(Accountants, Finance, Investment business)

Responsibilities

As a financial coordinator working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you can help ensure access to lifesaving healthcare for people in need.

Our financial coordinators:

  • oversee finances for all our projects in a country
  • supervise and train staff
  • set policy

Responsibilities include budget control and financing, project planning, managing international and locally-hired staff, financial and salary administration, financial report writing and the development of local administrative procedures. As part of the country management team, financial coordinators represent Doctors Without Borders and cooperate with other non-governmental organizations and national authorities on relevant issues.

Role requirements

  • education in finance and administration (accounting an asset)
  • minimum two years relevant post-qualification work experience
  • experience in financial administration (accounting and reporting) or financial management (planning and budget control)
  • experience with administrative organization
  • familiarity with human resources management policies and principles
  • proven ability to work as part of a senior management team, including project planning responsibilities
  • available to work nine to 12 months
  • experience supervising, training and managing others
  • strong command of English
  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada

Desirable experience and other skills

  • knowledge of financial guidelines of major national and international funding institutions for budgeting and reporting
  • ability to understand and function indifferent legal environments
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office and various accounting software
  • knowledge of other languages, especially French and Arabic
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and openness to work in different countries

before you apply

SECURITY AND SAFETY

Because Doctors Without Borders' purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. Doctors Without Borders acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.

Please watch this video for information on how MSF manages security.

Field workers will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential mission before accepting a particular posting. Working for Doctors Without Borders is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the mission, all Doctors Without Borders staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.

stories from the field

What is it like working with MSF? See our blog posts and videos for personal insights and stories from Canadian fieldworkers.

terms of employment

Doctors Without Borders field workers are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.

Doctors Without Borders favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time field workers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with Doctors Without Borders, see our FAQ.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As you consider applying to undertake a Doctors Without Borders field mission, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Field assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with Doctors Without Borders over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being a Doctors Without Borders field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten.

 

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