Operations and Finance Manager

Operations and Finance Manager

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring / coaching
  • General / operations management
  • Project / programme management


Leeds, LS15 7LA
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? All volunteers are home based. We spend 100% of funds raised in Malawi and so we meet virtually


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week or 3-7 hours / week
The work is initially 'lumpy' as there are administrative challenges to fix. Depending on fundraising successes, ave. 2-3 hours/week would suffice

Would you like to apply your skills in operations and finance, and experience in international development, to support a growing organisation that impacts on literacy and numeracy - making a difference to children's lives in Malawi? 

What will you be doing?

The Operations and Finance Manager role is hands on and will ensure CharChar Literacy operations and financial management follow best practices, preparing for potentially rapid growth in the near future.  

You will help to maximise the value of every penny raised in support of the organisation’s aims. You will maintain an overview of our precious financial resources; support budgeting and financial reporting; and communicate the financial situation to the board and Malawi programme so that the organisation's technical staff can focus on what they do best: deliver literacy and numeracy  training for student- and veteran-teachers and measure pupils' results. 

You will be familiar with, proactive and driven to ensure smooth operation of the charity accounts in the UK; establish gift-aid; help with reporting to the Charities Commission; support internal /external audits as required; assist with proposal budgeting; and work through the challenges of a non-responsive, well-known bank. 

CharChar Literacy's human capital is our greatest asset and all volunteers have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and progress to do more in the organisation, if this is your ambition.


What are we looking for?

You will be a practical sleeves-rolled-up professional with experience of working in multiple currencies. You will have experience in developing proposal budgets, and support the management of contract finances.  You will be a proactive communicator, mentor and coach where needed to ensure all our operations and finances are in excellent shape at all times. You will understand the realities of working in a developing country and be able to balance guidance and rules, ensure that we meet donor's requirements and maintain best practices in financial management in this context. 

You will be highly respectful of our partners and our communications protocols, and be able to guide the development of a joint financing function in Malawi within a teacher training institution. 


What difference will you make?

We are developing the organisational governance and have recently re-registered as a CIO however the financial systems require updating in line with the changes. Your help with smooth running of the organisation means that the team can concentrate on delivering unique and quality literacy and numeracy work and you will be contributing in a major way to this success. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will enjoy working with a dedicated and diverse team of professionals each  volunteer equally respected for precious and valuable time contributions and together orchestrating significant positive impacts on children's lives in one of the poorest countries in the world. We have a niche in supporting evidence-based literacy and numeracy teaching in Malawi Government primary schools with over 430% increase in 4,000 children's average scores, in one year, over the baseline. If you are interested in helping fulfil children's rights to education so that children have literacy for life, we would like to hear from you!  

Before you apply

If you would like to learn more about the role, please get in touch.

  • Children / families
  • Education
  • International development
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    CharChar Literacy improves education in Malawi. Through specialist educational materials and teacher training we are increasing literacy levels and so helping young people get the best...