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Policy Fellows – 6 Positions

AFIDEP seeks highly qualified and self-motivated individuals to lead as Policy Fellows in its work with the Parliament of Malawi.

Background

The Parliament of Malawi is the supreme legislative body in Malawi. It plays the important roles of oversight, legislation, and representation in the country. The Parliament is currently seeking to strengthen its capacity in undertaking budget analysis and financial scrutiny, legislative drafting and scrutiny, and research required by committees to perform their functions. This has provided an exciting opportunity for relevant professionals wishing to work in Parliament. Accordingly, Parliament is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the positions of AFIDEP Policy Fellows (PFs) in the Parliament of Malawi to support various technical functions including budget analysis, financial scrutiny, legislative drafting and scrutiny, monitoring and evaluation, and parliamentary research.

Positions duration: These will be 12-month full-time positions based on performance and availability of funds. These positions will be supported by an ongoing programme funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) and implemented by Parliament of Malawi, with technical support from AFIDEP.

  1. Budget Analysis and Public Finance Management Policy Fellow (2 positions)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide independent, unbiased and non-partisan analysis of the budget estimates/proposal presented by the Executive.
  • Provide neutral economic analyses on fiscal/monetary policy for Members of Parliament and Committees.
  • Analyse government macro-economic plan and socio-economic programs contained in the budget framework.
  • Analyse government loans, loan guarantees, and grants to ascertain value for money, sustainability, and utilisation towards national development objectives.
  • Provide cost estimates, macroeconomic forecasts and conduct risk analysis associated with proposed government policies and bills.
  • Forecast and project social and economic statistics, variables such as GDP, gross and net revenue.
  • Develop and maintain a database of key social, economic and fiscal statistics and information.
  • Conduct and share with Committees analyses that explore other means of growth and stabilisation of the national economy.
  • Develop macro-economic policy performance and measurement indicators of government’s policies and programs.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Budget and Public Accounts Committees.
  • Support the budget analysis training for Members of Parliament.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Advanced Degree in Economics or Finance. A postgraduate qualification focused on budgeting or its equivalent will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated technical experience/knowledge in Public Financial Management.
  • Ability to transform technical concepts into content that is relevant and easily digestible.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong work ethics, with high levels of commitment and results-focused.
  • Strong communication skills, including demonstrated high-quality presentations techniques.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesise complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, as well as attention to detail.
  • Good judgment, integrity and reliable.
  1. Legislative Research Policy Fellow (2 positions)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct real-time research and prepare objective, non-partisan descriptive, background, and analytical reports.
  • Provide objective public policy analysis and consultation on policies to Members, Committees, and staff of Parliament.
  • Analyse and synthesise complex information and evaluate implications of various public policy alternatives/options.
  • Maintain quality control over legislative data and authority records to ensure accuracy, timeliness, availability, and reliability.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Government Assurance Committee.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • An advanced Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, or any other related field.
  • Ability to design and utilise research and analytical methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in research, communication and information management.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesise complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to write clear and concise analytical and descriptive reports, policy briefs and other products supported by appropriate background research for Members of Parliament, Committees and staff.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including demonstrated high-quality presentations techniques

4. Legal Services/Bill Drafting Policy Fellow (1)

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Scrutinise government bills presented in Parliament.
  • Draft proposed amendments to existing laws by Committees or Members of Parliament.
  • Conduct assessment of legal implication of policies and bills presented in Parliament by the Executive.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions to Members of Parliament, Committees, and staff.
  • Prepare copies of bills passed by National Assembly for assenting.
  • Draft research memoranda and legal documents.
  • Assist in providing data to planning on the activities of the Legal Section of the National Assembly.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Legal Affairs Committee.

 Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree.
  • A valid practicing license.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in legal drafting and research skills.
  • Mature and able to support team effort.
  • Strong work ethics, with high levels of commitment and results-focused.
  • Good judgment, integrity and reliable.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, as well as attention to detail.

4. Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Policy Fellow (1 position)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in Parliament’s planning processes, and as part of this, develop outcome and output indicators for tracking, and the tools and forms to be used in continuous gathering on MLE data.
  • Develop the capacity of relevant Parliament staff in MLE and support their implementation of the MLE strategy.
  • Work closely with Parliament’s leadership in mapping and initiating efforts to respond to institutional and system-level gaps inhibiting effective MLE.
  • Steer and support staff in gathering MLE data using the various tools and forms developed.
  • Prepare regular MLE reports and facilitate their discussion to enable Parliament to learn and continuously improve its performance.
  • Generate and sustain interest, support, and commitment among Parliament staff and members of parliament for MLE.
  • Support Parliament’s leadership in setting up a vibrant MLE unit/division within Parliament.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Masters degree in Quantitative Social Sciences.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Training from a recognised institution is mandatory.
  • At least two years of relevant experience in M&E.
  • Demonstrable technical, hands-on skills and knowledge in M&E.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong work ethics, with high levels of commitment and results-focused.
  • Strong communication skills, including demonstrated high-quality presentations techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good judgment, integrity and reliable.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in budgeting and planning.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants are invited to send: (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a one-page motivation statement detailing their suitability to the role and career goals; (3) a Curriculum Vitae (CV) of not more than 5 pages – including 3 relevant referees not later than May 16, 2019 to: hr@afidep.org. Application letters should clearly have the title of the position as the subject line for email applicants. Only shortlisted candidates meeting the above requirements will be shortlisted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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