Country Finance Director - Afghanistan


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About Us:

At MSI Reproductive Choices Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI Reproductive Choices is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups. 

The role

The Finance Director acts as a business partner to the Country Director (CD) ensuring that all financial risks and projected returns are considered and robustly evaluated when making strategic and operational decisions. The Finance Director is responsible for supporting the Senior Management Team (SMT) to achieve sustainable growth through improved financial management to drive the organisation’s performance. The Finance Director is the final authority for all accounting matters within the organisation and must ensure Marie Stopes International’s (MSI) Group Financial policies are implemented while observing the needs of the country programme’s local statutory requirements. The Finance Director must build and maintain a motivated and productive local finance team capable of implementing MSI’s strategy Scaling Up Excellence, developing proper monitoring and follow-up systems to ensure financial sustainability and providing advice and support to the programme on financial management.

The core responsibility of the Finance Director is to provide strategic financial management, vision and leadership for the country programme while ensuring compliance with all local accounting, legal, MSI group and donor reporting requirements.

The role also contributes to furthering MSI’s mission: Children by Choice not Chance.

About you

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • Demonstrable experience in a leadership role for a large division or company
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution of plans to achieve objective and targets
  • Demonstrated success in formulating policy, and development and implementing strategies and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of financial management systems and reporting
  • Hands-on experience with computerised Accounting Systems; Knowledge of Sun Systems is desirable
  • Knowledge of donor contract requirements for budgeting and reporting
  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level government and donor officials
  • Experience of working with colleagues in geographically separate locations.


  • Qualified Accountant (essential)
  • Degree-educated or equivalent (essential)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken, full business proficiency)
  • Current with any necessary donor-specific training requirements (specifically but not exclusively this applies to USAID).

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours
  • Strategic thinker, excellent analytical skills
  • Strong results orientation
  • Excellent leadership and management aptitude leading diverse teams at a distance
  • Pro-choice
  • Interest in public health, particularly sexual and reproductive health
  • Flexibility to operate in a changing environment
  • Able to communicate effectively (both written and oral) at all levels
  • Cross-functional team player.

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: Afghanistan

Full-time: 40 hours

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: Country Programme Salary Range

Closing date: Friday 22nd January 2021 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal staff applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

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