Director of Finance & Operations At MSH


Director of Finance & Operations


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Director, Finance and Operations for a potential 5-year US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded, Sustained Health Systems Strengthening (SHSS) Project in Tanzania. This project will provide technical assistance (TA) to the Government of Tanzania (GOT) in the form of capacity building of Public Health Institutions (PHIs) to implement and sustain quality health services, focusing on improving information systems, human resources capacity, financial management, and data use and integration, as part of achieving HIV epidemic control.

The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) has the primary responsibility for 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 DFO is part of the project leadership team and will provide high-level finance & operations management including grant/contract management support. The DFO 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. The DFO 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.

This position is subject to project award and funding, and is limited to Tanzania nationals.

Specific Responsibilities

Financial Management

  • Oversee the financial & admin management for the project. This includes oversight of finance & accounting, procurement & logistics, grants, construction, human resources, and inventory management.
  • Be responsible for preparing 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.
  • Ensure timely submission of administrative and financial reports to the team leader and corporate operations office as required.
  • 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. The DFO will ensure a process of controls where all necessary costs are included accurately and completely, and that these costs are reasonable and allowable.
  • 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. The DFO will prepare regular exception reports, identify gaps and ensure timely disclosure of potential risks for management action.
  • Be responsible for coordination of contract/award management activities. Work with program staff, home office and partners to draft, manage and monitor implementation of contracts. Provide routine progress reports to program management team.
  • Ensure that key program personnel are aware of budgetary resources and are able to monitor their budgets effectively.
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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.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to ensure that operations are managed and that staff act in full compliance with local laws, comply with the terms and conditions of contract/award and donor requirements, local law, 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 compliance with appropriate segregation of duty in all procurement and payment activities from initiation to final payment and documentation.
  • Assist the Project Director to conduct regular and thorough operational risk assessments in country, and to monitor success of risk mitigation and risk control activities.
  • Coordinate execution of financial reviews or audits, and ensure timely follow up to review or audit conclusions and recommendations in close collaboration with the project team.

Operations & Administration:

  • Collaborate with the Project Director to (a) ensure that project activities and management operations are implemented as per MSH Mission, values, and policies, and standard operating procedures, and local laws and regulations, and (b) to safeguard MSH’s reputation – Financial, Contractual and political integrity.
  • 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.
  • Provide administrative supervision to the project specific support staff and is accountable for their performance management (including regular results, check-ins, formal appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and carrier development support).
  • Ensure appropriate segregation of duty in all procurement and payment activities from initiation to final payment and documentation within all MSH offices in country.
  • Manage purchase of commercial goods and services in accordance with the delegation from the Corporate Contract Office in HQ. This may include purchase order approvals.
  • Assess staff capacity and determine needs for staff capacity building and development to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the teams in country, including in satellite offices
  • Work with the Project Director to ensure that human resource functions are coordinated with the Human Resources Partner/Manager and US MSH Human Resources Management office.
  • Manage MSH offices and facilities, including lease negotiations and property insurance, where required.
  • Manage general office services, including cleaning and maintenance.
  • Manage Information Services.
  • Oversee property and asset management, including maintaining inventories and asset registers.
  • Oversee obtainment of local insurance as required, inspection, registration and operations for all MSH vehicles in country.
  • Oversee dispatching and scheduling of shared MSH vehicles and drivers or commercial transportation.
  • Monitor local security risks and maintain an emergency and security plan, including emergency preparedness and strategies for maintaining operations.
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Qualifications and Experience

  1. A postgraduate degree in Business Administration, Finance, Commerce, or a related field is required. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification will be an added advantage.
  2. A minimum of 8 years of related experience is required, 12 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.
  3. Demonstrated experience and knowledge in managing finance and compliance aspects of a mid-large CDC, PEPFAR, or other USG-funded activity.
  4. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills in Swahili and English.
  5. Extensive knowledge of business financial systems i.e. PeopleSoft, navigator, QuickBooks, cost point, SAP, Agresso financials etc.
  6. Strong understanding and experience with USG acquisition and assistance instruments, policies and procedures, and requirements.
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
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Candidates should note the possibility of relocation to Dodoma within 1-2 years of project implementation, depending on donor and MOH requirements.   

Background Information

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.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

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