Careers and Internships at PHR | Finance Officer, Kenya

Finance Officer, Kenya

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document human rights and humanitarian law violations and prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.

Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Finance Officer to join the office in Kenya.  

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in Kenya.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya   

Reports to: Head of Kenya Office

Organizational Overview

Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.

PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.

Role Description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) seeks an experienced Finance Officer to work in the Kenya office overseeing the finances in Kenya. Reporting to the Kenya Head of Office, the Finance Officer will be responsible for the successful day-to-day management of our financial transactions, and procedures. This includes grants management, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, reporting, and general ledger accounting. Travel within Kenya is required, with the possibility of travel to the United States.  


  • Lead closure of accounting books and conduct bank reconciliations on a monthly basis
  • Coordinate external and donor audits and ensure that audit is completed without any disruptions
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports
  • Make payments and ensure compliance with statutory bodies including the Kenya Revenue Authority, NHIF, NSSF
  • Manage and review petty cash, and process invoices
  • Conduct transactions in Intacct, Concur and
  • Reviewing balance sheet accounts on monthly basis and make adjustment, as necessary
  • Support budget development for PHR Kenya in collaboration with Program and Finance staff
  • Review, and implement financial policies
  • Prepare grant budget proposals
  • Working with program staff in preparing and/or revising grant budgets to support grant realignments
  • Prepare grant budget proposals in collaboration with Program and Finance staff 
  • Working with program staff in preparing and/or revising grant budgets to support grant realignments 
  • Prepare grant spending plans, collect support documentation and prepare donor financial reports, in collaboration with the grants manager and other relevant team members  
  • Communicate with the Director of Finance, and Head of Kenya Office to ensure smooth implementation of financial procedures 
  • Review and manage procurement process and procedures for PHR Kenya 
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance, or a related field
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in accounting, financial management, or business, preferably at a non-profit organization 
  • Knowledge of GAAP
  • Experience developing and managing budgets with government and UN agency funding 
  • High level of proficiency with the entire MS Office suite, especially Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities independently, make decisions, and exhibit flexibility  
  • French language required
  • Experience with Sage Intacct accounting software, and/or Concur preferred 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in Nairobi, Kenya. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and retirement savings plan, and generous vacation. 

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and where you saw this job posting in the email body.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.