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Head, Environment Health Theme

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Knowledge required for performing the job
▪ Previous experience in research management and a proven track record in a relevant area of scientific research as demonstrated by publication record, and a history of securing external support for a portfolio of research.
▪ Ability to create and foster an innovative work environment and to work within, and lead teams, to deliver on agreed goals.
▪ Appropriate skills in research governance, including experience in the oversight of resource mobilisation and financial accountability.
▪ PhD degree in relevant field, including entomology, environmental or agricultural sciences, climate change and/or modelling from a reputable university.
▪ Excellent publication track record.
▪ Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in a research organisation or university.
▪ Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
▪ Proven record of managing large resources—both financial and human—in a research environment.
▪ Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
▪ Excellent communication skills are mandatory.
▪ Track record of exemplary leadership qualities is essential.


Specific duties
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 EH 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 EH 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.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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