with donor requirements according to the contract/award agreement; monitor progress of program objectives and work with the country director and the program officer in headquarters to ensure quality control.

The position requires a competent and experienced person with the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated capacity and/or equivalent experience as a Team Lead or Chief of Party for a complex DFID project.

  • Minimum of a university degree in Gender Studies, International Development, Public Health, Social Work, or a related field is required; advanced degree in relevant field is strongly preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years managing and implementing similar donor-funded projects with a strong preference for experience and familiarity with DFID programming and priorities

  • Experience implementing in one or more of the program technical areas: Violence Against Women and Girls/GBV, child protection, access to justice/legal systems, social and behavioral change communication, community-level accountability programs

  • Experience overseeing sub-awardees/sub-contractors to achieve program results; familiarity and expertise in overseeing the financial and contractual management aspects of program management

  • Minimum of 10 years' experience working with development programming in contexts similar to Malawi; experience working in Southern Africa and particularly Malawi will be strongly preferred

  • A thorough understanding of the drivers of VAWG (particularly in Malawi) will be an asset.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in concert with team, partner organizations, and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience in partnership building especially with the Government of Malawi, DFID, NGOs and private sector a plus

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including in making presentations); high degree of political savvy in interacting with senior government and civil society stakeholders

  • Excellent written and spoken English

  • Malawian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title “IMA Malawi COP”

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