Head of Finance – NRC Campus

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is the third Public University In Malawi established through an Act of Parliament Number 22 of 2011 after delinking Bunda College of Agriculture from the University of Malawi and Integrating Natural Resources College which was established under a Trust.

LUANAR commenced its operations on 01st July, 2012 with a Vision “To be a World Class University”. Pursuant to this vision the University is implementing a five-year strategic plan which, through Pillar Number Five, recognizes the role that good governance plays in the realization of its goals through enhancement of the management and governance of the University and all its Campuses. A vacant position has therefore arisen for appointment.

The Head of Finance position is permanent

Main responsibilities

The Head of Finance shall professionally be responsible to the Director of Finance and functionally to the Campus Director and the following are the duties to be performed:

a) providing leadership to the Finance Department of the Campus;

b) assisting the Campus Director to source and deploy funding and advising the Campus Director and heads of departments/sections who are vote holders on financial matters,

c) initiating and leading the budgeting process at the Campus in liaison with the Heads of Department/Section;

d) preparing annual budgetary cash flows and cash forecasts and submit them to Campus management and the Director of Finance;

e) authorizing payments/expenditure in line with the approved budgets;

f) coordinating the audit exercise for the Campus;

g) preparing management accounts for presentation to management:

h) assisting in preparation of project budgets;

i) supervising the management of research funds by ensuring that expenditure and financial reports for both internal and external donors are in line with their requirements;

j) taking part in the strategic planning exercise at both Campus and University wide levels:

k) identifying cash surpluses and deficits for Campus accounts and recommend short — term investments or borrowing

I) managing pension and gratuity arrangements of the Campus

m) overseeing Campus assets, movable and immovable to ensure their safe keeping n) arranging periodic revaluation of Toted assets

o) ensuring that periodic and annual stock take is undertaken

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in Accounting with a professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA
  • And at least 5 years working experience in a busy accounting/finance office.
  • Those with the above qualifications plus a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) will have an added advantage

Person Specifications

  1. Thorough understanding of finance and accounting functions of the University 2
  2. Computer literacy, excellent analytical and conceptual skills
  3. Ability to work in partnership with others in a complex, professional and knowledge based environment
  4. Energy and high level of personal motivation and resilience
  5. A high degree of personal integrity, good communication and human relations skills.


The candidate shall be offered an attractive salary and benefits commensurate with seniority of the position and qualifications.

Method of Application

Applications can be sent by either email or post using the addresses by Friday 21st January, 2017.

University Registrar, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 219, LILONGWE.
Email: ur@bunda.luanar mw

Those who responded to the earlier advertisement need not re-apply.