EAC Jobs – Principal Officer – Scientific Research and Development at East African Science and Technology Commission (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/01-07-17)
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 – Scientific Research and Development will lead and coordinate the
development and implementation of Programs and Projects in Scientific Research
and Development, including monitoring the implementation of regional Science
and Technology policies in order to ensure the effective and efficient development
and application of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Community.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Steer the formulation of Regional
    Scientific Research Policies including mechanisms to safeguard the region
    from hazards that might result from research activities and the application
    of Science and Technology;
  • The incumbent will formulate mechanisms
    for promoting the further development of regional  scientific research Centres of
    Excellence;
  • Take lead of the design and implementation
    of common ethical guidelines for research and its application in the
    community;
  • Lead and coordinate regional collaborative
    scientific research for the benefit of the development agenda of the
    Community including working with relevant partners to guide regional
    research objectives to target development challenges in the community;
  • The incumbent will also identify
    opportunities for strategic partnerships with academia, industry,
    government and civil society & drive development of those
    relationships;
  • Formulate and implement mechanisms to
    support the dissemination, exchange and utilization of scientific research
    findings, scientific information and products from scientific research in
    the Community;
  • Assist with fundraising efforts for new
    regional initiatives in scientific research
  • Work closely with relevant actors to
    synthesize available scientific research into actionable insights and
    development-focused innovation concepts, and leverage the potential of
    applicable research;
  • Work in liaison with relevant partners to
    promote and support skills development for Science, Mathematics,
    Engineering and Technology, with focus on the regional needs;
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the
    implementation of regional (EAC) Science and Technology efforts and
    policies including the further development of regional indicators;
  • Actively participate in preparation of
    work plans and budget 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 –
    Scientific Research and Development job placement should hold a PhD in a
    relevant field of Science, with additional qualifications in Research and Development;
  • At least ten years’ experience working in
    a Scientific Research Organisation with 5 years at senior level;
  • Good track record of high quality academic
    and/or policy publications
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    data/information management and utilization of scientific research findings.
  • Extensive knowledge of technical concepts
    related to program planning and management, research and survey
    methodology;
  • Previous experience in developing project
    proposals.
  • 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;
  • Must possess analytical and problem
    solving skills,
  • 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 in English, 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 multidisciplinary teams and
    delivering results through collaboration;
  • Advanced skills in computer software
    applications.
  • 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,
KIGALI, RWANDA
Email to: info@easteco.org
Deadline: Wednesday, 16th
August 2017 by 5:00PM
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