Rose Kimeli

Rose Kimeli

Senior Global Finance Officer
Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Leadership, Media, Youth

Rose is the primary liaison between the office of the Chief Financial Officer in the IREX Washington, DC office and the global financial management staff in IREX field offices. In this role, she facilitates high quality and consistent financial management and coordination of global financial activities in IREX global field offices. She also provides accounting and financial oversight by performing a variety of financial duties to support strong financial management in all field offices, including compliance with local country laws, funder requirements, and IREX policies and procedures.

Prior to joining the IREX Washington, DC office, Rose worked in the IREX Kenya office as the finance/operations manager on the USAID-funded Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, supporting over 300 Fellows annually across 13 countries in East and Central Africa. In this role, she managed all financial aspects of program implementation, including budget and procurement oversight. She also provided oversight to sub-award implementation and oversaw the capacity building of sub-grantee staff.

Rose has significant experience in accounting and financial management, operations, procurement, and grants and contracts management for international development organizations. Before joining IREX, she served as a grants manager and as a contracts specialist on the USAID-funded Kenya Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises project (FIRM), implemented by DAI, where she oversaw all aspects of grants and contracts management portfolio for almost five years.

Rose is a champion of positive youth development and education. She has contributed to the startup of local community-based organizations in Kenya that provide necessary access to education and mentorship programs to underprivileged children.

Rose has a master's in business administration with a concentration in strategic management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is fluent in English, Kalenjin, and Swahili.