Assistant Accountant

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Country Teams


Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.


In 2005, CHAI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi (GoM) to strengthen health systems in the most challenged districts, provide national support to HIV/AIDS drug pricing and programmatic work, support the pilot and scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) initiatives, expand access to ART for children, strengthen Malawi’s lab system, and scale-up an integrated nutrition program for children. CHAI’s support to Malawi has expanded to include Human Resources for Health (HRH), Vaccines (pneumococcal and rotavirus), and Health Financing.


At the request of our partner governments, CHAI has developed a health financing program across Africa. Currently, in developing countries, just 40% of the poor have access to basic health services, such as delivering babies in a safe environment. While policymakers are committed to universal health coverage, past growth in funding for health is beginning to slow, resulting in difficult decisions and trade-offs. Our health financing teams work with policymakers in Ministries of Health and key stakeholders to remove financing as a barrier to increased coverage of life saving interventions. We provide decision makers with the necessary programmatic and financial information for evidence-based planning and resource allocation. Furthermore, we help governments move towards a sustainable funding model that is increasingly nationally-owned and managed.


Position Overview 


The Assistant Accountant shall report to the Accountant, will work with all CHAI local and global teams in a collaborative manner, and will promote a collegial and participatory approach to financial reporting and program management.


The Assistant Accountant will be based in the Lilongwe Office.


  • Monitors bank balances, prepares monthly cash projections and files request of funds from head office in a timely manner to avoid delays in program implementation;
  • Ensures that accurate and up-to-date reconciliations are kept on all bank accounts on monthly basis;
  • Manages program petty cash and oversees and supervises office petty cash;
  • Ensures that payments are disbursed in line with Financial Management and Procurement policies and procedures;
  • Ensures shared costs are accurately apportioned according to applicable shared office costs allocations;
  • Maintains a tracker of all recurring bills and ensures timely payments to service providers;
  • Reviews accounting transaction for potential charging against grants and ensures compliance with appropriate grant provisions;
  • Maintains financial reporting systems to record expenditures and generates financial reports to Head Office in accordance with policies and procedures;
  • Reviews program expense reports for accuracy and allowability against a grant requirement and make close follow ups for delayed advance liquidations.
  • Reconciles prepaid assets and accrued payables general ledger accounts;
  • Manages fuel disbursements to drivers, reviews fuel expense reports and prepares reconciliations for fuel replenishment;
  • Leads in updating of Fixed Asset register and facilitates physical asset verification exercise;
  • Contributes to coordination of entity and program audits and provides support to global audits


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance or studying towards ACCA qualification;
  • Minimum of three years accounting experience, preferably in NGO sector;
  • Able to analyse financial data; advanced skills with Microsoft Office (especially Excel);
  • Good understanding of user application of accounting software packages; QuickBooks and Agresso;
  • Flexible, resilient and able to work in stressful situations independently and with limited supervision;
  • Highest standards of ethics, integrity, and nurture a culture of excellence and urgency;
  • A strong commitment to CHAI values


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