Job Opportunity: AIP Programme Coordinator – Malawi

by | Oct 19, 2021 | Opportunities

JOB TITLE:                      AIP Programme Coordinator-Malawi

REPORTS TO:                 GWP Malawi Chair and GWPSA Senior Technical Advisor

LOCATION:                      Malawi, with travel to GWPSA in Pretoria, South Africa, if required

DURATION:                      2 years, with the possibility of extension to August 2024


The Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government adopted the Continental Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP) as part of Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa – Priority Action Plan 2 (PIDA-PAP 2) during the 34 ordinary session of the African Union summit on 7 February 2021.

In February 2019, the Governing Council of African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) adopted a Decision (GA/11/2018/LBV/5) for the implementation of the AIP. The Ministers commended efforts to establish, through the AIP, a partnership to release Africa’s development potential to achieve the African Union Agenda 2063 in collaboration with the African Union (AU), African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), African Development Bank (AfDB) and Global Water Partnership (GWP).

The goal of the AIP is to transform the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful and equitable Africa. The objective is to enhance job creation through gender-sensitive investments in water security and climate-resilient development.

Delivery of water investments in Africa is lagging the continent’s economic and social needs. The African Development Bank estimates that US$ 64 billion is required annually to meet the 2025 Africa water vision of water security for all; but the actual figure invested stands between US$10-US$19 billion per year. AIP aims to narrow the water investment gap by leveraging US$30 billion in climate-resilient water investments by 2030 and create 5 million jobs towards the African water vision and SDG 6 targets.

The AIP is implemented through three support programs:

  • AIP Transboundary PIDA Water Investments
  • AIP Water Climate Development and Gender Investment (AIP WACDEP-G) 
  • AIP SDG Water Investments


The Malawi AIP Programme Coordinator will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the AIP programme portfolio in Malawi. The Programme Coordinator will work under the guidance of the GWPSA Senior Technical Advisor and GWP Malawi Executive Director. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring that the implementation of new and ongoing projects is aligned with the AIP programme portfolio in Malawi. In addition, AIP implementation leverages new and ongoing projects and programmes that are aligned with the overall goals and objectives of the AIP Malawi below.

The position will be supported by Global Water Partnership a multi-stakeholder action network dedicated to working with countries towards the equitable, sustainable, and efficient management of their water resources. GWP Southern Africa and Africa Coordination Unit (GWPSA-ACU) is one of 13 regional networks that make up GWP and offers practical support for sustainably managing water resources to 16 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The regional network manages activities and convenes stakeholders in this region and at a pan-African level to address issues that have an impact on water security. The position will be coordinated through GWPSA-ACU and based in Malawi.

Specific duties:

Coordinate implementation of the Global Water Leadership Project

GWP will support the implementation of local water management actions to generate an evidence base for national and global water leadership in a changing climate. GWP’s Strategy 2020-2025 emphasises the urgent need for coordinated action to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. As an action network bridging the global to the local and the local to the global, GWP seeks to lead systems changes at all levels, as they pertain to providing water solutions, effective policy and financial planning for water, and catalysing climate-resilient development. GWP accomplishes this by initiating steps with its local partners, which lead to incremental shifts, resulting in a larger system change.

As an implementing partner of FCDO’s “Global Water Leadership in a Changing Climate” (GWL) programme, GWP has designed a set of work packages to contribute to the programme’s Output 2 (Evidence, norms and standards) and Output 3 (National systems and finance) for Integrated Water Resources Management, and where possible, for climate-resilient WASH services, in collaboration with UNICEF. These outputs will contribute to generating political leadership for water at the national and international levels.

GWP’s strategy for delivery of the GWL programme is based on horizontal and vertical integration, which indicates cooperation at multiple levels: between national and local stakeholders within a country; between national and global stakeholders towards international platforms; and among project partners both at the global level and within each country. It leverages GWP’s role and function at the global, regional, and national levels to bring forth a joint vision and a spectrum of impacts together with the GWL programme partners. GWP will be contributing to the Global Water Leadership programme’s outputs through the following key activities:

  • Providing grassroots perceptions of water insecurity in selected countries through a survey, complete with ground-truthing of relevant data
  • Providing baseline and updated information to demonstrate the status and evolution of water and climate resilience in policies and plans in the selected countries through the establishment of a scorecard approach,
  • Supporting inclusive and participatory government-led multi-stakeholder change processes to identify bottlenecks in water resource management
  • Catalysing political uptake and implementation of the strategies and mobilising strong global voices for water and sanitation in international platforms.

The Programme Coordinator will:

  • Serve as lead for the development, coordination and implementation of GWL activities at the country and regional level
  • Liaise and coordinate country and regional level activities in close cooperation with teams at the regional and global level (including other regions of implementation)
  • Ensure timely progress tracking and reporting for the country and regional activities.
  • Coordinate with other programme partners, including UNICEF
  • Lead development of work plans and budgets at country
  • Manage the implementation of GWL activities in the programme country
  • Coordinating multi-stakeholder change processes, with the aim to increase political leadership on water resources management
  • Managing the rollout of community surveys (together with partner organisations if applicable)
  • Ensure delivery of all programme outputs on time and within budget at country
  • Engage relevant government actors and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate administrative, logistics and financial support to programme activities
  • Coordinate and support consultants engaged during the implementation of the programme
  • Promote an inclusive and gender transformative approach in relevant activities

Coordinate the implementation of AIP related projects in Malawi

In addition to coordinating GWL implementation, the programme coordinator will also support implementation of the following on-going  and new regional projects and ensure their alignment with GWL and in synergy with the boarder AIP goals and objectives:

  1. UNICEF-GWP WASH Climate Resilient Project- Support the implementation of capacity building training courses and country support on WASH and Climate Resilience.
  2. SADC-EU Nexus Dialogue Project Phase 2– Support the implementation of national Nexus Dialogues on governance and Investments in water-Energy and Food Security.
  3. SDG 6.5.1 Support Programme-support implementation of IWRM and capacity development
  4. Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Support development of Readiness Programmes in Malawi to enhance capacity to access climate finance, knowledge management and pipeline development for GCF investment projects.
  5. Intra -ACP Global Climate Change Alliance+ in Southern Africa- The project’s objective is to increase the capabilities of SADC Member States to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
  6. SADC WEF Youth Innovation Network (SAYWIN) was launched at the 2019 SADC Energy and Water Minister’s meeting. A Youth Coordinator has been appointed to drive the funding activities.

Malawi AIP Country Programme Development

  • Lead the development of the AIP Malawi Country Program
  • Develop an AIP detailed program work plan, budget, and resource mobilisation plan for AIP
  • Identify national opportunities for AIP programme development
  • Lead the development of concept notes and proposals for resource mobilisation to ensure full operationalisation of the AIP Malawi
  • Manage the AIP Malawi portfolio and project staff appointed to support the implementation
  • Coordinate administrative, logistics and financial support to AIP Malawi programme activities.

Programme Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

  • Prepare and submit to GWPSA-ACU and GWP MW monthly AIP Programme implementation progress updates.
  • Prepare quarterly reports covering GWL activities in Malawi and submit them to GWPSA-ACU, GWP MW and the Global Programme Specialist in charge of overall reporting and submission to the donor.
  • Prepare and submit to GWPSA-ACU and GWP MW annual narrative and financial reports on the AIP Malawi Programme.
  • Coordinate GWL programme evaluation and audit at the country level.
  • Work closely with the Finance and Administration Unit of GWPSA-ACU and GWP MW.

Knowledge management and communication

  • Develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy for the AIP Malawi and GWL Programme in cooperation with GWPSA-ACU, GWP MW, the Global Programme Specialist and the GWP communications team.
  • Capture key programme outputs/outcomes and lessons generated from the processes and activities at the country level.
  • Facilitate sharing of lessons among the national and regional stakeholders.
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing across GWL countries.

Support institutional strengthening of GWP Malawi

  • Support activities to strengthen GWP Malawi, including partners networking
  • Support GWP Malawi knowledge management and information sharing
  • Ensure that the relevant stakeholders in Malawi are engaged in GWP programs
  • Participate in GWPSA-ACU Programme coordination meetings
  • Support coordination and implementation of the in-country GWPSA activities
  • Assist with requests that may come from GWPSA-ACU.

These duties will be carried out in close collaboration and coordination with GWPSA-ACU, GWP Malawi and the Global Programme Specialist for GWL. The Malawi Programme Manager will further ensure coordination of country and regional implementation with the broader GWP programmes and work plans in the country and region and alignment with the overall GWL Programme. 


The Programme Manager will:

  • Report and be accountable to the GWP Malawi Chair, GWPSA Senior Technical Advisor and the Global Programme Specialist for GWP
  • Work closely with the GWPSA Finance and Administration, and Knowledge Management and Communications Teams
  • Maintain good working relationships with other staff at GWP Malawi
  • Perform other prioritised duties as agreed upon with GWPSA Executive Secretary and GWP Malawi Chair


Interested applicants for the Malawi Programme Manager position are required to have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Minimum qualification Master’s Degree in project management, international development, water resources management, climate change, environmental protection, social development, sociology, gender, public administration, or related area.
  • Understand water resources management and governance, climate change, development (SDGs), gender and related issues.
  • Understand the institutional and policy environments around water security, climate resilience building and gender equality in the country.
  • Experience working within multi-stakeholder platforms and supporting change processes.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in the above areas focused on policy analysis, stakeholder engagement and project management. Experience working in Malawi and different countries in the SADC region.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and very good organisational and task management skills demonstrated teamwork skills and the ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability in project management, including workplan development, tracking, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Experience collaborating and or working with government institutions and agencies preferred.


Interested applicants should submit a one-page motivation letter that addresses GWPSA’s requirements stated above, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted for the position. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2021.


  • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform: 
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Consultants meeting all the above requirements are invited to express their interest through the submission of a one page motivation letter, a CV, and the contact information of three professional referees. 
  • Questions can be directed to  with copy to 
  • Applications must be submitted by 29 October 2021.

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