CLA Director, Malawi


For over 50 years and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 34 projects in 26 countries and revenues of approximately $174 million.

CLA Director, Malawi
We are currently seeking a CLA Director for an anticipated USAID-funded activity in Malawi that will focus on sustainably reducing poverty and stunting in eight districts of Central and Southern Malawi. The project will work to improve the nutritional status of women and children under five through a proven nutrition-sensitive approach of layering agriculture and nutrition behavior change interventions in rural communities, while at the same time increasing the competitiveness of high-value, nutrient-rich value chains through support for agricultural enterprises and increased access to markets and finance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the CLA unit, which will encompass the project’s communications, M&E, training, and behavior change functions, providing a centralized point for analysis, strategic planning, and support to improve technical implementation, effective use of resources, and sustainability.
  • Directly supervise the M&E Director (who will in term supervise a team of M&E staff), ensuring quality control, providing input into the development of the PMP, and alignment between performance monitoring efforts and the strategic information needs of the project and the donor.
  • Oversee the training, behavior change, and communications functions of the project, including supervising staff, ensuring overall quality control and responsiveness of these efforts to the technical team needs, and facilitating integration of these efforts throughout project components.
  • Develop and implement project communications strategy, ensure quality control of project communications and marketing media, and provide high level editorial assistance and quality control to the publication of all project reporting and communications.
  • Work directly with the technical project component leads to plan, design, and or/manage specific CLA strategies and activities, such as supporting incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes. Assist in developing, capturing, sharing, and testing methods, models, and tools to advance these objectives.
  • Leverage a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary market research - to (i) analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives, (ii) communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to project staff), and (iii) apply that learning into improved workplanning and project activities.
  • Participate in regular senior management planning meetings, and provide analytical feedback and support to inform technical decisions by senior management and the technical component leads


  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferable) in respective technical field and at least 7 years of relevant experience in knowledge management, communications, M&E, organizational learning and/or strategic learning in an international development context.
  • Regional experience in Malawi or Southern Africa Region
  • Familiarity with the concept of adaptive management/CLA, and demonstrated experience using a mix of informational sources and research methods to analyze project progress, communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders, and apply learning to work planning.
  • Experience providing leadership, supervising staff, managing multiple complex project components, and convening people across technical teams to build consensus and achieve an outcome.
  • Experience contributing to the design and implementation of a development project’s strategic communications strategy required.
  • Superior, demonstrated writing, reporting, and oral presentation skills (ability to provide an original writing sample required).
  • Skills in graphic design (preferably Adobe InDesign), as well as video and web editing skills, desired but not required.

Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: ACDI/VOCA
  • Location: Lilongwe
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-10

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