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  • Posted: May 18, 2023
    Deadline: Jul 17, 2023
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    Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, icipe was established in 1970, to address this very paradox of insects and accompanying challenges. The Centre’s mission is to use insect science for sustainable development, to ensure food security and improve the overall health of communities in Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, lo...
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    Head, Behavioral & Chemical Ecology Unit

    Overall purpose of the job

    •  To provide research and programmatic leadership to the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit.
    •  Coordinate and promote the broad field of chemical ecology through an interdisciplinary research approach across icipe’s 4-H Themes and within the framework of One Health.
    •  To maintain a portfolio of research that is aligned with icipe’s strategic goals.
    •  To undertake research of the highest quality through partnerships, within, nationally, regionally and internationally.
    •  To facilitate new initiatives and opportunities in chemical ecology through resource mobilisation.
    •  To build capacity through the training of the next generation of globally competitive scientists.
    •  To disseminate research findings through high level publications and presentations at scientific/technical meetings.

    Specific Duties:

    •  Contributes to Centre’s efforts to engage with global stakeholders in research and capacity building.
    •  Manages human, fiscal and physical resources of the Unit.
    •  Conducts research to develop semiochemical-based management tools for improved food production, animal and human health.
    •  Conducts research to promote use of beneficial organisms that conserve biodiversity.
    •  Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Unit, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio.
    •  Enhance scientific productivity of the Unit through mentoring and supervising scientists, postgraduate students, and high-quality publications.
    •  Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the Unit to ensure relevance and quality.
    •  Act as a spokesperson and representative of the Unit.
    •  Ensure the Unit meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders including national licensing authorities and donors.


    •  PhD in Chemistry from a reputable university, with a strong background in organic chemistry or related sciences but preferably with expertise in Chemical Ecology plus appropriate or additional education in organic spectroscopy.
    •  Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organization or university.
    •  Track-record in chemical ecology and interdisciplinary research in tropical insect science.

    Other desirable attributes

    •  Excellent publication track record.
    •  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 are essential.
    •  High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation

    Method of Application

    This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter setting out their suitability against the listed requirements for the role; (b) detailed CV and (c) names and addresses of 3 referees. Candidates are required to apply online through: or by Email:,  17 - July - 2023

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