The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) is an Institution of the East African Community (EAC) established by the 5th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State on 18th June 2007, with a mandate of coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Partner States and national science and technology institutions (including the relevant national Commissions/Councils) to promote the development and application of science, technology and innovation in all its aspects, including i) policy development, ii) program development and implementation, iii) knowledge and skills development, iv) research and development, v) technology acquisition, adaptation and utilization, vi) resource mobilization and utilization.
The overall objective of EASTECO is to promote and coordinate the development, management and application of Science and Technology to support regional integration and socio-economic development.
In order to fulfill its mandate, the Commission is inviting applications from qualified persons for the following position:
Organ / Institution: East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO)
Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda
Principal Officer (Research and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation)
To lead the development of Programs and Projects in Research and Development, and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of regional Science and Technology policies in order to ensure the effective and efficient development and application of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the formulation of Regional Research Policies including mechanisms to safeguard the region from hazards that might result from research activities and the application of Science and Technology;
Formulate mechanisms for promoting the further development of regional research Centres of Excellence;
Coordinate the design and implementation of common ethical guidelines for research and its application in the community;
Principal Officer (Innovations, Technology Development & Aquisition)
Job reports to: Deputy Executive Secretary (Head of Programme Development)
To Coordinate EASTECO’s work on Innovation, Technology Development and Acquisition to ensure the effective and efficient development, management and application of Science, Technology and Innovation in the East African Community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the development, coordination & execution of a regional innovation strategy including formulation of mechanisms for the identification, promotion and growth of special talents in Science and Technology with particular emphasis on the youth and gender parity;
Facilitate and drive innovation outcomes with emphasis on projects that may include patentable and/or game changing solutions to solve regional development challenges as well as coordinating with other innovation groups outside the region;
Identify opportunities for partnerships & drive development of those relationships (joint ventures, strategic partnerships, innovation accelerators, etc.);