Job Title: Accountant II
Job Location: Abuja
Management Sciences for Health
The Accountant is responsible for assisting the Senior Accountant with safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately the Global Fund or other donor against fraud, loss or misuse. The Accountant 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 Accountant is aware of and adheres to MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.Specific Responsibilities:
- 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
- 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.
- Other tasks as requested by supervisor.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Minimum of University Degree or HND in Accounting
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in accounting
- Knowledge of Donor funded programs, regulations and requirements
- Experience or understanding of key aspects of accounting.
- 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, 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)
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to work independently, prioritizes tasks, and meets deadlines
- Ability to work in a team with extensive knowledge and experience with U.S. government projects.
- Understanding of the tenets of cash control and asset management, and must be able to complete timely and accurate account reconciliations
- Ability to follow MSH and donor policies and procedures for procurement and documentation, and ensure adequate accounting documentation for a proper audit trail
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