Advocacy and Outreach Officer

Nairobi, Kenya
[Closing date: 7 February 2020


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

This position supports the Africa Regional Director, with guidance from the Global External Affairs team. The aim is to develop a high awareness of DNDi and its mission amount key policy and advocacy stakeholders in the region, engage influential partners, and drive effective initiatives to accelerate the political momentum for biomedical innovation to meet the needs of neglected patients.


Specific job responsibilities

Advocacy and outreach – 80%

  • Undertake mapping of relevant key stakeholders in the region for outreach prioritization
  • Contribute to the development of the public affairs strategy for target countries
  • Support outreach to government contacts., and the development and cultivation of relevant partnerships at local, national, and regional level
  • Project manage all advocacy and outreach related engagements, visits, and events in the region

Communications & learning materials–20%

  • Support the development of briefings and other content to be used in advocacy and outreach
  • Support the development of presentation and learning materials and participate in conferences, workshops, and other external events as requested to advance advocacy goals


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the Director, Africa Regional Office
  • Close working relationship with the DNDi Global External Affairs team


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Very good communication and analytical skills, well organized, and structured
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team and in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  • 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
  • Ability to contribute to the project delivery under minimum supervision


  • At least three to five years of demonstrated relevant experience in advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and/or policy development in the international development or global health sector, preferably in Eastern Africa
  • Experience in advocacy and outreach in Africa. Experience in the East African context a plus.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, public health, communications, public relations, public affairs, or a related field, or demonstrably equivalent experience through grassroots engagement

Other requirements

  • Regional travel up to 25%


Other information

  • 10 months consultancy contract, possibility for renewal


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 7 February 2020
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 
  • Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants