Head of Finance

About us

Christian Aid is partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future and saving lives during emergencies.

In 20 countries across the continent, we manage a wide range of Humanitarian and development programmes that have a positive impact on the lives of millions. And while we’ve achieved some incredible results, there’s still a lot we can do.

This is why we are looking for a dynamic and highly skilled and motivated individual to lead and drive forward our work as Head of Finance in Malawi

About the role

This position will provide leadership to the growing finance portfolio with diverse contracts and donor demands (DFID, USAID, and Global Funds, European Union) and ensure that the country programme delivers timely, reliable, accurate and high-quality accounting and financial management. The post holder will, therefore, be required to manage the finance function, lead and set professional financial standards. The post holder will be responsible for effective financial management including the preparation of financial plans, the preparation of financial reports, managing the financial aspects of donor-funded programmes, commercial contracts and appeal funding, supporting and building the financial capacity of Christian Aid staff in the same country or region and facilitating external, internal and donor audits. This role will include supporting and supervising partner financial capacity and compliance function.

About you

You must have the following:

  • Professional accounting qualification such as ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW or equivalent
  • Must be registered with the institute of Chartered Accounts in Malawi and the Malawi Accountants


  • Proven experience of overseeing a finance function involving complex funding and multiple

    institutional donors, delivering against corporate financial indicators and meeting financial targets

  • Extensive experience of developing and monitoring multi-funded, complex budgets and financial

    plans, including direct and indirect cost recovery

  • Successful track record in compliance with institutional donor contracts including financial reporting

    and audits

  • Extensive experience of preparing, consolidating and presenting financial reports for internal and

    external stakeholders including donors and senior managers

  • Working knowledge of institutional donor funders such as DFID, UN, EU
  • Proven ability to lead and manage an effective finance team

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Please tell us about a time when you were able to take action to end or reduce the inefficient use of resources

  • What was the context?
  • What was expected of you?
  • What action(s) did you take?
  • What was the impact of your actions?  In what way(s) were you successful?

Tell us about a time when you planned, prioritised and monitored your own work to meet the team’s objectives to the standards required

  • What was your context?
  • What was your task/responsibility?
  • How did you make your plan?  What actions did you take?
  • What was the impact of your actions?  Were you successful?  How did you know?

Tell us about a time when you handled a difficult issue with someone else with openness, honesty and respect

  • What was the context?
  • What did you have to do?
  • What did you say and how?
  • What was the result?  If you were successful, how did you know?

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