• Locations: MALAWI – MQoP Catholic University Campus (Chilomoni Ring Road, Blantyre)
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Duration: Minimum 18 months on site in Malawi
  •  Provisions:
    • Annual Salary of up to £25,000 for the right candidate (dependent on experience and ability to commit to remote working in Malawi)
    • 1 x return flight from London Heathrow to Blantyre, Malawi
    • 1 x TEP (Temporary Employment Permit) for Malawi to cover the duration of your stay
    • Medical fees, medical vaccinations and Malaria medication costs
    • Sharded private accommodation and basic board for the duration of your stay


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Chartered Structural Design Engineer to live and volunteer in Malawi, South-East Africa, and truly make a positive impact on a hard working but incredibly poor community. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing the structural design concepts for several buildings on a new University Campus, which will provide quality educational facilities to thousands of adults and young adults.


MQoP Catholic University

  • To communicate and coordinate with the remote Engineering Team in the UK on the structural design of a 3-storey building on the ‘MQoP University’ Campus, with a view to commencing construction in late-2024
  • To progress the structural design concepts for a 3-storey building on ‘MQoP University’ Campus, with a particular focus from the outset on confirming the optimal approach to façade treatment, and to be able to deliver an assessment of how the necessary structural frame, project budget, project programme, material procurement and site supervision will be affected by the recommended approach to façade
  • To consider and critique the seismic design principles set-out by the Engineering Team in the UK during all structural design development activities
  • To independently design and output all structural / engineering drawings and specification documents required for construction
  • To work closely with the Construction Manager, Foremen and Local Engineers in Malawi to gain a solid understanding of how structures are built in Malawi
  • To regularly communicate with the Architectural design team in Malawi to ensure that Engineering design requirements are well-balanced with Architectural design requirements
  • To liaise with the Local Structural Engineer, and other local construction experts, to ensure that vernacular engineering design principles and methods are being considered in the design of all structures
  • To oversee structural drawings and details being out in the local design office by local staff members, and mentor those staff members accordingly
  • To oversee and inspect structures being erected, and to correct any issues / bad practices which are identified
  • To discuss any site queries which may arise during design development with the Construction Manager, Director of Design and Construction, or Local Structural Engineer, and agree on a resolution
  • To contribute to discussions on procurement, and visit local suppliers, to better understand the sizes / types of products available in Malawi, so as to inform Engineering specifications and procurement strategies being recommended for structural elements for the second building on the MQoP University Campus
  • To oversee a ‘Tolerance Study’ of the Beehive buildings completed to date, to inform how future buildings on the University campus are engineered
  • To offer other general advice / guidance, both conceptual and physical, on developing structural aspects of the MQoP University Campus masterplan (eg. access roads, revetment walls, water towers, etc.)

MQoP Student Accommodation

  • To advise, where required, on general structural engineering aspects of new Student accommodation blocks at Beehive’s ‘Mitsidi’ site, which will likely comprise a series of simple, low rise, masonry buildings

MQoP Industrial Farm

  • To advise occasionally, where required, on general structural engineering aspects of Industrial Farm project, which will include industrial-scale buildings and irrigation systems


  • To attend weekly / fortnightly in-house team meetings on Construction / Procurement / Design, and to contribute meaningfully to those meetings
  • To attend fortnightly Design Team meetings with the wider Design and Engineering team, and to contribute meaningfully to those meetings
  • To be dressed in the appropriate PPE at all times when on site, and to request new / additional PPE as required
  • To be aware of the location of the site First Aid Kit / Fire Safety equipment, in the event of an accident
  • To be on site during the working hours agreed with the Director of Design and Construction
  • To ensure that any annual leave, absences, etc, are agreed with and approved by the Director of Design and Construction in advance


  • A strong Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering
  • A minimum of 5 years structural design experience
  • Experience of site inspection essential
  • Experience with working on Commercial buildings preferred
  • Experience with developing and outputting structural design packages essential
  • Experience with designing and developing façade systems a bonus
  • Solid understanding of seismic design principles essential
  • A resourceful approach to finding alternatives to details and methods of construction used in the UK
  • Expert knowledge of UK design standards and regulations
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A positive, supportive and cheerful team member with a flexible approach to problem-solving
  • Chartered with ISTructE or ICE

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