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Senior Finance Officer

Posted On : 19 Jun, 2022

Norwegian Church Aid works with people and organisations around the world in their struggle to eradicate poverty and injustice. We provide emergency assistance in disasters and work for long-term development in local communities. In order to address the root causes of poverty, we advocate for just decisions by public authorities, businesses and religious leaders.

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is an International Non-Governmental Organization working in over 30 countries around the world. It is a member of the worldwide ACT-Alliance, comprised of 140 churches and church-related organizations cooperating on humanitarian assistance, advocacy, and development. Norwegian Church Aid has been working in Malawi since 2002. In 2021, we joined forces with DCA and are since operating as a Joint Country Programme (JCP) with Strategic Priorities for the period 2021-2024 being, Gender based violence (GBV), Climate Smart Economic empowerment (CSEE) and Fighting inequality (FI). please visit our website:

The NCA/DCA Malawi Joint Country Programme was created to enhance synergy and positive sustainable development in the lives of the poor and marginalized people in the target communities of Malawi and to reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness.

For NCA/DCA to continue developing its and partners’ programmes in Malawi, we are now seeking experienced persons with solid knowledge and skills to fill the following vacant positions in the Country office based in Lilongwe:


Reports to: Finance Coordinator

Base: Country Office Lilongwe

Main Responsibility

The Senior Finance Officer’s main responsibility is the financial management of various projects mainly funded by all institutional donors that are not of Norwegian and Denmark origin. These donors include EU, USAID, UN Agencies, Gov’t of Flanders, ECHO, Irish Aid. The Senior Finance Officer is responsible for financial compliance in accordance with the contractual agreements of the projects. Provide support to projects on financial matters, including but not limited to budgeting, agreements, and reporting. Spearhead the processes of project audits ensuring standard and timeline are kept. Senior Finance Officer is also responsible to contribute for betterment of the Finance Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review of financial reports submitted by implementing partners
  • Monitoring and capacity building for implementing partners
  • Evaluating capacity needs within own section and providing on the job training as is necessary
  • Focal person in all relevant project audits, from engagement to final report production.
  • Focal person in financial management issues with ¬donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders for various projects.
  • Quality assurance of budgets, budget revisions and donor financial reports including consolidation from multiple implementing partners for submission to donors.
  • Review of all requests financial and operation related to relevant projects (payments, payment requests, purchase requests, travel requests, etc.)
  • Coordinate monthly budget vs actual discussions with project managers and follow up on action points.
  • Design, revise, and implement templates for daily use in the country office and implementing partners as required.
  • Review monthly fuel usage report and reconciliation for the country office.
  • Review and posting of transactions in NCA’s Accounting system
  • Responsible for management of monthly shared office costs allocation to all projects in NCA.
  • Setup of projects in NCA’s accounting system
  • Quality assurance of project agreements between NCA and implementing partners
  • Serve as active participant of internal procurement committee during assigned period.

Education, qualification, and Skills

  • The Senior Finance Officer should have a minimum of University Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance and not less than 8 years of relevant experience. A Master’s Degree in Finance or Business / ACCA, CPA with 5 years of experience will be an added advantage.
  • He or She should have at least 5 years’ experience in the humanitarian and developmental non-profit organizations.
  • Excellent understanding of the various donors’ regulations and compliance requirements. (EU, USAID, IA, UN …)
  • Ability to facilitate different capacity building activities in house and for partners.
  • Excellent computer proficiency in Microsoft Office packages especially advanced user in MS Excel. Knowledge and experience in using MS Teams, and accounting software.
  • Able to travel to various locations in the country for partners visit and project site visits.
  • Willingness and ability to work with all faiths


  • Very strong analytical and drafting skills, the ability to meet deadlines and to produce concise, top-quality, attention for details
  • Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed -upon results.

Less supervision.

  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.


  • Focuses on result for the client
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

How to apply

Applications including CV, suitability statement and names and contact details of three traceable references should be sent to:

The Country Director

Norwegian Church Aid

P.O. Box 30793

Lilongwe 3



Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 1st July 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Note that NCA is an equal opportunities Employer; therefore all, men, women, and those with disability are encouraged to apply