Senior Accountant at Management Sciences For Health – MSH

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 policymakers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, nongovernmental 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.Job ID: 13-10955
Grade: I
Group / Office: PDG (Program Delivery Group)
Dept. / Unit: PDGGEN – Program Delivery Group
Project / Program: A559 – Nigeria GF Malaria
Reports To: Finance and Admin. Manager


The Senior Accountant is responsible for assisting the Finance Manager with safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately Global Fund against fraud, loss or misuse.
S/He 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 Senior Accountant is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.

Specific Responsibilities

Prepare payment vouchers.
Properly code all transactions.
Payment of expenses, including per diem and transport to participants during activities in the field.
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)
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
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.
Ensure accuracy of reviews and postings made by supervisees for all vendor invoices, participant payments, staff advances and retirements on a daily basis.
Other tasks as requested by supervisor

Qualifications and Experience

University Degree in Accounting or equivalent certification from a Business Technical School. Master’s Degree in accounting or Business will be an added advantage
Minimum of 6 years’ experience as an Accountant
Understanding of key aspects of accounting
Experience with Global Fund and 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 audit, and performance necessary to ensure audit compliance.
Written and verbal proficiency in English including business terminology
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
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally
Ability to plan, balance and cope with competing priorities
Ability to manage teams, initiate and organize work
Ability to establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines

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