Kenya: Deputy Programmes Director – Science Support and Systems.

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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.

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