Position: Finance and Administration Assistant- Intern (6 months) -CLOSED

Job Description

The ECD Coalition Malawi is a network of CSOs that promotes quality service delivery of ECD programs in Malawi. The ECD Coalition is seeking for a Finance and Administration Assistant- Intern to provide financial and administration duties for ECD Coalition secretariat office in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Terms of Reference

Reporting to the Finance and Administration Officer, The Finance and Administration Assistant- Intern main tasks include and not limited to:

Finance and Administration

  1. Preparation of Vouchers for payment

2. Reviewing of all project supporting documents for authenticity before attaching them to relevant
payment vouchers

3. Issuing of project cheque to beneficiaries and maintain cheque registers.

4. Maintain petty cash and update cash books

5. Assist in pay-out of allowances to staff, partners, and participants at workshops and other similar

6. Ensure proper filing of finance and administration documents including payment vouchers

7. Carry out bank transactions

8. Assist the Finance and Administration Officer in monitoring program office operations, to ensure that program offices are following internal control procedures established by ECD Coalition Malawi

9. Assist with the interim audit, statutory audit and period end closure process.

10. Any other duties assigned.


Diploma in Accounting/ Business Administration, those with Degree will have an added


  1. Basic Computer literacy skills especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook

2. Organizational skills

3. Knowledge of accounting systems

4. Excellent time management skills

5. Ability to resolve financial queries

6. Good verbal and written communication skills

7. High level of integrity and honesty

How to apply

Interested individuals should apply to

Email: jobs@ecdcmw.org

For more information visit: www.ecdcmw.org

Submission should be made by 5pm; on 30th June 2021 Malawi time

ECD Coalition welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity. All applications will be considered on their individual merit.

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Coalition lobby MPs for increased funding to early childhood development

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Coalition–a coordinating body for all ECD implementers and programs in Malawi–has appealed to Members of Parliament (MPs) to help lobby for government’s more financing to ECD for construction or improvement of Community Based Child Care (CBCC) centres and facilitation of training and remuneration of caregivers.

ECD coalition–which, among many other partners, comprises; ActionAid, World Vision, government departments and academicians–strengthens coordination and accountability of ECD so that it gets the support it deserves and registers meaningful impact.

The coalition’s call for government’s increased financing to ECD was made through its Board Chairperson Janet Kuyeli during an orientation meeting with MPs on ECD, which was held in the Capital Lilongwe.

The legislators, drawn mostly from the Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare and Community Development, were oriented so that they understand ECD issues and amplify the call for increased funding to the sector.

ECD Coalition’s appeal comes amid worry that government has, in this financial year, maintained budgetary allocation for ECD at a meagre MK800 million against a proposed budget of MK14 billion.

The call also comes in the face of increased dilapidated and poorly resourced ECD structures and growing disillusionment among caregivers due to lack of incentives.

“The problem is caregivers are working as volunteers. It is sad that, as a country, we have entrusted such people to stimulate our children for free.

“In fact, most of these caregivers are not qualified. Studies have shown that half of them have the Primary School Living Certificate as their highest qualification. So we need to address all that by looking at the whole package in terms of accreditation, remuneration and incentives,” said Kuyeli.

Kuyeli added that it is, therefore, important for the MPs to join the advocacy for better ECD services, more especially the remuneration of caregivers.

“For as long as they continue working as volunteers, they have the right to decide anyhow whether to go to CBCCs to work or not. As a result, we should brace for more absenteeism and dropouts.

“This is bad for the future of our children and country. MPs should indeed help us by lobbying the Minister of Finance and other relevant authorities to look into these issues,” she said.

Director of Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Mc Knight Kalanda, concurred with Kuyeli on the challenges ECD is facing, saying a lot of work really needs to be done to improve the sector.

In this regard, Kalanda disclosed that his department has initiated a number of programs that require significant financial support in order to make their impact in ECD services.

He cited, among others, the training of parents through Parent Education and Support and the School Readiness Initiative which aims at ensuring that children get the necessary stimulation before they go to start standard one.

And in his remarks, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare and Community Development, Savel Kafwafwa, expressed his sadness over the state of affairs in the ECD sector, saying ECD is actually now only affordable to rich families as they are able to send their children to private nursery schools.

“We will ensure that ECD gets the attention and funding it deserves so that, as a country, we move fast towards the direction where all children would have access to ECD,” he said.

According to a presentation made during the meeting by Dr Khama Chibwana–an academician from Chancellor College, investment in ECD is vital as it encompasses all physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral and spiritual developmental processes that occur from conception to age eight.

The presentation said ECD is actually the realization of the full potential of every child by providing all the care, support and protection that is necessary to achieve that goal.

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Malawi ECD Coalition joins forces with the International Step by Step Association

For the first time in ISSA’s near twenty year’s history, we are joined by a coalition that operates from Africa. The Malawian Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC), is a joint venture comprised of various partners that all concern themselves with the betterment of Quality and Early Childhood Development interventions throughout the nation.

ECDC is an organization made up of community based groups and individuals that work closely with (local) governments. One of its key roles is to coordinate the advocacy work on early childhood issues and to monitor the evaluation of ongoing Early Childhood Development programs in Malawi. The organization provides trainings to professionals, manages a project on inclusive early childhood development, shares news and resources with their membership and the wider professional community in Malawi.

It is also vital for the ECDC network to organize frequent lobby events and professional gatherings. In June, the ECD Coalition* presented a position paper to the Malawi Parliamentary Committee on Social Welfare on inclusive Early Childhood Development in Malawi.  The theme was Leave No Child Behind, a vital part of the nation’s goal to ‘enable girls and boys complete free equitable and quality education in Malawi.’ The lobby aims to ensure that inclusion is taken into full account when parliament discusses Early Childhood Development issues.

Nurturing Care
ECDC came in close contact with ISSA because of the Nurturing Care Framework earlier this year. The highly practical and informative nature of the Framework and its network was reason to approach ISSA to secure knowledge exchange, to make use of existing resources, and the experience within the network when it comes to equipping and expanding current services and the underlying systems.

Although Africa is not the strategic focus of the ISSA, the organization’s admission will provide an opportunity to support the network of organizations in Malawi for quality, accessible and holistic ECD services. ISSA’s board also mentioned that information and experiences about their work and networking practice would bring useful insights in African ECD developments. Lastly, the coalition was praised for its strong child protection component, which is important in terms of children`s rights.

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