United States of America: Financial Analyst, East Africa

Organization: Population Services International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 16 Feb 2017

Financial Analyst

East Africa (EA)

Based in Washington DC

Up to 20% international travel

Reports to the Financial Manager

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a motley group of entrepreneurs and professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds all the way from the medical industry to the music business, all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

Though contested by other departments, the EA team is clearly the best at PSI. EA is known as the innovation lab, a place where exciting new ideas in global health are tested. Currently, we have programs operating in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

We are looking for a Financial Analyst to help us provide support to PSI’s social marketing programs in the East Africa region. We are looking for someone with finance acumen and strong business and analytical abilities (especially with numbers) and the belief that “the devil is in details”.

The Financial Analyst plays a critical role in supporting the regional support team and is responsible for providing financial services for domestic and overseas program staff on all accounting and finance issues. This position will be based in Washington, DC and requires approximately 20% overseas travel to countries in the region.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

Reporting & Analysis:

Monitor Surplus/Deficit, Program Income, and Overhead at program levels

Monitor countries programs performance against annual operating and donor budgets

Provide assistance to the Financial Manager in developing program and regional roll up of annual operating, including program and regional analysis

Provide assistance in donor proposal budget development through cost and pricing analysis and trend analysis of historical expenses. This would mainly be at a program level, but may also require regional and corporate level analysis

Becoming Better Businesses

You will support our country platforms to become better businesses by assisting in them to think and act like businesses including helping them to understand their operating costs. All of this with the goal of making our platforms more sustainable.


You will help us monitor our Accounts Receivables to ensure we are getting paid! You will also review all donor invoices, coordinate responses to donor questions regarding PSI financial reports and coordinate the review of Accounts Payable transactions.

Field Financial Information:

Monitor the suspense balance at a program and project level. In tandem with Accounting Department, coordinate with country programs to ensure project related suspense items are corrected in timely manner

Manage the Operating Advance Request (OAR) process


Serve as main liaison on financial issues between Regional Department, Accounting Department and field offices

Capacity Building:

Assist with capacity building and addressing country-specific needs through assessments, development of tools and short term technical assistance visits


Assist country programs with their country program audits requests (donor, project, inventory, external audits) as requested. This could include running reports for the country program, coordinating the request with the appropriate resource in DC and providing additional financial analysis

Support the country program and coordinate PSI resources to address audit recommendations (GIA, external, donor, etc) as requested

Our needs

Education: Master’s degree in Finance (MBA, MIA, etc.) strongly preferred; however, equivalent experience may suffice

Experience: At least three year professional work experience

Details: You pay attention to them and focus on quality and consistency

Analytical: You have strong analytical and problem solving skills. You are a master at working with spreasheets

Language: You are highly proficient in English, French would be a plus

Organization: Proactivity and Multitasking! You do not wait to be told what to do and are able to prioritize

Communication: You have an interactive nature and have excellent interpersonal and communications skills. You feel comfortable speaking up when you have something important to say and have the ability to effectively interact with individuals with varying degrees of financial knowledge

Icing on the cake: You have experience working in developing countries; experience in auditing, financial training, and financial oversight of foreign entities; experience with Lawson

References will be required. Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position


  • Exempt
  • Level 7

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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