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Sam's Village Manager

Sam’s Village Manager

2023 Job Description and Person Specification

Organisation: African Vision Malawi

Location: Lilongwe

Background Information

African Vision Malawi (“AVM”) is a small NGO based in Malawi and supported from the UK.

Job Title: Sam’s Village Manager

AVM is seeking a Manager for our training centre, named ‘Sam’s Village’, to enhance our vocational and life skills training for vulnerable and young people in our community. This will include overall management of the training centre which includes bringing in clientele and the rental of the facility. The position is based at Sam’s Village in rural North West Lilongwe district.

Primary objectives:

The Sam’s Village Manager has 4 key strands to their role:


  1. Day to day management of the dedicated Village team (approximately 14 full time employees plus site workers and volunteers)
  2. Be a critical member of the AVM management team moving the organisation forward towards its key sustainable strategic goals one of which is making Sam’s Village a model of excellence
  3. Oversee outreach programmes in agriculture, health and education in conjunction with the appropriate project managers

Marketing / Business Development

Identifying and successfully securing new clients to utilise the Village facilities

Undertaking all partnership liaison and development

Managing budgets and identifying cost saving opportunities


  1. Manage and coordinate all aspects of the vocational training programmes including trainee recruitment and induction, liaison with training providers and on-site trainers, and relevant staff
  2. Tracking progress and results, coordinating partners and stakeholders (where necessary)
  • Reporting on necessary future training cycle development

Site Management

Overseeing the day-to-day management of all Village facilities including accommodation, reception, library, catering, vehicles and on-site and personal security

Ensuring all facilities are kept in excellent condition ensuring health and safety and fire prevention policies and procedures are implemented at all times

Required qualification and experience:

A relevant university degree with at least 3 - 4 years working experience in management

Good understanding of the TEVET system in Malawi with emphasis on the informal/non-formal sector

Experience of identifying and successfully managing donor funded opportunities and projects

Proven partner and stakeholder management experience

Required knowledge and skills:

Pro-active general management skills with a minimum of 3-4 years of staff and programme management experience

Ability to both generate opportunities and to drive results

Ability to work within donor funded budgets

Proven monitoring and evaluation skills

Successful proposal writing

Excellent in written and spoken English and Chichewa languages and full driving licence

Desirable experience:

Marketing or business management qualification

Experience working in the Hospitality sector

Responsible to: The Chief Executive Officer.

Remuneration: The salary and allowances will be appropriate to your experience and within our funding levels. Please understand that we are a small charity and consequently cannot pay salaries in line with large INGOs. You should not therefore apply if your salary expectations are in excess of K500,000 gross per month.

Accommodation: A 2-bedroom house within Sam’s Village is provided for the use of the Manager and his/her immediate family.

Contract: 6 months’ probation period followed by an indefinite period (subject to funding and AVM’s needs and priorities).

How to apply:

This post is open to Malawian nationals. We encourage applications from women and marginalised groups in line with our Equal Opportunities policy. Only those meeting the criteria for this post will be considered for shortlisting. If you have not had a response within 14 days of the closing date, your application has not been successful.

Applications MUST be made online only using the following:

•CV in English, no longer than 2 sides of A4 and in font no smaller than size 11, and:

•An accompanying covering letter outlining your motivation in applying for this post, as well as your skills and experience aligned to the key competencies of this post. It must also include details of your current remuneration package.

CVs and accompanying letters should be sent to hr@africanvision.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 28th April. Applications that are late and/or do not comply with the application guidance and which do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered. Interviews are scheduled to take place at Sam’s Village in rural North West Lilongwe in mid-May (precise times to be provided to successful applicants).

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