Finance Business Partner (Malawi)
- Organization: GiveDirectly
- Location: Lilongwe
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Operations and Administrations
- Human Resources
- Banking and Finance
- Sustainable Business Development
- Closing Date:
GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by providing cash grants directly to the poorest people in the world. The Brookings Institution estimates that $100B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of it on evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing cash transfers as a benchmark for foreign aid – as the index fund is a benchmark for the financial industry – and in the process accelerating the end of extreme poverty.
GD has raised over $800M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1 million people, and launched offices in 11 countries across North America, Africa, and the Middle East. We’ve also supported 19 large-scale, experimental research projects that indicate strong recipient impact of our programs – including the largest universal basic income experiment in history. We use concrete evidence to inform the design of our programs: from research results published in leading journals, to in-depth qualitative work. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.
We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our collaborative, diverse team. Joining GiveDirectly provides the opportunity to work alongside individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. We’re actively working toward an equitable and inclusive environment for all team members, and seek candidates who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organization. We recruit from organizations across all industries: our team has hailed from sectors including start-ups, government, consultancies, investment banks, and nonprofits.
Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced. We value ability, adaptability, and willingness to learn. We offer competitive salary and benefits, as well as performance-based bonuses.
About this role
The finance team currently supports all financial activities in 10 countries in Africa. As a member of the global finance team, the role will be supporting our program teams and stakeholders.
He/ She will report to the Senior Finance Manager and will work with colleagues in the finance team to deliver on organizational goals.
We are looking for someone with a finance background who has a solid understanding of budgeting and budget tracking, has experience in donor reporting, has strong communication and analytical skills and has a solutions-oriented mindset.
Reports to: Senior Finance Manager
What you’ll do:
- Managing budgeting cycles and leading Budget to Actual conversations with Budget Owners.
- Leading donor reporting and regulatory reporting
- Promoting a strong, professional relationship with the stakeholders including programs teams, regulatory bodies and the Finance Team
- Provide support to the Finance team as required in order to meet the department’s objectives.
Risk / Compliance
- Monitoring country risks and designing controls to mitigate the risks
- Managing in-country audits and special reporting to donors and regulatory bodies
What you’ll bring:
- Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, or equivalent practical experience.
- 5+ years of professional experience in accounting or finance, with a strong experience in Budgeting and reporting.
- Working language competence in English.
- Competence in Excel and financial & accounting software (e.g. Intacct, QuickBooks).
- Bonus: Proven experience working in a fast-paced, high volume, or matrix work environment.
- Alignment with GiveDirectly Values and active demonstration of our core competencies: emotional intelligence, problem solving, project management, follow-through, and fostering inclusivity. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who have personal or professional experience in the low-income and/or historically marginalized communities that we serve.
Read more about our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts here and about our decision to move our central support teams to remote first here.
About the hiring process
Format: The hiring process follows the same general outline for all open roles:
First interview (30 mins)Take home skills assignment (~2 hours)Second interview (1 hour)*Third interview (1 hour)*Final interview (1 hour)Reference checks (30 mins each)
*For some roles, second & third interviews are combined into a panel interview. If there are adjustments or variations on this process, those changes will be communicated during the first interview.
Venue: We conduct interviews over Google Meet with camera on (unless communicated otherwise).
Accessibility: Closed captioning is available during all Google Meet interviews, and interviewers will also post interview questions in the chat box throughout the call. If you need assistance accessing either of these features, please let your interviewer know at the start of your interview!
We’re committed to running an inclusive and accessible application process for all of our open roles. If there are questions or concerns you have about the accessibility of our hiring process, we warmly invite you to reach out to email@example.com.
**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**