Advice from the pros: 9 tips for succeeding as director of finance

Linda Zamaere, financial consultant and former director of finance at Heifer International. Photo from: personal collection

Managing the expectations of donors, program managers, and implementers while keeping within a tight budget requires patience, management, and expertise. As a director of finance, you need to be able to do all of this while maintaining a calm and clear head.

With funding becoming ever more competitive to win, directors of finance are crucial players in the development field and the glue holding many projects and organizations together. It’s no longer a nine-to-five desk job.

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    Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters is a Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to Devex’s global development audience. Lottie is a recent graduate with a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.