The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) wishes to fill key vacant positions at its secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. NASAC is a consortium of twenty-eight science academies in Africa and has a two-fold mandate: (i) To be the voice of science for policy- and decision-makers in Africa and worldwide, in order to become the regional science advisor; and (ii) To strengthen and increase its academy-membership in Africa, and thereby become a formidable network for the enhancement of science, technology and innovation. The positions to be filled are on full-time basis and include:
1. PROGRAM MANAGER
The Program Manager will support the Executive Director to develop and enhance coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms amongst member-academies and partner-agencies in various initiatives (projects and activities). Within delegated authority, s/he will be responsible for the following main duties:
- Supporting appropriate mechanisms and instruments that facilitate the establishment of new academies in countries where none exists and strengthening the capacity of existing academies.
- Organizing and/or participating in substantive discussions, meetings, and conferences to represent NASAC at international, regional or national fora and provide programmatic and substantive expertise on issues related to science, technology and innovation within African context.
- Reporting on the status of implementation of work programs regularly as scheduled by the secretariat, board and funding agencies. Prepare reports for presentation to the Board, the General Assembly or other stakeholders and partners on various activities and projects.
- Initiating programmatic tasks, developing proposals for new initiatives and projects, in order to support resource mobilization efforts and project implementation strategies. Act as a catalyst for new project ideas and approaches in the priority areas of NASAC.
- Undertaking operational processes that foster day-to-day management as well as monitoring and evaluation of specific NASAC programs and activities.
- Collaborate with member-academies and project-grantees on priority areas where goals and interests coincide, or experience and expertise is desired.
- Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams together with NASAC colleagues on special assignments that serve to enhance and fulfill the mandate of NASAC.
Professionalism and integrity, good communication (written and oral) skills, teamwork and teambuilding, planning and organization, as well as a commitment to continual learning and improvement are critical skills.
- A university degree (preferably a higher postgraduate degree) in any related field of business administration, project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation.
- 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a donor-funded project in Africa and elsewhere, with a good track record for networking, project implementation and management
- Knowledge and interest in developmental issues and transdisciplinary research as it relates to science, technology and innovation in African countries.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects and familiarity with the funding stipulations from major donors and development-aid agencies.
- Experience in total quality management systems as well as general grant management.
- Capacity to start and interlink new initiatives, activities and programmes as well as ability to translate global concepts into local contexts.
2. COMMUNICATION OFFICER
Bilingual position (Proficiency in both French and English required)
The incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day communication aspects of NASAC programmes, projects and activities. S/he will be expected to strengthen the Network’s profile and publicity aspects in liaison with the NASAC Team. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following main functions:
- Maintain institutional contacts with its leadership, membership, partnerships and grantees in the form of relevant mailing lists.
- Develop and design policy briefs, fact sheets and other publicity collaterals in collaboration with program staff and NASAC member-academies.
- Follow science, technology and innovation aspects of policy discussions and regional priorities whilst sharing the information on various platforms on behalf of NASAC.
- Ensure consistency of NASAC’s communication tools in accordance with the branding guidelines and communication strategies. These include the website, publications, newsletters, annual report and PowerPoint presentations.
- Coordinate input and develop content for the NASAC webpage in collaboration with partners, members and the secretariat.
- Develop and manage a bi-monthly electronic bulletin and other publications for circulation to NASAC stakeholders.
- Manage media relations- drafting media articles, setting up interviews and facilitating media visits.
- Maintain appropriate records-electronic and paper- on NASAC activities.
- Conduct monitoring and impact evaluation of publicity and communications activities.
Professionalism and integrity, and good planning and organization, good communication (written and oral) skills, teamwork, judgment/decision making and a commitment to continual learning and improvement are required skills.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations or related field.
- 2-3 years of post-qualification work experience in communications and public relations in an international organization.
- Knowledge of graphic design and desktop publishing, including Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe or Corel suites.
- Visual media skills including use of still and video camera; ability to develop video storyboards and basic editing.
- Proficiency in MS Office, content management systems and social media platforms.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written in French and English.
Applications for clearly specified positions should include (i) a one-page cover letter, (ii) an updated C.V. and (iii) full contact details of three professional references. The aforementioned should be sent electronically to the attention of:
The Executive Director Network of African Science Academies NASAC Secretariat
P.O. Box 201-00502, Karen
TO REACH NASAC NOT LATER THAN 29 FEBRUARY 2020
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted