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Chief Financial Officer At EHealth Systems Africa

Date Posted: 18/Feb/2014
Deadline: 28/Feb/2014

Job description

Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

Department: Finance
Program: Finance
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Kano HQ, Nigeria 
Job Duration: Full-time
Status: Exempt

Summary: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will design and manage a high performing Finance Department. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and serving as an integral member of the Executive Team, the CFO will be responsible for financial planning and management for eHealth Systems Africa Ltd., a $20M, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-government organization (NGO). The CFO is integrally involved with all aspects of fiscal policies and collaborates with fellow Executive Team members in a variety of areas – all focused on maintaining a financially healthy and efficient organization. The CFO has strategic and operational responsibility for accounting, revenue cycle, investment management, payroll, purchasing, and facilities. The CFO will support Board committees of eHealth Systems Africa Ltd.

The CFO is a financial professional with a collaborative leadership style and a strong capacity for strategic and business thinking. This leader is able to manage effectively in a complex organization in a growing health care management and information systems and services environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

Financial Planning and Management 

  • Designs and ensures maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Designs functional and programmatic responsibilities of finance team.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial statements and reports and provides project analysis for management and Board/Committees in areas including income and expenses, cash management, accounts receivable, restricted and unrestricted assets, and investments.
  • Partners with affiliated NGO’s, state and government officials and department management to support financial goals and projects and help pinpoint potential weaknesses or challenges.
  • Works in collaboration with the ED to secure and negotiate favorable terms for contracts with partners, world health organizations, insurers, managed care organizations, and other relevant third party reimbursers. 
  • Works in collaboration with the ED on grant development and is responsible for reporting to partners.
  • Identifies and improves payment opportunities to maximize receivables.
  • Oversees the payroll function to ensure accurate processing of the employee payroll; payment and filing of all government taxes; and compliance with all applicable laws.
  • Oversees centralized purchasing of inventory, supplies and capital projects.

Fiscal Policies, Compliance and Audits

  • Develops, updates, and oversees implementation of all finance policies, including ones relating to accounting, receivables, purchasing, internal controls, cash management and related functions.
  • Adheres to laws and regulations that affect eHealth Africa funding and operations.
  • Assures that fiscal management is in compliance with accounting standards (IFRS and/or GAAP), government funding requirements, reporting regulations, and regulatory filings.
  • Arranges for and ensures completion of independent annual audit, non-profit tax and other periodic audits.

Budget Management 

  • Working with the Executive Team, oversees planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of the eHealth Africa operating and capital budgets.
  • Oversees departmental and monthly approval and processing of revenue and expenditures, cash flow and capital purchases.

Other Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • May travel between company worksites.
  • Presents a professional demeanor at all times. Approaches others in a tactful manner. 
  • Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Follows through on commitments.
  • Is consistently at work and on time.
  • Participates in and promotes a positive, supportive, cooperative team environment.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, training classes and supervision.
  • Adheres to Policies and Procedures.
  • Adheres to eHealth Africa Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organisation's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Supervises Finance Department staff.

Desired Skills and Experience

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform this job.


  • MBA or Master’s degree from college or university in Finance or Accounting (Commerce). Significant and advanced financial management and accounting experience may substitute for the Master’s degree.
  • Minimum of 10-15 years relevant finance, accounting and supervisory experience, five of which must be at the management level.
  • Non-profit finance experience preferred.
  • Strong financial management expertise, including financial planning and modeling and risk management.
  • Ability to effectively present information to employees, management and Board.
  • Working knowledge of IFRS and/or GAAP accounting standards and experience with A-133 audits desired.
  • Ability to work with internal customers to determine financial data needs
  • Ability to effectively participate in team management structure and to lead a team approach to achieving financial goals.
  • Ability to apply skills and critical thinking to contribute to the success of organizational priorities that may lie outside of the normal accounting function.
  • Ability to think conceptually and deal decisively with practical matters.
  • Ability to motivate, coach, and develop staff.
  • Self-motivated, organized, dependable, and discrete.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Excel required and experience with QuickBooks preferred. 

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent

Computer Skills

  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency working within specialized software utilized in program

Language Ability

  • English is the spoken and written language.
  • Ability to read, analyse, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or government regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees and the general public.

Math Ability

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.


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