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Head, Environmental Health Theme

  • Post-graduate education
  • Research, academy
  • Senior manager (department head)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

ICIPE is seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist to fill the position of HEAD OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTHTHEME. The Theme has a total staff number of 79 with an annual budget of USD 6 million. The work of the Themespans the impact of climate change on insect populations and the subsequent health and agriculture consequences,development of plant-derived natural insecticides and monitoring the benefits of a reduced environmental burdenof chemical insecticides, and bee health and genetics, pollination services, as well as working with communities toestablish insect-based commercial activities (e.g. honey and silk).

The position is tenable in Nairobi at the ICIPE Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, which is renewable subject to funding availability for the position and performance of the staff member.

A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, child educationallowance up to university first degree, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirementpackage (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore, the incumbent will receivepaid 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 supportto relocate and settle in Nairobi. Qualified candidates from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Onlyshortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

The overall purpose of the job is to lead the Environmental Health Theme. Reporting to the Director of Research and Partnerships the successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team providing leadership and research strategy to the Centre in collaboration with ICIPE’s other Themes and Units. It is expected that the successful candidate will maintain a portfolio of research that is aligned with ICIPE’s strategy and goals.


  1. Work in collaboration with the ICIPE leadership team, including the Director General, Director of Research Partnerships (DRP), as well as Heads of Themes and Units, to facilitate research and capacity building activities across the Centre
  2. Promote and establish collaborative linkages with national, regional, and international institutions in the relevant fields of the Theme.
  3. Seek and secure external support for the activities of the Theme, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio.
  4. Manage and develop the staff of the Theme to create and foster a culture of science excellence, and ensure the Theme has the human resources required now and into the future.
  5. Ensure the Theme meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders, including national licensing authorities and donors

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Research, academy
Seniority: Senior manager (department head)

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required skills: Stakeholder communication; Operative management; Partnerships; People management; Research planning; Team leadership
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Non-profit, social work

icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health 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 more than 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 worldquality 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, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually.

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