Research Manager Job in Kenya

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a not-for-profit Pan-African institution, established in 1988, dedicated to the advancement of economic policy research and graduate training in economics in Africa. 

The Consortium’s mandate and strategic intent is built on the basis that economic management and sustained development in sub-Saharan Africa requires well-trained, locally based professionals. 

AERC agitates the provision of capacity building in economic policy in Francophone and Anglophone African countries through provision of support in the areas of economic policy research and training.

AERC is seeking to recruit a dynamic and results oriented individual to fill the position of Research Manager

Reporting to the Director of Research, the successful candidate will provide support in the intellectual leadership, strategic direction and management of the research programmes with emphasis on collaborative research, commissioned studies and special workshops.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Formulate and design new Collaborative Research projects in line with the strategic focus of AERC.
  • Oversee implementation of Collaborative Research projects and related activities (including review of proposals), and prepare progress reports on all projects in accordance with the agreed guidelines.
  • Design implementation plans, and develop monitoring and evaluation systems for the Collaborative Research Projects to ensure that the indicators/outputs and outcomes are met.
  • Provide support to project coordinators, steering committee members, resource persons, researchers and other members of the research network.
  • Organize research project meetings, steering committee meetings, workshops and seminars.
  • Develop funding proposals and assist in fund raising activities.
  • Ensure that strategies and budgets for the annual program of work are in place and executed flawlessly.
Person Specifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing research and outreach programs in Economics.
  • Extensive research experience and strong publication record.
  • Outstanding drafting, writing and communication skills in English. Fluency in oral and written French is an added advantage.
  • Experience in fund-raising and in donor liaison.
  • Financial Planning and Project Management Skills.
  • Self-starter, and works effectively with minimal supervision.
For this position, good communication, interpersonal and team playing skills are essential. 

Willingness to travel and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines is crucial.

If you believe your career objectives match this challenging role, please submit your application with a detailed CV, stating your current position, remuneration, email and telephone contacts, and names and addresses of three referees.

Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

To be considered your application must be received by 5 July 2015 addressed to:

The Manager, Human Resources and Administration
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
MEMBANK Towers, 3rd Floor
Milimani Road
P.O. Box 62882, 00200, Nairobi 

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