USAID Expert Consultant

New York, USA
[Closing date: May 31, 2017]


The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a patient-needs driven, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization discovering and developing safe, effective, and affordable medicines for neglected diseases that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people. DNDi focuses on developing new treatments for the most neglected patients suffering from little-known, often fatal diseases including human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filaria, mycetoma, pediatric HIV, and hepatitis C. DNDi‘s primary objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023. In 2016, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, DNDi launched the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, a not-for-profit research and development organization to develop new antibiotic treatments.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, DNDi has four main regional offices in Brazil, India, Kenya, and the United States, and several other offices, including in Japan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malaysia. In 2008, DNDi opened an affiliate office in New York City to serve as the headquarters for DNDi North America. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, DNDi North America works to strengthen and expand scientific, policy advocacy, partner development, communications, and fundraising efforts in the region to enhance DNDi’s global impact.

DNDi North America is looking for an Expert Consultant who specializes in USAID grant management and compliance with US Federal rules and regulations.


Purpose of the position

The Expert Consultant will advise the organization in the effective implementation of a five-year $10 million USAID Global Development Alliance (see, entitled “Innovation to Impact: Delivering a Macrofilaricide to Address Urgent Treatment Needs of Patients Suffering from Filariasis”. 


Specific job responsibilities

The consultant’s primary role is to provide expert advice to DNDi on US government rules and regulations (USAID), as it pertains to the grant, and to provide general support to the DNDi team implementing the grant as needed. DNDi is currently in Year 3 of the grant. Specific responsibilities include:

Subaward and Contract Management Guidelines

  • Review DNDi’s existing policies and procedures and assist in finalizing current manual; assist in the development of other compliance manuals as needed.

Subawards and contracts set-up

  • Review scopes of works, budgets, budget justifications, and agreement language and assist DNDi team implementing the grant to prepare final versions for funder review and approval; ensure required and applicable terms and conditions of the grant are pushed down to prospective partners.
  • Contract set-up for renovation of health facilities is also expected.

Animal welfare and human subjects:

  • As applicable, provide guidance and advice to DNDi and/or sub-recipients who are conducting animal or human studies; ensure required terms and conditions of the grant are pushed down to prospective partners.

Other support:

  • Audit of systems/procedures for USAID compliance.
  • Assist with any follow-up questions as a result of yearly audits of the grant.
  • Calculation of Annual Indirect Rate/Fringe Benefits and update of Cost Policy Statement, as necessary.
  • Support training for the Filaria Program team on US government grant requirements, expectations, and implications for DNDi as needed.
  • Ad hoc expert support, as projects and questions unfold.


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Proven ability to produce high quality materials under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-cultural environment (virtually and across time zones).


  • Minimum of 10 years’ professional consultancy experience and expertise in USAID grant management, compliance with US Federal rules and regulations.
  • Proven expertise on 2 CFR 200, entitled Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Other Requirements

  • High level of proficiency with MS Office package (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Tasks are assigned as needed; an estimated 4-5 days per month.
  • Job is based remotely; communication through email and teleconferencing.
  • Some travel may be required based on training needs (US and Europe).


Other information

Location: DNDi North America                                                         

Status: Contract based – 1 year contract with possibility of renewal.

Start date: May/June 2017


To apply

Please email a cover letter, CV, list of 3 references, and hourly/daily rates to:

  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, North America
  • Attn: Jaxira Rodriguez, Grant Administrator:
  • Subject line: Application for USAID Expert Consultant
  • Closing date: May 31, 2017