Adolescent & Youth Technical Advisor

Palladium International, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2018

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium is an international company that develops and delivers solutions to create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organizations. We are currently implementing over 100 projects with more than 2000 employees across 90 countries. In Malawi, Palladium manages the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners' capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.


Position Summary

The Technical Advisor, Adolescent and Youth will contribute to the HP+ project by providing technical assistance and support to both the Government of Malawi and non-government stakeholders on the development, revision, and implementation of national policies and strategies related to HP+ Malawi's areas of work in youth, adolescent girls and young women. The successful candidate will provide senior-level technical assistance (TA) and policy guidance to the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports, and Manpower Development (MOLYSMD) and the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Secretariat to support district-level implementation and national-level monitoring of the AGYW Strategy, which was launched in August 2018. S/he will work with the AGYW Secretariat to strengthen the agenda of the Inter-Ministerial committee in line with the AGYW strategy outcomes. This will include supporting the process of developing an implementation plan for the AGYW strategy and strengthening coordination. The Advisor is expected to closely work with the two Global Health Corps fellows (currently supporting the AGYW Secretariat with data management, monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of the strategy's implementation), to guide and shape their work. The Advisor will also be responsible for helping to align the AGYW strategy implementation process with the Youth Investment Case and ensuring the implementation plan takes account of complementary efforts such as the YFHS strategy activities.

The Adolescent and Youth Technical Advisor will report to the HP+ Malawi Deputy Director, Technical, and work closely with government counterparts and HP+ headquarters-based staff. This is a fixed-term contract through September 2019, with a possibility of extension depending on MoHP and USAID priorities and the availability of funding. The location for this position is Lilongwe, Malawi.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide high level technical assistance to the MOLYSMD - Department of Youth in developing an implementation plan for the AGYW strategy.
  • Provide high-level, state-of-the-art technical assistance to the MOLYSMD - Department of Youth to improve coordination and monitoring of the AGYW Strategy implementation.
  • Contribute to the Youth Inter-ministerial Committee to provide technical guidance, monitoring, oversight, and coordination for strategic positioning and implementation of youth programming, including:
  • Ensuring that the AGYW strategy implementation is aligned with and considers relevant and complementary policies, strategies and efforts.
  • Providing capacity building support to key Inter-ministerial Committee staff to coordinate implementing partners and provide technical leadership for AGYW programs
  • Through the Secretariat, supporting follow-up on issues raised/decisions made during meetings with partners and the respective Ministries.
  • Collaborate with other technical partners and government agencies to align the AGYW strategy implementation plan and any other relevant documents.
  • Provide mentorship to the two seconded GHC Fellows supporting data management, M&E, and analysis of the strategy's implementation.
  • Support planning and facilitation of national-level AGYW meetings and workshops.
  • Develop, review, and/or prepare necessary technical and program-related reports, including presentations, briefs and posters, and ensure accurate and high-quality products.
  • Provide timely updates to the HP+ team on work progress, and contribute to bi-monthly activity trackers, quarterly reports, success stories, and other products that document progress and achievements.
  • Contribute to other youth-related HP+ activities as needed and promote coordination and harmonization between youth activities as applicable.
  • Assist with identifying new activities or partnerships that will advance MOLYSMD and HP+ project goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Hours of Work: 40/week



  • A Masters' degree in Public Health; or any higher degree in a related field, e.g. Social Sciences.
  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience required in providing technical assistance to youth and adolescent programs.
  • Specific successful experience with policy development and implementation desired.
  • Substantial experience working with government counterparts (preferably Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Health, and/or Ministry of Education) at the national and subnational level and excellent diplomatic skills are required.
  • Experience translating/communicating data for decision making and policy reform.
  • Understanding of governmental structures and processes in Malawi within the decentralized framework especially around youth, health, education, and gender
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal and networking skills, ability to work well with senior government counterparts, consultants, and within a cross-cultural and virtual team.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Prior experience working with USAID/PEPFAR-funded programs is preferred but not required.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Only Malawi nationals or those authorized to work in Malawi will be considered. No international benefits will be offered.


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