Management Sciences for Health

Accounting Manager

Job ID
# of Positions
FINACC (Finance & Accounting)
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Controller/Finance Director


The Accounting Manager manages the General Ledger team. S/he is responsible for ensuring that the MSH books are closed accurately and timely, monthly, quarterly, and annually; that MSH books are in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, the organization’s Cost Accounting Standards, Federal and other contractual requirements, and internal policies and procedures. S/he coordinates and supports MSH external audits of activities worldwide.  S/he supervises the country office support accounting team, and is responsible for the functional excellence of MSH’s country offices and for the reporting processes across the organization’s 30+ international country offices. S/He will play a lead role in the implementation of several key change initiatives.

Specific Responsibilities

Ensure integrity and clean audits worldwide (40%) 

  • Manage a consolidated, fund-based general ledger; establish a strong control system around the accounting close cycle to assure proper reconciliation and review of balance sheet accounts, proper authorization of journal entries, and efficient authorization workflows that safeguard the organization’s assets and ensure compliance with donor requirements
  • Coordinate year-end financial and A-133 or uniform guidance audit activities with external auditors
  • Provide audit support to the country offices as required
  • Serve as technical accounting lead to the Finance Director and other group leaders
  • Provide technical accounting guidance to peers across the organization and to the Finance department’s leadership

Document accounting process and ensure worldwide accountants are trained in month end and year end processes (25%) 

  • Working with the MSH employees, ensure strong internal controls around the accounting from field offices throughout the world; ensure proper review of all posted entries, and completeness of reconciliation of accounts required for the close cycle and compliance with donor requirements
  • Ensure proper documentation of accounting policies and procedures
  • Support the Finance Director with research of applicable GAAP and propose and implement required modifications to existing accounting processes, as required; ensure compliance with the organization’s Cost Accounting Standard for all federally funded projects
  • Analyze accounting systems and implement accounting workflows and system improvements to streamline and automate accounting processes and convert to electronic processes and workflows where possible and practical

Supervise the G/L team (25%) 

  • Supervise the home office general ledger team by establishing staff goals aligned with the organization’s annual objectives and department goals; ensures development of staff through training, coaching, and clear accountabilities.  Oversee the country accounting team processes

Other Duties (10%) 

  • Assist the Finance Director and MSH leadership with special projects as needed.  MSH is experiencing significant business transformation and the Accounting Manager will have the opportunity to be exposed to a significant level of ad-hoc analysis and projects if core duties above are delivered timely, accurately and professionally
  • Any other duties as required

Qualifications and Experience



  • Advanced degree, with either the Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; and CPA required



  • 7 years of related experience
  • Experience with federal cost reimbursement practices, such as the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) and USAID regulations
  • prior work experience with non-USG, foundations, and other donors


  • Public, private/nonprofit experience
  • Experience successfully leveraging automated accounting systems strongly preferred, knowledge of Serenic Navigator preferred, but not required.  Experience with Quickbooks a plus
  • experience with foreign currency accounting and multinational accounting a plus

Knowledge and Skills 

  • Must have a strong technical accounting background and solid understanding of the accounting close cycle in order to independently lead the general ledger and country finance accountants to close accurately and on time
  • Must be able to take the lead role in the coordination of the annual year-end audit and drive financial statement preparation; knowledge of A-133 and Uniform Guidance audits required
  • Knowledge of Nonprofit accounting and fund accounting required
  • Must be able to review existing accounting processes and recommend and implement improvements to accounting workflows and internal controls; ability to develop and measure accounting efficiencies a plus
  • Must be able to confidently research and document accounting positions, recommend to Finance management, and oversee the documentation of accounting positions, policies, and procedures; the Accounting Manager will be expected to serve as primary technical lead in the organization as a back-up to the Controller/Finance Director
  • Must take a key role in providing technical accounting guidance to internal stakeholders, and be able to effectively communicate complex accounting principles to a diverse audience; must be able to develop strong accounting knowledge in the general ledger accounting team
  • Must be able to assume pivotal roles in accounting system upgrades/implementations and the design of accounting system interfaces
  • Excellent Excel skills with demonstrated ability to extract data and summarize financial information for diverse internal customers.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to operate in a culturally diverse organization, and communicate to all levels within the organization
  • Fluent English required; working knowledge of French and/or Spanish a plus


  • Ability to understand, organize, and update electronic databases and feel comfortable utilizing diverse systems to automate the accounting process
  • Self-starter who can work well independently and also work effectively as a team member; must be able to manage the workflow of the accounting team
  • Ability to work under pressure with positive attitude, remain focused on results, and respond to changing priorities

Physical Demands 

  • Office environment including keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs., ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed (up to 5% time)

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

Controller/Finance Director
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