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Head of Finance


Title: HEAD OF FINANCE (RE-ADVERTISED)
Location: icipe Duduville Campus, Nairobi
Duration: 3 years
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 position is tenable in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable, subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. 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. Qualified candidates from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
Job Description
The Head of Finance (HoF) will provide financial leadership to a strong team of finance professionals and have
primary strategic day-to-day responsibility at the Centre to ensure the existence and adherence to fundamental
principles of financial management—financial accountability, internal controls, recordkeeping, compliances,
financial integrity, planning, budgeting, cash-flow management and financial reporting. The HoF will support
planning, monitoring and decision-making processes to achieve best value in utilising resources, and providing
quality information, financial analysis, training and professional advice.
Responsibilities
  • First, provide overall supervision of the processes of recording, classifying and summarising financial transactions and interpreting the results, ensuring that all transactions of the Centre are recorded, and that supporting original documentation for all transactions is easily accessible. Second, provide necessary approvals for transactions and processes within set policies. Third, provide custodianship to all financial policies and procedures.
  • Ensure continuous development and improvement of all supporting financial and management information systems for the Centre, ERP systems, project costing, and mapping of accounts and analysis codes.
  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place to safeguard financial assets of the Centre, and that
    records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable financial regulatory laws and rules for financial reporting in all jurisdictions where the Centre operates.
  • Oversee the coordination and activities of independent external auditors for the Centre and project audits, ensuring that all compliance issues are met and that the preparation of annual financial
    statements is in accordance with both the Centre’s standards and international standards.
  •  Oversee the preparation of periodic financial statements, financial management reports, cash flows,
    special analyses, and information reports for use by the Budget holders, Centre’s Senior
  • Management Committee (SMC) and Governing Council Members. Equally important, ensure that the finance unit meets all its financial reporting requirements—statutory, management and contractual—on a timely basis.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with programme/project managers, identify their needs,
    and deliver enhanced business solutions. Provide support to other business support units in
    financial related matters. Additionally, provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial
    performance and opportunities. Analyse costs and expenses and guide programme/project
    managers, as well as analyse financial statements to pinpoint trends and potential problem areas.
  • Analyse cash flows, monitor banking activities, oversee the management investments in line with
    set policies, to ensure adequate cash flow to meet the Centre’s needs and optimisation of
    investments held.
Additional Responsibilities
  •  Represent the Centre externally to various stakeholders, e.g. governments and funding agencies.
  • Serve on tender, planning and policy-making committees.
  •  Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate Finance Unit staff.
  • Play a key role in the development of the Centre’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Qualifications
▪ A Master’s degree in finance or accounting.
▪ Ten (10) years of experience in a senior-level finance and accounting position.
▪ Professional accounting qualification–CPA, ACCA,CA,or similar accreditation.
Core Competencies
▪ Experience crafting financial strategies and managing diverse accounting teams.
▪ Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
▪ Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles, including international
standards.
▪ Solid project cost accounting and project management skills.
▪ Ability to analyse financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections.
Other desirable attributes
▪ Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage at all levels of the Centre, particularly
with staff at all locations.
▪ Strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to provide sound advice based on accurate and timely
analyses.
▪ A high level of and a strong sense of timeliness and results orientation.
▪ A high level of skills in written and verbal communication.
Reporting
This position reports to the Director of Finance & Administration (DFA).
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Head of Human Health

Title: HEAD, HUMAN HEALTH THEME (RE-ADVERTISEMENT)
Location: icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus Mbita, South Nyanza
Duration: 3 years
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. 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.
icipe is seeking to appoint an outstanding, dynamic and self-motivated scientist for the position of Head, Human Health Theme. The position is tenable in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable, subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. 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. Qualified candidates from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Job Description
The Centre has an active portfolio of human health research focusing on diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, tsetse, sandflies, and ticks. Reporting to the Director of Research & Partnerships (DRP), the successful applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team contributing leadership and research strategy to the Centre in collaboration with icipe’s other Themes and Units. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a portfolio of research, with a focus on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne
diseases that is aligned with icipe’s strategy and goals.
Responsibilities
The successful candidate is expected to:
  • Work in collaboration with the icipe leadership team, including the Director General, Director
    of Research and Partnerships (DRP) and Heads of Themes and Units, to undertake and facilitate research and capacity building activities across the Centre;
  • Lead and spearhead the development of a coherent vision for the HH Theme;
  • Organise a Theme structure to cost-effectively utilise resources to meet icipe’s research,
    capacity and institutional building needs;
  • Guide programme/project leaders within the Theme to ensure timely preparation of the
    Theme’s annual work-plans, budgets, and scientific and technical reports for donors;
  • Ensure Theme members continually update skills and methodologies, to keep up with global
    cutting-edge knowledge;
  • Promote and establish collaborative linkages with national, regional and international
    institutions in the relevant fields of research of the Theme;
  •  Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Theme, including resources
    to develop and grow a personal research portfolio;
  • Manage and develop the staff of the Theme to create and foster a culture of science excellence and to ensure the Theme has the human resources required now and into the future;
  • Facilitate peer-review of the performance of Theme members;
  • Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the HH Theme, to ensure relevance and quality;
  • Act as a spokesperson and representative of the Theme;
  •  Ensure the Theme meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders, including
    national licensing authorities and donors.
Qualifications
• PhD degree in medical or veterinary entomology, or a relevant field, from a reputable university.
• Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organisation or university.
• Excellent research and publication track record.
• Experience with downstream work that ensures impact through partnerships.
• Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
• Excellent communication skills.
Core Competencies
• Track record of exemplary leadership qualities is essential.
• Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
• Proven record of managing complex projects—with financial, human resource and administrative
responsibilities.
Other desirable attributes
High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.
Reporting
This position reports to the Director of Research & Partnerships (DRP).
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Head of Communications

Title: HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS (RE-ADVERTISEMENT)
Location: Duduville Campus, Nairobi
Duration: 2 years
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.  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.
Job Description
icipe wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS in the Office of the Director General. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. 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. Qualified candidates especially females are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
This role is a chance to help shape the communications agenda of an international organisation. In
collaboration with the management team, the successful candidate will design and implement a Centrewide communications strategy, boosting the visibility of the Centre to its international donors, and sharing the results of its research widely. A communications team of full-time staff, consultants and several communications officers and social scientists across the organisation support the aims of the
Communications Unit. Various writers, photographers and filmmakers familiar with icipe’s work are available to support specific projects. icipe’s communication outputs include a website, newsletters, corporate reports, training and dissemination materials, internal bulletins and social media posts.
Responsibilities
• Provide leadership and coordination for all communication activities of the Centre, to enhance
icipe’s visibility and credibility as a centre of excellence, by: supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy (as well as coaching research and support staff on the implementation of the communications strategy), and raising the profile of icipe’s corporate brand, programmes, projects and individual researchers.
• Strengthen and diversify icipe’s communications products, by reviewing the adequacy of icipe’s
current communication materials and recommending improvements.
• Oversee the design and production of icipe’s publications (including press releases, corporate
reports, brochures, training materials, newsletters, social media posts, and website).
• Provide communication/information advice and assistance to icipe teams, helping them to meet
their visibility obligations to donors and partners, either by doing the work required or by
contracting the work to consultants.
• Share icipe’s work in local and international media, by meeting our obligations to donors,
collaborating with partners and stakeholders, and bringing the results of our research to those
who might benefit from it.
• Ensure effective and appealing internal communication on icipe business, relevant topics,
strategies and management decisions (through internal bulletins, intranet and meetings, and
organising workshops, seminars, exhibitions and employee functions in liaison with the
management team).
• Ensure that employees know and respect crisis communication preparedness and
communication procedures
• Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost
effective manner.
• Be accountable for all local and international communication activities of the Centre, including
advocacy and liaison activities with organisations that share similar interests.
Knowledge and skills required
• Knowledge of media advertising and publishing is essential.
• Highly proficient in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of oral and written French is an
added advantage.
• Computer proficiency particularly in MS Office Suite, and familiarity with desktop publishing and
spreadsheet software is essential.
• Familiarity with Apple Macintosh computers is an added advantage.
Qualifications
• Degree in journalism, communications, or related specification is essential.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills are mandatory.
• 5 years of related professional experience in a position of responsibility in an international
organisation or a commercial organisation with international scope.
• Experience in journalism/media relations.
• Proven track record in leadership, leading to capabilities in driving and developing a
communications team.
• Ability to think strategically, and to develop and execute strategic communication planning (as
well as the corresponding messages and communication activities).
Other desirable attributes
• Strong in relationship building with journalists and other relevant external and internal
stakeholder groups.
• High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation, and documentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.
Reporting
This position reports to the Director General.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted up to 20th December 2019. Shortlisting is ongoing. Interested
applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3
referees, including e-mail addresses; and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed
qualifications/competencies/abilities and skills.
Candidates are required to apply online through:
 http://recruit.icipe.org or by email: icipe@icipe.org
icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values
gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity
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