Expression of Interest to All Organizations Interested to Host Interns for a Period of 12 Months in the Targeted Sectors of Agriculture, ICT, Manufacturing and Small-Scale Mining

February 06, 2020

Public Sector

Grant No: 2100155033671

Loan No: 2100150036497

Project ID No: P-MW-IA0-005

Procurement Ref. No: J4Y/AfDB/C-2018/002

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO ALL ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED TO HOST INTERNS FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS IN THE TARGETED SECTORS OF AGRICULTURE, ICT, MANUFACTURING AND SMALL-SCALE MINING.

The Government of the Republic of Malawi through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has received financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) towards the cost of supporting the Jobs for Youth Project (J4Y). The J4Y is financed under the African Development Bank (AfDB) loan and African Development Bank (AfDB) grant.  The Malawi Government through the J4Y, intends to apply part of the proceeds to finance payments to recruit and place youth in organizations to gain work experience in targeted sectors of Agriculture, ICT, Manufacturing and Small-Scale Mining.

The Jobs for Youth Project has partnered with Employers’ Consultative Association of    Malawi (ECAM) to facilitate the implementation of the internship programme by identifying host institutions and attachment of interns.

In this arrangement the host institutions’ role will be to impart skills and mentor the interns so that they gain practical working experience in their relevant field of study. Payment of monthly stipend will be made by the J4Y through another independent institution.

Expressions of Interest are requested from all companies, organizations, institutions including non-state actors, and Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to host the interns in the project targeted sectors, namely Agriculture, ICT, Manufacturing and Small-Scale Mining.

 

 

 

 Below are the specific disciplines or areas of specialization required in each sector:

  1. Agriculture: Agronomy, Irrigation, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Enterprise Development and Microfinance, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education, Food Security, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Nutrition, Natural resources, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Human Nutrition and Food Science, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, Environmental Sciences Natural Resources Management (Land and Water), Natural Resources Management (Wildlife and Ecotourism), Animal Science, Seed Systems, Horticulture ,Forestry, Biotechnology


 

2. ICT: Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Communication Technology, Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Information Systems, Business information Technology, Computing. IT Systems Support, Management Information Systems, Computer Studies, Computer Networking and hardware, Information Processing. 

 

3. Manufacturing: Welding and Fabrication, Textile and Design (including Tailoring/Fashion), Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing and Heating, Brick Laying and Construction, Auto Mechanics (Mechanics), Renewable Energy, Agro-processing and value addition, Intrusion (Printing of plastic products), Auto Body Repair, Painting, Land Scarping.

4. Small Scale Mining: Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Metallurgical Engineering, Thermal Dynamics,

 

Interested companies, organizations, institutions including non-state actors, small and medium enterprises are invited to take part in this endeavour to empower the youth by developing their job readiness through submission of Expression of Interest. The Expression of Interest should clearly state how many interns they are willing to host, qualification of the interns required, and the duty station of the interns to be hosted.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered either by hand or email to the address below clearly marked “Expression of Interest to Host Interns” and should reach ECAM not later than 20th February 2020.

The Executive Director

Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi

The Ridge, Off Namiwawa Ring Road

P.O. Box 2134

Blantyre.

Tel: +265 999 189 391

Email: recruitment@ecammw.com

(Clearly indicate on the subject line EXPRESSION OF INTEREST- HOSTING INTERNS)

For further information please contact Ellen Ziwoya-Phiri through the telephone number and email above.

ECAM Faults Treasury On Funding Priorities

February 09, 2020

Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM), a representative body of employers, has faulted Treasury for concentrating on non-developmental sectors in its funding criteria, calling for the rebalancing of its funding pattern.

In a statement signed by ECAM Executive Director George Khaki ahead of the Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting of Parliament, which starts today in Lilongwe, ECAM says government needs to ensure that it makes adequate allocations to economic sectors that have the potential to lift Malawi out of poverty and also invest in skills development that the country needs for its development

Reads the statement in part: “Malawi intends to achieve inclusive growth and economic empowerment in the 2019/20 fiscal year. The allocation of funds in the first five months of the fiscal year is not a reflection of what was outlined when presenting the 2019/20 National Budget to help Malawi achieve inclusive growth and economic empowerment.”

ECAM says as the country intends to transform into a productive, competitive and resilient nation through Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III), key priority areas should be those linked to sustainable agriculture and economic growth, education and skills development, energy, industrial and infrastructure development.

Reads the statement: “Government needs to consider investing more in energy infrastructure so that issues of load-shedding are reduced because power outages negatively affect businesses, employment and socio-economic development of the country.

“We also note that ministries of Education and Health received 32 and 30 percent [of their budget allocation], respectively yet education and health are fundamental to the development and growth of our country.”

The sentiments by Ecam follow figures compiled by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development which showed that votes linked to the presidency are getting most funding at the expense of key ministries.

The Monthly Vote-Wise Expenditure Report for November 2019 posted on the ministry’s website, shows that from the start of the of 2019/20 financial year to November, the Office of the Vice-President received 72 percent of its funding while the Office of the President and Cabinet and State Residences have received 70 percent and 77 percent of their funding, respectively.

Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee chairperson Sosten Gwengwe, in an interview on Friday, described the situation as unfortunate, saying it is high time government put appropriate sanctions against  overexpenditure.

He said: “It is time we made statutory votes go thorough scrutiny of members of Parliament whether its additions or subtractions because in the end, we will talk about these things, but things will remain the same because of our own way of doing things.” In the first six months of this fiscal year, Treasury has recorded budgetary deficit in excess of K130 billion.

Employers' Urged to Address Violence and Harassment in the Workplace

February 02, 2020

Employers Consultative Association of Malawi- ECAM says it will continue to champion the sensitization of employers to address the violence and sexual harassment in the world of work.

Speaking in Salima during a long day meeting aimed at sensitizing employers on the new International Labour Orgarnisation Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment at work place.

According to ECAM Executive Director George Khaki, this meeting helps to raise awareness in its effort to achieve violence and harassment free workplaces as well as decent work in general.

‘’The new ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work represents an extraordinary opportunity for the employers to move their fight against Gender Based Violence forward,’’ he said.

Khaki said tolerating violence and harassment in the workplace have a huge cost to employers, including lost productivity, litigation cost, high turnover, sick leaves and harm to corporate image.

Speaking during the meeting Senior Project Officer for International Labour Organisation-(ILO) Malawi Office Dylan Van Tromp stated that ILO recognises that harassment is an acceptable in the world of work since it diminishes the rights and dignity of the victims.

Briefly, he said the Convention 190 protects everyone who works. Specifically, it applies directly to all sectors including informal sector. It also protects third parties even when workers are commuting to and from work.

Speaking during the meeting on behalf of the Ministry of Labour Skills and Innovatioon the Deputy Labour Commissioner Wafwile Msukwa started that government is very impressed to see the employer organisation taking a leading role in sensitizing employers on the issues to do with violence and harassment in the world of work.

Msukwa highlighted some of the success factors in the promotion of decent work issues saying that Malawi ratified 29 ILO conventions in which some are fundamental for human rights.

However, he said that while Malawi is doing a lot on the fight on violence and harassment, more still needs to be done to make sure that all these deficits are addressed and eliminated in the world of work.

The training workshop drew participants from the Ministry of Labour, Skills and Innovation, International Labour Organisation from Malawi Office, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions, UN Women Malawi and ECAM members from different sectors.

Minimum Wage Could Cost Jobs

October 03, 2019

Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM), a representative body of employers, has expressed fears of potential jobs losses due to the increase in minimum wage from K25 000 to K35 000 per month.

ECAM executive director George Khakhi said in an interview yesterday that with the 40 percent raise in minimum wage, employers that are struggling to pay salaries could retrench employees while others may shift to automation to minimize production costs, thereby impacting on jobs.

Khaki said more firms in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) category could end up reverting to the informal sector, which could cost government tax revenue.

He said: “What we are seeing with this hike is that, already, we are suffering with pension arrears and having minimum wage increased could put more pressure on employers.

“So, the higher you raise the minimum wage, the more costs that employers will have to incur. We will be doing a study next year to establish the exact impact of this wage hike,” he said.

In his 2019/20 National Budget Statement a fortnight ago, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph

Mwanamvekha said the adjustment in minimum wage will help protect lowlypaid workers and improve their welfare.

The minimum wage hike came three years after Treasury last increased the rate by 24 percent from K19 000 to K25 000 a month.

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