CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

Despite decades of robust government and donor investments in livelihoods, food security, nutrition, and resilience, over 50% of the population lives below the poverty line. To address these issues, the Government of Malawi has developed a National Resilience Strategy (NRS) to guide investments in agriculture, reduce impacts and improve recovery from shocks, promote household resilience, strengthen the management of Malawi’s natural resources, and facilitate effective coordination between government institutions, civil society organizations and development partners.

CARE Malawi has been awarded a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), to implement a USD $75 million five-year USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations in Zomba and Mangochi Districts. This project is called ‘Titukulane’ and CARE will be working in a consortium with Save the Children, Emmanuel International, WaterAid, NASFAM, and IFPRI, as well as other associated organizations and partners.

For this project to succeed, CARE is seeking an experienced and talented Chief of Party (COP) who will be responsible for the overall management of the Titukulane project with the specific functions of program leadership; strategic and operational planning; Titukulane partner relations, and problem-solving across the consortium.

The person in this role will ensure that adaptive management practices are used by all decision-makers, and for liaising with USAID Malawi and other stakeholders based in Lilongwe. They will coordinate closely with CARE USA’s Food Security and Resilience management team on donor communication at HQ, strategy, accountability, reporting, consortia management, and communication at HQ level and implementation. This position has been designated as ‘Key Personnel’ by USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

Currently scaling up implementation after a robust refinement period, Titukulane will be implemented in 20 Traditional Authorities (TAs) in Mangochi and Zomba districts. Titukulane is being implemented by CARE, together with partners Emmanuel International, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Save the Children, and WaterAid.


  • Adaptive Management / Program, Financial, and Safety net Management
  • Staff Management and donor management
  • Donor, Partners, and Governments Relations
  • Co-create and foster learning environment leading to quality Implementation


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, including development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing management responsibilities in international development projects
  • Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development and maternal-child health and nutrition
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming and within staffing and management of the program.
  • Experience with two or more of the following types of programs is an advantage: WASH, climate change/disaster risk reduction, livelihoods (farm and/or non-farm), maternal child health and nutrition, or community resilience.

This vacancy is archived.

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