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Head, Human Health Theme

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

ICIPE seeks to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Head, Human Health Theme. The position is tenable at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus in Mbita, South Nyanza, and is available to commence immediately. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, which may be renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position and performance of the staff member.


  1. Work in collaboration with the icipe leadership team including the Director General, Director of Research and Partnerships (DRP) as well as Heads of Themes and Units, to undertake and facilitate research and capacity building activities across the Centre;
  2. Lead and spearhead the development of a coherent vision for the HH Theme;
  3. Organise a Theme structure to cost-effectively utilise resources to meet icipe’s research, capacity and institutional building needs;
  4. 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;
  5. Ensure Theme members continually update skills and methodologies, to keep up with global cutting-edge knowledge;
  6. Promote and establish collaborative linkages with national, regional and international institutions in the relevant fields of research of the Theme;
  7. Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Theme, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio;
  8. 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;
  9. Facilitate peer-review of the performance of Theme members;
  10. Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the HH Theme, to ensure relevance and quality;
  11. Act as a spokesperson and representative of the Theme;
  12. 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: Homabay
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: Budgeting, financial planning; Grant and fund management; Reporting; Operative management; Programme management; Research planning
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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