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The Drugs for Neglected Diseasesinitiative (DNDi) is an international, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that develops and delivers new treatments for neglected diseases affecting millions of the worlds poorest people. 

Together with more than public research and industry allies worldwide, we use the power of partnership, innovation, open science, and advocacy to find solutions to a great injustice: the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people. Driven by collaboration, not competition, and by patients needs, not profits, we promote equitable access, foster inclusive and sustainable solutions, and advocate for a more effective global biomedical R&D system that meets the needs of neglected patients. 

Since our inception, DNDi has delivered 13 new treatments for people with Sleeping Sickness, Visceral Leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, HIV, Hepatitis C, and Malaria that have saved millions of lives. We now aim to deliver an additional 10-13 new treatments by addressing R&D gaps for neglected tropical diseases and viral infections, including new pandemic-prone diseases (such as COVID-19) and climate-sensitive diseases (such as Dengue) with a focus on the needs of patients in low- and middle-income countries.

With more than + employees of 30+ nationalities located in nine offices on four continents, DNDi is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential parts of our culture and key drivers of our success. We encourage candidates of diverse profiles and backgrounds to apply. 

Counting the Kenya Medical Research Institute as a founding partner and numerous collaborations with science and access leaders in the broader East African region, DNDi established itself in in Nairobi. An integral part of DNDis global network, DNDi Eastern Africa nurtures R&D and access partnerships across East Africa and beyond, while contributing to DNDi's global strategy. It hosts key global functions such as global clinical operations, communications, policy advocacy and operations. It leads regional networks and initiatives in R&D and access such as the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform, and is also home to DNDIs Data Centre, processing and leading the statistical analysis of clinical trials data for DNDi and a growing cadre of African science global health and science groups.

The DNDi Strategy and Operations Department manages the DNDi corporate infrastructure globally (Finance; Human Resources; Information Systems and Technology; Legal Affairs; Alliance Management, Business Development, Procurement, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Facilities)) across its 8 locations. The Department plays a central role in DNDis compliance and performance and is the custodian of its Strategic Plan, its IST strategy, People Strategy, Diversity Equity and inclusion Strategy, and Code of Conduct.

Purpose of the position

To support the Finance team in the effective delivery of financial support to the DNDi Eastern Africa office and the implementation of the Global Finance teams action plan, with a strong emphasis on compliance and donor financial management activities. 

Specific job responsibilities

1. Compliance

Provide effective financial control and advisory support to the Global Internal Control team and DNDi Eastern Africa office financial compliance activities: 

Co-ordinate the DNDi Eastern Africa office annual audit and oversee the implementation of audit recommendations. Oversee the implementation of tax compliance requirements in the DNDi Eastern Africa office. Support the Global Internal Control team in the updating and embedding of the global signature policy across regional offices. Support the development and documentation of DNDi Finance SOPs and processes in the regions, ensuring SOPs and processes align with the DNDi Internal Control System (ICS).

2. Donor Financial Management

Support the effective financial management of grants throughout the life cycle of donor funded projects:

Support the preparation of donor financial reports in collaboration with the Finance team and cross-functional R&D and External Relations teams, ensuring compliance with the grants legal, procurement and financial requirements. Provide financial monitoring and advisory support to the DNDi program teams and partners to appropriately manage the grant funding over its life cycle. Contribute to training of project leaders and budget holders on finance matters.

Reporting line

The Finance Manager will report to the Senior Finance Manager.


Works with the finance and planning team in the operations department. This role has a representational role through the promotion of programs and maintain productive relationships by projecting the image of a credible partner.

Job requirements

Skills and attributes

Solid business partnering expertise with experience working with senior leaders and negotiating with both internal and external stakeholders in a global matrix, multi-cultural environment. Strong ability to manage a complex and diverse workload and work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines. Well organized and structured with very clear and systematic thinking demonstrating analytical skills and problem-solving competencies. Good project management skills and proven ability to work collaboratively across functions to deliver on complex, multifaceted projects. Strong ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem-solving competencies. Strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments Strong ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team. Well organized and structured Strong analytical skills Strong ability to provide high level support in project/program delivery. Strong ability to manage small projects with budget management. Strategic thinking and leadership abilities Strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills Has autonomy for taking actions and decisions Strong ability to interact with external stakeholders Lead and motivate a small team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff


Minimum 12 years' relevant experience in which at least 4 years at Senior Officer Level. Prior grant budget development, compliance, and financial reporting experience, with a good understanding of major institutional donor requirements including budgeting, eligibility issues, compliance management, and reporting. Proven experience in partner financial management and oversight in resource-limited settings. Working experience with accounting software e.g., Navision Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite especially MS Excel and MS PowerPoint Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure. Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable.


Master's degree or equivalent CPA (K) or equivalent

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