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Human Health Head

(Ref. No. IRS/296/122018)
The Centre has an active portfolio of human health research focusing on diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, tsetse, sandflies, and ticks. Reporting to the Director of Research & Partnerships (DRP), the successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team contributing leadership and research strategy to the Centre in collaboration with icipe’s other Themes and Units. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a portfolio of research, with a focus on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases that is aligned with icipe’s strategy and goals.

The successful candidate is expected to:
·         Work in collaboration with the icipe leadership team, including the Director General, Director of Research and Partnerships (DRP) and Heads of Themes and Units, to undertake and facilitate research and capacity building activities across the Centre;
·         Lead and spearhead the development of a coherent vision for the HH Theme;
·         Organise a Theme structure to cost-effectively utilise resources to meet icipe’s research, capacity and institutional building needs;
·         Guide programme/project leaders within the Theme to ensure timely preparation of the Theme’s annual work-plans, budgets, and scientific and technical reports for donors;
·         Ensure Theme members continually update skills and methodologies, to keep up with global cutting-edge knowledge;
·         Promote and establish collaborative linkages with national, regional and international institutions in the relevant fields of research of the Theme;
·         Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Theme, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio;
·         Manage and develop the staff of the Theme to create and foster a culture of science excellence and to ensure the Theme has the human resources required now and into the future;
·         Facilitate peer-review of the performance of Theme members;
·         Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the HH Theme, to ensure relevance and quality;
·         Act as a spokesperson and representative of the Theme;
·         Ensure the Theme meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders, including national licensing authorities and donors.
·         PhD degree in medical or veterinary entomology, or a relevant field, from a reputable university.
·         Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organisation or university.
·         Excellent research and publication track record.
·         Experience with downstream work that ensures impact through partnerships.
·         Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
·         Excellent communication skills.
Core Competencies
·         Track record of exemplary leadership qualities is essential.
·         Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
·         Proven record of managing complex projects—with financial, human resource and administrative responsibilities.
Other desirable attributes
·         High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.
This position reports to the Director of Research & Partnerships (DRP).
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Head of Communications
(Ref. No. IRS/307/122018)
icipe—International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology—is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing close to 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, 100–150 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually.
icipe wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS in the Office of the Director General. The position is tenable in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, renewable, subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, child education allowance up to university first degree, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation, return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year, and duty-free privileges. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Qualified candidates from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
icipe’s communications
This role is a chance to help shape the communications agenda of an international organisation. In collaboration with the management team, the successful candidate will design and implement a Centrewide communications strategy, boosting the visibility of the Centre to its international donors, and sharing the results of its research widely. A communications team of full-time staff, consultants and several communications officers and social scientists across the organisation support the aims of the  Communications Unit. Various writers, photographers and filmmakers familiar with icipe’s work are available to support specific projects. icipe’s communication outputs include a website, newsletters, corporate reports, training and dissemination materials, internal bulletins and social media posts.
·         Provide leadership and coordination for all communication activities of the Centre, to enhance icipe’s
·         visibility and credibility as a centre of excellence, by: (i) supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy (as well as coaching research and support staff on the implementation of the communications strategy), and (ii) raising the profile of icipe’s corporate brand, programmes, projects and individual researchers.
·         Strengthen and diversify icipe’s communications products, by reviewing the adequacy of icipe’s current communication materials and recommending improvements.
·         Oversee the design and production of icipe’s publications (including press releases, corporate reports, brochures, training materials, newsletters, social media posts, and website).
·         Provide communication/information advice and assistance to icipe teams, helping them to meet their visibility obligations to donors and partners, either by doing the work required or by contracting the work to consultants.
·         Share icipe’s work in local and international media, by meeting our obligations to donors, collaborating with partners and stakeholders, and bringing the results of our research to those who might benefit from it.
·         Ensure effective and appealing internal communication on icipe business, relevant topics, strategies and management decisions (through internal bulletins, intranet and meetings, and organising workshops, seminars, exhibitions and employee functions in liaison with the management team).

·         Ensure that employees know and respect crisis communication preparedness and communication procedures
·         Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost effective manner.
·         Be accountable for all local and international communication activities of the Centre, including advocacy and liaison activities with organisations that share similar interests.
Knowledge and skills required for performing the job
·         Knowledge of media advertising and publishing is essential.
·         Highly proficient in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of oral and written French is an added advantage.
·         Computer proficiency particularly in MS Office Suite, and familiarity with desktop publishing and spreadsheet software is essential.
·         Familiarity with Apple Macintosh computers is an added advantage.
Minimum qualifications required
·         Degree in journalism, communications, or related specification is essential.
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills are mandatory.
Minimum experience required
·         5 years of related professional experience in a position of responsibility in an international organisation or a commercial organisation with international scope.
·         Experience in journalism/media relations.
·         Proven track record in leadership, leading to capabilities in driving and developing a communications team.
·         Ability to think strategically, and to develop and execute strategic communication planning (as well as the corresponding messages and communication activities).
Other desirable attributes
·         Strong in relationship building with journalists and other relevant external and internal stakeholder groups.
·         High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation, and documentation skills.
·         Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.
This position reports to the Director General.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Head of Finance
Job Description
The Head of Finance (HoF) will provide financial leadership to a strong team of finance professionals and have primary strategic day-to-day responsibility at the Centre to ensure the existence and adherence to fundamental principles of financial management—financial accountability, internal controls, recordkeeping, compliances, financial integrity, planning, budgeting, cash-flow management and financial reporting. The HoF will support planning, monitoring and decision-making processes to achieve best value in utilising resources, and providing quality information, financial analysis, training and professional advice.
·         First, provide overall supervision of the processes of recording, classifying and summarising financial transactions and interpreting the results, ensuring that all transactions of the Centre are recorded, and that supporting original documentation for all transactions is easily accessible. Second, provide necessary approvals for transactions and processes within set policies. Third, provide custodianship to all financial policies and procedures.
·         Ensure continuous development and improvement of all supporting financial and management information systems for the Centre, ERP systems, project costing, and mapping of accounts and analysis codes.
·         Ensure that effective internal controls are in place to safeguard financial assets of the Centre, and that records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards.
·         Ensure compliance with all applicable financial regulatory laws and rules for financial reporting in all jurisdictions where the Centre operates.
·         Oversee the coordination and activities of independent external auditors for the Centre and project audits, ensuring that all compliance issues are met and that the preparation of annual financial statements is in accordance with both the Centre’s standards and international standards.
·         Oversee the preparation of periodic financial statements, financial management reports, cash flows, special analyses, and information reports for use by the Budget holders, Centre’s Senior Management Committee (SMC) and Governing Council Members. Equally important, ensure that the finance unit meets all its financial reporting requirements—statutory, management and contractual—on a timely basis.
·         Establish and maintain strong relationships with programme/project managers, identify their needs, and deliver enhanced business solutions. Provide support to other business support units in financial related matters. Additionally, provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and opportunities. Analyse costs and expenses and guide programme/project managers, as well as analyse financial statements to pinpoint trends and potential problem areas.
·         Analyse cash flows, monitor banking activities, oversee the management investments in line with set policies, to ensure adequate cash flow to meet the Centre’s needs and optimisation of investments held.
·         Represent the Centre externally to various stakeholders, e.g. governments and funding agencies.
·         Serve on tender, planning and policy-making committees.
·         Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate Finance Unit staff.
·         Play a key role in the development of the Centre’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
·         A master’s degree in finance or accounting.
·         Ten (10) years of experience in a senior-level finance and accounting position. § Professional accounting qualification – CPA, ACCA, CA, or similar accreditation.
Core Competencies
·         Experience crafting financial strategies and managing diverse accounting teams.
·         Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
·         Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles, including international standards.
·         Solid project cost accounting and project management skills.
·         Ability to analyse financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections.
Other desirable attributes
·         Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage at all levels of the Centre, particularly with staff at all locations.
·         Strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to provide sound advice based on accurate and timely analyses.
·         A high level of and a strong sense of timeliness and results orientation.
·         A high level of skills in written and verbal communication.
This position reports to the Director of Finance & Administration (DFA).
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted up to 17th May 2019. Shortlisting is ongoing. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers); and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/ abilities and skills.
Candidates are required to apply online through: or by Email: icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect

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