ICIPE Capacity Building Officer (Doctoral Scholarships) Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Capacity Building Officer (Doctoral Scholarships) Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and
    improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

  • Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and
    innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to
    resource-limited rural and urban communities.

  • icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world. (www.icipe.org)

    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF – https://www.rsif-paset.org/) is one of the flagship programmes of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), an initiative by African governments to address systemic gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long term, sustained economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). PASET was launched in 2013 by the governments of Senegal, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

  • The governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal have since joined the initiative, while several others (i.e. Nigeria, Tanzania) have expressed commitment to enter the partnership.
    With funding from African governments, the World Bank, the European Union and the Korean government, RSIF supports PhD training, research and innovation in selected African universities that are centres of excellence in fields identified by PASET as priority economic sectors for growth and development, including climate change, energy, food security, ICT and mining and materials science. A competitive grants scheme, RSIF is funded through two components:

  • The general fund, which supports PhD training, research and innovation projects annually and

  • The permanent or endowment fund, whose return proceeds will become part of the general fund.
    In July 2018, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe; www.icipe.org) was appointed the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of RSIF. The mandate of the RCU includes management of the two funds; supporting the capacity of the universities and partnering institutions to manage the PhD scholarships; creating partnerships with governments, universities and national and international research organisations for research
    training, e.g. through sandwich training, to promote collaboration with and among the centres of excellence.

  • Furthermore, icipe introduces African governments and other potential strategic partners to PASET with the aim of growing RSIF and ensuring continued continent-wide reach and support.
    Reporting to the Capacity Building Specialist, the Capacity Building Officer (Doctoral Scholarships) will support key functions in the implementation of the Doctoral Scholarships component of the RSIF. S/he will support the administration and coordination of strategic placements and training of RSIF doctoral scholars and related strategic
    initiatives that strengthen and extend the impact of the RSIF. The position is tenable
    at icipe’s Duduville Campus.

  • This is a two-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Specific Duties

  • The Capacity Building Officer (Doctoral Scholarships) will undertake tasks that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate the identification and implementation of strategic sandwich placements for RSIF PhD Scholars at international partner institutions, including liaising with scholars, supervisors, mentors and international partners.

  • Prepare the agreements and related budgets between icipe, PhD students, African universities and international partner institutes to facilitate the sandwich placements for students.

  • Receive, review and summarise reports from RSIF scholars, African universities and international partners.

  • Assist with initiating and following up of payments to students, African universities and international partner institutions.

  • Maintain close linkages and cooperation with partner organisations, including universities, research institutions and the private sector with regard to RSIF PhD scholarship activities.

  • Support the creation and strengthening of research partnerships and networks for the implementation of student research training.

  • Work closely with the Capacity Building Specialist, other employees and multiple partners to support the administrative needs of the RSIF doctoral scholarships programme, from scholarship announcements, application review and selection of candidates, to awarding of scholarships, contracts, and student and supervisor reporting.

  • Maintain and update the scholarship management database and records to facilitate M&E, reporting, information retrieval, answering of queries and provision of feedback as needed.

  • Ensure compliance with programme reporting requirements and schedules.

  • Update the programme operational manual, as relevant.

  • Support development of audience-focused communication materials.

  • Coordinate and schedule meetings and produce minutes, presentations and reports as required.

  • Any other tasks as may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, business, finance, project management, or related field. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.

  • At least 5 years of progressive work experience at national and international levels in coordination, administration, and successful project management, including management of scholarship or training programmes.

  • Knowledge of planning financial and budgeting issues. Experience with basic financial management
    including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting.

  • Working knowledge of French would be an added advantage.

  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite.

    Core Competencies

  • Experience in coordinating scholarship or training programs, project management and reporting, basic financial management and budget monitoring.

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills and pays great attention to detail.

  • Action-oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to manage a complex and varied workload and work under pressure.

  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups.

  • Strong relationship building skills and ability to adapt to changing circumstances while working with a variety of personalities and priorities and multi-disciplinary groups.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Knowledge of grant management would be an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Capacity Building Officer (Doctoral Scholarships) Jobs in Kenya

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