Management Sciences for Health

  • Senior Accountant

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    FAO (Finance, Admin, and Operations)
    FAOFNC - FAO Finance & Accounting
    A584 - MTaPS
    Reports To
    Finance & Operations Manager
  • Overview

    The Accountant is responsible for assisting the Finance Manager with safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately the U.S. Government or other donor against fraud, loss or misuse. The Accountant is responsible for ensuring that any money expended in the field is done in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, MSH policy, and any cost principles imposed by the donor agency.  The Accountant is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Prepare payment vouchers;
    • Properly code all transactions;
    • Control and enter all expenses from the petty cash;
    • Payment of expenses, including per diem and transport to participants during activities in the file;
    • Prepare and control advances;
    • Assure balances of unused portions of advances are deposited into the MSH account;
    • Prepare deposit slips for cash to be deposited into the bank account;
    • Reconcile advances, including review of receipts, coding of expenses on the general voucher and entering into QuickBooks;
    • Maintain accounting files;
    • Follow up on outstanding advances and assure timely reconciliation;
    • Control consumption of project (petrol, electricity, water, telephone ect.);
    • Participate in the improvement of the accounting system and the system of internal control;
    • Create all financial reports as requested by supervisor;
    • Preparation of forms for payments of taxes and social security;
    • Other tasks as requested by supervisor;
    • Ensure that payments are processed accurately, timely, and safely (to minimize MSH’s risk exposure);
    • Ensure that treasury practices in country minimize MSH’s cash exposure;
    • Ensure that entries are entered into financial system accurately and timely;
    • Ensure that month and year-end accounting activities are done accurately and in compliance with MSH policies and procedures.

    Qualifications and Experience


    • University Degree in Accounting or equivalent certification from a Business Technical School;
    • Masters Degree in accounting will be an added advantage.


    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as an Accountant;
    • Understanding of key aspects of accounting;
    • Experience with U.S. government projects;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel spreadsheets, or comparable software;
    • Ability to use basic accounting software (i.e. Quickbooks);
    • Demonstrate good judgment and sound financial "common sense";
    • Ability to create and monitor budgets. Understanding of the basic tenets of Cash Control, Asset Management and Bank Reconciliation;
    • Understanding of principals of adequate documentation and of audit, and performance necessary to ensure audit compliance;
    • Written and verbal proficiency in English including business terminology.

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel spreadsheets, or comparable software;
    • Strong written and oral presentation skills in English;
    • A creative and proactive approach to all areas of work with a ‘can do’ attitude, in line with the MSH’s values;
    • Strong team working orientation with a flexible and adaptable approach to work demands across the whole organization;
    • Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail;
    • Collaboration Skills.


    • Financial Management;
    • Good ethical conduct;
    • Monitoring/assessing performance to make improvements or take corrective action;
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally;
    • Ability to plan, balance and cope with competing priorities;
    • Good written and verbal communication skills;
    • Ability to manage teams, initiate and organize work;
    • Ability to establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines.


    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

    Finance & Operations Manager
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