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  • Posted: Nov 1, 2022
    Deadline: Nov 18, 2022
  • The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of 6 Partner States: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
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    Principal Officer, Innovation, Technology Development and Acquisition

    REF: EAC/HR/2022-23/16

    Duties and responsibilities:

    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. Identify opportunities for partnerships & drive development of those relationships (joint ventures, strategic partnerships, innovation accelerators, etc.);
    4. Identify and leverage opportunities for technological development and acquisition;
    5. Coordinate the design of programs/projects for the promotion, use and development of indigenous knowledge and leverage the potential of applicable research;
    6. Evaluate and recommend relevant new/emerging technologies and facilitate their dissemination and adoption;
    7. Formulate and facilitate the implementation of programs to promote regional science, technology and innovation centres and parks in the Community;
    8. Ensure that innovative technology solutions are communicated and demonstrated through relevant mechanisms including conferences, exhibitions and other fora;
    9. Work with relevant partners to develop mechanisms for management of intellectual property in the Community;
    10. Participate in preparation of Progress reports, work plans and budgets for the Commission.
    11. Perform other related duties assigned by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Development.

    Qualifications and experience:

    • Advanced degree (at least Masters Level) in a relevant field of Science and Technology. Other relevant qualifications related to Project management and/or business management will be an advantage.
    • 10+ years’ experience in Science and Technology field, science policy and/or scientific research with at least 5 years at a senior level;
    • Experience in program/project planning and management and in developing project proposals;
    • Knowledge of EAC partner states science, technology and innovation strengths and capabilities is a plus.

    Skills and competencies:

    1. Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with the ability to meet stated deadlines,
    2. Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry, government and civil society;
    3. Must possess analytical and problem solving skills,
    4. Self-starter with excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to work independently with little guidance and oversight in a fast-paced environment;
    5. Excellent writing and oral communication skills, able to produce clear, concise reports, and to present complex concepts to non-expert audiences;
    6. Reliable, positive and effective team player with a track record working in multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results through collaboration;
    7. Demonstrated enthusiasm for science, emerging technologies and the internationalization of science;
    8. Advanced skills in computer software applications.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to :

    • Fill in the application form attached (download from here);
    • attach  their application letter,  a detailed CV, Copies of   certified academic certificates ,  and a copy of National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one (1) file. 
    • Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and envelope.
    • For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below. 

    Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 18th November, 2022

    Candidates who have already applied for this position are required to re-apply.

    Please note:

    You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.

    All Applications MUST STRICTLY:

    • have EAC application form, CV, application letter, ID ;
    • indicate nationality and age;
    • have the job reference number;
    • have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates;
    • provide referees.

    Only qualified candidates will be contacted

    EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.

    Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.

     A due diligence will be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic certificates (certification by  a recognized higher education body in respective Partner States)  and employment records .

    The Secretary General
    East African Community
    P. o Box 1096
    Arusha - Tanzania.
    Tel: +255 27 2162100
    Fax: +255 27 2162190
    Website :

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