COSTECH began operations in 1986 and since then, it has been the principal advisory organ of the government on all matters relating to science, technology and innovation (STI). It is entrusted with the advisory role of formulating policy on science and technology and its implementation; it monitors and coordinates scientific research, technology development and transfer; acquires stores and disseminates scientific and technological information and fosters regional and international cooperation. COSTECH Act No. 7 of 1986 establish a fund known as the National Fund for Advancement of Science and Technology (NFAST) for the purpose of providing financial support or grants for scientific research, technological development and ' innovation with .the national priorities areas. The Commission I through the support of Human Development Innovation Fund I (HDIF) intends to strengthen the capacity of the NFAST grant management by among other things recruit competent grant manager. Furthermore, COSTECH wants to strengthen its capacity to acquire stores and disseminates scientific and technological information by recruiting two data analysts who will support the Director- responsible for knowledge management to maintain and sustain systems and procedures of extracting knowledge from science, technology and innovation data in various forms. COSTECH invites applications for the positions of A Grants Manager (NFAST Coordinator) and Two Data Analysts.
1. The Grants Manager (GM) The Grants Manager (GM) will be responsible for managing all elements of the Grant Management Cycle and work with directors responsible for research coordination, promotion and innovation during grant making. Reporting Structure The Grants Officer will report directly to the Director General, and indirectly to COSTECH's Director responsible for finance Duties and Responsibilities i. To coordinate the NFAST and any other grants portfolio that become part of the fund; ii. To prepare NFAST financial projections and submit to the NFAST committee; iii. To prepare and submit the NFAST expenditure report to the NFAST committee; iv. To participate in setting thematic areas of research of which concept notes would be requested from prospective' applicants of NFAST grants; v. To ensure that, grants awarded, are in compliance with the COSTECH Manual granting instruments by observing all requirements therein; vi. To participate in monitoring of ongoing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) activities in order to ensure compliance with plan of activities and discuss progress with both the researcher/innovator and the host institution; vii. To review progress reports of grantees both in terms of technical and financial submissions, and, when issues arise from narrative reports submitted by grantees,• identify and resolve anomalies or any other problem, in cooperation with COSTECH Accounts/Audit Sections in order to ensure financial compliance according to standing financial regulations; viii. Raise concerns with grantees to Director General as and when they arise and monitor any remedial action taken by the grantees; ix. To ensure submission of final technical and financial reports from grantees and ensure that results are disseminated as per the proposed dissemination plan; x. To ensure that the grants database is timely updated; xi. Monitor bank balances of funds at grantee's host institutions and follow up to ensure any unspent funds are returned to COSTECH after completion of projects; xii. Review of all contracting documentation to ensure they meet COSTECH's and donor's requirements; xiii. Finalization of Grant Memorandums after project approval by Internal and External Reviewers. xiv. Training, supervision and performance management of Grants Associates; xv. To coordinate the NFAST Committee meeting; and xvi. To perform any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor. Qualifications and Experience: A holder of a Master degree in Finance, Business Administration, Economics, and Project Management or equivalent qualifications from recognized institutions. With demonstrative skill in research project monitoring and evaluation, research proposal review and grant management with at five (5) years of progressively responsible and demonstrated working experience in which 3 years should be at senior managerial position, with good knowledge in financial analysis, project management and grant management. A Candidate should have CPA qualification or its ) equivalent. Skills A Candidate must possess coaching skills, negotiation and debating skills, strong analytical skills, good interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to work . effectively under pressure and to manage competing priorities, and willingness to travel. Fluent in Swahili and English. Salary Scale: Attractive remuneration package in accordance with COSTECH's salary scale =========== 2. Data Analyst (2 posts) Data Analyst will be responsible to assist the Director of Knowledge Management in applying data mining techniques, doing statistical analysis, and building high quality prediction systems integrated with COSTECH services. The post holder will have an understanding of the area of research support and scholarly communication. Reporting Structure The Data Analyst will report directly to the Director of Knowledge Management. Duties and Responsibilities : Develops data collection instruments; develops and utilizes instruments and methods for the evaluation and quality control of research or operational data including publications. Collects, analyses, interprets, and summarizes data in preparation for generation of statistical and analytical reports. Maintains computerized collection and tracking of relevant data. Utilizes specified statistical software to analyse and interpret research data, publications and other knowledge products, including compliance to open access, as appropriate to the individual position. Maintains appropriate records of research methods and results. Designs and/or develops specific databases for collection, tracking, and reporting of research data, publications and other knowledge products, as appropriate to the position. May participate in or initiate proposal writing and funding searches; may develop and/or present training programs in field of expertise. May provide a variety of professional, fiscal, administrative, and/or clerical services to the organisation. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Academic and Professional Qualifications A holder of a master degree in Information Science, Computer Science and/or Statistical Analysis studies or related field from recognized institutions with at least three' (3) years demonstrated working experience in scientific data analysis. Skills A Candidate must possess the following skills; Critical Scientific Data Analysis Skill Programming skills in statistical languages like Rand python. Skills in administration of common database like MySQL IJ and Post GRES 1 Skills on video editing applications like Adobe Premiere Pro Strong communication skills, ability to work independently as well as ability to supervise others and fluent in Swahili and English. Salary: Attractive remuneration package in accordance with COSTECH's salary scale Application Instructions
Interested and qualified candidates for these positions must submit the following for consideration of the applications, Application letter, briefing stating why the candidates qualify for the position. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provide clearly the applicant's work experience and other relevant information for the job. Academic and professional certificates and awards Names of three referees. Applicants are requested to indicate their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for easy contact. AII applications must be addressed to the undersigned and submitted not later than 26 March 2017. Applicants who will not be contacted should regard themselves unsuccessful.