Vacancy – Programme Officer - Temporary position

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe is recruiting a programme officer for a temporary position with a start date in the beginning of June This recruitment is open to Malawian nationals and residents.

Deadline for applications: May 6th, 2024

The Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) in Lilongwe is responsible for official and diplomatic relations between Norway and Malawi and Norway and Zambia. The RNE is also overseeing development cooperation between Norway and these two countries. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe consists of 6 diplomats and 14 national staff.

The RNE has a temporary vacancy for the position as a programme officer that will primarily support in managing the embassy’s education portfolio. The successful candidate is expected to take up this position tentatively on June 3rd, 2024, and will be a part of the embassy’s health and education team headed by the Counsellor for Education and Health. The programme officer will report to the Head of Cooperation. Pending political priorities, responsibilities in other sectors than education might be added.

Key responsibilities:

  • Project/Programme management/grant management.
  • Financial management, including budget cycle and value for money analysis.
  • Project and financial risk management.
  • Results frameworks and results reporting.
  • Follow-up and monitoring of partners (government and civil society).
  • Coordination with other donors in the education sector.
  • The Ambassador can change the ToRs of this position pending need.


  • Master’s in Education, Development Economics, Public Administration or similar subject that is relevant to the key responsibilities.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on programme/project management, preferably within the education sector.   
  • Excellent English communication skills both orally and written.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. The ability to run basic descriptive analysis in excel is an advantage.
  • Candidates with demonstrated experience in public grant management are preferred.
  • Fluency in written and oral Norwegian is an advantage.
  • Must be a resident of Lilongwe and possess a valid residence permit at the start date.

Personal qualities:

  • Analytical abilities: Ability to gather, triangulate, analyze and communicate information (orally and in writing).
  • An ‘implementer’: Ability to take initiative, work independently and to follow things through.
  • Execution: Systematic, detail oriented and effective.
  • Resilience: Handle working under pressure, deadlines and have large working capacity.

The RNE encourages everyone that is qualified that can and will work to apply for this position.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.
  • Health insurance.
  • Retirement plan.
  • Opportunity to exercise one hour a week.
  • Opportunity for professional growth and development.
  • A collaborative work environment and professionally challenging areas of work.

The vacancy is expected to run from June 3rd, 2024, until mid-August 2025.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Head of Cooperation: Siri Frette Allsted, or

Head of Administration, Consular Affairs and Security: Liv Sigurdsson,

Applications are directed to:

Deadline for applications: May 6th, 2024.