4 Dec 2018

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) December, 2018


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Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with over four decades of experience in strengthening health systems, and capacity of local institutions. MSH takes a comprehensive approach to improving health to achieve scalability, lasting impact, and sustainability. Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. For more information please visit our website www.msh.org.

MSH seeks to recruit a highly motivated and a result-oriented individual as Director of Finance & Operations.

JOB ID:13-10384

Reporting to the Project Director, the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) has the primary responsibility of ensuring that MSH operations are efficient and effective, in compliance with MSH standards, donor regulations and local country laws and support attainment of project results and client expectations. The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) is part of the project leadership team and will provide high-level finance & operations management including grant/contract management support. S/he will provide authoritative leadership on all budget & expenditure monitoring, financial reporting and contract matters to ensure timely and effective implementation of the program’s activities in Tanzania. S/he will liaise with local partners, donors, and MSH’s headquarters regarding any aspects of program implementation, contractual, risk management, cost share, governance and all other matters related to finance and operations.


Financial Management:

  • Oversee the financial & admin management for the project, which includes oversight of finance & accounting, procurement & logistics, grants, construction, human resources, and inventory management.
  • Prepare financial reports for submission to the donor,
  • Manage the donor drawdowns ensuring that cash being requested & received from the donor is spent in a timely manner.
  • Lead the program annual budget development & amendment process that includes working closely with technical and operations teams to develop an annual work plan, life-of-project budget and an activity plan budget.
  • Manage MSH business systems effectively ensuring timely closure of the accounts and subsequent timely dissemination of monthly financial budgets vs actuals reports to budget holders.
  • Responsible for coordination of contract/award management activities.

Compliance and Risk Management:

  • Ensure that strong internal control systems are in place, and that all staff in country understand MSH’s Code of Conduct and MSH’s Zero Tolerance practice.

Operations & Administration:

  • Support the Project Director in the management of projects, aligning staff, systems, and other resources with the annual work plan and budget to provide timely, cost effective, responsive, and high-quality operations and administrative support within local laws and available resources, and in an environment with adequate internal controls, adhering to contracts regulations, MSH Policies, and standard operating procedures.


The ideal candidate should have a post-graduate degree in Business Administration, Finance, Commerce, or a related field is required. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification will be an added advantage. S/he should have a minimum of eight (8) years of related experience is required, 12 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.

In addition, the candidate should have demonstrable experience and knowledge in managing finance and compliance aspects of a mid-large CDC, PEPFAR, or other USG-funded activity. Strong understanding and experience with USG acquisition and assistance instruments, policies and procedures, and requirements.

S/he should have extensive knowledge of business financial systems i.e. peoplesoft, navigator, quickbooks, cost point, SAP, Agresso financials etc. The candidate should have strong oral and written communication skills in Swahili and English with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, and physical or mental handicap. For further details and to apply for this position, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website at www.Jobs-msh.icims.com by December 14,2018. If you cannot

apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to [email protected]

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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