United States of America: Portfolio Finance Officer

Organization: Management Sciences for Health
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 28 Nov 2016

The Finance Officer provides technical support and builds staff capacity globally to deliver high quality, effective, and efficient Financial Planning and Analysis services (“FP&A”) for MSH projects. S/he supports the implementation of service level agreement for FP&A services.

Specific Responsibilities

Support country offices to deliver timely and high-quality budgets, financial reports and financial analyses (35%)

As needed by country teams:

  • Review and approve budgets, pipelines and workplans, including Performance Monitoring Plans. Perform integrity, math, and compliance checks
  • Ensure needed data and reports are available to appropriate staff in country
  • Review and approve financial reports for internal and/or external audiences and before submission to customer.
  • Provide support in financial analysis activities
  • Backfill finance manager capacity in country offices with short and long-term gaps in skillset
  • Support country teams to respond to audit queries

Develop, train and build Country Offices’ Finance Managers (“FM”) capacity (35%)

  • Actively participate in onboarding and capacity building of Financial Manager in country office
  • Assist country offices’ financial managers to troubleshoot and respond to donor and project management queries as needed.

Support corporate monitoring and oversight activities (25%)

  • Test and ensures that created standards, job-aids and other tools for promoting sound financial management practices are complete to meet needs of country offices financial managers
  • Monitors projects and countries financial performance and compliance with MSH standards
  • Orient and train Atlas portfolio finance analysts

Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • Includes participation in corporate workplan activities and various Atlas activities and initiatives


Required Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Preferred Education

  • Master’s degree in a related field preferred

Required Minimum Experience

  • At least 6 years’ experience in international project financial management or related experience is required.
  • Experience with aspects of federal cost reimbursement practices, such as the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) and USAID regulations desirable.
  • Prior work experience with non-USG, foundations and other donors also desirable.
  • Experience building capacity/ training diverse groups both in a classroom and online highly desirable
  • Experience with complex financial planning and analysis required
  • Experience with collaboration tools like Google Docs desirable

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong software skills including extensive experience with database, spreadsheet, word processing tools and other applications.
  • Familiarity with accounting software, particularly QuickBooks, Serenic Navigator and/or Microsoft Navision highly desirable.
  • Skilled at working in a culturally diverse environment.


  • Manage work with shifting priorities.
  • Manage and coordinate a variety of activities simultaneously.
  • Work in a team-oriented environment while driving for results.
  • Creative problem solving.
  • Fluent English required; working knowledge of French and or Spanish is desirable.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Teaching or training delivery.
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to travel internationally as needed (up to 30% time).
  • Office environment including keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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