Director, Programs

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The END Fund
New York, NY
Published 17 days ago

POSTING: Director, Programs


REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President, Programs, Deworming Innovation Fund

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: up to 30% (once travel safely resumes)

JOB POSTING DEADLINE: This position will close at 11:59pm EST on April 11, 2021


The END Fund is the world’s leading collaborative philanthropic investment vehicle dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). NTDs are parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases – including intestinal worms, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis – that affect over 1.7 billion people globally. The END Fund’s vision is to ensure people can live healthy and prosperous lives free of the risk of NTDs and has set out to accomplish this by:

  • Mobilizing and investing resources for maximum impact, 
  • Advocating for innovative, integrated and cost-effective NTD programs; and
  • Facilitating philanthropic and private sector engagement to end these diseases.

By engaging a community of activist-philanthropists and taking a systems approach, the END Fund works in collaboration with governments, local and international NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, and academic partners on the global campaign to control and eliminate the most prevalent NTDs by 2030. 

Since our founding in 2012 through 2019, with our partners, the END Fund has provided over 920 million treatments for NTDs worth more than $1 billion. In 2019 alone, we reached more than 121 million people with more than 196 million NTD treatments, representing an almost 10-fold increase from 2012. The END Fund works globally in over 25 countries, with a primary emphasis in Africa. 

You can read more about the END Fund and our 2019 impact story here.


The Programs team is responsible for sourcing, designing, managing, supporting, and monitoring the END Fund’s project investments, which are projected to total more than $30 million in 2021across three programmatic sub-funds: the Flagship Fund, the Deworming Innovation Fund, and the Reaching the Last Mile Fund.


This role will report directly to the Associate Vice President (AVP), Programs, Deworming Innovation Fund (DIF), with a primary focus on management and oversight of DIF investments in Kenya. Additionally, as a representative of the END Fund based in Kenya, the Program Director will actively seek opportunities to holistically strengthen the organization’s various investments in support of the national control and elimination goals.

Launched in 2019, DIF is an integrated, targeted, six-year investment to accelerate progress toward the elimination of soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Rwanda. Since the END Fund does not implement programs directly and instead relies on implementing organizations – local nonprofits and governments – the successful candidate must be capable of excellent engagement with grantee partners throughout the program design, execution, and financial and impact monitoring cycle; this includes providing capacity building and organizational development support for implementing organizations in their investment portfolio.

As a senior member of the Programs team, the Program Director (PD) will be collaborative as a team leader, as well as a contributing member of the broader organization working to advance the END Fund’s mission. The day-to-day of this position will entail using a strategic lens to strengthen the organization’s advocacy efforts, build partnerships at the national and local level, and coordinate with the national program and implementing partners for the development of program plans and budgets, reviewing reports, and draft programmatic sections of donor proposals. A principle component of this role is translating reported data into other formats for use by other departments, as well as externally. The individual must also keep a close eye on programmatic progress and cashflow. The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and be solutions-oriented with a high attention for detail and ability to juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced environment. This role will be responsible for the management of one direct report upon hire, with the potential for additional direct reports as resources permit.


Grant Management: The END Fund strives to be a collaborative partner with its grantees and within the wider NTD community. Our objective is to deliver high-performing NTD programs that meet the test of good practice and add value in the sector. In this respect the role of the PD focuses on: 

  • Grant and program management of allocated END Fund programs including but not limited to:
  • ensuring deliverables are met
  • milestones and timeline are adhered to
  • finances are monitored
  • programs comply with good practice and END Fund terms and conditions
  • Manage 1-3 program staff supporting the portfolio 
  • Conducting comprehensive due diligence assessments of potential implementing partners 
  • Completion of detailed project and program reports 
  • Supporting proposal development
  • Representing the END Fund at international meetings and conferences 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programs, in close collaboration with the Director of Program Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation 
  • Capacity building of implementing partners 
  • Track broader NTD initiatives and potential private sector engagement in NTDs in the country and region where the END Fund is granting, to ensure coordination and that the END Fund resources are being leveraged to reach our goals of country ownership and sustainability
  • Oversee and strengthen the organization’s advocacy efforts and build partnerships at the national and local level with other NGOs, government and private sector as appropriate to increase attention, resources and programming for NTD control and elimination efforts
  • Drive the organization’s efforts to explore and support innovative financing initiatives
  • Travel on behalf of the END Fund up to 30% domestic and/or international

Developing the END Fund as a Learning Organization: The END Fund is a learning organization and is committed to contributing to thought leadership and reflective practice in the sector. In this respect, the role of the PD focuses on: 

  • Data capture, analysis, interpretation and application for its portfolio of programs 
  • Participating in creating/improving internal grant management and M&E processes, and coordinating to implement them as they relate to his/her portfolio of projects 
  • Contributing to the creation of an organization in which there is a focus on impact and results based metrics 
  • Maintaining currency within the NTD sector, both generally and in regards to program implementation 
  • Contributing to the collection of lessons learned within both the programs team and across the organization 
  • Supporting END Fund’s ongoing efforts of outreach to potential and current investors 

Cross-organizational Activities: The END Fund takes an integrated approach to organizational deliverables and all staff are expected to embrace different tasks to avoid a siloed structure. In this respect the role of the PD focuses on: 

  • Engagement with our donors and the wider NTD community 
  • Providing support to all parts of the organization for activities that advance the END Fund’s mission 
  • Management of one direct report with potential for additional sub-team growth as resources permit 
  • Any other activities as requested by the Head of the Department or AVP 


  • Graduate degree in international development, public health or a relevant discipline 
  • At least 8-10 years experience in international development practice in low-resource countries
  • Strong collaborative team working experience; able to function both independently and as a team player 
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking in program design for development 
  • Grant management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-staged projects from concept to completion
  • Experience reporting to philanthropic or bilateral donors preferred
  • Ability to develop and monitor complex project budgets and understanding of project financing
  • Excellent oral/written communication in English 
  • Ability to translate technical material and distill it into accessible language 
  • Comfortable with current internet-based communication tools and working with colleagues, clients and partners in various locations and time zones 
  • Competency in Microsoft Suite of programs 
  • Professionalism to represent the END Fund to external audiences
  • Passion for and commitment to the END Fund's humanitarian mission
  • Authorization to work in Kenya required

POSTING: Director, Programs


REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President, Programs, Deworming Innovation Fund

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: up to 30% (once travel safely resumes)

JOB POSTING DEADLINE: This position will close at 11:59pm EST on…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    April 11, 2021



The END Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is our policy and intent that all qualified persons be given full and equal opportunities for employment, training, promotions, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment. 

The END Fund offers a competitive compensation package intended to motivate employees to perform at the highest level by acquiring superior skills and competencies to further the progress made to ensuring people with neglected tropical diseases can live healthy and prosperous lives. Our philosophy is shaped by the following guidelines: 1) understandable, 2) fair and defensible, 3) competitive, and 4) flexible. In addition to providing a competitive salary in the sector, we are proud to offer our employees 100% employer-paid health insurance benefits, 5% retirement contributions (without matching requirement), twelve weeks 100% parental leave, flexible work-from-home arrangements, a healthy annual professional development allowance, and more. Please note that benefits may vary by country of residency.


The END Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. It is…


Work may be performed anywhere in Kenya
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