Team Leader – Malawi Numeracy Project

Education Development Trust

Education Development Trust is looking for an experienced Team Leader to lead an anticipated 4-year programme to strengthen Malawi’s education system and improve numeracy outcomes for primary pupils. The Team Leader will be responsible for delivering results and improving educational outcomes, managing engagement with the programme board and senior political leadership, supporting national delivery priorities and overseeing a team of high-performing specialists, education experts and grassroots delivery partners.
This ambitious programme will support the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) in improving the country’s education system by implementing a series of targeted interventions that will improve the quality of teaching and leadership in primary grades and raise functional numeracy outcomes for all children.

The suggested project components of the Numeracy programme are:

  • Strengthened teacher development and practice in the teaching of early grade numeracy
  • Strengthened numeracy curriculum, materials and assessment at a primary level
  • Strengthened evidence-based planning and accountability through improved quality, relevance and use of education data, pupil data, inspection reports and research and evaluation.

Person specification

  • Qualified to Masters level or above in a relevant field, e.g. education, international development, non-formal and/or other alternative education approaches, basic education, teacher training, and/or social/behavioural sciences, or another related degree
  • Broad education sector knowledge
  • Knowledge of government systems and reform processes
  • An appreciation of the political economy in Malawi


  • Prior experience of leading large-scale ($10m+) development interventions in a developing country context, preferably in the education field
  • Experience of working with major institutional donors (DFID, EU, USAID etc)
  • Experience of living and working in Malawi and an understanding of the issues facing the education sector in Malawi
  • Experience of working in close collaboration with senior government representatives
  • A strong understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including report writing
  • Fluency in English required; Chichewa proficiency preferred

If you have the ambition to effect lasting change, knowledge of government systems and education reform processes and the experience to work effectively in this dynamic context, we would love to hear from you.