Project and Finance Associate

Job Title: Associate, Budget and Project Support
Location: Downtown Los Angeles / Remotely during COVID Pandemic
Organization: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Job Opening: ASAP
Closing date: When Filled 

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is looking for an exceptional individual to fill the role of Project and Finance Associate. This is a new position within a dynamic and growing organization. The ideal candidate will be interested in and knowledgeable of the design and community development professions, and excited to take on the challenge of developing this position and supporting the growth of the organization as a whole.


Kounkuey Design Initiative is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works. KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources.  

KDI started in Kenya in 2006, as a partnership with residents of an informal settlement to explore the potential of public space to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities. Today, KDI employs over 40 staff members on three continents, including designers, planners, engineers, community organisers, program specialists, and operations staff. We have been recognised for our innovative approach by notable institutions such as UN-Habitat, The Rockefeller Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institute, and Echoing Green. KDI's head office is in L.A. with the other principal office in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information about the organization, please visit


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an accounting expert and thought partner to strengthen team discipline and transparent controls in an innovative, dynamic and high-impact organization in both the US and Kenya Offices. The successful candidate will have five to ten years of accounting and finance experience with experience in gathering, evaluating, presenting, and reporting financial information to executive teams and external stakeholders. Candidate will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit that has multiple programs and funding sources. Reporting to the Global Director of Finance and Administration, the Accounting Coordinator will be responsible for preparing and managing a $3-4 million budget. The Accounting Coordinator must be able to manage and effectively support the organization in all areas of accounting, budgeting, and finance. The Accounting Coordinator will be responsible for the management of the organization’s operating budget and cash flow. As a hands-on position, the Accounting Coordinator will carry out data entry, create budgets, and manage cost allocation for grant reporting. The successful candidate will look forward to working from our Kenya office for a few weeks each year.


Accounting and Finance 

Financial Management

Practice Management

Project Management

Global Financial Forecasting and Planning




Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Ian Leong, Director of Finance and Administration at

Kounkuey Design Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions at KDI are based on business needs, job requirements and merit, without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national, social or ethnic origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital, civil union or partnership status, citizenship status or other characteristics protected by federal, state or local law. KDI will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.