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Workforce Development Specialist  

About the Organization 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.
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Workforce Development Specialist

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Malawian applicants for the position of Workforce Development 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 Workforce Development 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: Workforce Development Specialist


UNIT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Chief of Party


Winrock is accepting applications for an Workforce Development 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 post-secondary training and market-driven workforce development programs leading to employment or self-employment. These include:

    • Financial barriers for girls, families, and other key stakeholders.

    • Educational barriers in terms of quality and institutional capacity.

    • Socio-cultural traditions that impede girls' education and empowerment.

  • Provide technical assistance and leadership to the team and program on topics such as: market-driven workforce development policy, private sector partnerships, access to credit, reaching marginalized populations (rural/OVC/HIV-infected/affected girls, etc.), targeting rural versus urban or peri-urban populations, entrepreneurship, etc.

  • Ensure that post-secondary training and certification programs are linked to the needs of the labor market and private-sector needs, growth areas, opportunities for start-up capital and apprenticeships.

  • Promote career/guidance counseling and mentoring as feasible by businesswomen and female entrepreneurs for girls to ensure retention and training 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 training 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 responsible experience in designing, managing, and implementing programs aimed at improving workforce readiness and entrepreneurship among youth (women and girls in particular).

  • Experience working with government officials at national, regional and local levels, community members, families and other education stakeholder in efforts to increase access to post-secondary training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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

  • Experience working to improve the ability of post-secondary graduates to gain access to training, start-up capital, workforce readiness skills, soft skills, etc. resulting in promising employment and self-employment in growth areas.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement activities that successfully address financial, educational quality, and socio-cultural barriers to girls' training and employment.

  • Familiarity with educational and labor policy and 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 see 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.

Winrock International recommends that you read the following notices provided by the United States Government before applying:

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