We are looking for Principal Officer (Innovations, Technology Development & Aquisition) (EAC/EASTECO/HR/02-16)
Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with the ability to meet stated deadlines,
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry, government and civil society;
Must possess analytical and problem solving skills,
Self-starter with excellent organisational skills and a proven ability to work independently with little guidance and oversight in a fast-paced environment;
Excellent writing and oral communication skills, able to produce clear, concise reports, and to present complex concepts to non-expert audiences;
Reliable, positive and effective team player with a track record working in multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results through collaboration;
Demonstrated enthusiasm for science, emerging technologies and the internationalisation of science;
Advanced skills in computer software applications.
Lead the development, coordination & execution of a regional innovation strategy including formulation of mechanisms for the identification, promotion and growth of special talents in Science and Technology with particular emphasis on the youth and gender parity;
Facilitate and drive innovation outcomes with emphasis on projects that may include patentable and/or game changing solutions to solve regional development challenges as well as coordinating with other innovation groups outside the region;
Identify opportunities for partnerships & drive development of those relationships (joint ventures, strategic partnerships, innovation accelerators, etc.);
Identify and leverage opportunities for technological development and acquisition;
Coordinate the design of programs/projects for the promotion, use and development of indigenous knowledge and leverage the potential of applicable research;
Evaluate and recommend relevant new/emerging technologies and Facilitate their dissemination and adoption;
Formulate and facilitate the implementation of programs to promote regional science, technology and innovation centres and parks in the Community;
Ensure that innovative technology solutions are communicated and demonstrated through relevant mechanisms including conferences, exhibitions and other fora;
Work with relevant partners to develop mechanisms for management of intellectual property in the Community;
Participate in preparation of Progress reports, work plans and budgets for the Commission.
Perform other related duties assigned by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Development.