Partnerships Programme Manager – Malawi

GRS is an international adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize at-risk youth to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.


  • Manage day-to-day operations for GP workstreams for in-country partners, including program design and development, training and other technical support as needed
  • In conjunction with GP Deputy Director, create and oversee monthly and annual work plans that ensure project goals are being met in a timely fashion
  • Provide technical assistance to implementing partners, including but not limited to workshops, trainings, and support visits 
  • Liaise with other teams at GRS such as Curriculum, Training, Global M&E, and Finance and Operations, to ensure technical assistance is adapted to relevant country context and align to GRS mission, grant details, technical assistance approach, and strategy
  • Develop and oversee tasks lists and schedules that effectively allocate time and resources for all project objectives
  • Cultivate, navigate, and manage relationships with government agencies, CBO/FBOs/NGOs, INGOs, Research institutions, UN agencies and other international development and adolescent health partners to explore and build a pipeline of strategic partnerships 
  • Collect, interpret, and share out strategic information that would enhance programming and partnerships
  • Support annual work planning process for GRS 
  • Strengthen network of in-country GRS alumni - including consultants, former Master Coaches, Coaches, and participants 

Specifications & Competencies

  • 5+ years of experience managing, implementing, and monitoring concurrent, large scale international development projects in Malawi
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance to partners in donor funded projects valued at least $1 million per year
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders (e.g. from young people to global headquarters to boards to partners to field teams)
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically (approximately 30% of time) with occasional international travel
  • Must be able to legally work in Malawi

Job Overview

Date Posted

November 17, 2020


Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 30% domestic travel

Job Type

Full Time

The Partnerships Programme Manager should be a strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver with demonstrated ability to manage tight deadlines and concurrent deliverables with no in-person supervision. The Partnerships Programme Manager should be able to communicate empathetically, persuasively, and efficiently, and with exceptional attention to detail as the position will be responsible for actioning a diverse set of tasks – from deliverable and/or target-based technical assistance to strategic partnership development. Since primary operations and thus, team members, are located in South Africa and the US, this person should thrive in a remote and cross-cultural environment and be able to articulate and share compelling examples of good practices across the organization. This position will join the GP team and will work closely with the Deputy Director of Partnerships, who leads on strategy and program oversight.

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