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Programme Manager
Malawi Violence Against Women and Girls Prevention and Response Programme, London/Lilongwe (Malawi)

Location: London, UK

Summary of the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of Coffey’s most innovative and exciting programmes, just as we begin the implementation phase. The position will be based in London at Coffey’s offices but with travel to Malawi on regular basis (at least three weeks every quarter).

Programme Background

The Malawi Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Prevention and Response Programme is a six-year programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered by Coffey International in a consortium with Social Development Direct and Plan International. The programme runs from November 2018 to November 2024 and is split into two phases. The first phase of implementation (from May 2019 to November 2021) will see the programme test intervention pilots for potential scale-up in Phase 2.

The Programme’s objective is to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls and improve the justice system for women and girls living with violence in Malawi. It will do this by achieving the following outcomes:

  •  Formal and informal justice services are accessible, responsive and accountable to women and children’s needs;
  •  People in target areas are less tolerant of violence and are more supportive of survivors;
  •  Individuals and local institutions use non-violent means to settle disputes and avoid harmful practices.
  • The programme will achieve these outcomes working through the following Outputs:
    • Output 1: Formal and informal justice services handle VAWG cases in line with protocols and laws;
    •  Output 2: Men and women duty bearers have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent and respond to VAWG;
    • Output 3: Local level mechanisms in place in target areas to support VAWG survivors to access justice and related support services;
    •  Output 4: Men and women, boys and girls have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent and respond to VAWG;
    •  Output 5: Improved evidence and communications on what works to prevent and respond to VAWG in Malawi.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in one of DFID’s leading gender programmes. You will develop a deep understanding of social norms interventions to reduce the prevalence of Violence Against Women and Girls and be involved in innovative approaches to adaptive programming. No other programme of this nature currently exists.

In your role as Programme Manager you will work closely with the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and consortium partners to coordinate programme delivery. You will ensure that programme management functions are performed to the highest standard and you will be a key point of contact for the DFID programme management team in post. You will attend quarterly reviews with DFID in Malawi and directly support the Deputy Team Leader in conducting the quarterly learning reviews which form a core element of the programme’s adaptive delivery approach.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure overall contract management, maintaining oversight on client reporting, budget management and the achievement of milestones.
  •  Responsible for developing yearly budgets and milestone markers for DFID as part of the programme’s adaptive approach.
  •  Works closely with Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader to support achievement of milestones as appropriate.
  •  Oversees and ensures adherence to Coffey and DFID requirements through the programme’s delivery and operations.
  •  Responsible for delivery of narrative, milestone and financial reporting to DFID.
  •  Oversees programme partnership and grant arrangements.
  •  Supports the Deputy Team Leader on the programme’s learning agenda.
  •  Enables internal communications between programme team and consortium.
  •  Oversees budgets for the programme.
  •  Conducts regular due diligence of programme operations (including financial management and risk management) to ensure compliance with DFID’s (and Coffey’s) policies, rules and procedures, particularly with regards to safeguarding, fiduciary risk and duty of care.
  •  Line managing operational staff and nurturing their professional development.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have a good understanding of DFID contracting and reporting processes, particularly with regards to measuring performance against payment milestones and logframe milestones. You will also be passionate about advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment and have worked in the international development sector for at least 4 years, with previous management experience in this sector.


  •  Experience of developing logframes and measuring and reporting results against logframe milestones.
  •  Commitment to gender equality and an interest in VAWG prevention and response.
  •  Experience of working on or developing adaptive and learning development programmes.
  •  Experience of developing and managing budgets and presenting budget information in an accessible manner.
  •  Good written and oral communication skills.
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a diverse multi-national team.
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