Director of Finance and Administration

National Commission for Science and technology (NCST)

The Malawi Gazette Supplement Notice No. 1 of 20th February 2009, appointed 14th November 2008 as the day on which the Science and Technology Act, No. 16 of 2003 came into operation. The Act establishes the National Commission for Science and technology (NCST) whose function shall be to advise Government and other Stakeholder on all science and technology matters in order to achieve a science and technology -led development. The NCST has now been in operation since December 2009 and has a secretariat headed by a Director General.

The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the following post:


The NCST invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the position of Director of Finance and Administration tenable at its Secretariat in Lilongwe, situated in Lingadzi House, City Centre.


Job title : Director of Finance and Administration
Grade: CST 2
Reporting to : Director General
Directorate: Finance and Administration
Division: N/A
Responsible for : Finance Manager; Senior Human Resource and Administration Officer


Purpose of the job:
To provide oversight for prudent management of finances and oversee the efficient management of all administration, human resource and procurements in the Commission.

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Ensuring that legal requirements and obligations are consistently applied which include observance of the Financial Management Act, Audit Act and Regulations and other statutes;
  2. Providing overall direction for the formulation, implementation and maintenance of human resource management strategy, policies, standards and procedures for the management of human resources that conform to prevailing labor laws, best management practice and current governance requirements;
  3. Overseeing
    the management of the Commission’s financial and
    administrative systems, processes and resources in line with best practice, relevant laws, and regulation;
  4. Ensuring a close working relationships with any external auditors that may be appointed to prepare opinions, assist them access data and information required for effective and efficient audit in order to produce audit reports in time;
  5. Managing and coordinating the provision and performance of human resources at the Commission level to ensure that departments are adequately staffed with qualified, experienced, competent and motivated personnel;
  6. Ensuring that annually, training needs analysis is conducted and training calendar developed to meet staff training and development needs for good job performance taking into account budgetary and other constraints;
  7. Administering performance and reward management systems processes and procedures in accordance with and code of conduct in a way that ensures the legal, consistent and fair reward for performance and administration of discipline;
  8. Developing and maintaining a database of staff records in appropriate formats enabling quick access and retrieval;
  9. Maintaining records for leave, performance appraisal, training, and other personnel administration;
  10. Providing professional technical support to the Commission at both the leadership team and department levels to ensure that management style and decisions made in the management of human resources are within the applicable Malawian labour laws and reflect good human resource management practice.
  11. Preparing final accounts and reports timely and presenting to the Commission in liaison with the Director General.
  12. Producing additional financial information and reports to management or Commission as may be required from time to time
  13. Providing secretarial services to Finance Committee of the Commission.


Minimum academic and professional qualifications and experience

  • Master’s Degree in Accounting/Finance/Commerce/Business Administration, PLUS relevant bachelor’s degree; or
  • A Chartered Accountant in ACCA, CIMA, ACA or equivalent qualification and a relevant bachelor’s degree in accounting or its equivalent from a reputable institution.
  • At least 8 years’ experience at senior level in Finance.
  • Must be a member of ICAM.

Required competencies and attributes.

  • The post requires a person who must possess /have/be:
  • demonstrable to lead and manage diversity of staff;
  • proven track records in leadership and management;
  • able to lead and motivate various multi-disciplinary teams in such areas  as Finance, Administration and Human Resource
  • self-drive and excellent communication skills
  • a team builder and player
  • Result-oriented and of high integrity;
  • Adequate knowledge of financial accounting processes;
  • analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Have traceable experience in use and management of various financial  packages such as SAP, Quick Books, Tableau, Xero Accounting Software,  Sage evolution and HP TRIM, AccPack;
  • Proven skills of team building;

The successful candidate shall be offered a negotiable performance related  contract for a period of three (3) years, with an attractive salary benefits and gratuity packages commensurate with seniority of the position and qualifications  of the candidate.

Applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copy of Nation ID, copy of  relevant membership certificate, photocopies of relevant certificates, and names and addresses of three traceable referees, one of which must be from the most
recent employer should be sent to the following address not later than June 24,  2024.

The Comptroller of Statutory Corporations
Department of Statutory Corporations
Capital Hill, New Building, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 30061
Capital City

NCST is an equal gender-based opportunities employer and only short-listed  applicants will be acknowledged and invited to the interviews.