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Female Higher Education Specialist  

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Female Higher Education Specialist

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Malawian applicants for the position of Female Higher Education Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Malawi higher education project. The proposed objective of the project is to improve higher education access and transition rates for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Malawi.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applicants should go to the 'Join Us' link at or submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Malawi Female Higher Education Specialist in the subject line by February 15, 2018. Citizens of Malawi currently residing in Malawi are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


Position Description

POSITION TITLE: Female Higher Education Specialist


UNIT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Chief of Party


Winrock is accepting applications for a Female Higher Education Specialist for an anticipated USAID education program for Winrock International's Education and Empowerment group in Malawi. The program focuses on improving higher education access and transition rates for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women. The program goal will be to increase opportunities for such girls and women to attend university or pursue other training programs focused on high-demand areas for increased economic impact in Malawi. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


  • Design and lead activities that will decrease barriers to vulnerable adolescent girls' access to formal higher education programs leading to employment or self-employment. These barriers include those of a financial, institutional, and social nature.

  • Provide technical assistance and leadership to the team and program on topics such as: higher education policy, reaching marginalized populations (rural/OVC/HIV-infected/affected girls, etc.), targeting rural versus urban or peri-urban populations, guidance counseling, workforce readiness, etc.

  • Ensure that higher education is linked to the needs of the labor market, growth areas, and private-sector needs, as well as internship opportunities.

  • Promote career/guidance counseling and mentoring as feasible by female teachers/academics for girls to ensure retention, academic success, and internship opportunities leading to employment.

  • Facilitate positive peer support groups, life skills, and empowerment among beneficiaries.

  • Advise on institutional strengthening measures to ensure sustainable project interventions,

  • Incorporate innovative education elements such as open and distance learning platforms and other IT-based solutions to increase education quality and access.

  • Contribute to all program reports (quarterly, annually, others).

  • Provide input to other program activities as needed.


Education: Bachelor's degree in education. Master's preferred.

Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years' progressively experience in designing, managing, and implementing programs aimed at increasing secondary and post-secondary educational access for girls.

  • Experience working with government officials at national, regional and local levels, community members, families, educational institutions (universities, technical colleges, and community colleges), and other education stakeholders in efforts to increase access to higher education.

  • Experience working to improve transition rates from secondary school to post-secondary education.

  • Experience working to improve educational quality and relevance in areas such as teacher training, curriculum development, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement activities that successfully address economic, institutional, and socio-cultural barriers to girls' education.

  • Familiarity with policy in the areas of education, youth, gender, and employment as well as GoM decentralization processes.

  • Demonstrated success leading a team to carry out program goals.


  • Fluent English required; additional language skills (Chichewa) desirable.

  • Familiarity with USAID regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equally complex international government funding organization.

  • Ability to identify and develop opportunities for collaboration with private sector and other stakeholders.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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