Program Management Advisor

Location Lilongwe, Malawi

Start Date Sep - Nov 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role


This is an exciting opportunity for a program management professional to contribute to a regional nutrition project led by CARE Canada!!

Your role as the Program Management Advisor is to provide ongoing organizational and programmatic technical support to the four twinning partners based in Malawi, related to the delivery of their SANI twinning projects. You will support the organizations in their project management and delivery and to support the coordination of the SANI Twinning Initiative in Malawi, including coordination between projects and with CARE Malawi.


You will be based out of the office of the Coalition of Women Living with HIV (COWLHA) in Lilongwe, and with support from ICAD staff will develop a schedule to work on site and on field visits with the other three participating organizations in Malawi: Coalition for Women and Girls (CEWAG) (Lilongwe), National Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) (Lilongwe) and Passion for Women and Children (PAWOC) (Mponela).

Apply to this placement today and help make a difference in Malawi!

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support communication between twinning partners, CARE Malawi and ICAD

-Support partners in the preparation of monthly narrative and financial reports to ICAD

-Support partners in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities

-Accompany partners on field visits to monitor project implementation

-Support organizations in project implementation as needed (e.g. with material development)

-Support ICAD staff on monitoring visits

-Support organizations in resource mobilization/proposal development efforts

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in International Development, Community Development, Public Health, Program Evaluation, or related field

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience working with community-based organizations

-Experience in project management and/or organizational development

-Knowledge of HIV and/or nutrition

-Familiarity with gender-based approaches

-Excellent communications skills


About Cuso International and Our Partner


Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.


Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (COWLHA)

Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) is a registered civil society organization conceived in 2006 to create a united voice of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS through support groups. COWLHA works in the following areas: HIV and AIDS, gender and women's and girls' rights, nutrition and livelihood, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and research and advocacy. COWLHA works primarily with women and girls living with HIV and by extension children living with or affected by HIV as well. COWLHA is twinned with CEWAG and Program for Vulnerable Women and Children in Mpika, Zambia.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources

2.Online health briefing

3.Fundraising 101 Webinar

4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course


In-Country Training and Learning

As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.

- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.