Finance Assistant at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Job Description


Médecins sans frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. It was founded in France in response to the Biafran War. The organization is known in most of the world by its localized name or simply as MSF; in Canada and the United States the name Doctors Without Borders is commonly used. In 2015 over 30,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 70 countries. These doctors and nurses decided to volunteer their time to solve issues of world health. Private donors provide about 90% of the organization’s funding, while corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$750 million.

MSF Eastern Africa 

MSF Eastern Africa is the regional institutional office for MSF in East Africa. The office focuses on representation and networking, including with humanitarian organisations and authorities, recruiting and supporting staff from the region, communications and fundraising, as well as on other dossiers of importance to MSF such as Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI), mutualization, trainings, medical operational support and environmental health.< /p>

General objective of the position:

The position of the finance assistant is meant to facilitate the smooth running of MSF activities and support the accounting manager in specific tasks/duties of MSF Eastern Africa.

This position will support the Finance unit during the period of transition/changeover for the SAP-Finance project which starts in 2021, the new system to be fully implemented on January 2022 and thereafter.

Overall responsibilities

Follow MSF EAS standards rules and procedure in finance.

To assist the Finance manager in daily finance and accountancy related tasks.

To keep confidential all information, records and documents that come in his/her possession.

Tasks and responsibilities
Book keeping

Control all supplier invoices (quality and accuracy). Checking procurement procedures are followed (requisition forms, quotations, purchase orders and invoices systematically signed by authorized persons) and following up with the responsible staff on additional information required.

Specifically control phone and taxi invoice, check compliance with policies in force, liase with staff for information required and report to Accounting Manager for further action.

Recording, preparation and revision of cash/bank journals in Integrated accounting Software

Ensure proper physical presentation of receipts on heading paper and description filing.

Ensure numbers generated by Integrated accounting Software are recorded on hardcopies

Filing and archiving accounting documents.

Do photocopying and scanning of financial documents and attaching them to the movement in the integrated accounting software

Help in retrieving the documents when required and during the financial audit.

Assist in filing the same after the audit.


Carry out payments from the petty cash box, Mpesa and Bank and recording of the same.

Upload bank payments.

Monthly closure

Verification and reconciliation of physical documents and input on SAP.

Undertake accounting records for bank information in SAP and monthly bank reconciliations.

Account Payable/ Receivables

Assist in the reconciliation of payments to external parties, in collaboration with the staff responsible for various issues (vendors/suppliers – IT manager, Admin assistant, Operations assistant, Driver/purchaser).

Clearing of accounts payables / receivables during monthly closures.

Recording of VAT in the Ledger, filling for exemption and tracking the same with RPO, issuing letters/follow up with suppliers for refunds.

Asset Recording and tracking.

Asset tracking from delivery to issue.

Record movement into the ERP

Close collaboration with ICT manager for movements.


Assist with project’s initiated by the department.

Assist with any other task assigned to her/him. This job description describes main tasks but is not exhaustive, other tasks may be assigned within the scope of the position.

Education and Experience

Desired: Relevant Degree in Finance/accounting from a recognized university and/or (minimum) accounting qualification – CPA II

Minimum of 2 years’ experience in accounting/finance/audit, preferable with INGO experience. Experience with MSF will be an added advantage.

Adequate working experience with SAP (preferred), or any other accounting software (Quickbooks/SAGE/Other).

Knowledgeable of and interested in the international humanitarian context

Good Excel knowledge.


Commitment to MSF’s Principles


Stress Management

Cross-cultural Awareness

Analytical Thinking

Results and Quality Orientation

Service Orientation

Planning and Organising

Teamwork and Cooperation

Initiative and Innovation

Working Conditions

Position based in Eastern Africa Section (EAS) office

Full time job.

Duration of contract: 12 months.

Annual gross salary of KES 1,937,672 divided into twelve monthly payments + Secondary benefits based on EAS Reward Policy.

Starting date: ASAP.