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Grants Accountant at UNC Project Malawi

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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UNC Project Malawi



Job Summary

The ideal candidate will be responsible for analyzing grant/project proposals and solicitations and formulating operational budgets and forecasts; assisting sponsors, administrators, faculty and staff with pre-award and post-award services related to grant funding; and preparing and presenting the budget variance reports for grants and projects.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities


  • Work with Investigators and University of North Carolina pre-award staff to develop submission checklists and timelines for proposal development and submission.
  • Assist Investigators with development of proposal budgets and justifications.
  • Assist Investigators in systematic organization and tracking of all proposal submission needs, enabling submission in the required timelines.
  • Assist Investigators with proposal submissions in and other grant submission and reporting systems.


  • Prepare and submit contract and subcontract documents.
  • Complete vendor registrations in sponsor financial systems.
  • Respond to sponsor/funder requests for information.
  • Develop and maintain tracking systems for sponsor reporting requirements and monitor Investigator and finance department compliance.
  • Track project financial performance and prepare financial and qualitative reports.



  • Maintain entity registrations with and other grant submission/reporting systems.
  • Develop and maintain UNC Project budgeting tools.
  • Maintain an updated schedule of research procedure costings.
  • Explain, interpret, and implement sponsor, project, and University regulations related to grants management to staff.
  • Effectively mentor and supervise departmental and project staff as assigned by the Director of Finance.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance.


Qualifications and Experience

  • ACCA qualification or Bachelor’s degree (Finance/Accounting/Business)
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of major grant administration skills (including budget preparation, proposal submissions, accepting awards, preparing contract and sub-contract agreements).
  • At least one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Hands on experience with a major financial accounting package. Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning software systems an added advantage.
  • Ability to provide expert guidance on pre and post award grants management and resolve concerns from investigators and sponsors.
  • Proven financial and operational analytical skills.
  • Ability to comprehend and operate various grant submission/reporting systems.
  • Ability to provide timely reports and respond rapidly to requests for information from colleagues and sponsors.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize workflow to ensure on-time delivery of multiple projects within tight timelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively and diplomatically, locally and internationally, with a wide range of individuals.


Method Of Application

Please send your applications via email to:

The Country Director

UNC Project




Deadline for receiving applications:

Thursday, November 2, 2023


Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.