Strategic Learning Lead, Malawi

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision seeks a Strategic Learning Lead for the proposed USAID/Food For Peace-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi.

The Strategic Learning Lead will work closely with the Technical Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation lead to ensure collaboration and learning across all activities in selected implementation area, to include active, intentional, and adaptive learning exercises within and across its multi-sectoral activities. Additionally, the strategic and 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).

S/he will also provide technical guidance of sub-grantees and/or sub-contractors on implementing the learning agenda.


  • Provide leadership in creating an adaptive and vibrant learning culture within the Malawi DFSA consortium.

  • Oversee the timely accomplishment of activities described in the learning agenda according to proposal and donor requirements.

  • Generate data through research and evaluations to determine what does and does not work.

  • Coordinate closely with the Malawi DFSA Learning partner to support the Learning Agenda, and Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation Plan.

  • Provide technical leadership with regards to research studies and active learning feedback loops.

  • Lead the development of iterative learning and adaptation processes, structures and practices of Malawi DFSA staff and stakeholders at various levels.

  • Design and facilitate processes for learning and adaptation.

  • Supervise staff that report directly to this position. Conduct regular coaching and implement the Performance Development Management system.

  • Demonstrates World Vision’s core values, vision, mission and Transformational Development/Program integrated ministry model by all staff in the assigned Area. Provide spiritual leadership to the grants team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

  • Perform other duties as required.


  • An advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) plus a minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience required.

  • Demonstrated experience in food security, nutrition, and livelihoods sectors.

  • Knowledge management, organizational learning, and capacity strengthening.

  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative field research, and experience working closely with universities and/or other research institutions.

  • Experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating learning activities, across different areas, forums and stakeholders;

  • Understanding and experience in developing and leading stakeholder engagement activities, knowledge management programs, and communities of practice;

  • Experience in effectively communicating research and evaluation findings to stakeholders and facilitating the use of the learning products for improving policy and practices;

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program preferably USAID Office or Food for Peace (FFP) policies.

  • Experience working/living in countries in Africa. Familiarity with the Malawi context.

  • Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Ability to achieve results through partners.

  • Professional experience in development, organizational learning, and/or knowledge management.

  • Experience working with sub grantees and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

  • Strong knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and results synthesis, evaluation and presentation of data analysis for various audiences (policy makers, program managers, field staff, and/or government and community stakeholders).

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills.

  • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

  • Mentoring and facilitation skills.

  • Ability to network and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Experience working overseas in low-resource environments.

  • Familiarity with current international development challenges and their implications for livelihoods programming.

  • Experience in effectively communicating research and evaluation findings to stakeholders and facilitating the use of the learning products for improving policy and practices.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Office-based with mandatory and frequent travels to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.