Regional Access Advisor (East Africa)

Nairobi, Kenya
[Closing date: 16 May


Established in 2003, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that develops new, improved, and affordable medicines for deadly neglected diseases that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people.

DNDi focuses on discovering and developing treatments for sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis), Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial infections, paediatric HIV, mycetoma, and hepatitis C. Since its inception, DNDi has developed eight new treatments for neglected patients for malaria, sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, paediatric HIV with several new drug candidates in the R&D pipeline. Our objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023, ensure equitable access to these treatments, and build a robust pipeline of new drug candidates.

DNDi Africa was established in 2003 in Nairobi to ensure connection with our founding partner KEMRI and support clinical development programmes. This DNDi regional office conducts R&D projects in the Eastern Africa region (esp. Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania), including clinical activities and data management for clinical trials for treatments for leishmaniasis, paediatric HIV, mycetoma, and others. It also leads capacity strengthening initiatives through multi-country research platforms with the objective to ensure sustainable R&D capacities for DNDi projects. The team has grown to approx. 35 people today. As part of the global strategy, DNDi is further empowering its regional teams to ensure a coherent regional development across disease areas and activities, while reinforcing coherence among disease clusters.


Purpose of the position

The Regional Access Advisor, most probably, based in Nairobi will play an important role in the access to new paediatric drugs and treatment for HIV. S/he will be involved in the support and coordination of activities in Eastern Africa and work closely with the Geneva-based Access team, R&D team in the East African region as well as external partners and stakeholders to support the scale up of LPV/r based paediatric formulations. S/he is accountable for the implementation of the access plans under the guidance of the Senior Manager for Access and the Access Working Group on HIV.


Specific job responsibilities

  • Work with relevant stakeholders to form working groups for fast tracking paediatric ARV product uptake in each of the initial target countries in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). Stakeholders include MoH and/or National HIV/AIDS Programmes, civil society, community of people living with HIV (PLHIV), faith based organisations, country implementing partner(s), country forecasting and procurement units, PEPFAR/CDC (if present in country), and other relevant stakeholders required to reach our objectives
  • Co-ordinate the working group in each country so that the working group delivers the following:
    • Each target country develops a country forecast for paediatric ARVs
    • Follow up on supply chain issues in country especially related to stockout of ARVs
    • Support in country for increased LPV/r-based products’ uptake (and the shift away from nevirapine)
    • Ensure that supply chain planning and product transition plans are put in place with relevant stakeholders
    • Coordinated implementation of product roll out ie. eligibility criteria, pilot sites and subsequent plans, training of health care workers, toolkit testing and dissemination, procurement, product transition plan in targeted countries
  • Monitor the progress roll out activities and providing support/assistance when problem arises
  • Capture learnings from the above work in the initial target countries in order to apply to more African countries


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Very strong communication skills
  • Very tactful in managing stakeholders, demonstrating strong judgement and problem solving competencies
  • Very strong ability to work in a multicultural team and in a matrix structure
  • Independent in organising and carrying out work to meet required milestones
  • Very strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills


  • At least 8 years in managerial role
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Public health experience highly desirable
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS or have been working in HIV/AIDS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and East Africa in particular
  • In depth knowledge of pharmaceutical products supply chain management, especially donor funded ARVs, TB, or malaria drugs in sub-Saharan Africa


  • Graduate degree in sciences, economics, pharmacy
  • Postgraduate degree in public health a plus

Other requirements

  • Regional travel up to 50%


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the Senior Manager for Access
  • Close working relationship with relevant members of the DNDi Africa Office (Nairobi) and DNDi Southern Africa Office (Cape Town)


  • Works all members of the HIV team, including HIV clinical team, and other transversal units, eg. Fundraising and Communications
  • Member of HIV Access Working Group


Other information

  • 4 days per week
  • 8 months consultancy contract, possibility for renewal


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 16 May 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted