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(Ref. No. NRS/491/042022)


icipe seeks to recruit a Temporary Business Support Officer I (Capacity Building) for its Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF). The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Overall purpose of the job

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative to strengthen skills in the applied sciences, engineering and technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub- Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), the flagship program of PASET, aims to support PhD students, post-doctoral scientists, and universities in SSA to establish high-quality training, research and innovation environments and to develop institutional capacity for the benefit of the whole region. The program, which was initiated in 2015 has supported over 250 PhD students and provided research and innovation grants through 15 African ‘Host’ Universities. Nine African countries are directly contributing to towards RSIF, while many others are in the process of joining.

The research and innovation mentorship platform is designed with the aim of providing a space and community for both formal and informal mentoring for RSIF scholars. Members will be able to connect and build communities and support each other to reach their goals in transformative and growth-oriented ways. The platform will further promote and accommodate contributions and interactions with industry and external players for purposes of networking and showcasing the RSIF program, through the creation of working groups.

The hybrid RSIF Conference will take place on 24–26 May 2022 in Morocco. This strategic networking event will bring together members of the nascent and vibrant PASET-RSIF network consisting of Africa’s competitively selected young and brightest minds, being nurtured to become future leaders in science, engineering and technology, university representatives, private companies, governments representatives

and funders. The overall goals of the conference are to i) share the key achievements of the RSIF program and progress to date with key stakeholders; and ii) to obtain input on how to enhance the relevance and usefulness of the program for governments and the private sector to inform RSIF future implementation and growth.

icipe, the Regional Coordination Unit of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), is seeking to recruit temporary staff to support the creation and implementation of the RSIF PASET Mentorship Platform and organisation of the hybrid RSIF Conference. The temporary staff will provide critical support to the design and development of the mentorship platform that will connect PhD scholars, African Host University Mentors, and Partner Mentor; and also provide support to all stages of preparations of the RSIF Conference under the supervision of the Resource Mobilisation Specialist.

Specific Duties

The temporary staff will work in close collaboration with the icipe Capacity Building Specialist, the Mentorship Platform Consultant and RSIF Resource Mobilization Specialist to provide support to the RSIF mentorship/supervision platform development and organisation of the hybrid RSIF Conference including theoretical framing and resource acquisition, organisation, and documentation. The temporary staff will undertake tasks including and not limited to the following:

  • Support the adoption of the mentorship platform by the scholars, staff and mentors.
  • Support in evaluation of the adoption and mentorship of female scholars, and other platform activities.
  • Provide technical support of platform activities between the scholars and staff and support the technical team in troubleshooting.
  • Document implementation processes and collaborate in technical report writing with the rest of the platform team.
  • Support the invitations for the RSIF Conference, confirmations, and related arrangements for participation in person and online.
  • Work with the communications team to support dissemination of relevant conference materials and FAQs to a wider audience of interested stakeholders
  • Keep key stakeholders informed of upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities.
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by the supervisors or RSIF Manager.


  • A relevant diploma in Education, Leadership Development, Information Science, Computer Sciences or related field.
  • Work experience of at least 6 months in design and/or implementation of training programs or mentorship platforms.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Core Competencies

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels.


This position reports to the RSIF-RCU Manager.


Applications will be accepted up to 30th April 2022. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers); and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/ abilities, and skills.

Candidates are required to apply online through: or by email:

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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