Operations & Finance Director

at Chemonics
Published April 29, 2022
Location Lilongwe, Malawi
Category Finance  
Job Type Full Time  


Chemonics seeks an Operations and Finance Director to support the Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Malawi. GHSC-PSM project in Malawi supports the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and USAID’s family planning and reproductive health program. The project has three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics, systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management, and global collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term availability of health commodities.


The Operations and Finance Director is responsible for assisting the Country Director with development and implementation of management systems and supervision of project operations and staff. S/he will provide oversight of all administrative and financial systems to ensure quality control of project administration. The Operations and Finance Director will ensure adherence to U.S. government rules and regulations and Chemonics’ corporate and field office policies under the GHSC-PSM project. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.




Support the Country Director to develop and implement key management systems that will support project planning, reporting, and performance management; financial management; property and technical procurement systems; and personnel management

Support technical implementation through timely reviews and effective management of subcontracts, leases, and other agreements with local vendors

Ensure compliance with U.S. government regulations, Chemonics’ corporate policies, laws of Malawi, and any supplemental policies developed specifically for GHSC-PSM

Establish standards and procedures to ensure that the compliance programs throughout the project are effective and efficient in preventing, detecting, identifying, and correcting noncompliance with applicable rules and regulations

Monitor and support the standardization of operational systems and policies across GHSC-PSM Malawi’s main office and regionally based staff

Plan and track financial and administrative activities with Home Office (HO) and Field Office (FO) staff in order to evaluate needs for implementation, and liaise with the HO, the Country Director and USAID/Malawi on all operations and financial aspects of the project

Provide financial oversight and management of the project budget and accounts

Supervise accounting personnel and accounting procedures according to Chemonics accounting policies

Supervise the project procurement personnel and procedures for developing and releasing tenders, evaluating and selecting vendors, overseeing vendor performance, and maintaining control of project inventory

Supervise project human resources management, including the recruitment, hiring, training, and termination (as necessary) of personnel

Supervise the IT personnel to ensure efficient support to project staff and the project’s overall compliance with Chemonics’ cybersecurity safety standards and policies

Oversee annual performance evaluation process for all project employees, and provide regular and constructive feedback to project staff

Build capacity of finance, operations, and human resources staff in their respective works

In the absence of the Country Director act as Country Director when delegated



Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in relevant discipline desired

Minimum 5 years of experience managing USAID contracts, including strong skills in procurement/subcontracting, compliance, human resources, and financial management

Familiarity with Chemonics’ systems and processes and previous experience with the GHSC-PSM project desired

Previous field experience required (including long-term overseas positions or extended short-term engagements)

Knowledge of Malawi’s operating environment preferred, including registration, taxes, and labor law

Demonstrated ability to manage and implement complex USAID-funded public health programs or projects in a developing country context

Ability to supervise local and international staff effectively

Ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs

Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills

Proficiency in written and spoken English


How to apply


Please send a cover letter, a full detailed Curriculum Vitae or Resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please include “Operations and Finance Director Recruit” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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