Programme Accountant

Sightsavers are recruiting for a Programme Manager to support the efficient and smooth running of the Finance, Accounting and Administration functions in Sightsavers’ Malawi field office in Blantyre.

Location: Blantyre

Contract: 2 Year Fixed Term

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions Apply

About the role

As Programme Accountant, you will utilise your project and programme management experience and skills to provide technical support for the implementation of donor funded partners. In addition to some administration and maintenance of the office systems, you will advise on financial planning, budget utilisation, reporting and capacity building and work both in the field and in Sightsavers’ Blantyre and Lilongwe offices.

This role would suit someone with excellent project management skills who holds an accounting qualification and who has experience supporting donor funded projects within International Development and who has excellent stakeholder engagement.

Programme Accountant Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and budgeting for Donor Funded Projects
  • Review and check cost effectiveness of partner proposal budgets
  • Develop and provide grant management support
  • Develop Proposal budgets for new proposals
  • Train partners in financial management, systems development and reporting requirements of Sightsavers and donors
  • Monitor partner financial practices and systems through visits and spot checks.
  • Support, administer and strengthen financial management, accountability and capacities of partners
  • Ensure proper financial monitoring of projects

Job holder requirements:


  • Diploma in Accounting (ACCA, CIMA & PAEC)
  • Experience of supporting financial aspects of programmes and projects within an NGO/INGO
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Demonstrable experience of building relationships with, and supporting partners
  • Experience with presenting technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Experience of capacity building
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of international development issues and a commitment to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.
  • Availability to travel to projects sights and offices within Malawi
  • Good Excel skills (i.e. VLOOKUP’s, pivot tables, creating formulas)


  • A professional qualification in Accounting
  • Experience within International Development
  • Working knowledge of SUN ACCOUNTS

This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties requirements. For further information please refer to the

Job Description

Closing date:

20 December 2020

Please note that applications will not be reviewed or contacted until early January 2021.

Interviews are anticipated to take place mid-January 2021

How to apply

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As an equal opportunities employer and a Disability Confident Level 3 employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

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