Private Sector & Livelihoods Specialist- Malawi Higher Ed Project

Apply by 15 April 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 14 February 2018

Job Description

World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization focusing on education and workforce development. We are seeking an experienced Private Sector & Livelihoods Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi, focused on improving higher education access and transition rates of Malawian youth, particularly young women, as well as promoting linkages to employment and livelihoods. The Private Sector & Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for coordinating with the private sector and labor markets to determine training needs and identify employment and business opportunities.

Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Interested candidates should submit their CV or resume and cover letter (in English) to: Please include the post title on the subject line as well as a note explaining your qualifications for the position. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. No telephone enquiries please. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.


  • Lead and maintain private sector relationship-building to determine training needs, organize employment opportunities and placements, and ensure financing opportunities for disadvantaged youth;
  • Analyze local and regional labor markets/economies to identify employment and business opportunities, and lead livelihoods activities to develop markets and promote sustainable economic growth;
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance on program design and implementation related to the private sector and livelihoods;
  • Coordinate with program team and other technical specialists to ensure an integrated project and consistency across program activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in a related area;
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive technical experience on large donor-funded programming in private sector development, livelihoods, and/or microfinance;
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to project sites around Malawi;
  • Professional level of verbal and written fluency in English;
  • Commitment to the principles of inclusive approaches to programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

Eighty years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world.

In 60 countries with an annual budget of $145 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive.

Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of parliament have earned master’s degrees at our School of International Training. College students spend a semester abroad in our Study Abroad program. Judges, police officers and other community leaders hone their skills through our international exchanges. Activists in Myanmar learn community organizing through our international development program.