Finance Associate, Global Operations

London, UK | Abuja, Nigeria (Please note you must have the required right to work for the location you are applying for. You will be asked to provide proof of your right to work should you be selected for interview) | Full-time; Permanent

I. Position Summary

Reporting to the U.S.-based Controller, the Finance Associate, Global Operations will assist in processing and recording invoices, expense reports and bookkeeping with a particular focus on supporting Malala Fund operations in Nigeria, Pakistan, and the U.K. They will serve as a main point of contact for key billing relationships and will support colleagues across multiple departments in budgeting, reporting and compliance matters. The Associate will liaise across all departments and will gain a deep, behind-the-scenes understanding of nonprofit finance and compliance.

Starting salary: £32,400 - £34,300 (U.K.) | ₦6,077,836 – ₦6,700,900 (Nigeria)

II. Responsibilities

Finance and administration

  • Prepares global operational invoices for processing and payment, and acts as the primary administrator for our accounts payable tool.
  • Oversees and monitors key expense report uploads and financial entries, liaising closely with out-sourced accounting firms in Nigeria, Pakistan, the U.K. and elsewhere.
  • Assists the Controller and other Finance staff in the creation and upkeep of project budgets, and the preparation of financial reports, dashboards and cash projections.
  • Assists and/or leads certain financial systems evaluation and improvement projects, working both independently and in partnership with others on the Finance team.
  • Reconciles certain bank and general ledger accounts for both the U.S. and non-U.S. entities, in particular assisting the Development team in reconciling revenues.
  • Supports the monthly payroll process as needed.
  • Assists with the preparation of annual filings and with annual audits in the U.K., Nigeria, Pakistan and elsewhere as necessary.
  • Assists with the annual budgeting process and semi-annual re-forecasting process, particularly as it relates to budgeting for Malala Fund’s U.K. and other non-U.S. global entities.
  • Maintains vendor and contractor files as necessary.
  • Cross-trains and serve as the primary back-up for U.S. accounting functions.
  • Performs other financial tasks as requested by the Controller.
Organisational culture
  • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours


  • Familiarity with office administration and financial and accounting systems, ideally coupled with a degree in finance, accounting or a related field.
  • Extremely high attention to detail and very strong organizational skills.
  • Good judgment and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with efficiency and poise.
  • A high degree of integrity, trustworthiness and flexibility, able to work well with colleagues, vendors, contractors and various stakeholders towards shared goals.
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
  • Past experience with contracts, grant-making, budget management, international tax, and/or financial reporting strongly preferred.
  • Finance and/or administrative exposure in at least one of Malala Fund’s operational countries (the U.S., U.K. Nigeria and/or Pakistan) preferred.

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the application link by 6 December 2022.

Applicant must have the right to work in the location to which they are applying.

Please be aware we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the vacancy should a suitable candidate be identified before the closing date.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.