Equipment Operator (2 Positions) (3 months contract)

Leather Design Studio and Incubation Centre (LDSIC)

The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism established the Leather Design Studio and Incubation Centre (LDSIC) in 2018 under the Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) Project with financial support from the European Union (EU) through the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) under the Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM) programme.

The LDSIC has a state of the art equipment for designing and production of leather products such as industrial safety boots, office wear shoes, school shoes, ladies hand bags and belts. The Centre is linked to COMESA Regional Leather Design Studio in Mombasa, Kenya and COMESA leather centres across the region. The LDSIC is envisioned to be a leading and innovative centre of excellence in building capacity, production and marketing of leather and leather products. The LDSIC will offer the following services: training services in vegetable tanning, leather products manufacturing, leather industrial machine operation and leather products designing; Business Incubation Services in leather products production, including entrepreneurship, accounting and business management services and designing services; and Market linkages such as leather products exhibition.

The LDSIC is now inviting applications from suitably qualified and highly motivated persons to fill the following positions on short term three (3) months contracts (renewable subject to project extension) that are tenable at Chatha in Blantyre.

Equipment Operator (2) (3 months contract)

Applicants must have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • A minimum of TEVETA advanced certificate in shoe making from a recognized technical training institution
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a production industry
  • A good understanding of mechanized production using modern technology
  • Proven competency in operating modern shoe making equipment

The successful candidate who shall be reporting to the Head of Technical and Production Unit will among other things be responsible for:

  • Production of finished leather products;
  • Carry out final inspection and packaging of finished products; fitting maintenance and repairs on working area, tools and machines;
  • Prepare production reports;
  • Set up machines (calibration, cleaning) for production and periodical testing of the machines;
  • Check machine outputs to ensure proper machine operation;
  • Keep records of approved rand defective units or final products;
  • Maintain activity logs;
  • Train aspiring entrepreneurs in production of leather products;
  • Adhere to health and safety standards.

Please indicate the position you are applying for on the envelope. Applications with detailed curriculum vitae with three names of relevant and traceable referees should be submitted not later than close of business on 9th September, 2019 to:

The Chief Executive Officer, SMEDI Headquarters, P/Bag 393 LILONGWE 3
Email: smediheadquarters@gmail.com