Project Manager, Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) Initiative

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

LOCATION: Kenya or Ethiopia

REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President, Programs, Flagship Fund

TERM: Two years (fixed-term, full-time position through August 2023)
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: up to 50% (once travel safely resumes)
JOB POSTING DEADLINE: This position will close at 11:59 EDT on Thursday, August 5th


The END Fund is the world’s leading collaborative philanthropic investment vehicle dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). NTDs are parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases – including intestinal worms, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis – that affect over 1.7 billion people globally. The END Fund’s vision is to ensure people can live healthy and prosperous lives free of the risk of NTDs and has set out to accomplish this by:

  • Mobilizing and investing resources for maximum impact,

  • Advocating for innovative, integrated and cost-effective NTD programs; and

  • Facilitating philanthropic and private sector engagement to end these diseases.

By engaging a community of activist-philanthropists and taking a systems approach, the END Fund works in collaboration with governments, local and international NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, and academic partners on the global campaign to control and eliminate the most prevalent NTDs by 2030.

Since our founding in 2012 through 2020, with our partners, the END Fund has provided over 1.1 billion treatments for NTDs worth more than $1.3 billion. In 2020 alone, we reached more than 91.9 million people with more than 133.6 million NTD treatments, representing an almost 10-fold increase from 2012. The END Fund works globally in 25 countries, with a primary emphasis in Africa.

You can read more about the END Fund and our 2020 impact story here.


The Programs team is responsible for sourcing, designing, managing, supporting, and monitoring the END Fund’s project investments, which are projected to total more than $30 million in 2021 across three programmatic sub-funds: the Flagship Fund, the Deworming Innovation Fund, and the Reaching the Last Mile Fund.

The Flagship Fund currently operates in 18 countries supported by the END Fund. Since the END Fund does not implement programs directly and instead relies on implementing organizations – local nonprofits and governments – the successful candidate must be capable of excellent engagement with grantee partners throughout the program design, execution, and financial and impact monitoring cycle; this includes providing capacity building and organizational development support for implementing organizations in their investment portfolio.


This fixed-term (two years), full-time project and grants management role will report directly to the Associate Vice President, Programs, Flagship Fund with a primary focus on technical management and financial oversight of the visceral leishmaniasis (VL) portfolio in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda). As a representative of the END Fund, the Project Manager will actively seek opportunities to support quality VL treatment in the five East African countries; manage implementing partners; support programmatic reporting including documenting and presenting lessons learned; and build and sustain partnerships with the local governments, WHO country and regional programs and other stakeholders with aim of transitioning the VL project to the local government.

The END Fund is committed to leaving no one behind in the elimination of VL, which will require expanded and innovative case finding and early treatment. During this two year initiative, the END Fund will partner with the five countries to advance elimination of visceral leishmaniasis as a public health problem, defined as < 1% case fatality rate due to primary disease. The Project Manager role is a new role, reporting to the AVP, Programs, Flagship Fund, who will be leading this critical portfolio.

The Project Manager’s key responsibility is to oversee successful implementation of the two-year VL Initiative and the effective transition to the local governments. During the first year, the day-to-day of this position will entail extensive operational planning; coordination and follow-up with our technical and implementing partners, and with national and sub-national governments; and grant management, including follow-up of budget and deliverables, supervision of the project’s activities and quality assurance of the project’s testing, pilot and scale-up. During the second year, the Project Manager will play a key role in engaging with local governments to facilitate the scale-up and long-term adoption of the successful innovations and with the wider NTD community to ensure that learnings from this project are widely disseminated and adopted.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently with minimal oversight, and have a demonstrated track record of effectively prioritizing and managing multiple activities, and possess the professionalism to engage successfully with a wide range of technical and non-technical partners. Considering the highly technical aspect of this project, the Project Manager will be expected to bring a sophisticated understanding of all its components, in order to provide effective guidance to technical partners and guarantee the quality of all activities implemented. This is an individual contributor position with no direct reports, set for a term of two years.

As a senior member of the Programs team, the Project Manager will bring a wider contribution to the leadership of the organization in terms of strategy, fiscal oversight, talent preservation and enhancement, external relations and resource mobilization.


Innovations, quality assurance and partnership building

  • Bring a clear understanding of the project’s goals, objectives, scope, and innovation framework

  • Demonstrate strong understanding of innovation frameworks and the technologies and processes being applied through the project

  • Supervise implementation of all projects’ activities, coordinating with all relevant stakeholders to ensure efficient collaboration and timely implementation

  • Guarantee quality assurance of the various innovation components (e.g., settlement maps, digital dashboard, social mobilization strategies, etc.), through constant monitoring of project’s activities and engagement with implementing partners, governments and other END Fund team members

  • Review and interpret results from testing and pilot activities, propose and implement scale-up plans

Grant management

  • Substantive involvement in grant management of allocated END Fund programs including but not limited to:

  • Tracking implementation against comprehensive Gantt charts

  • Maintaining relevant reports, logs and indicator trackers in Salesforce

  • Ensuring milestones and deliverables are met within provided timelines

  • Monitoring finances and implementing disbursements

  • Ensuring programs and partners comply with standard practice and END Fund terms and conditions

  • Conducting comprehensive due diligence assessments of potential implementing partners

  • In collaboration with other Program team members, oversee in-country project management and act as point of contact to interface with Ministries of Health and implementing personnel and partners for this specific initiative

  • Reviewing periodic reports and working with implementing partners on revisions

  • Completion of detailed donor, Board and other necessary reports

  • Travel on behalf of the END Fund up to 50% domestic and/or international

Knowledge sharing and dissemination

  • Keep up-to-date with research and guidelines related to campaign effectiveness and social mobilization

  • Design the strategy for and lead the dissemination of the project’s results and lessons to the NTD community, including, but not limited to:

  • Develop concept notes and communications materials for the project

  • Develop job aids, technical briefs and peer-reviewed papers on the project’s results

  • Present on project findings at relevant technical meetings and conferences

  • Liaise with relevant networks and organizations to facilitate knowledge transfer of project’s results


  • Master’s Degree in public health, global health, health policy, infectious diseases, or in relevant discipline and/or PMP certification required

  • At least 8-10 years of experience in developing and implementing health interventions; specific experience in the NTD sector strongly preferred

  • Experience implementing treatment programs, scaling-up and monitoring new and/or innovative interventions for health

  • Prior VL work experience in low-resource communities, ideally based in-country , preferred

  • Technical understanding of NTD epidemiology, treatment strategies, best practices, and global policies preferred

  • Comfortable with current internet-based communication tools and working with colleagues, clients and partners in various locations and time zones

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-staged projects from concept to completion

  • Excellent oral/written communication in English

  • Experience translating technical material and distilling it into accessible language

  • Professionalism to represent the END Fund to external audiences

  • Passion for and commitment to the END Fund's humanitarian mission

  • Authorization to work in Ethiopia or Kenya required


The END Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is our policy and intent that all qualified persons be given full and equal opportunities for employment, training, promotions, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment.

The END Fund offers a competitive compensation package intended to motivate employees to perform at the highest level by acquiring superior skills and competenciesOur philosophy is shaped by the following guidelines: 1) understandable, 2) fair and defensible, 3) competitive, and 4) flexible.

The END Fund is at an exciting stage of organizational growth andwe are rapidly expanding our global footprint in order to bring on the most talented team members to help advance our mission. Currently, the majority of our team is based in the United States. We maintain physical headquarters in New York City, and other team members work from their homes across the US, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

To ensure all compensation and benefits package offers are fair, defensible and competitive, the END Fund relies on external benchmarking data that is both role and country-specific. In the United States, we have a comprehensive salary structure that covers all roles, departments and functions; in other countries, benchmarking data is secured on an as-needed basis to inform offer packages. This position's location is flexible across multiple African countries so an offer will be informed by country-specific market data that we will commission late in the recruitment process.

Our benefits packages are also informed by local contexts to ensure appropriateness and competitiveness within specific markets. Regardless of location, all END Fund team members receive cell phone and WiFi connectivity support, flexible work arrangements, a healthy annual professional development allowance, and more. In the United States, the END Fund offers 100% employer-paid health and life insurance benefits and twelve weeks fully paid family care leave; similar benefits will vary modestly by country of residency.

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