The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a Regional Economic Community comprising of 21 African states’ which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation as well as development of their natural and human resources for the mutual benefit of all their people. Its vision is to be a fully integrated economic community that is prosperous, internationally competitive, and ready to merge into the African Economic Community. In order to realize its vision and objectives, COMESA has also established several semi-autonomous institutions based in different Member States to support integration agenda.

One of such semi-autonomous institutions is The COMESA Federation of Women in Business (COMFWB) which is based in Lilongwe, Malawi. More information can be obtained from the COMFWB website and the COMESA website

The COMESA Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (COMFWB) was established by the COMESA Heads of States and Government in 1993 in pursuant of articles 154 and 155 of the COMESA treaty, which recognize the role which women play in the economic and social transformation efforts of the region. The treaty also recognizes the role of women in business especially their participation in Agriculture, Industry and Trade.

COMFWB is implementing its 2021-2025 Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) which aims to achieve the following strategic goals: To Strengthen the Institutional Capacity; To Strengthen the Resource Mobilization Capacity; To Strengthen Development Programs for Women in Business; and to Enhance the Advocacy, Public Image, and Branding of COMFWB.

Pursuant to the Article 17 of COMFWB Charter, the COMFWB Board of Directors would like to recruit its EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, and hereby requests for applications for the position, from suitable candidates, from COMESA Member States.


(a)        The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of COMFWB; Article 9.1 of COMFWB provides that: “The Secretariat of the Federation is hereby established and shall be headed by an Executive Director” and shall be assisted by other staff of the Secretariat.

(b)        The Executive Director shall be appointed by the General Assembly on recommendation of COMFWB Board. The General Assembly shall comprise of heads of the COMFWB National Chapters in the member States and is the supreme organ of COMFWB.

(c)        The Secretariat of COMFWB is located in Lilongwe, Malawi, and is hosted by the government of the Republic of Malawi. The Duty Station for the Executive Director is, therefore, Lilongwe, Malawi.

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