Position title : Business Official

Reporting to: Principal Investigator


Anticipated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Global Health call Ref CDC-RFA-GH22-2209

I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a youth-focused organization that seeks to empower youth in Kenya and across Africa as the foundation for sustainable development. Registered in 2004 and working closely with Government, ICL has over 17 years of experience implementing evidence-based adolescents and youth programs in over 345 institutions (Primary, Secondary, and Higher learning institutions) across 26 Counties in Kenya. The organization implements programs in Health and Nutrition, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Leadership and Governance Sectors. To ensure maximum impact in these sectors, ICL utilizes a multi-sectoral approach, the Quadra Helix development approach (which brings together the Government, Private sector, Academia, and Civil society) to foster innovative and sustainable transformation in communities.

Vision & Mission: ICL’s Vision Statement: Healthy Africa, Empowered People!

ICL’s Mission Statement: To empower the youth by increasing their life opportunities for sustainable development.

Job Purpose: ICL seeks a Business Official for an anticipated CDC-funded PEPFAR opportunity in Kenya. The Activity is expected to be a five-year contract to advance Sustainable Implementation of Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Treatment Programs in Faith-based and Private Sites in Nairobi, the Coast, and Western Regions.

This position is contingent upon an award from the CDC.

Job Summary: Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Business Official will provide leadership in the comprehensive financial management of the project and support the project compliance functions according to CDC regulations and policies. S/he will provide leadership and technical guidance for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP), GAS (Government Auditing Standards), and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) to provide relevant fiscal information to the project executive management team. The candidate will work closely with Finance leaders based at various regional offices and the project head office.

Job responsibilities

· Oversee project operations, including human resources, logistics, procurement, and accounting/finance.

· Develop financial risk management and control strategies and review and approve financial planning and control recommendations.

· Provide leadership and oversight for financial reporting for annual budget planning, audit reviews, and assessments processes.

· Prepare financial guidance to financial staff in field offices through memos, updates to policies, and procedure manuals.

· Develop and implement effective and efficient business processes and procedures.

· Develop and manage internal financial audits

· Develop formal reporting system to communicate results of audit activities to management

· Liaise with the donor program finance and management team

· Lead the creation of regular financial tracking reports to monitor project spending against the approved budget

· Lead the preparation of project budgets

· Monitor time spent by project staff and advise the technical leads if time is not being charged and spent according to the approved project budget

· Responsible for the development of policies, systems, special financial studies, etc.

· Advise project staff on USG/CDC requirements and provide training on financial management, record-keeping, operational systems, and policies as needed

· Accountable for procurement procedures ensuring all required supporting documentation and approvals within agreed-upon thresholds

· Provide strategic leadership to financial staff in a regional or HQ office

· Engage in the more critical and confidential aspects of financial analysis

· Provide recommendations and consults with management on financial performance and enterprise risk management

· Develop and implement process improvement plans to ensure the project financial controls and operational procedures

· Keep abreast with the latest trends in financial accounting and mentors’ staff

· Develop the capacity of team performance and drive for excellence


· Bachelor’s degree in Finance Administration or similar field

· Minimum 8 years of professional experience providing accounting and financial management services

· Experience completing a variety of financial tasks by establishing priorities and working in a fast-paced office environment, under pressure, and against numerous deadlines

· Impeccable business ethics, including the protection of confidential information

· Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with accounting, financial controls, and financial information systems

· Significant experience with automated financial reporting, government accounting practices, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

· Full knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) practices and reporting guidelines

· Must have excellent organizational, supervisory, leadership, and managerial skills

· Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

· Strong English is written, oral, and presentation skills

Child Safeguarding: In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), ICL strives to keep children safe in all its undertakings. The successful applicant will be required to read, understand, and commit to abide by ICL Child Safeguarding Policy and guidelines. The individual will sign the policies to indicate an understanding of and commitment to follow the policy requirements.

How to apply

If you are up to the challenge and meet the above qualifications, we encourage you to write to us through indicating achievements and attributes. Your CV and cover letter should reach us on or before 25th February 2022. Kindly indicate the current and expected salary on your CV in pdf format with the subject as ”Business Official”.

The position is open to Kenyan Citizens Only!

We are an equal opportunity employer. Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted