Touch Foundation, an NGO working to save lives and relieve human suffering by strengthening healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems, is seeking an outstanding financial leader to join its senior leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
The CFO will join a team of highly mission-driven professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, ranging from management consulting to clinical medicine. The CFO will work closely with team members across all levels and functions, becoming an integral part of Touch’s commitment to improving health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Touch Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to help strengthen healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Touch was founded by Lowell Bryan, a former Director (i.e., Senior Partner) with McKinsey & Co. who understood that Tanzania faced a daunting healthcare environment, with declining life expectancy and increasing maternal and infant mortality. After working to address the dearth of health care workers in Tanzania (one of the biggest impediments to access to healthcare) through the successful creation of a large medical school in the Lake Zone of Tanzania, Touch began focusing on other of the most pressing global health challenges.
Touch applies a three-phase strategic approach to bring cost-effective and sustainable solutions to these challenges. In collaboration with funders, local partners and governments, Touch designs programs and implements them at a small scale in the Lake Zone of Tanzania to test their potential impact. Successful solutions are then scaled up to a national level, setting the stage to ultimately adapt and replicate them in other countries facing similar challenges to achieve broader impact.
Touch’s current programmatic priorities include both its program to ensure access to emergency transport and high-quality care for obstetric and neonatal emergencies, leading to a reduction in maternal and infant mortality, and the use of its innovative and data-driven solution to optimize planning and decision-making around production, deployment and retention of scarce health workers. Given the private sector background of its Board members and several members of its staff, Touch is also focused on developing market-based solutions for portions of the private sector in health to complement the role of the public health system in providing broader access to care to their population. To date, Touch has successfully implemented programs in Tanzania, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa.
Touch’s work is data driven and evidence based. Its goal is to prove impact in Tanzania and scale to other African Countries. Ultimately, Touch intends that its programmatic work be used as a blueprint for expanding and improving healthcare services across Sub-Saharan Africa. Touch shares the knowledge and the information obtained through its work with policy makers and other stakeholders.
Touch’s budget is in the $6 million range and its funding comes from a variety of sources, including a cooperative agreement with USAID. Most of its people work overseas in Africa and other countries with the administrative and development functions centered in New York City. The people who work at Touch are very smart, focused, collaborative and driven to excel which has contributed to the impact that Touch has made.
The Chief Financial Officer must be a collaborative leader with a track record of managing all aspects of finance, including financial planning, financial operations, financial reporting, budgeting, audits, risk management, contracting, and accounting, as well as legal services, and all aspect of Touch’s human resources functions. The CFO will have at least 10 years of experience in the role.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, and as a key member of the senior leadership team, the CFO must be a detail-oriented professional who can manage the business needs of the organization, work closely with the human resources professionals, and collaborate constructively with program and other directors. The CFO will also have a direct relationship with Touch’s President and the Board Finance, Legal and Audit (FLA) Committee.
It is critical that the CFO be capable of integrating smoothly into the senior management, fitting into the organization’s culture. The CFO will provide counsel and support to the President, the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors on all financial matters, as well as work on various strategic initiatives. The CFO will work with the executive, program, human resources, operations, and finance staff in a supportive and direct manner with a minimum of ego. The CFO will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a hands-on management style, as well as the ability to address and solve problems or issues as they arise. In addition, it is expected that the CFO will be diplomatic, will operate with the highest integrity, have high emotional intelligence, and will possess sound judgment.
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Touch Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity and selection decisions will be based solely on job-related factors. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
For more information about Touch Foundation, please visit www.touchfoundation.org
Touch Foundation, an NGO working to save lives and relieve human suffering by strengthening healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems, is seeking an…