Director, Financial Management & Operations

  • Posted on 16 November 2018
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Closing on 16 December 2018

Job Description

The DFO will be responsible for overall financial management and administration of the contract, and will provide management support and oversight in the implementation of program activities. The position will also provide technical oversight to a number of key administrative support services to include finance, human resources, information technology, grants management, and procurement.


  • Oversees, manages, prepares, administers and directs the control of the budget. Manages the activities of the finance and accounting staff.
  • Reviews and approves recommendations for financial planning and control, providing relevant fiscal information to executive management team.
  • Develops and manages internal financial audits. Develops formal reporting system to communicate results of audit activities to management and regulatory compliance agencies and provides leadership and technical guidance for compliance.
  • Leads corporate or program finance/accounting function to achieve organizational strategic and operational goals.
  • Provides oversight with strategic direction, process improvement plans, financial reporting, budgetary planning and procedures, audit reviews and financial controls.
  • Approves credit and billing terms for contracts and manages financial systems used for reporting revenue and taxes in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Identifies and provides solutions to executive level management on financial matters to make better business decisions.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure compliance and efficiency with government regulations.
  • Guides managers and staff to achieve strategic and operational goals for the department and organization.
  • Approves procurement requests and manages financial tools used for reporting program expenditures in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Develops and manages internal financial reviews with country offices and implements corrective action plans.
  • Provides strategic leadership to the financial analyst staff in a local, regional or HQ office.
  • Able to work with multiple country finance departments.
  • Prepares financial guidance to field offices through memos, updates to policies, and procedure manuals.
  • Assigns and audits the work of the finance department, while providing guidance to staff.
  • Monitors and updates the departmental budget.
  • Engages in the more critical and confidential aspects of financial analysis.
  • Provides final decision making on projects and problems that may cross functional boundaries.
  • Responsible for the development of policies, systems, special financial studies, etc. of major importance.
  • Duties require broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with a wide range of finance issues.
  • Works with confidential data, which if disclosed, might have significant internal and / or external effect.
  • Manages the operational and strategic functions for the finance department to ensure compliance and efficiency.
  • Provides recommendations and consuls with management on financial performance and enterprise risk management.
  • Develops and implements process improvement plans for department to ensure financial controls and operational procedures.
  • Provides leadership in financial reporting for annual budget planning, audit reviews and assessments processes.
  • Keeps abreast with the latest trends in financial accounting and mentors staff.
  • Develops capacity of team performance and drive for excellence.
Applied Knowledge & Skills:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with accounting, financial controls and financial information systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and presentation skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational, supervisory, leadership and managerial skills.
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership and advice to team, exchange information and collaborate with colleagues and peers within and outside the organization.
  • Possesses a full understanding of the organizational structure, policies and practices, and the impact on own area and the entire organization.
  • Ability to influence, motivates, and negotiates and work will with others.
  • Is well-versed in state and federal laws and regulations that have impact on financial analysis and management controls.
  • Has significant experience with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and experience with automated financial reporting, government accounting practices, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) systems.
  • Full knowledge and past experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) practices and reporting guidelines.
Problem Solving & Impact:
  • Works on problems of highly complex scope that require in depth evaluation of data and various factors.
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, for obtaining results.
  • Decisions and actions could have a severe impact on the outcomes of the business, research, and/or programmatic operations of major segments of the organization.
  • Failure to provide timely financial reports and accurate advice could negatively impact cross- functional business segments.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting, other relevant field, or a bachelor’s or certified accounting degree with 10 years or more of experience;
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in accounting, operations and financial management of large-scale, complex, international development assistance programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and /or experiences in accounting, financial planning and management, and procurement , among other management support areas/functions ,as required;
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience;
  • Familiarity with USG financial reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in developing and managing large budgets, including proficiency in relevant computer applications and databases.
  • Three to five years of relevant grants and contract management experience, including experience enhancing financial management capacity of civil society organizations.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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