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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd November 2023

  • Advertised from 2nd October 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week


The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is an independent umbrella organisation with >1300 members; a small charity whose vision is to inspire and support Scottish society to work in solidarity with the people of Malawi in an informed, co-ordinated, and equitable way – ever mindful of the legacy of colonial rule - for the benefit of both nations.

We are looking to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer. We need an energetic and inspiring leader with a strategic mindset; someone who is an innovative and decisive strategic policy leader, someone who is passionate to make a difference, someone who can play a crucial role in Scottish internationalism and help define how Scotland engages the global south in the years ahead. This is a wide-ranging role with unashamedly ambitious targets.

Could this be you?

You will be responsible for delivering the SMP’s unique brand of dignified civic partnership between Scotland and Malawi, determining SMP strategy and driving appropriate delivery structures, while continually seeking to bring our Partnership Principles to new groups within youth and civic society.

You will be resilient and have an ability to move quickly in a fast-changing landscape. You will have an ethos of achievement, to speak confidently and persuasively and show an ability to build successful relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, ranging from the President and First Minister, to young people and learners in schools.

You need strong political acumen and ability to bring different political parties together for a collective endeavour, while fastidiously maintaining the SMP’s party political neutrality.

The SMP has significant leverage across its extensive networks. You will have the opportunity to use this influence and leverage in focused and considered ways, to drive specific strategic objectives in support of the Partnership’s values and charitable purpose.

If you feel that we’ve just described you, and you’re excited by this challenge and the prospect of helping people from across Scotland and Malawi, then we would love to hear from you.

Further information:

This is a full-time appointment of 37.5 hours per week based in Edinburgh and a salary range of £50-60,000 depending on experience. SMP wants its staff to retain a healthy work life balance, by providing flexibility in working hours and blended/hybrid working opportunities for every role.

Application notes

If you’re still undecided, or just need a bit more detail, feel free to get in touch with the Board Chair, Prof Heather Cubie [].

Please complete the application form and email with your CV to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 3rd November.

We intend to hold interviews for short-listed candidates in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29th November.

For more details, please see the section on Terms & Conditions of Employment in the job pack.