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Director of Finance (Permanent contract, 100% - Based in Geneva)


Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent medical and humanitarian organization that provides care to populations in need, to people affected by natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflicts, without discrimination and regardless of their race, religion, belief or political affiliation (MSF Charter).

The MSF movement is built around 5 operational centers (OC) supported by 24 sections and offices worldwide. MSF Switzerland is an Association which raises fund in Switzerland and runs the Operational Centre Geneva. MSFCH/OCG is one of these 5 centers which manages 53 medical-humanitarian programs in 23 countries with the support of more than 6’500 staff, of which 370 in Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich). The budget for 2019 amounts to 277 million CHF. The field operations are guided and supported by Operational Desks, Emergency Desks and other departments supporting operations, among which the department of Finance.

The Department of Finance plays a key role for the delivery of MSF social mission, from anticipating and ensuring there is enough cash-flow to implement the social mission at any time, to organizing a financial framework enabling MSFCH/OCG to run its activities in Switzerland, and in any part of the world where there are institutional or operational actions. The department brings financial inputs to the organization’s strategy and accountability requirements, forecasts & budgets, monitoring of activities; the departmental collaborators analyze and report on the financial aspects of the social mission, they ensure compliance with financial principles and rules. The department of Finance is composed of 20 staff and comprise two services: Accounting and Operational Finance.


The Director of Finance is responsible for the Department of Finance. Main responsibilities are :

  • To provide strong leadership to optimize management of MSFCH/OCG’s finances, and for representing the section within MSF movement. S/he implements financial aspects of the strategic plan and multiyear or annual plans of actions.
  • To manage the financial and fixed assets, is responsible for the implementation of accounting, cash-flow and budget policies and procedures,
  • To produce regular quality accounting and financial information, and report on key performance indicators,
  • To oversee the budgetary aspects of the annual (multi-year) action plan cycle, ensure compliance of annual accounts with Swiss and MSF norms, prepares the annual accounts for the full audit and the presentation to the General Assembly delivered by the Treasurer

The Director of Finance reports to the General Director who can assign him/her specific tasks and is a member of the “Comité de Direction”, Executive Management Team of MSFCH/OCG.

Your Tasks

  • Member of the Executive Committee (Comité de Direction): contribute to the strategic plan; provide financial perspective; stimulate reflection and debates; participate to the overall management of the organization; propose to the Treasurer the agenda for the Congress’ Finance Commission.
  • Implementation of Financial policies: propose and monitor financial policies and procedures, ensure robustness of the financial system and tools.
  • Management  of  financial  and  fixed  assets:  Oversee  compliance  with MSFCH/OCG investment policy; ensure adequate transfer of funds and control payment releases; responsible for cash-flow planning; oversee fixed assets amortizations; ensure compliance with Swiss, MSF and other rules and norms.
  • Internal control systems (CO 728al1): implement an adequate control environment for accounting and finance; participate in the risk analysis management and review with the Risk Manager; contribute to the good management of the organization.
  • Production of quality accounting and financial information: ensure accounting activities and tools are well organized and maintained; prepare the annual accounts as per Swiss GAAP RPC21, ZEWO and MSF norms, coordinate the annual full audit, present annual budgets and regular forecasts to various audiences: Comité de Direction, Board of Directors, Congress of OCG; underline and share financial issues for debates and decisions; support the General Director with sound financial analysis.
  • Internal Control (Field and Headquarter): ensure the budget process supports annual and multi-year plans of actions and strategy; coordinate and animate the full budget process; oversee regular budget monitoring; develop dashboards for department or missions’ monitoring; participate to the risk management process; ensure compliance of reporting to MSF partner sections, major donors and government agencies.
  • Intersectional  relationship  within  MSF  movement:  act  as  representative  of  MSFCH/OCG  within  MSF international platforms; primarily with the MSF Director of Finances’ intersectional platform; participate in the  strategic  reflections  regarding  finances;  is  MSFCH/OCG  focal  person  for  the  resources  sharing agreement (RSA); may participate to international transversal projects in steering committees.
  • Direction of the Finance department: Elaborate an annual (multi-year) action plan for the department; prepare the departmental budget monitoring; lead and develop employees, coordinate and supervise Managers; ensure good information flows within the department and effective management of the two services.

Your Profile


  • A recognized certification or degree in Finance relevant for the position such as:
  • Federal diploma of Expert in Finance or Accounting,
  • Certified Public Accountant or equivalent title,
  • Master’s in business administration or equivalent in relevant fields


  • Minimum 6 years of experience as Head of a management, accounting, financial, service or department, in a large company or organization,
  • Exposure with international accounting or finance,
  • Managerial experience with team of finance managers, officers and accountants,
  • Experience with non-profit organizations, specifically with humanitarian actors,
  • MSF experience is an asset.

Technical Competencies

  • Expertise in complex budget cycle management,
  • Good knowledge of Swiss GAAP RPC, IFRS or IPSAS standards,
  • Familiarity with auditing standards
  • Good knowledge of ERP (Dynamics365, SAP…) and Business intelligence tools (QlikView, etc...)
  • Mastery Good command of Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Soft skills

  • Ability to think strategic
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Team player and team leader,
  • Initiative and sense of responsibility
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Open and effective communication and writing, presentation skills
  • Analytical and synthesis abilities
  • Flexible
  • Committed to MSF values


  • Fluency in French and English
  • German is an asset.

Terms of Employment

  • Permanent contract, full-time position (100%)
  • Based in Geneva, with some mobility required for intersectional meetings and field visits
  • Ideal starting date: as soon as possible
  • Gross annual salary : from CHF 153’100.- to 162’180.- (salary commensurate with experience and internal salary grid)

How to apply

  • Candidates submit their application following the requirements: CV 2 p. max. – letter of motivation 1p. max. – in English, in French or German. Closing date for application is 15th February 2019.
  • The applications will be treated confidentially. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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