Michael Matafwali, a Finance and Administrative Assistant, based in our central office in Ndola, Zambia, shares what a typical day is like for him and what his hopes for the future are. 

What is your role at PEAS? 

As a Finance and Administrative Assistant, I am responsible for managing all administrative duties and ensuring the office has fully functioning administrative operations. I do this by maintaining a high-standard operating procedure as per the PEAS finance manual. I ensure all official documents are properly filed (finance and admin) and extend support to the Finance and Grants Manager as well as the Finance and Operations Assistant.

What does a typical day involve?

  • Prepare payment requisitions and ensure all attachments are documented.

  • Ensure all office needs are made readily available to all respective departments to achieve the PEAS objectives.

What is the best thing about working for PEAS?

Helping provide high-quality education to marginalised children gives me a sense of positive contribution to the wider community, PEAS network, and the betterment of the next generation at large.

What do you hope to achieve in your role over the next year?

  • Develop client-centred administrative policies that will enable efficient and effective use of PEAS resources.

  • Formulate finance policies and procedures that will allow for timely retirements, prudent spending, and zero-tolerance to malpractice.

What does education mean to you?

Attaining knowledge, skills, values, and personal development through formal schooling.

What is the greatest influence on your career?

The different personalities at the office and also, the values adopted by PEAS.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

  • Challenging myself and staying positive in adverse circumstances.

  • Take advantage of strengths and use them as an advantage to capitalise on the work at hand.

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