Systems Director

at United Purpose
Published May 29, 2022
Location Lilongwe, Malawi
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


In August 2021 United Purpose and Self Help Africa merged at a Global Level. In Malawi the country programmes have merged together under one organogram and all Lilongwe core teams are working together in one office at Mwai House next to Anamwino House in City Centre.


The merger of United Purpose and Self Help Africa has given us a unique opportunity to create an organisation built on our shared values and ideals and one that draws on our collective experience, knowledge and skills to expand and improve our work across the countries we work in. This is never more evident than in Malawi as it is also the only country where both UP and SHA were already implemented.


Job description


Job Title: Systems Director


Based in: Lilongwe, Malawi


Job purpose: Overall leadership of the integration and management of the combined SHA and UP finance and wider operations support departments for the Malawi country programme (CP). The Systems Director will play a key leadership role, supporting the Country Director, on integration and management aspects overseeing finance, compliance, IT and logistics/procurement department leads.


Reports to: Country Director


Finance Management


Lead on the integration of the finance teams across systems, policies, and procedures, including leading the roll out and adoption of PSF among teams

Lead and oversee the annual audit process for both SHA and UP separate accounts

Align financial management of the CP, ensuring compliance to internal and external reporting requirements

Oversee and align the annual budget process and ensure efficient and prudent use of financial resources across the CP

Drive the financial planning of the organisation by analysing its performance and risks.

Prepare timely and detailed reports on financial performance on monthly, quarterly and annual basis

Systems and IT


Oversee the roll out of new IT accounting and procurement software systems in line with global IT platforms. This will involve full integration of systems in the areas of accounting (transition from sage to PSF) and procurement

Operational Management


Oversee all contract management in line with aligned policies and processes

Ensure tax compliance in country

Build a strong operations team and ensure that each department head is leading an integrated and strong department

Lead the review and finalisation of all aligned in country operational reporting processes and procedures

Lead the review and finalisation of all aligned department in country policies

Safety and Security


Lead the quarterly risk review process

Ensure security policies are in place for the Malawi CP and updated regularly

Ensure security is embedded in CP operations across programmes and systems

Logistics/ Procurement / Assets Management


The Director would be responsible for overseeing the rolling out a new global procurement and logistics and procurement policy and processes

Oversee the adoption of a new e procurement system across the organisation



Engage with the NGO Board on registration and compliance

Engage with MRA on all Tax related issues and compliance

Represent the organisation on any operations INGO Forum sub-committees

Role requirements


Qualified Accountant + minimum of 18 years practical experience

Minimum 10 years’ experience operating at senior finance level

Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field is required. CPA, ACCA, ACA, ICAN, CIMA, CFE or any other relevant professional certification/qualification

Experience overseeing a finance team that deal with a significant number of donor/ institutional funded projects simultaneously

Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of financial management expertise

Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with NGO partners and international donor agencies.

Is well-versed in laws and regulations that have impact on budgets and financial analysis, general accounting, and management controls.

Ability to work on financial problems of complex scope that require in depth evaluations of data and various factors

Experience in overseeing multiple systems departments

Track record of mentoring, inspiring and bringing people together and building new teams

Experience overseeing large Country Programme budgets

Excellent verbal, analytical, organisational and written skills

Exceptional people management skills

Experience with multiple financial management packages

Fluency in spoken and written English


How to apply


Qualified and interestedcandidates who meet the stated requirements must submit a completed Application Form. Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be accepted.


Please visit to download the Application Form, and then submit the completed form via email

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