ICIPE Head of Technology Transfer Unit Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Head of Technology Transfer Unit 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)

  • icipe places great emphasis on translating research into development to bring a meaningful difference to peoples’ lives in Africa. Translating agricultural research into action requires the uptake, application and scaling by last-mile providers and farmers. In 2016, icipe re-launched its Technology Transfer Unit (TTU), aligned to the Centre’s Vision and Strategy 2021–2025. icipe seeks to recruit a Head of the Technology Transfer Unit (TTU). The successful
    candidate will lead TTU, and design and promote effective scaling strategies that broadly disseminate the Centre’s arthropod-based solutions, including technologies, products and services.

  • The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. This is a three-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position and performance of the jobholder. A competitive and generous
    compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, education allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate.

  • Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation and return airfare for themselves
    and their dependents to their nominated home base each year. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

    Living in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million, hosts all the urban and social amenities, and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. A wide variety of excellent international
    schools and well-equipped medical facilities are open 24/7 in Nairobi.

  • The city is also accessible by various reputable international airline carriers. Nairobi has a thriving international research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres, as well as several UN agencies. Although it is important to be conscious of security, Kenyans are warm and
    welcoming of visitors.

    Overall purpose of the job

  • The Head of TTU will establish public-private partnerships and other networks to foster technology adoption, and will support testing and improving insect science-based technologies in Africa. The candidate will develop and manage projects and communicate research evidence to stakeholders through various communication platforms.

  • The incumbent will establish frameworks and strategies for dissemination pathways and scaling readiness of selected icipe innovations.

    Specific duties

    The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Update the Centre-wide scaling strategy, and document and support the development of project /programme-specific scaling strategies.

  • Assess the relevance of different pathways and mechanisms of scaling to maximise adoption of different evidence-based technologies and knowledge products.

  • Increase the access and promotion of technologies to farmers through last-mile providers and other scaling strategies.

  • Facilitate and support demonstrations and scaling of technologies.

  • Work with key stakeholders in Africa to identify, evaluate and implement optimised technology adoption pathways.

  • Develop, foster and maintain strong collaborative networks of partners, including government agencies, national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), non-governmental organisations, regional and international agricultural research organisations, and the private sector, committed to scaling out

  • Establish entry points for strategic engagement in new countries and with new partners for introduction of icipe technologies.

  • Publish high-quality scaling-related reports and peer-reviewed papers.

  • Share technology scaling lessons with a broad spectrum of audiences using various communication

  • Support the creation of an enabling environment for farmers to access inputs, financial services and markets to accelerate the adoption of technologies in the region.

  • Provide evidence to implementing partners on the performance of technologies.

  • Contribute significantly to resource mobilisation efforts and manage ongoing TTU-related projects.

  • Work with icipe’s 4-H (plant, animal, human and environmental health) Themes and Support Units to foster a one health approach.


  • PhD degree, preferably in Entomology, Extension or related fields.

  • Proven experience in innovative scaling of arthropod integrated pest management, and/or management of vectors of animal and human diseases.

  • Proven experience in successful management of large donor-funded projects.

  • Demonstrated technical competence in one or more of the following areas: agricultural and public health development, knowledge diffusion, communication, marketing, and business development.

  • Knowledge of digital tools for scaling agricultural innovations is considered an advantage.

  • Good publication record (at least 15 peer-reviewed publications).

  • Extensive network relating to technology adoption in Africa is considered an advantage.

  • Excellent oral and written English language skills. Ability to speak French is considered an advantage.

    Core Competencies

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a manager working in a multidisciplinary research environment.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Head of Technology Transfer Unit Jobs in Kenya

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