AAS Senior Programme Officer - Social Sciences Jobs in Kenya

AAS Senior Programme Officer - Social Sciences Jobs in Kenya

  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit Pan-African organization headquartered in Nairobi, with a hosting agreement with the government of Kenya.

  • The overall aim of the Senior Programme Officer (Social Sciences and Humanities) is to support the delivery of a vibrant social sciences and humanities research leadership capacity development programme on the continent.

  • In the short term, this will be delivered as a component of the DELTAS Africa programme, promoting excellence in social science and humanities research leadership capacity on the continent based on the DELTAS Africa model or a variant thereof, and in the long term contributing to its development as an independent flagship programme of The AAS

    Key Responsibilities

  • Define and deliver the benefits of the Social Sciences and Humanities component of the DELTAS Africa programme in time, within budget and at the required quality, including:

    Planning and Budgeting

  • Leading in effective technical and financial management to ensure VFM throughout the programme cycle, including: using evidence to enhance program learning and development, seeking out and implementing solutions which achieve a good mix of quality and effectiveness for the least outlay, financial tracking of spend against budget, accurate forecasting, asset management, timely payment of invoices/claims, and timely submission of financial reports and Annual Audited Statements where required, in line with grant and donor requirements.

  • Ensuring that technical outputs throughout the program cycle including reports are of high quality and respond to donor guidelines and requirements

  • Promoting and marketing, this may include social media, website page management and/or article writing, working in collaboration with The AAS Communications team;

  • Support in identifying, tracking and mitigating programme management risks and issues;

  • Identification of experts for peer review and selection panels;

  • Planning and delivery of large-scale events, potentially including events in other countries on the continent

  • Monitoring and evaluation of scheme outcomes and impacts, and communicating outcomes and learnings to key stakeholders

  • Preparing consolidated technical and financial reports from grantees. This involves reviewing reporting templates, liaising with grantees M&E teams during reporting periods to support their reporting needs, consolidating the reports for internal use and for sharing with relevant funders; and data mining from reports to prepare outcomes and impact reports

  • Liaising and managing relationships with key stakeholders (other AAS funding and delivery partners, relevant steering groups, partners throughout the continent, Fellows of the Academy and grant beneficiaries);

  • Financial tracking of spend against budget;

  • Management of scheme activities and awards;

  • Assist in the provision of secretariat support to relevant steering groups.

  • Assist in utilising the outputs, networks and relationships created through the DELTAS Africa programme to further the Academy’s strategic objectives.

  • Contribute to the establishment of systems to enable the Academy to maintain and derive value from contact with past beneficiaries or alumni, and to manage these relationships where appropriate.

  • Contribute to the effective use of administrative resources across the AESA platform, including by providing colleagues with clear and timely information about requirements for administrative support.

  • Contribute to the effective use of the AAS Ishango electronic Grants Management System, and other Academy information systems.

  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement at the AAS and to support line manager in achieving other team, departmental and Academy objectives, as required.


  • Perform programme relevant research to inform the development, implementation and delivery of the social sciences and humanities component of the DELTAS Africa programme

  • Work in close collaboration with the AAS M&E team to identify, collate, track, assess quality, analyse and validate, and report on programme-related data from DELTAS Africa Social Sciences and Humanities programmes.

  • Identify and build relationships with relevant stakeholders involved in social sciences and humanities research and research leadership capacity development on the continent and globally but not limited to universities and other research institutions, relevant African government departments and policymakers, Africa based and international Think Tanks, and intergovernmental organisations etc

  • Prepare reports, articles
    and presentations during programme inception meetings, annual grantee meetings and site visits.

  • Track and perform relevant analyses on various aspects of programme implementation to identify and address important challenges to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery

    Programme Support

  • Represent the AAS and/or programmes at internal and external meetings when required;

  • Work in close collaboration with The AAS Communications Manager to develop a media and campaign Strategy for social sciences and humanities research programme to ensure maximum exposure and coverage on the continent and beyond and to generate keen interest from potential stakeholders

  • Work in close collaboration with The AAS Communications Manager to ensure all content (reports, images, videos, social media posts) is relevant and updated on a timely basis.

  • Supervise relevant administrative team duties in support of the DELTAS Africa social science and humanities programme

  • Work with The AAS Procurement team to monitor deliverables (including supplies), and being the contact person for clients on the DELTAS social science and humanities programme;

  • Plan and organise relevant workshops and other activities in furtherance of the objectives of the DELTAS Africa social science and humanities programme;

  • Work with The AAS M&E team to develop and implement an M&E framework for the DELTAS Africa social science and humanities programme;

  • Support other AAS programmes and departments in the delivery of their mandate especially for cross-cutting programmatic activities when requested

    Key Results and Outcomes Area

  • Benefits of all assigned activities delivered within budget, to time and consistent with commitments to funders and agreed targets;

  • Schemes delivered following best practice in scheme management, steering group secretarial support, and effective use of the AAS Ishango electronic Grants Management System.

  • Strong working relationships with all key stakeholders including staff, Fellows of the AAS, other delivery partners, and beneficiaries;

  • Maintaining an attractive and accurate outward profile of activities through the website and other materials;

  • Strong knowledge of AAS policies and procedures, and their application in grants management

  • Strong knowledge of AAS policies and procedures, and their application in grants management


  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills

  • Ability to interact with and to manage multiple stakeholders with diverse interests

  • Proficiency in standard

  • Possess well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to network and communicate across different levels of the organisation and with external partners;

  • Able to perform work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member;

  • Possess strong attention to detail and maintaining a timely and efficient workflow;

  • Have strong planning, organisational skills and ability to work under pressure;

  • Ability to multi-task and to prioritise work amidst competing demands;

  • Have unquestionable integrity, confidentiality and respect.

  • Project/Programme management skills (essential)

  • Risk management

  • Financial management and financial governance

  • People management/team working

    Qualifications and Requirements

  • A PhD degree in a relevant Social Science/Humanities research field obtained over the past 10 years with proven research leadership qualities and experience of carrying out key research work for priority social science and humanities agendas.

  • A proven record of research capabilities in social science/humanities research as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and other quality outputs.

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in research/research leadership capacity development programme design and implementation on the African continent

  • Knowledge of funding/how research is funded/grants or research management

  • A professional qualification and relevant experience in large scale programme/project management or training in research administration, ethics, leadership or related will be an added advantage

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; AAS Senior Programme Officer - Social Sciences Jobs in Kenya

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