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icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to 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 are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world. (


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icipe is seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist to fill the position of Senior Gender Expert.
The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. A competitive and generous compensation package that includes  housing and transport allowances, education allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate.
Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation and return airfare for themselves and their  dependents to their nominated home base each year. If the successful candidate is appointed from  outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Qualified candidates  from Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Living in Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million, and hosts all the  urban and social amenities and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. A wide variety of  excellent international schools and well-equipped medical facilities are open 24/7 in Nairobi. The city is  also accessible by various reputable international airline carriers. Nairobi has a thriving international  research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. Although it is important to be  conscious of security, Kenyans are warm and welcoming of visitors.
Overall purpose of the job


Reporting to the Head of the Social Sciences and Impact Assessment Unit, the successful candidate  will conceptualise, lead, and provide technical oversight to multiple research and projects/programmes  focused on gender. The candidate will develop gender strategies for projects and undertake qualitative and quantitative research through a gender lens that contributes to scaling technologies and enhancing women participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) higher education.

Specific Duties


  • Conduct quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method gender research using primary and secondary data and advanced estimation methods.
  • Work closely with biophysical and social scientists to conceptualise, design and implement proposals and projects in a gender lens, as well as write research papers and disseminate results.
  • Develop research protocols and comprehensive gender disaggregated survey tools and  strengthen the use of mixed methods and gender transformative approaches.
  • Work with a team of biophysical and social scientists to integrate gender elements in monitoring  and evaluation frameworks at project and programme levels.
  • Support the development of staff and partners’ capacity in gender to mainstream gender and  implement gender action.
  • Write high quality gender and non-gender economic researchreports, peer-reviewed publications, and policy briefs for a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
  • Provide professional mentoring to students and staff and supervise their research activities .
  • Organise webinars and seminars, and lead policy advocacy efforts related to women’s  empowerment.
  • Share gender lessons with a broad spectrum of stakeholders using different communication  platforms.
  • Review the implementation of gender strategies of project/program.
  • Represent the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), Social Sciences and Impact Assessment unit and other icipe programmes in gender￾related forums.
  • Regularly review, update and implement the RSIF gender strategy.
  • Prepare funding proposals to support the implementation of the RSIF gender strategy.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • A PhD degree in gender development studies and agricultural/development economics or  related discipline (sociology, rural development) from a recognized university.
  • A minimum of six years’ postdoctoral experience in gender research, analysis and mainstreaming in developing countries,
  • Demonstrated skills to produce peer-reviewed publications and high-quality reports.
  • Experience working in Africa and in a multicultural setting.
  • Willingness to travel extensively to collect and supervise data collection in rural villages.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated capabilities in gender research and impact assessment using advanced qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Practical knowledge and skills in designing and collecting household and women’s empowerment in Agriculture index (WEAI) survey.
  • Expertise in the use of statistical software packages such as Stata to analyse data.
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative to resolve issues, and work effectively with minimal supervision.

This position reports to the Head of the Social Sciences and Impact Assessment Unit.
Applications will be accepted up to 22nd July 2021. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees, including email addresses; 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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