Director, Finance And Operations in Abuja, Nigeria

Financial Services
Minimum Qualification
Master's Degree
Required Experience
10 - 15 years
Employment Type
Male or Female
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Job Description

  • As a member of the project’s senior management team, participate in all meetings with USAID, host government, local partners, and other organizations as needed as well as internal joint operations and shared program discussions.
  • Coordinate with the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU) unit to ensure that the project’s operational needs (including finance, accounting, HR, IT, and procurement functions) are met. Ensure coordination and integration with other existing MSH country projects, systems, and processes.
  • With the Chief of Party, lead the preparation and management of country project budgets and pipeline expenditures. Manage monitoring, analysis and reporting of actual and accrued expenditures against project budgets for accurate project pipelines, estimates of upcoming cash needs and overall efficient and effective financial management of the project.
  • Exercise independent discretion and judgment in continually exploring opportunities for cost-cutting, cost-sharing and rational use of the project’s resources, and advise the Chief of Party accordingly.
  • Manage cash flow, including funds transfers from MSH Home Office, local currency exchange, and petty cash. Obtain authorization for and pay local costs. Reconcile the project’s bank accounts and field advance accounts each month.
  • Assure that all project financial transactions are recorded into an approved MSH Field Expense Accounting System, and submit timely reports each month. Verify documentation of all field financial transactions.
  • Review all paid invoices, verifying agreement with supporting documentation, including price quotes, purchase orders and shipping receipts.
  • Apply internal systems for obtaining purchase approvals and use of assets ensuring the adequate application of internal controls.
  • In conjunction with the Chief of Party, oversee project hiring and HR-related functions for the project in coordination with the COMU.
  • Maintain project’s current standing with all mandated tax and registrations, including submission of payments and required reports.
  • Review all approved payments for the project’s local vendors, contractors and consultants for goods and services received, in accordance with the laws and regulations of Nigeria, and MSH and USAID regulations.
  • Prepare country activity travel advances and process travel claims (TEFs) and work with program staff to resolve accounting related issues.
  • Ensure that project staff receive logistics support in booking staff and consultants travel and accommodations, and in processing required authorizations.



  1. Master’s level degree or equivalent of 10-12 years of experience in financial management, with a minimum of 5 years direct international work experience in developing countries with senior-level responsibility for operations and finance managing awards of similar size. 
  1. Proven expertise in finance, accounting and auditing, including automated financial systems.
  2. Proven expertise in financial planning and budgeting.
  3. Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to function effectively with donors and multiple host-country counterparts (public and private sector).
  4. Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Excel spreadsheets, word processing, and electronic mail), and proficiency in Quickbooks.
  5. Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
  6. Successful experience in sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  7. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and negotiation skills.
  8. Excellent written communication in English is required.


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