Senior Accountant US Non-profit Jobs – Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Job Title:    Senior Accountant

Organisation: Management
Sciences for Health (MSH)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: Director
Finance and Operations

About US:

Management Sciences
for Health (MSH) is 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.

Job Summary:  The MTaPS Senior Accountant in collaboration
with Country Project Director, Director Finance and Administration ,Regional
Finance & Administration Director and focal US-based MTaPS Finance team
will participate in preparation of reports for donor agencies as required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • S/he will provide hands on support in budget management, financial
    analysis, accounting, operational and management support for MTaPS, under
    the supervision of the Director Finance and Operations in the country and
    Regional Finance and Administration Director. S/he develops routine and ad
    hoc reports, budget updates for different technical activities to ensure
    the regular flow of accurate and relevant financial information for
    enhanced project management and planning. This position will prepare and
    enter in accounting transactions, prepare payroll and make vendor
  • S/he will provide hands on support on all financial operations of
    MTaPS in country. S/he ensures that MTaPS project in country operates as a
    cohesive, neutral, functional unit that provides high-quality, responsive,
    timely and cost effective services within the framework of local laws, MSH
    policies and standard operating procedures, and donor requirements. S/he
    is a member of the Project management team and is expected to play an
    active role in assisting the Country Project Director and Director Finance
    and Administration develop a strong and strategic country presence, as
  • S/he will assist in safeguarding the assets (financial and physical)
    of MSH and ultimately the U.S. Government or other donor against fraud,
    loss or misuse. This position 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. S/he is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement
    integrity standards in all activities.
  • This position has primary responsibility for ensuring that MSH
    operations in country are functioning efficiently and effectively, and
    aligned to support attainment of project results, donor regulations and
    client expectations and MSH policies.
  • Work closely with Director Finance and Administration, will assist
    and oversees core systems by implementing and proactively engaging,
    coordinating and working with the following HO colleagues: human resource
    management in conjunction with the HO Human Resources Manager, financial
    budgeting and budget management with MTaPS Director of Finance and
    Operations, and the MTaPS Finance Manager, general management and
    operations with the HO Senior Manager and HO Senior/Project Officer field
    accounting and cash management in conjunction with MSH’s regional office;
    payment of payroll; management of local contract, consultant and vendor
    agreements; procurement and purchasing with HO Procurement; travel, fleet
    management and logistics; security; and facilities and communication
  • S/he will participate in preparation of payroll information. The
    Senior Accountant is aware of and adheres to the MSH Procurement Integrity
    policy and is responsible for safeguarding the assets (financial and
    physical) of MSH and ultimately USAID against fraud, loss, or misuse.
  • S/he will partner with Project Director, Director Finance &
    Administration, Regional F&A Director and US MTaPS HQ team to lead and
    conduct the annual work planning process. S/he help ensure that the work
    plan activities are feasible, and that all activities and costs comply
    with MSH’s and donor policy. S/he will assist in revising work plan budget
    when warranted and will work with MTaPS HQ teams throughout these
    processes to ensure a seamless flow of information.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
    Senior Accountant job should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    Accounting or Business Management or ACCA/CPA Uganda in similar field for
    six years of relevant work experience OR a Master’s degree in Business
    Administration, Accounting, and a similar field and 4 years of relevant
    work experience.
  • Advanced spreadsheet skills required. Familiarity with accounting or
    business information systems software strongly preferred. Database skills
    desired. (Microsoft Office applications preferred).
  • Experience in office management preferred.
  • Experience in working with USAID funded projects required and
    knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Work experience with projects supported by international
  • Ability to create and monitor budgets. Understanding of the basic
    tenets of Cash Control, Asset Management, and Bank Reconciliation.
  • At least four years’ experience as a Senior Accountant
  • Understanding of key aspects of accounting
  • Experience creating and analyzing journal entries.
  • Ability to use basic accounting software i.e. Quickbooks Online
  • Strong leadership, mentoring, management, analytical and
    organizational skills demonstrated by ability to work both independently
    and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities
    with attention to detail.
  • Understanding of the principles of adequate documentation and of
    audit, and of the procedures necessary to ensure audit compliance.
  • English fluency required (including speaking, writing,
    understanding, and reading and the ability to work with vendors, staff and
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Expert skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks or similar
    accounting packaging, comfortable in a Windows PC environment.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural team and willingness to travel.

Core Competences:

  • To continue process innovation, must be determined, self-motivated,
    and with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Group facilitation
  • Capable of managing work with shifting priorities
  • Able to manage and coordinate a variety of activities simultaneously
  • Can work in a team-oriented environment while driving for results
  • Perform logical analysis
  • Creative problem solving
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Process oriented

How to Apply:

All candidates who
wish to join Management Sciences for Health in the aforementioned capacity
should apply online at the link below.


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