Vacancies at East African Community - EASTECO

East African Science and Technology Commission is a newly established Institution of the East African Community (EAC) with its Headquarters in Kigali-Rwanda. The core function of EASTECO is to promote and coordinate the development, management and application of Science and Technology to support regional integration and socio-economic development.

EASTECO is seeking to engage a Communication Assistant who will be reviewing, implementing and monitoring the effective implementation of the EASTECO Communication Strategy and action plan.

The incumbent will provide technical assistance in four key result areas: (1) Media Relations (2) On-line communication (3) Corporate communications (4) Event communication.

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified citizens of Rwanda for the position of Communication Assistant which is vacant at the East African Science and Technology.

Communication Assistant
(REF: EAC/EASTECO/HR/02-02-17)

Job Purpose:
The main purpose of this job is to review, implement and monitor the effective implementation of the EASTECO Communication Strategy and action plan.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Engage and build effective relations with the media, with the over-arching message to media professionals to help create a new norm that brings Regional Integration to the fore of communication agenda setting;
Liaise with and collaborate with Communication Officers of Ministries in charge of EAC Affairs and science &technology in engaging national media on issues related to EAC and the EASTECO;
Seek for media opportunities that EASTECO can utilize to disseminate information;

Coordinate responses to and manage requests from media experts and speakers on 
a wide variety of subjects/issues on EASTECO;

Undertake regular media monitoring– daily tracking of media coverage (such as use 
of press releases, coverage of EAC/Science, Technology & Innovation issues in the 
media, compilation of frequent factual errors, etc.);
Identify and develop a list of key media outlets in each Member State, in terms of 
listenership, viewership, readership, circulation and credibility);
Pursue proactive outreach to maintain relationships with Editors in each Member 
State including establishing and maintaining a database of the Editors;
Pursue proactive outreach to and establish and maintain relationships with key journalists and opinion writers on issues relevant to EASTECO’s work in each;
Member State including establishing and maintaining a database of the journalists and opinion writers;
Organise media engagement activities at national level including: Press briefings; Press conferences; ‘Meet the Press’ panel discussions; Editors breakfast; Talk shows; Courtesy calls to media houses, media training, i.a.

IT Assistant
(REF: EAC/EASTECO/HR/01-02-17)

Job Purpose:

The main purpose of this job is to facilitate efficient and effective Information Management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Perform the network and system administrator tasks for EASTECO networks (intranet/internet), computer equipment and software;
  2. Carry out and supervise the maintenance tasks on the ICT systems and devices (computer network and devices, printers, scanners, photocopiers, software, telephones, videos projector,);
  3. To advise the Principal Administration Officer on the required ICT supplies and services to procure and hire;
  4. Ensure data backup for EASTECO;
  5. Setup and configuring new laptops and desktops;
  6. Ensure security and upgrades are applied and kept up to date on laptops and desktops;
  7. Patching of network and phones;
  8. Planning and undertaking scheduled maintenance upgrades;
  9. Checking computer equipment for electrical safety;
  10. Provide technical assistance to office staff as needed;
  11. Assist in maintaining internet service, firewalls, and telephone systems;
  12. Assist In software and hardware upgrade;
  13. Assist with EASTECO website maintenance

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work with minimum supervision.


The candidate must not be more than 55 years old.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

This is a Temporary Position.

Fringe Benefits:

The job is at EAC G5 scale with corresponding Salary specified for it.

Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their applications by registered mail, courier service, e-mail or dispatch together with Curriculum Vitae, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three referees, and day time telephone contact to:
The Executive Secretary,
East African Science and Technology Commission Secretariat
Telecom House,
2nd Floor,
Email: EASTECO@eachq.org
To be received not later than 13th March at 5:00 PM East African Time or 4:00 PM Rwanda time.
EASTECO Secretariat shall only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

Application Deadline:

Monday, 13 March 2017 - 5:00pm
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