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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,

Email to: info@easteco.org

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

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