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Kenya: Deputy Programmes Director – Science Support and Systems.

Organization: The African Academy of Sciences
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 Aug 2018

Organization Overview;

The AAS is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

Position Overview

The Deputy Programmes Director is responsible for coordinating and enabling all aspects in the development of research support management initiatives aimed at enhancing the research environment and culture across the Academy. The position will work closely with the Director, Programmes in creating and implementing strategies to support the achievement of research goals and objectives of AAS programmes across Africa. The incumbent will also represent the Director, Programmes at external meetings and events as needed.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities;

· Guide the implementation of high quality, responsive, and timely activities that support the internal operations and program functions of AAS

· Participate in the development of AAS strategic and long-term growth plans. Play a key role in developing and shaping strategies for research and proactively generate, identify and pursue opportunities in priority areas for strategic development.

· Provide leadership for the transformation of research systems and management in Africa through supporting the development of research and innovation management as a profession

· Manage the implementation of efficient and effective processes to develop and support research activity and researchers, aligned to the priorities of the Academy Strategies.

· Manage the development and implementation of an organizational framework that ensures the best support for the research activities of the Programmes staff and Fellows

· Evaluate research tools and emerging technology and coordinate vendor relations as necessary.

· Facilitate effective partnership working between the Research Support Management team and Programs to improve research development and support, improve systems and processes for research performance monitoring and researcher development.

· Lead development, implementation and monitoring evaluation plans addressing logic models, strategic and program evaluation questions, data collection methods, analysis and reporting;

· Work in liaison with the M&E focal person to review, develop, continuously improve and embed implementation of policies/processes to ensure the submission of high quality proposals to funders

· Actively contribute to the development of research quality management systems and impact tracking systems and deliver improvements to processes

· Develop relationships to advise and give direction to Program staff and research fellows on maximizing applications for the best outcome for the Academy and individual performance

· Manage collaborative relationships with colleagues in other teams and other professional services to help achieve the Academy’s aims for a positive research culture and environment

· Develop and maintain repository of institutional knowledge to improve the overall quality of applications

· Deliver workshops to provide researchers and staff with best practice advice and guidance

· Provide professional leadership and support to a Research Support Management team. Manage and develop the divisional staff, offering coaching and enforcing performance standards.

· Provide business development support across all programmes especially those focused on scientific innovations.

Knowledge and Experience

· At least 8years’ experience working in higher education or the research sector with project management experience.

· Training experience in management, business and systems approaches would be an added advantage.

· Knowledge and thorough understanding of the Research Excellence Frameworks

· Knowledge and thorough understanding of M&E frameworks and how to develop programmes theory of change.

· Familiarity with the process of policy making to guide programmes implementation

· Technical knowledge of systems and tools for delivering and tracking programmes delivery

· Proven experience in facilitating technical and strategic design processes, and developing workflow processes and tools to support research initiatives

· A good understanding of current international, national and pan-African issues in research management

· Knowledge of the fields of sustainability reporting, sustainable development and innovation

· Be familiar with Sound knowledge of research and technical assistance processes in similar environments – nationally and internationally

Skills and Attributes

· Strategic thinker, ability to see the big picture and formulate strategies for the entire academy and contribute to achievement of the organization’s overall objectives;

· A talented and dedicated people manager, with a strong interest in growing and developing a team

· Excellence in building and managing relationship; be a strong networker

· A good communicator and experienced presenter, highly persuasive and an ability to inspire

· Excellent inter-personal skills, and an ability to represent AAS at all levels and in different cultural settings

· Highly organized with an ability to work independently whilst presenting strong teamwork skills

· Excellent social skills, friendly and easy to approach working style

· Good financial and budgeting capability

· Able to work in an international and multi-cultural setting

· High moral standing with impeccable integrity.

Academic Qualifications

· PhD preferred

· Master’s degree in a relevant field

How to apply:

All Applicants must submit a filled application form from the AAS website http://aasciences.ac.ke/silo/files/aas-job-application-form2.doc, curriculum vitae, and a cover letter submitted by email to recruitment@aasciences.ac.ke, with the Position and Vacancy Number as the Subject no later than 31st August 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AAS Strategy and Partnerships Director

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. 

It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).
 

 

The AAS is looking for a dynamic individual for the following role:

Position Title: Director, Strategy and Partnerships
 

Vacancy Announcement No: AAS/STR/17/017
 

Department: Strategy and Partnerships
Reporting to: Executive Director

Position Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration: 3 Years

Closing date: 3 January 2018
 

Organisation Overview: The AAS is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation.

It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the new agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).
 

Position Overview: The Director for Strategy and Partnerships is responsible for developing, overseeing and supporting the implementation of strategic initiatives, programmes and projects that support the AAS vision and short- and long-term plans. 

This will be through creating, implementing, and managing the AAS fundraising and development strategy. 

The incumbent will also be responsible for the Academy’s Strategy, Think Tank and Advisory Functions as well as work in liaison with all the AAS Fellows, and others to shape opinions and policy
 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct and oversee the AAS strategic and long-range goal planning function by driving strategic initiatives, and supporting the development of long-term growth plans and resource mobilization goals
  • Analyze and recommend expansion and growth opportunities, including viability of funding partners, venture capital sources, internal organizational performance and process improvement.
  • Leadership, management and coordination of the Coalition for African Research and Innovation (CARI)programme.  Working across the AAS teams, with the CARI Steering group, CARI Working Groups and CARI Leadership Group ensure effective coordination of this complex coalition.  Areas of responsibility to include:
  1. Delivery of the Business Plan;
  2. Coordination of the Leadership Group, Steering Group and Working Groups.
  3. Budget Management, including management of grants to support CARI Secretariat costs.
  4. Oversight of advocacy campaign (working with the senior communications manager).
  5. Management of risk.
  6. Ensure relationship management system in place to track CARI’s partners.
  7. Proactively coordinate internally and externally and maintains a calendar of activities and build a Rhythm of Business
  • Develops fundraising strategies, formulates solicitation procedures, and oversees all fundraising activities. Identifies new donor bases, directs and coordinates solicitation of funds.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive, strategic, goal-based development plan to attract, build, and maintain effective and mutually beneficial relationships with individuals, communities, foundations, and corporations capable of contributing significantly to AAS
  • Network and liaise with current and potential donors and partners – close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director Programmes throughout application and implementation of programs; demonstrate understanding of sustainability reporting, sustainable development and innovation.
  • Build strong relations internally across all departments, in particular with AAS’ Communications team, Strategy and Policy Unit, Knowledge Unit, Executive Director’s office and other Regional offices
  • Work with the senior management team to design policies that contribute to creation of an environment where partnerships can thrive and ensure AAS has an effective framework for creating and maintaining relationships;
  • Lead the Strategy and Partnership team and play a key advocacy role and mobilize African and International resources towards the support of research in Africa
  • Keep abreast of the broader scientific funding and policy landscape to inform the strategic direction of AESA and align it with AAS’s strategic plan;
  • Manage and develop the divisional staff, offering coaching and enforcing performance standards.Person Specifications
How to Apply

All Applicants must CLICK HERE to download and submit a filled application form from the AAS website, curriculum vitae, and a cover letter to email protected, with the position and Vacancy Number as the Subject by 3 January 2018. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AAS Legal and Compliance Officer

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. 

It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).
 

 

The AAS is looking for a dynamic individual for the following role:

 
Position Title: Legal and Compliance Officer
 

Vacancy Announcement No: AAS/LE/17/018
 

Department: Executive Director’s Office

Position Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: 3 January 2018
 

Organisation Overview: The AAS is a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, which aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science, technology and innovation. It has a tripartite mandate of pursuing excellence by recognising scholars and achievers; providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping the continent’s strategies and policies; and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programmes that impact on developmental challenges through the agenda setting and funding platform, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).
 

Purpose: The Legal and Compliance Officer is responsible for leading and directing the management of all legal issues involving the AAS and has overall responsibility for ensuring that the Academy’s legal risks and compliance requirements are assessed and mitigated appropriately. 

Works in close collaboration with legal firms that may be contracted to offer legal services to the Academy. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law or its equivalent.
  • Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.
  • Member of Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) or relevant professional body.
  • At least 3 years’ relevant experience in legal, Company Secretary dealing with Boards.

Personal Attributes

  • High moral standing with impeccable integrity.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • Enthusiastic, results oriented with excellent presentation skills.
How to Apply

All Applicants must CLICK HERE to download and submit a filled application form from the AAS website, curriculum vitae, and a cover letter to recruitment@aasciences.ac.ke, with the position and Vacancy Number as the Subject by 3 January 2018. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.