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Director General

Nairobi (KE)
Closing date
26 Jun 2023

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icipe is a pan-African centre of excellence in research for development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. The Centre’s mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security, and improve the overall human and environmental health status of the tropics. It does so by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base.

Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to the 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 that are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has operations in more than 40 African countries as well as thriving partnerships with universities and other research organisations across the world.

icipe is seeking its next inspirational and visionary Director General (DG) who will build on the Centre’s strong reputation and credibility and further develop its institutional goals in a dynamic changing environment. As icipe’s DG, you will provide overall intellectual and strategic leadership in all areas of icipe’s activities, including ensuring impact orientation, relevance to stakeholders and progress towards the vision and mission of the Centre, and deliver and build on the current Strategy 2021–2025.

We are seeking a leader who can demonstrate strategic vision, scientific excellence, innovative thinking, plus skills in collaboration, dialogue, networking, management of change, as well as social, diplomatic and political acumen. Working under the overall guidance of and reporting directly to the icipe’s Governing Council (GC), the DG is responsible for the achievement of the Centre’s operating goals and objectives and the minimisation of risks to the Centre while ensuring that the Centre continues to increase its financial resources, balance its budget and grow its reserves.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to Previous applicants will be considered and need not re-apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday 26th June at 09:00am BST.

The role is based in Nairobi, Kenya and the Salary and benefits are commensurate with the seniority of the position.

icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Consideration for employment is given to qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, age, gender, religion, disability status, national and ethnic origin, or social status.

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