Senior Accountant I

August 4, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

The 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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title:  Senior Accountant I
Requisition ID: R2221
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full Time

The Senior Accountant I is responsible for assisting the Director of Finance and Administration with safeguarding the assets (financial and physical) of MSH and ultimately Global Fund against fraud, loss, or misuse.
S/He 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 Senior Accountant I is aware of, and adheres to, MSH’s procurement integrity standards in all activities.


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 file.
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.
Assisting with audit preparations and providing documentation for audit.
Coordinating month-end closing activities for MSH and Donor.
Managing the accounting and accounts payable staff.
Ensuring the completeness of monthly General Ledger recording (inter-company transactions, bi-weekly payroll, gross sales, and related gross-to-net deductions)
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 the supervisor. • Preparing for annual tax filing and staff tax clearance certificates
Preparation 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 the country minimize MSH’s cash exposure.
Ensure that entries are entered into the 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 accuracy of reviews and postings made by supervisees for all vendor invoices, participant payments, staff advances, and retirements on a daily basis.
Assist in preparing the donor’s monthly report.
Review all payment vouchers and validate accuracy on the bank platform.
Other tasks as requested by supervisor.


University Degree in Accounting or equivalent certification from a Business Technical School. A Master’s Degree in Accounting or Business will be an added advantage.
Minimum of 7 years experience as an Accountant
Understanding of key aspects of accounting
Experience with the Global Fund and U.S. government projects
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel spreadsheets, or comparable software
Ability to use basic accounting software (i.e. QuickBooks)
Demonstrate good judgment and sound financial "common sense"
Ability to create and monitor budgets. Understanding of the basic tenets of Cash Control, Asset Management, and Bank Reconciliation
Understanding of principles of adequate documentation and of audit, and performance are necessary to ensure audit compliance.
Written and verbal proficiency in English including business terminology
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel spreadsheets, or comparable software.
Strong written and oral presentation skills in English
A creative and proactive approach to all areas of work with a ‘can do’ attitude, in line with the MSH’s values
Strong team working orientation with a flexible and adaptable approach to work demands across the whole organization
Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
Collaboration Skills
Financial Management
Good ethical conduct
Monitoring/assessing performance to make improvements or take corrective action
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally
Ability to plan, balance and cope with competing priorities
Good written and verbal communication skills
Ability to manage teams, initiate and organize work
Ability to establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status.

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