• Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 October 2018
  • Blantyre, Malawi
  • Closing on 10 February 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

CARE seeks a Strategic Learning Lead for an anticipated $75M Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). The goal of this DFSA is to sustainably improving food and nutrition security and resilience among ultra poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in Malawi. FFP envisions the forthcoming multi-year DFSA will support the implementation of the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) National Resilience Strategy 2018-2030 (NRS) which aims to break the cycle of food insecurity. The strategy’s four pillars include: (i) resilient agricultural growth, (ii) risk reduction, flood control and early warning and response systems, (iii) human capacity, livelihoods and social protection, and (iv) catchment protection and management.

This position will be based in Blantyre, an accompanied post. This position is subject to project award and funding.

The Strategic Learning Lead collaborates with the Food Security Technical Coordinator and M&E Lead to drive learning and create, implement, and integrate learning linkages, ensuring collaboration and learning across all projects in the applicants selected implementation area. S/he will ensure the DFSA includes active, intentional and adaptive learning within and across its multi-sectoral activities. This includes but is not limited to USG, host country government, international donors, multilateral organizations and private sector investments. Additionally, the Strategic Learning Lead will improve peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, evidence and data utilization, and collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA). The Strategic Learning Lead will also develop learning synergies, along with a continuous learning loop with the M&E Lead and the M&E team. S/he will engage project stakeholders in gathering information and lessons emerging from program implementation and ensuring quality communications to external stakeholders.

The Strategic Learning Lead will ensure that project staff are ready and able to engage in learning plans and behaviors as described in USAID’s CLA (collaborative learning and adaptation) framework. S/he will lead the implementation of the learning agenda for the whole project, acting as a focal point to connect internal and external actors and learning, a driver of learning behaviors and the comprehensive learning agenda (to further inform program adaptation), a coach who supports others to learn, and a coordinator of key learning activities both inside and outside the project.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience is required with a Master’s degree or PhD or 5-7 years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in knowledge management, organizational learning, capacity strengthening, and collaborative learning and adaptation. Experience with food security programming is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous positions / programming.
  • Experience working on a USAID-funded program or other large, bi-lateral donor agency projects, is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain partnerships and productive working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to translate complex and complicated ideas into easily accessible and understandable concepts and/or messages
  • Excellent, high-level, demonstrated written and oral communications skills in English is required.
  • Ability to travel to program areas in Malawi as required.

About the Organization

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

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