Management Sciences for Health

  • Finance and Operations Director

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    BDI (Business Development and Innovation)
    BDIGEN - Business Development & Innovation
    P000 - Proposal
    Reports To
    Chief of Party
  • Overview

    MSH seeks candidates for a Director, Finance and Operations, for a potential 5-year MNCH and/or Health Systems Strengthening program in Afghanistan. This project will provide capacity building to MOPH to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate the introduction, scale-up, and sustainability of high-impact FP/MNCH interventions in Afghanistan. 

    This position is subject to project award and funding.   

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. Lead project annual budget development process. This includes managing the annual work plan, life-of-project and activity budgets and ensuring compliance of program expenditures with approved budgets; ensure the consistency, inclusion and accuracy of costs and that they comply with MSH’s and USAID’s policy, where appropriate; and work with staff in developing budgets for technical activities as necessary. Revise overall and sub-budgets as needed throughout the work plan year.
    2. Develop and maintain systems for program expenditure monitoring and tracking that include financial and contractual data. Provide routine pipeline analyses to COP and USAID. Also, provide any ad hoc reports requested by USAID. In addition, perform routine financial analysis on program expenditures, documenting and monitoring overall performance, analyzing trends, identifying gaps to ensure efficient and sound project management.
    3. Ensure coordination and integration with the shared services units and other existing MSH country projects, systems, and processes.
    4. Manage cash flow, including funds transfers from MSH Home Office, local currency exchange, and petty cash. Obtain authorization for and pay local costs. Reconcile bank accounts and field advance accounts each month.
    5. Record all financial transactions into an approved MSH Field Expense Accounting System, and submit timely reports each month. Maintain thorough documentation of all field financial transactions.
    6. Ensure that all paid invoices agree with supporting documentation, including price quotes, purchase orders and shipping receipts.
    7. Apply internal systems for obtaining purchase approvals and use of assets ensuring the adequate application of internal controls.
    8. Maintain current standing with all mandated tax and registrations, including submission of payments and required reports.
    9. Work with the COMU to coordinate local procurement and execute all approved payments for local vendors, contractors and consultants for goods and services received, in accordance with the laws and regulations of Afghanistan, and MSH and USAID regulations.
    10. Support the COMU to maintain inventories and controls over project office fixed assets, such as furnishings and computer equipment.
    11. Manage timesheets for office staff ensuring timely submission, approval, accuracy and filing.
    12. Oversee country activity travel advances and travel claims processing and work with program staff to resolve accounting related issues.
    13. Oversee the MSH security detail, and ensure appropriate security measures to safe guard the projects offices and guesthouses, as well as establishment and implementation of realistic security protocols for local and expatriate staff.
    14. Oversee set up and maintenance of in-country and intermational communication systems.
    15. Collaborate with MSH Senior Grant Officer, partner staff, and grantees as required to ensure timely and accurate reporting, disbursement, and accounting.

    Qualifications and Experience

    1. Master’s in business administration, finance, accounting or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
    2. Minimum of 10 years’ experience in project financial management of U.S. Government awards or similar size; demonstrated success with project partners and grantees.
    3. Proven expertise in finance, budgeting, reporting, and accounting, including automated financial systems and results-oriented grants management.
    4. Proven expertise in financial planning, monitoring of grant compliance and management, and establishment of internal controls.
    5. Experience assessing and monitoring capacities of grantees; ability to provide capacity building activities’ insight and guidance as needed.
    6. Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both public and NGO sectors.
    7. Previous operations experience in Afghanistan or similar high-risk posts is a plus.
    8. Computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications and Quickbooks.
    9. Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    10. Extensive experience preparing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting to USAID.
    11. Fluency in English.

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Chief of Party
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