Finance and Administrative Officer (Kenya Nationals only)

Application Deadline: Rolling, Deadline: June 11, 2024

Company/Division: JSI Kenya

Hiring Manager: Finance and Operations Manager

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is a global nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. Founded in 1978, JSI collaborates with government agencies, the private sector, and local nonprofit and civil society organizations to identify and implement solutions to the most pressing public health and education challenges. We are dedicated to improving people’s lives around the world through greater health, education, and socioeconomic equity for individuals and communities, and to providing an environment where people of passion can pursue this cause.

JSI is currently recruiting for an outstanding Finance and Administrative Officer for its operations in Kenya.

Position Overview:

The Finance & Administrative Officer (FAO) will be responsible for supporting accounting, procurement and financial reporting systems. S/He will be supervised by the Finance Manager and will work closely with the technical team in country, and the Project F&O backstopping teams at JSI headquarters (HQ) to ensure the program’s compliance with JSI accounting systems and procedures, all relevant donor rules and regulations, and all financial and legal requirements of the Government of the Kenya. The FAO will process all payments and advances; oversee the submission of all monthly invoices and cash flow requests to be sent to HQ; reconcile bank accounts and advances; maintain all financial and administrative documentation according to local law; and be held accountable for the accuracy and timely submission of all financial reports. This position will be based in Nairobi.


  • Prepare and process the monthly field accounts documentation, including QuickBooks vouchers and reconciliation reports; lead the preparation of monthly cash flow requests, working closely with the program’s technical team in the country, for submission to HQ
  • Work closely with the F&O backstopping team, to ensure overall program compliance with donor rules and regulations, track program spending; and ensure the appropriate and effective use of resources in compliance with donor rules and regulations, JSI policies, and the law of the Government of Kenya, with minimal risk exposure to the program
  • Ensure that all JSI program spending in the country is reasonable, allocable, and well-documented
  • Track and report on project spending and financial status monthly
  • Ensure that all transactions and activities are conducted per JSI financial and administrative regulations
  • Provide support in any audits or finance and administrative reviews of JSI/projects
  • Procure and process Purchase Orders following donor and JSI/projects’ regulations, including vehicles and equipment
  • Support maintenance of Project inventory according to donor and JSI rules and regulations
  • Process travel advance requests and reimbursements for staff for field expenses and maintain advance records for all field trips
  • Process transportation allowances and per diems for training workshop participants and compile the necessary documentation; may include travel within Kenya
  • Proactively identify and respond to any implementation, personnel, and/or other management challenges as they arise, in close consultation with HQ as needed
  • Work with Country Project Leads to maintain and secure program inventory
  • Support financial and administrative processes in the country
  • Supervise project driver (if available) and manage project vehicle including maintenance schedules and travel logs
  • Work with the office building owner and/or other tenants and service providers to ensure office is efficiently operating
  • Manage office emergency/ security plan and ensure all staff are trained in emergency protocols
  • Manage or oversee HR processes, including recruiting, hiring and annual performance reviews.
  • Other duties as may be assigned


  • Certified accountant with financial specialization or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Three (3) to five (5) years’ of experience supporting the finances of an international development program
  • Proven skills in organizing and supporting financial operations, procurement and local contracting
  • Demonstrated ability in analyzing financial documents, projections, expenditures, and accruals
  • Skills in program planning, budgeting and financial analysis
  • Familiarity with and proven ability to use standard accounting and spreadsheet software including Microsoft Excel (knowledge of Quickbooks required)
  • Fluency in English with an ability to communicate effectively on financial operations
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task in a team setting with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and ability to pick up new skills quickly and to understand the broader context of program management
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality for all company and staff proprietary matters.
  • Able and willing to travel within the country when required

How to apply

Interested and qualified applicants should click on the below link and apply through the online application form no later than Tuesday, 11 June 2024.”

JSI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or protected veteran status in any employment decisions.

Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the urgency to fill up positions, only shortlisted applicants will receive notification on the next steps.

JSI is a child-safe organization, and the safety and well-being of children is a priority of our organization. We have robust recruitment procedures to ensure that all staff are suited to work with the children served by our programs.

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