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Work type: Contract
Location: Malawi
Categories: Governance, Rule of Law

  • Violence Against Women and Girls Prevention and Response Programme funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • Fixed term
  • Lilongwe, Malawi


The Programme 


The Malawi Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Prevention and Response Programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and delivered by a consortium of Tetra Tech International Development (formerly known as Coffey), Social Development Direct and Plan International. The programme runs from November 2018 to January 2025, split into inception (November 2018 – April 2019) and two phases of implementation. The first phase of implementation (May 2019 – November 2022) 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.


Across all outputs, the programme will ensure adherence to the principles of gender transformation, engaging men and boys, ensuring no-one is left behind and sustainability. Programme implementation is guided by the principles and approach of problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA). The programme will ensure interventions are guided by the operating environment, and that the programme adapts as the context changes or learning produces 8 evidence to guide a more effective response. Taking a politically savvy and contextually aware approach will be critical to this.


The programme will work at the national level in Malawi, and the district level in, initially, three locations: Lilongwe, Karonga and Machina. Based on learnings in Phase One, the programme will likely scale up to other districts and areas in Phase Two.


The programme has developed six intervention areas that feed directly into the five outputs. These are:


  1. National and district level engagement
  2. Formal and informal justice reform interventions
  3. Interventions with duty bearers and service providers
  4. Referral mechanisms and support services
  5. VAWG prevention related interventions
  6. Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning


The Position 




The Justice Lead leads on Output 2 and Output 3 and is responsible for delivering the technical strategy in these Outputs, working in close collaboration with the International Justice Advisor, Technical Legal Adviser, VAWG Lead, Community Engagement Lead and Deputy Team Leader.


Specific Responsibilities


  • Responsible for developing, and overseeing implementing partners, advisors and consultants to develop, required programme documentation for approval and delivery of activities under Output 2 and Output 3, including intervention budgets, workplans, concept notes and TORs as necessary:



Output Statement

Key deliverables under this role

Output 2

Men and women duty bearers have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent and respond to VAWG

Delivery of the Gender Transformative Curriculum to targeted VAWG response service providers and duty bearers


Promotion of the Gender Transformative Curriculum to other actors operating in the VAWG prevention and response sector

Output 3

Local level mechanisms in place in target areas to support VAWG survivors to access justice and related support services

Strengthening informal response institutions, such as Village Tribunals


Strengthening formal response institutions, such as CVSUs


Rolling out the National Referral Pathways Guidelines, and addressing barriers to effective referral processes for VAWG survivors


  • Provides in-country quality assurance on engagement with formal and traditional justice sectors across all Outputs.
  • Regularly reviews the approaches and strategies justice sector engagement in light of PDIA reviews.
  • Represents the programme and builds programme relationships across the formal and traditional justice sector, and with government bodies, UN agencies, NGOs and CSOs working within this sector.
  • Contributes to the quarterly, annual and other project reports.
  • Feeds results, challenges and risks in delivery to the Deputy Team Leader.


General Responsibilities


  • Adhere to Tetra Tech’s Code of Conduct, and all Tetra Tech policies, including Bribery, Corruption and Whistleblowing, and Safeguarding.
  • Adhere to Tetra Tech’s Duty of Care processes and follow all duty of care related advice from Tetra Tech Project Management, and Tetra Tech Head of Risk and Security.
  • Submit timesheets on a weekly basis in line with work undertaken.
  • Follow programme processes, including financial and human resources processes, as articulated in the Programme Operations Manual.
  • Support programme reporting as requested by the Programme Leadership (Programme Director, Team Leader Deputy Team Leader or Programme Manager).
  • Submit any technical outputs for review by the Programme Leadership before client submission, in accordance with Coffey’s quality assurance procedures.
  • Carry out all other reasonable duties that are necessary to deliver the project on time and in accordance with client expectations, and as requested by the Programme Director, Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader or Programme Manager.
  • Submit all technical outputs for peer review prior to client submission


Person Specifications


  • Master’s Degree in Governance, Gender, International Development, Social Development, Law, Social Science, Education - Humanities or other related discipline, or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject with minimum of 10 years working experience in the relevant sector
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in governance, gender justice, human rights or gender justice sector reforms, socio-legal work and capacity building of state institutions
  • Proven substantial experience of at least 5 years in development of programmatic strategy and delivering of programme activities in line with approved strategy, workplans and activity budgets
  • 5 or more years of technical leadership experience with responsibility for a technical portfolio
  • Significant experience developing and delivering participatory training workshops, preferably to service providers
  • Extremely high level of integrity, and commitment to women’s rights and tackling violence against women and girls


Functional Competencies


  • Strong competencies in the Governance, Gender, Justice, Human Rights or Gender Justice Sector Reforms, Socio-Legal work and capacity building of state institutions
  • In-depth practical knowledge of gender transformative programming and training delivery
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders,
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills and analytical skills;
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.


Salary Range

MWK 36-40m gross salary plus benefits per annum, based on experience


Applications close:  2nd February 2021


Interviews will take place in the week of 15th February 2021.


Tetra Tech International Development has a 40-year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors around the world, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the European Union (EU). Our people are focused on improving lives by working side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth, and good governance.


Tetra Tech International Development  is part of Tetra Tech, a global family of experts providing international development services in over 13 key practice areas in over 100 countries around the world. Tetra Tech serves the major aid markets in the UK and Europe, as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and multilateral development banks.


Tetra Tech International Development has robust policies and guidelines which exemplify our commitment to safeguarding and technical excellence in gender equality. Our team of dedicated GEDSI advisers work closely with our staff and partners to ensure a context-specific and consistent approach is applied to all of our programmes to improve the livelihoods of the world’s most marginalised groups.

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