Assistant Accountant
  • Fixed Contract
  • Thyolo, Malawi
  • Applications have closed

Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST)


Transforming Africa’s Agricultural Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Growth and Development (TAGDev 2.0) is a collaboration between RUFORUM, Mastercard Foundation, 12 African universities and the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). The main objective is to strengthen universities and TEVET institutions to better serve communities by skilling and empowering Africa’s young people and their institutions to drive inclusive, equitable and climate resilient transformation of agriculture and agrifood systems. This goal will contribute to three strategic outcomes: (a) Expanded equal work opportunities for young women and men in the agricultural sector (b) Improved climate adaptive agricultural production and productivity (c) Strengthened quality of higher agricultural education outcomes in training, research and innovation.

Exciting and challenging job opportunities have arisen at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) for suitably qualified and experienced individuals who would like to work in the following positions tenable under the TAGDev 2.0 Project:

Assistant Accountant

Position Objective

The Assistant Accountant will be responsible for financial, accounting, reporting and overall compliance with established TAGDev programme financial management procedures and guidelines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Programme Coordinator, the Assistant Accountant will carry out the following key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Support financial administration and accounts of the programme at the University.
  2. Ensure compliance with approved financial management guidelines.
  3. Prepare all requisite reconciliations and provide timely financial returns to the RUFORUM Secretariat.

Delivery, Timeliness and Quality

The Assistant Accountant will have the following deliverables, timeliness and quality:

  1. Periodic reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  2. Proportion of funds accurately accounted for and cleared by RUFORUM Secretariat.
  3. Timely disbursement of funds to students and research teams.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience

Interested candidates should possess the following qualifications, attributes and experience:

  1. A Diploma in Accounting or Accountancy or equivalent from a recognised university.
  2. Those with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Accountancy or equivalent from a recognised university, will have an added advantage.
  3. Ability to use financial and accounting software applications.
  4. Ability to undertake critical analysis of budget processes, expenditure control, budget performance and problems on finance and accounting.
  5. Ability to prepare accurate and quality financial reports according to prescribed reporting formats.
  6. Flexibility in working schedules including travel at short notice.
  7. Good inter-personal skills and communication skills.
  8. A good understanding of organisational and management operations.
  9. Ability and drive to manage complex processes.

Remuneration and Tenure for the Positions

The successful candidates for the above stated positions shall be engaged on a two-year renewable contract based on satisfactory performance in line with the MUST’s Performance Management System and new job requirements. In addition, the successful candidates shall receive appropriate remuneration based on MUST’s prevailing rates.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

MUST has a zero-tolerance policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Therefore, applicants for the above vacancies must be willing to abide to the MUST Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Method of Application

Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications and attributes should submit their applications, together with detailed curriculum vitae not later than 14th June, 2024.

The curriculum vitae must include the following: the candidate’s names in full; date of birth; academic qualifications; work experience; and names and e-mail addresses of three traceable referees. Applications must be submitted to:

University Registrar
Malawi University of Science and Technology
P O Box 5196

Please Note:

  1. Signed applications can also be sent electronically to:
  2. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged