Link Community Development is a family of organisations working in Malawi as well as Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. Link Education International Formerly (Link Community Development International), based in the UK, provides support with programme and finance management, governance, communications and fundraising.

Link Community Development believes that a child, vulnerable adult or person at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to work in a way that promotes the welfare of all and protects them from harm. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm to or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

Link Community Development Malawi (Link Malawi) works to improve access to and the quality of education in Malawi. Since 2008, we have delivered community-based school improvement projects focused on those suffering the highest economic, social and educational marginalisation. We work with schools, governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions that improves children’s life-long-learning with a focus on literacy, numeracy, and inclusion for the most marginalized. and have delivered our inclusive school improvement process in over 500 schools and communities.


The Finance Officer will be responsible for supporting our strategic plan operationalization through contributing financial expertise and knowledge of managing complex programs. This role is responsible for reviewing resources implementation to align with approved work-plans, and also alignment to internal and external approved contractual obligations, as well as providing financial information and advice to all officers. Working closely with the Finance and Administration Manager (FAM) this role manages day on day finance department deliverables in QuickBooks and other packages.


  • Making daily payments of approved transactions and maintaining accurate finance records.

  • Review expense reports (travel expense reports, and operational expense reports for accuracy and completeness

  • Ensuring that expense reports have been fully approved before effecting payments

  • Preparing payment vouchers with proper supporting documentation and recording them in daily cashbook

  • Supporting accurate tracking of expenditure against project budgets by ensuring that all financial records are properly filed and maintained

  • Maintaining an up-to-date record of expenditure against project budgets in QuickBooks

  • Supporting the Finance and Administration Manager (FAM) to complete accurate internal and external reporting

  • Preparing and submitting monthly payroll for Link Malawi, including timely payment of PAYE to MRA as agreed with FAM

  • Managing the Link Malawi Pension and health care schemes with guidance from FAM

  • Supporting FAM to conduct periodic internal audits

  • Preparing monthly reconciliation of Link Malawi bank accounts and petty cash

  • Managing routine payments to key suppliers including for internet and telephone costs, stationery, and rent

  • Coordinating requests for funds from Link Education International and always ensuring sufficient cash flow in collaboration with FAM

  • Participating in preparing for external audit

  • Ensuring compliance with procurement procedures as per Link Malawi policies and procedures and acceptable good practice

  • Any other duties as assigned from time to time.


Knowledge and experience


  • Relevant degree in finance

  • Registered locally with the relevant accountants’ board

  • Minimum 5 years’ continuous finance experience

  • Strong demonstrated experiences in using QuickBooks

  • Strong technical skills and super user excel knowledge / experience

  • Proven experience of managing multiple project budgets and reporting in accordance with the requirements of specific donors.

  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the financial management of NGOs.


  • Experience working with a small or medium sized international NGO.

  • Strong experience of using Quick Books accounting software and advanced Excel skills

  • Experience of working with major international donors.



  • A self-starter, able to work autonomously at all levels.

  • High level of analytical skill.

  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work with colleagues with high workloads.

  • Capable of rapid and quality turnaround on a high workload and multiple tasks.

  • High IT literacy in MS Office.


  • The post is full-time, with a 6-month probation, and based in Lilongwe.

  • Link employees are entitled to a generous leave allowance and pension, health insurance and a staff development allowance.

  • Salary is competitive, and dependent on experience and qualifications.

  • The position will start as soon a candidate is available.

  • Please send an Application Form, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and CV (max 3 pages) to recruitment@lcdmalawi.org with the subject line “Finance Officer”. Application Forms are available here: www.linkeducation.org.uk/work-with-us

  • The closing date for applications is 9am (Malawi time) on Monday 8th January, 2024.

  • A three-stage interview will take place from immediately after. Applicants must be available.

  • Only candidates who are invited to interview will be contacted.

  • We are an equal opportunity employer, and qualifying female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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