Phillip Chilemba oversees the financial and administrative requirements for the Agricultural Transformation Initiative in Malawi. He also works closely with the Implementing Partners by reviewing quarterly financial reports; including financial management systems and controls to ensure fiduciary and statutory compliance. Additionally, he is responsible for the provision of technical support and training to the Implementing Partners’ financial team to improve financial management practices.
Mr. Chilemba has 29 years of work experience, 26 years of which relate to supervision of the finance department at a senior level. He has hands-on experience in developing and reviewing financial management systems and controls. He has wide experience in preparing financial reports, annual budgets and cash flow forecasts, year-end financial statements, and audit schedules. He has previously participated in organizational development processes, covering such areas as reviews, evaluations, strategic planning process, and organizational assessments.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Chilemba worked for Coopers & Lybrand as an audit Assistant, which was followed by working for the Malawi Accountants Board as an Accountant. Soon after qualifying for the ACCA, Mr. Chilemba worked for various donor-funded institutions like the ADB-funded National Livestock Development Project (NLDP) and the EU-funded National initiative for Civic Education (NICE) in Malawi, where he served as Financial Controller and Finance and Administration Manager, respectively.
Most recently, Mr. Chilemba worked as Director of Finance and Administration for the National AIDS Commission (NAC) where he managed funds from various pool Funding Partners, ably tracked expenditures, and prepared quarterly progress reports to each partner with various reporting requirements and deadlines. He also managed grants to Implementing Partners and ensured existence of appropriate systems and controls; including Implementing Partners’ compliance with provisions in the grant agreements.
Mr. Chilemba is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM). He previously sat on the board of AGCare Malawi and once served as its Vice Board Chairperson before retiring by rotation.
Mr. Chilemba is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), UK. He also holds a Masters’ in Business Administration obtained from the University of Bolton, UK, as well as a Bachelor’s in Accountancy obtained from Malawi Polytechnic.