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The African Academy of Sciences
Driving Scientific and Technological Development in Africa

Open Vacancies

Position: Grand Challenges Africa Program Manager

The Role: The AAS is seeking to recruit a GC Africa Programme Manager who will be responsible for the development and management of a strategic portfolio of activities and investments for the GC Africa Programme.

S/he will manage a portfolio of awards, provide advice and guidance, stimulate collaborations and participate in the assessment of funded activities by evaluating the outputs and outcomes and participate in review meetings and advisory boards of funded programmes. 

In addition, the Programme Manager will also be responsible for managing, and helping to develop and implement critical processes and projects for AESA and keep abreast of scientific fields to inform the generation of new lines of work and improvements to existing programme portfolios.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·                     MD or PhD in a discipline related to human health and development and science research; 
·                     10+ years of related experience; 
·                     significant knowledge and understanding of the grants funding environment for Africa; 
·                     proven experience in leading a team and of direct line management; 
·                     evidence of ability to effectively manage multiple schemes/initiatives with discrete processes; 
·                     knowledge of, and breadth of interest in health research for Africa; 
·                     project management experience and expertise; 
·                     previous experience with partnerships development and alliances will be an asset.

Position: Head of Communications and Public Relations

The Role: The AAS is seeking to recruit the Head of Communications & Public Relations who will be responsible for establishing and managing AAS brand development in Africa and supporting the growth of science and innovation. 

S/he will lead the development and building of an engaging and compelling AAS brand in Africa; work with the Directors to develop and implement a pan African communication, fundraising and marketing strategy that leverages the unique strengths of AAS to achieve Africa’s ambitious targets for research and innovation growth; direct, coordinate and support resource mobilization strategies for Africa with government agencies, foundations, corporations and other potential streams of income that might benefit from a continental level; devise and manage a media relations strategy and build strong relationships with relevant journalists.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·                     An advanced degree in management, communications, public relations & marketing or other relevant field; 
·                     at least 10 years’ professional experience in a leadership role within communications or marketing with demonstrated success in managing teams; 
·                     experience of engaging with and influencing senior political, government, business and scientific leaders especially in Africa; 
·                     proven editorial judgement and thorough knowledge of on and off-line media markets;
·                     experience in developing and implementing marketing, communications strategies which leverage the power of online media and audience engagement with experience providing stewardship of brand and reputation across diverse stakeholders and multiple markets / countries.
How to Apply
The positions are open to qualified candidates from Africa and globally who can work in Kenya. 

Interested candidates are invited to read the job descriptions at
Applicants must email a completed application form from the AAS website, a detailed curriculum vitae with a list of referees and a cover letter to, with the Position and Vacancy Number as the Subject by 15 December 2017. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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).

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