New Job Opportunity at East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC) - Deputy Executive Secretary Research

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East African Community (EAC)
The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Burundi and Republic of South Sudan with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan) to apply for the following position below tenable at East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC):

(REF: EAC/HR/2020-21/35)
Grade: Professional Category P5
Reports to: Executive Secretary of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC)
Organ/Institution: East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC)
Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi
Position Summary:
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Research) will be the Principal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC) who will be responsible for coordinating and leading the design and implementation of regional health research agenda and priorities in accordance with the vision, mission, goals, operational objectives and the corresponding strategies and plans within the overall legal and institutional framework of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC). He/She will be responsible for the general coordination of the health research operations and formulation of various projects and programmes of the Commission.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinate the formulation and establishment various initiatives, projects, and programmes of the Commission at both regional and national levels in all the EAC Partner States;
  2. Assist the Executive Secretary in providing an oversight role in coordinating the various regional projects, programs and initiatives of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC);
  3. Initiate and coordinate the process of harmonization of policies, laws, regulations and standards with specific relevance to the legal mandate and functions of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC);
  4. Coordinate the development and implementation of systems for monitoring and evaluation and monitoring of compliance with the set objectives and outputs of the various regional projects, programs and initiatives of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC);
  5. Promote technical capacity building, institutional development and health research in the Community
  6. Liaise with Partner States for the coordination and   implementation of the various regional projects, programs and initiatives of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC);
  7. Supervise and coordinate the formulation and implementation of the annual work plans and budgets of the various regional projects, programs and initiatives of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC);
  8. Promote the establishment and operationalization of regional health research centers of excellence as may be approved by the EAC Council of Ministers from time to time;
  9. Establish and coordinate the implementation of common ethical guidelines and practices for health research and its application in the community;
  10. Promote and support the dissemination, exchange and utilization of evidence-based health research findings and scientific information in the Partner States.
  11. Perform any other relevant duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Executive Secretary, the Governing Board of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC), the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health and/or the EAC Council of Ministers from time to time;
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  1. A Master’s Degree in Health Sciences or its equivalent plus a post graduate qualification in Health Research. A relevant PHD will be an added advantage;
  2. A minimum of fifteen (15) years experience in health research and/or public health policy analysis, eight (8) of which must have been in a senior management position at national, regional or international level;
  3. Must have published widely relevant articles in international peer review journals.

Skills and Competences:
  • Ability to develop integrated results oriented annual work plans and other organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities);
  • Should have extensive and demonstrable knowledge of health research and the translation of results of health research into health policy and practice;
  • Demonstrable competency in public health systems development, management and institution building at national, regional and/or international level;
  • Proficiency in computer office applications and automated statistical analytical tools and/or related packages;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills ;
  • Should be fluent in the English language;
  • Working knowledge of French and or Kiswahili will be an added advantage;
  • Ability to work as a team leader and to motivate others;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver on the set deadlines.

Eligibility for applications:
Applicants from all EAC Partner States are eligible to apply for the above position. 

Terms and Conditions of Service:
The above position is tenable for a contract of five (3) years renewable once.
This position is subject to the application of the Quota System.

Relevant Working Experience:
Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience. 

Equal Opportunity:
The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to :
  • Fill in the application form attached (download from here);
  • attach their application letter, a detailed CV, Copies of certified academic certificates, and a copy of National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one (1) file.
  • Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and envelope.
  • For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below.

This is a re-advertised position, however, previous applicants are invited to resubmit their applications.

Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 11th June 2021.
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Please note:
1. You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
2. Applications which do not :
  • have EAC application form;
  • indicate nationality and age;
  • have the reference number;
  • or have an application letter attached;
  • have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates;
  • or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.
3.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted
4.  EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.

Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.
A due diligence will be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic certificates (certification by a recognized higher education body in the respective Partner States) and employment records.
The Secretary General
East African Community,
P. o Box 1096,
Arusha - Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2162100
Fax: +255 27 2162190