Finance Officer – nDi Chuma Project

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Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with some form of specially-abled.

The  Organization

Since 1944, Heifer International has helped more than 36 million families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.

Our goal is to help families achieve living incomes, which will allow them to feed their families daily, educate all their children; and have proper housing, water, hygiene, and other essential resource. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings, and funding small businesses.

Heifer Malawi contribution to the Global 10 million households target is to help 500,000 of Heifer Africa’s 6.745 million households achieve sustainable living income by 2030. Heifer Malawi’s maiden Signature Program, currently under design – will set the pace, focusing on Dairy, Beef and Banana as primary value chains and Oil Seeds, and Poultry as secondary value chains. Heifer Malawi is where it is happening now – impacting the lives of smallholder farmers.


The Finance Officer who reports to the Director of Finance, is responsible for maintaining systems of accountability, capturing Accounting information and performing financial tasks as assigned for the nDi Chuma project.


  • Prepare payment schedules and vouchers.
  • Review and maintain daily cash position.
  • Prepare statutory contribution payments and monthly bank reconciliation statements.
  • Organize and reconcile staff advances and sub-ledger accounts.
  • File records of all financial transactions and correspondence.
  • Input cashbook data using Accounting software system.
  • Compile and submit accurate financial reports to Head Quarters and Donors within prescribed guidelines and deadlines.
  • Prepare audit schedules.
  • Carry out project audits and expenditure verifications.
  • May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field, obtained from a recognized institution, plus two (2) years of demonstrated experience providing financial support.
  2. University Diploma in Accounting, Business Studies or PAEC Diploma with 6 years experience in a non-profit organization.

Most Critical Proficiencies

The following knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training.

  1. Good analytical skills.
  2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and the environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
  4. Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail software, and knowledge of accounting software (e.g.: MS Office Suite, DOS, Accounting packages such as Sun Systems, Pastel, Agresso).
  5. Strong organizational skills.
  6. Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  1. Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  2. Maintaining the highest level of professionalism when dealing with donors, project participants, Heifer Malawi staff, and partner organizations.
  3. Willingness to contribute to Heifer international principles of transparency and honesty.
  4. Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.
  5. Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues, both internal and external.
  6. May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods.
  7. Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  8. Performing multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  9. Willingness to work with a flexible schedule.
  10. Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.

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