NORAD Framework Agreement Program Officer

Project Background

Tikwaniritse ndi Kuteteza ma Ufulu a Ana (TiKuMA Programme) is building on the previous Norad framework, the vision of the programme is that all children enjoy their right to education and are protected through strong community and government systems by 2028. Contributing towards this vision, Save the Children (SC) and GAYO with other partners will create hubs of excellence in the two districts of Balaka and Mchinji, to generate experience and evidence for replication and scale. To achieve this, we will work with civil society, government actors, and children themselves within three interrelated thematic areas: A strong government system is accountable, responsive, inclusive, and transparent in respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the rights of children (Child Rights Governance), Children are protected from child marriage, sexual and gender-based violence, teenage pregnancies and emotional abuse and have their sexual and reproductive health and rights fulfilled (Child Protection) and children access and complete quality basic inclusive education with improved competencies in foundational literacy and numeracy (Education). This 5-year programme has been developed based on a situation analysis that included 4 consultations with 250 children including 16 with disabilities, in 4 districts and co-designed with partners

Job TitleNORAD Framework Agreement Program Officer
Reporting toNORAD Program Coordinator
Staff reporting to this postNone
Work stationMchinji
Type of Contract2 years (Renewal based on performance and resource availability)

Job Summary:

The NORAD Program Officer will report to the Programme Coordinator. She/he will have regular contact with children and/or young people frequently because she/he works at the district, community and school levels. As such, she/he is required to mainstreaming child safeguarding in all program activities. Overall, the Program Officer will be responsible for supporting the planning, implementation, and monitoring of education program activities in the NORAD Framework Agreement ensuring effective delivery and achieving desired outcomes. She/he will ensure that all school and community level program activities are implemented in accordance to the standard design of the program.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Project Planning:

  • Assist with planning of program activities in close coordination with the Program Coordinator, district government partners (CEO, DSWO etc) and other NORAD Framework Agreement Program staff 
  • Develop activity budgets and scopes of work in consultation with the Program Coordinator

2. Project Implementation:

Assist with provision of technical support to the district partners on implementation of program activities 

  • Work in close collaboration with the Program Coordinator and district Implementing partners in quality work planning processes, technical reporting and sharing of lessons and best practices
  • Assist in facilitation of program activities
  • Ensure project activities meet quality standards Ensure child safeguarding in implementation of all programme activities
  • Effectively manage project activities, tasks and advances in line with existing policies and procedures
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration among team members
  • Identify and mitigate project risks

3. Project Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Track project progress and performance
  • Conduct on-going monitoring of program activities
  • Identify areas for improvement and recommend corrective actions

4. Stakeholder Management:

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with project stakeholders
  • Ensure effective communication and engagement

5. Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare regular project reports and updates
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date project records and documents


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education
  • At least 2 years of experience in implementing education programs in a NGO setting. Experience in the implementation of Early Grade Reading and Numeracy programmes or teaching Chichewa and Maths in primary schools will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks effectively
  • Computer literate with proficiency in using MS Office programs (word, excel, PowerPoint)

Method of Application

  1. Applicants must send a cover letter detailing why they’re the best fit for the position, copies of academic qualifications, and a well-detailed curriculum vitae with relevant skills and experience 3 traceable referees
  2. Closing date for receiving applications will be 14th June, 2024 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  3. These should be addressed to:

The National Coordinator: Girls Activist Youth Organisation, P.O Box 208, Mayard, Mchinji.



Duly note that GAYO does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and has not retained any agent in connection with recruitment.

GAYO is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. GAYO is an equal opportunity

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