The Accountant II is responsible for assisting the Senior Accountant / 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 Finance Associate 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 Finance Associate is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.
Minimum of University Degree or HND in Accounting
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in accounting
Knowledge of US Government funded programs, regulations and requirements
Experience or understanding of key aspects of accounting. Experience with U.S. government projects helpful, but not mandatory
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel spreadsheets
Experience in the use of accounting software (QuickBooks preferred)
Understanding of the basic tenets of Cash Control, Asset Management and Bank Reconciliation
Demonstrate good judgment and sound financial "common sense"
Verbal and written language skills in English required including speaking, writing, understanding, and reading and the ability to conduct business in English
Excellent communication skills
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with a service-oriented outlook
Advanced reporting skills
Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Excel spreadsheets, word processing, and electronic mail along with data entry experience)
Qualifications and Experience
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 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 and filing 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.
Ensure that systems are in place in country to ensure that operations are managed and staff act in full compliance with local laws, adhere to contract / award and donor requirements, and comply with MSH policies and standard operating procedures.
Systems are in place to :
Ensure that appropriate staff members are aware of and understand laws, contract / award and donor requirements, and MSH policies and procedures
Monitor and ensure compliance.
The responsibilities and duties are indicative only. The responsibilities and duties are subject to change to meet the needs of the project, the organization and the donor
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.