Head, Human and Animal Health Themes , International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)

(Ref. No. IRS/149/032016)
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 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, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.icipe.org
Please also download icipe’s Vision and Strategy 2013–2020http://www.icipe.org/images/stories/pdf/about_ us/icipe_Vision_and_Strategy_2013-2020.pdf
icipe is seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist to fill the position of HEAD OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH THEMES. The Themes of Human and Animal Health have a total staff number of 57 with an annual budget of USD 7.5 M.
The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The appointment will initially be for two years, with a possibility of extension after successfully completing a six-month probation period of the first contract. 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, an offshore retirement package, all payable in US Dollars, will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore, the incumbent will receive a paid vacation/annual airfare, 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 the city. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
Living in Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million and plentiful supermarkets, malls, bars and restaurants, as well as many parks and open spaces. Although it is important to be conscious of security, Kenyans are warm, welcoming and forgiving of visitors.
Nairobi has a thriving international research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. icipe employs a number of international staff.
Overall purpose of the job
The overall purpose of the job is to lead the Human and Animal Health Themes. 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.
  • 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 facilitate research and capacity building activities across the Centre;
  • Promote and establish collaborative linkages with national, regional and international institutions in the relevant fields of the Themes;
  • Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Themes, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio;
  • Manage and develop the staff of the Themes to create and foster a culture of science excellence and to ensure the Themes have the human resources required now and into the future;
  • Ensure the Themes meet their legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders, including national licensing authorities and donors.
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 mobilization and financial accountability.
  • PhD degree in medical or veterinary entomology, or a relevant field, from a reputable university.
  • Excellent publication track record.
  • 10 years experience gained at a senior level in either 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.
Other desirable attributes
  • High degree of organization, adaptability and prioritization.
This position reports to the Director of Research and Partnerships.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
Applications will be accepted up to 30th April 2016, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier.
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: http://recruit.icipe.org
icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.
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