Overview

Science & Innovation Manager

Main purpose of job:

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 Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  (BEIS). SIN has 80+ staff based in 40 different locations in 28 countries and territories worldwide.

The United Kingdom and Kenya have a strong relationship collaborating on Science, Technology and Innovation. This role is critical for developing and maintaining strong connections with a range of stakeholders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across Kenya and the East Africa region. Working as a member of the High Commission’s wider science and technology teams, including the Research and Evidence regional hub, the tech hub and digital access programme team, you will identify how the UK’s capabilities as a world leading science nation can partner Kenya’s vision for developing Science, Technology and Innovation as well as recognising opportunities to strengthen commercial links between the two-countries.

Roles and responsibilities:

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, diplomacy, people to people links and inform UK policy development in science and innovation. You will:

Develop high quality and sustainable UK/Kenya science and innovation partnerships that focus on UK and Kenyan priorities, including developing and maintaining a network of senior level contacts across the UK and Kenya research landscape;
Act as country lead on delivering UK Government science and innovation strategy in specific sectors, briefing and reporting for Kenya.
Develop and expand the UK relationship with Kenyan research, innovation and funding bodies;
Work closely with the Research and Evidence regional research hub leveraging and amplifying the UK’s research investment and partnership, , promoting evidence based policy making and the development of Kenya’s research landscape and partnerships.
Encourage join up across all UK Government organisations in Kenya, including on wider tech and cyber priorities, and to deliver wider UK prosperity objectives, including higher education linkages. Spot and work with Department for International Trade to match opportunities to UK firms
Provide support to senior UK Government officials and the UK research base regarding the Kenya science and innovation environment; supporting VIP visits;
Identify opportunities, develop and manage bilateral projects (these might be regional in nature) in order to increase collaboration opportunities for the UK science base;
Support efforts to promote visibility and HMG coherence on science technology and innovation. This includes the UK-Kenya High-Level Oversight Board on Science, Technology and Innovation and other platforms.
Resources managed:

You may be required to manage small projects, these are unlikely to have a budget of more than £50,000.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

MA degree in a scientific/technological discipline or significant (5 years) work experience in a science/innovation role
Project management experience.
Be able to work quickly and reliably with attention to detail and with limited supervision;
Excellent written and spoken English;
Strong IT computer skills including MS Word and Excel;
Good presentation, interpersonal and representational skills;
The ability to initiate and maintain a wide range of working relationships;
Strong organisational skills and project management experience
The ability to deliver results under pressure
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

Policy development
Experience of working with Kenyan scientific research organisations and/or an understanding of research funding in Kenya;
An understanding of the UK science and innovation landscape;
Experience of working with UK research organisations.

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About British High Commission Nairobi

The British High Commission in Nairobi is the diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Nairobi. It is located in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi.The British High Commission in Kenya maintains and develops relations between the UK and Kenya.We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Kenya.