Vacancy -Project Manager, based in Nkata Bay, Malawi.

Job Title: Project Manager

Reporting to:  Solar Maji Project Director (UK-based)

Location:  Based in Nkata Bay, Malawi.

Start Date:  Immediate

Closing Date: 14th April 2017


Malawi Fruits is a Scottish Charity committed to working with partners in Malawi to establish and grow sustainable community businesses in the North of the country. Providing start-up finance, training and support, Malawi Fruits supports community enterprises and businesses that demonstrate long term sustainability and a positive social and environmental impact.     Malawi Fruits has built up expertise in farmer organisation, crop husbandry and business training for smallholder farmers.

As part of its efforts to enable small-holder farmers to increase their household income and reduce their exposure to climate change risk, Malawi Fruits has joined forces with three other organisations to create an innovative UK & Malawian social enterprise called Solar Maji.

Solar Maji takes a market-based approach to provide sustainable livelihoods to Malawi’s small holder farmers. It offers small-holder farmers a contract growing scheme in which inputs, cultivation, irrigation & agronomy support services are all provided.    Crucially, Solar Maji will also be introducing solar powered irrigation that will enable farmers to achieve two – instead of the usual one – crop per year.  With Solar Maji providing a direct link to local and export markets, small scale farmers will have the opportunity to de-risk their farming and to ‘step up’ from subsistence to market led agriculture.

Solar Maji has emerged from collaboration between Malawi Fruits and the following partners:

  • Caplor Energy: a renewable energy company that will provide the solar irrigation technology;
  • Exagris: a commercial agricultural company with significant experience in Malawi that will provide guidance on crop production and access to markets; and
  • Enso Impact: a UK/Malawi-based project development and consultancy company specialising in clean energy projects, that will handle the funding of the project.

In addition Solar Maji works closely and respectfully with relevant Government of Malawi ministries (e.g. Irrigation) and community-based organisations (e.g. Farmer Clubs).

Working at the interface of business and development, Solar Maji is supported by grant funding from the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund and commercial investment.


Job Purpose

To drive in-country operations to ensure the delivery of Solar Maji project targets.


  1. To provide close, day-by-day oversight of the project’s commercial agricultural services.
  2. To catalyse the efforts of – and to ensure effective collaboration between – project partners, government & community organisations.
  3. To be the key point of contact with the UK Project Director, providing regular and timely reports.
  4. To ensure compliance with donor contractual obligations, including financial and narrative reporting.
  5. To lead on building real-time knowledge of in-country funding opportunities and to support the development of funding bids.
  6. Produce communications, including social media content, as necessary.
  7. To build, where appropriate, the capacity of Solar Maji and Malawi Fruits staff.
  8. To identify and proactively flag to the Project Director locally identified risks and opportunities.
  9. To support the development of relations with existing and potential donors and financial backers.
  10. Other tasks as agreed with the Project Director.


Personal Profile


  1. Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  2. Self motivated and able to achieve ambitious targets with minimal supervision.
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to get the best out of others.
  4. Fluent written and spoken English.
  5. Commitment to humanitarian values.
  6. Capacity to adapt to the local work and living environment.
  7. Committed to a one year posting (with an extension possible).
  8. Degree level qualification (or equivalent) in Agriculture, Development or Business.
  9. Two – three years relevant work or voluntary experience.


  1. Practical experience in agriculture.
  2. Commercial experience.
  3. Proven experience in grant and contract administration.
  4. Experience of budgeting and financial management.

Terms & Conditions

This is a semi-volunteer position providing the right candidate with an opportunity to gain international experience and to learn within an innovative business-led agricultural development project.

Benefits: Salary (£8,000 per year), accommodation, insurance and an annual return flight.


Application Process

To apply, candidates must submit a CV to by 14 April 2017.

Download full description in PDF below.

JD Solar Maji PM Feb 2017

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