Director, Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)

Boston or DC | Washington D.C

Lead the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) function and FP&A discipline worldwide. Sets the vision for the FP&A department and provide strategic leadership to provide high quality financial management services to all donor-funded projects and organizational activities worldwide.

Specific Responsibilities

Ensure projects worldwide receive timely and high-quality support in financial management (40%)

  • FP&A Service Level Agreement is successfully implemented in all MSH country offices and MSH Groups and Offices to ensure successful project implementation
  • Effective collaboration between Atlas FP&A unit and US project teams, Cost Proposal Unit, and Operations Support Teams to support country offices’ work
  • Atlas FP&A unit is team-oriented and trusted throughout the organization
  • Develop performance indicators and continuously monitor

  • Financial risks in countries and projects,

  • Compliance with financial reporting requirements,

  • FP&A team performance,

  • Lead staffing strategy for FP&A staff worldwide to ensure that all budget holders at MSH receive the best value for money for financial support services.

Provide oversight and financial technical leadership for corporate finance and strategic business development activities (30%)

  • Ensure that the organizational-level budget and forecasts are developed in line with multi-year strategic and work plans to include capital planning and all its revisions are compiled, analyzed and calculated in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Develop and oversee the application of economic and performance drivers to support high-level planning scenarios.
  • With the Financial Analyst, oversee Corporate-level tracking of overall actual income and expenses against budgets to ensure that the maximum amount of money goes to the organization's programs, an optimal amount is spent on overhead, and the funds are spent in an efficient and prudent manner in all areas.
  • Manage completion of all aspects of the organization's budget and operations plans, including all monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting, including financial reports to the board of directors and its committees as needed. Consolidate the budget cycle presentation for the Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
  • Perform various special planning and financial analysis projects requested by leadership and senior management,
  • Other corporate duties include but are not limited to NICRA submissions; assist in the management of MSH’s corporate insurance portfolio.

Ensure that appropriate standards, job aids and training are deployed for efficient and effective FP&A activities worldwide (15%)

  • Help to identify gaps in financial management resources (i.e. tools, templates, and training materials) that are needed to ensure effective financial management at all levels and contributes to improving and/or developing resources to fill such gaps.
  • Ensure that appropriate resources are dedicated to creating appropriate and timely documentation and training.

Success factors:

  • Financial managers worldwide understand their roles and responsibilities
  • Financial managers worldwide grow their skills and competencies yearly based on a standard assessment scale.
  • On-boarding and ongoing capacity building documents and activities for financial managers and project managers worldwide are efficient and effective

Corporate work planning and budgeting (15%)

  • Lead the coordination of MSH's strategic and operational planning processes – ensures systems are in place to support achieving the goals and aligning budgets accordingly. Prepare appropriate and accurate financial reporting to the MSH Board of Directors, management team, centers/offices directors, and to all MSH Staff responsible for Center/ Office work plans or budgets.
  • Manages the Annual Budget Process & Forecasts: With assistance from the Finance Managers, guides budget holders through the annual budget process and forecasts. Analyzes and summarizes all projections and requests. Develops budget targets for recommendation to CFO and Leadership Team (LT). Reviews plans to ensure appropriate budgeting and forecasting, including organization’s capital budget. Develops budget templates to ensure consistent consolidation of budgetary information and analysis.
  • Prepares, analyzes and presents planning and budget information to the LT and Board of Directors as needed. Delivers high-quality scenario planning and multi-year presentation of financial plans. Uses sophisticated models and economic indicators to inform the decisions on allocation of resources and priorities for investment. Prepares presentations to various levels and audiences with regard to plans and budgets.
  • Provide technical expertise for the organization's various overhead recovery mechanisms, specifically the NICRA calculation and other direct cost allocation methods, as a year-end close process, and over the course of the year. Lead efforts to evaluate changes in methodology and recovery strategies as business model changes. Develops models to demonstrate "what if" scenarios in business model planning and organizational change management. Coordinates changes in pools and allocations with the other stakeholders in the department. Consolidate, analyze and prepare various presentations of MSH’s annual indirect cost budget by coordinating labor projections for all US Payroll and Local Professional staff based overseas and non-labor indirect budgets for MSH Centers/Offices. With Accounting, develop and maintain charge back and other internal pricing mechanisms.
  • With the Project Manager and CFO, plan and direct the management and coordination of annual corporate work planning activities with all corporate departments. Provide direction, guidance and training to MSH staff and Centers/Offices in the work planning process and corporate budgeting process in compliance with corporate policies.
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of a corporate financial data structure, including an overhead coding structure that enables performance tracking and to enable a direct link between work planning data and actual expenses.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 8 years’ experience with project financial management including managerial role, and including significant international activities.
  • Experience with corporate finance analyses and modelling.
  • Experience leading diverse groups.


  • Experience with aspects of federal cost reimbursement practices, such as the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) and USAID regulations.
  • Prior work experience with non-USG, foundations and other donors.
  • Experience building capacity and leading professional development programs.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with program, finance and operations staff as well as leadership and senior management toward the achievement of project and organization objectives.
  • Strong software skills including extensive experience with spreadsheet, word processing tools and other applications required. Familiarity with accounting software, particularly QuickBooks, Serenic Navigator and/or Microsoft Navision highly desirable.
  • Skilled at working in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Fluent English required; working knowledge of French and or Spanish is desirable.


  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to lead teams, to support and train a diverse and dispersed cadre of staff, and to maintain a high quality standard of work within a dynamic environment.
  • Direct and motivate staff to drive for results.
  • Assess and develop staff.
  • Prioritize and distribute workload, to train and transfer knowledge.
  • Build effective teams and promote a customer focus.
  • Solve problems creatively and foster innovative thinking.
  • Communicate with impact including high-level presentation skills.
  • Interpersonal savvy and organizational agility.
  • Work with integrity and trust.
  • Manage a function through influence as well as direction.
  • Influence fact based decision-making.
  • Manage work with shifting priorities.
  • Work in a team-oriented environment while driving for results.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to travel internationally as needed (up to 15% time).
  • Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, Lifting papers <10lbs., ETC.

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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  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Boston or DC | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
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    • Management, Administration and Finance
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    • Urban Development, planning and design
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  • Closing Date: 2016-11-30

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