UK Science & Innovation Officer

British High Commission
British High Commission, Nairobi

The British High Commission Nairobi has advertised for a new Science & Innovation Officer based in Kenya.

The position will be based at the British High Commission in Nairobi and will be part of the UK’s Africa Science and Innovation Network which from January 2016 will have its main hub at the British High Commission in Pretoria.

The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) is the British Government’s organisation for international science diplomacy. It is jointly funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). SIN has 80+ staff based in 40 different locations in 28 countries and territories worldwide.

The job would be ideal for someone looking to demonstrate, and develop further, stakeholder engagement and management skills, working alongside the Department for International Development’s Nairobi Research Hub and with the UK Research Council to raise the profile of SIN in Kenya.

The successful applicant will be responsible for forging and developing bilateral science and innovation collaboration between the UK and Kenya, with a regional watching brief over East Africa. To promote collaboration and inform UK policy development in science and innovation.

In practical terms this will include:

  • Contribute to the UK’s Government science and innovation strategy through briefing and reporting for Kenya.
  • Work closely with the DFID regional research hub on the UK’s research footprint, promoting evidence based policy making and development of Kenya’s research landscape and partnerships.
  • Stakeholder/relationship management between the UK and key Kenyan research, innovation and funding bodies.
  • Lead on developing the UK’s proposed Newton partnership with Kenya.
  • Represent Kenya opportunities to the UK research community and vice versa, providing advice about the Kenyan science and innovation environment; Support VIP visits.
  • Act as the first point of contact for UK Government lobbying on research, scientific and technology policy issues.
  • Develop high quality and sustainable UK/Kenya science and innovation partnerships that focus on UK and Kenya priorities.
  • Identify opportunities and develop and manage bilateral projects (these might be regional in nature) in order to increase collaboration opportunities for the UK science base.
  • Work with UK partners – FCO, UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), British Council and others to deliver wider UK prosperity objectives, including higher education linkages. Spot and work with UKTI to match opportunities to UK firms.
  • Develop and maintain a network of senior level contacts across the UK and Kenya research landscape; In time build up a network across the East Africa region.

The closing date for applications is 9th March and for more informations and details of how to apply, please visit the UK High Commission vacancy section.