11 August 2017

EAC Careers - Principal Officer - Information and Communication Technology Development at EASTECO

Organisation: East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO)
Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda
Reports to: Deputy Executive Secretary (Head of Programme Development)
Ref: EAC/EASTECO/HR/02-07-17)
Grade: P4

About US:
The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) is an Institution of the East African Community (EAC) charged with governing the Partner States’ co-operation in the development and implementation of Science and Technology. The vision of the Commission is to contribute to a prosperous, competitive, secure and united East Africa through collaboration in science, technology and innovation. The mission is to promote and coordinate the development, management and application of Science and Technology in the EAC Partner States, for an innovative, competitive and integrated East Africa, and for the wellbeing of her people.

Job Summary: The Principal Officer - Information and Communication Technology Development will coordinate EASTECO’s work on ICT Development in the region to leverage the effective development and efficient application of ICT for Innovation and socio-economic development of the EAC Partner States.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will evaluate and recommend relevant areas for ICT development and application and facilitate the collaboration with Partner States for their adoption, including regional development of the information industries (electronics, computers and software development; communications systems; information and communication services), as well as infrastructure advancements;
  • Oversee the development, coordination & execution of a regional strategy of ICT development, innovation and application including capacity building, mechanisms for the promotion and support of talented youth in ICT in line with EASTECO objectives;
  • Formulate and facilitate the implementation of programs/projects to promote regional and national ICT centres and incubators/hubs in the Community, including promoting regional collaboration in ICT development and innovation;
  • Formulate and develop models for interventions and use of ICT to support innovation and improvements in productive and social sectors (manufacturing, Infrastructure, trade & services, education, health);
  • Facilitate and coordinate commercialization of innovations in ICT in the Community
  • Ensure that relevant innovative ICT solutions are disseminated and demonstrated through relevant mechanisms including conferences, exhibitions and other fora;
  • Coordinate the Commission’s regional level information system networks including online publications and web portals;
  • Formulate and implement the Commission’s ICT policy and strategy;
  • Supervise the design and development of the Commission ICT infrastructure (network, servers, computer equipment and software), by coordinating evaluation, configuration and installation of software systems and tools;
  • Take part in the preparation of Progress reports, work plans and budgets for the Commission.
  • Perform other related duties assigned by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Development.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the EAC East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) Principal Officer - Information and Communication Technology Development career opportunity should hold an advanced degree (at least Masters Level) in a relevant field of Information and Communication Technology. Other relevant qualifications related to Project management and/or business management will be an advantage.
  • At least ten years’ experience in Information and Communication Technology field, ICT policy research with at least 5 years at a senior level;
  • Previous experience in program/project planning and management and in developing project proposals;
  • Extensive knowledge in business re-engineering and strategies, systems analysis and design, information systems security management, contracts and specifications drafting and management, database design and administration, ICT management/leadership, network administration, ICT projects management and business continuity.
  • Knowledge of EAC Partner States’ ICT strengths and capabilities is a plus.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with the ability to meet stated deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry, government and civil society;
  • Posses highly analytical and problem solving skills,
  • Be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to work independently with little guidance and oversight in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, able to produce clear, concise reports, and to present complex concepts to non-expert audiences;
  • Reliable, positive and effective team player with a track record working in multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results through collaboration;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for science, emerging technologies and the internationalization of science.
  • Age Limit: Below 55 years old. 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates from any of the EAC partner states including Uganda are encouraged to  submit their applications either electronically or in hard copy but not both to the address below, comprising the following:
  • Letter of motivation, with the job reference
  • Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copy of the biodata page of passport/ID;
  • Certified Copies of degree/certificates;
  • Professional testimonials;
  • Daytime telephone contact;
  • Names and contact addresses (with telephone and emails) of 3 referees.
Address to:

The Executive Secretary,
EASTECO Secretariat,

Email to: info@easteco.org

Deadline: Wednesday, 16th August 2017 by 5:00PM

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