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International Expert on Knowledge Society / Project Manager, Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative

Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Last Date: July 12, 2010


GeSCI, the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative, is a non-profit organisation founded by the United Nations ICT Taskforce. GeSCI provides strategic advice to Ministries of Education in developing countries on the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education within the context of inclusive Knowledge Societies. See

GeSCI is seeking an experienced international expert/ project manager, with advanced qualifications in the Science and Technology (S&T)/ICT/ Knowledge Society sector. This person is expected to contribute to GeSCI programmes as an international expert and, if required, take responsibility for the operational management of the new regional leadership programme on Knowledge Society.

The International Expert / Project Manager will be mainly responsible for implementing and managing the new regional leadership programme which is implemented in partnership with the African Union and Finland; ensuring that the Programme is properly planned and executed; and managing the team and other resources so that the results and outputs are delivered on time and within budget. He/she will provide advanced expertise for GeSCI and the regional programme in the Knowledge Society domain, especially in an African context, and will facilitate supportive research activities in this domain. In addition, he/she will build effective partnerships and will actively represent GeSCI at relevant regional and global forums.

Key requirements of the role are:
• Advanced university degree in Science and Technology /ICT/ Knowledge Society sector (Master’s level, but preferentially doctorate in one of the designated fields).
• A minimum of ten years experience of progressively responsible experience in one or more of the above fields (S&T/ICT/ Knowledge Society), preferably including some years in a development context, and of which at least 3 years are at management level.
• Project Management expertise with a proven track record of having managed/coordinated large scale programmes, preferably in regional or multi-country programmes and on the African continent.
• Excellent communication, networking and relationship-building skills.

This is a 3-year fixed term contract based in Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel in Southern and Eastern Africa. A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the right candidate.


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