Call for Applications: Head of Behavioural & Chemical Ecology Unit

In order to support the fulfilment of the goals, vision, and mission of the Centre, ICIPE is looking to appoint an exceptional, dynamic, and self-motivated person to the position of Head of Behavioural & Chemical Ecology Unit. This person will be responsible for providing programmatic leadership and research support to the unit.

ICIPE is a pan-African centre of excellence in research for 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 people in the tropics. It does so by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods while preserving the natural resource base. Since its establishment in 1970, ICIPE has become a significant contributor to the 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 affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

The main purpose of this position is to

  • provide research and programmatic leadership to the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit.
  • Coordinate and promote the broad field of chemical ecology through an interdisciplinary research approach across ICIPE’s 4-H Themes and within the framework of One Health.
  • maintain a portfolio of research that is aligned with ICIPE’s strategic goals.
  • undertake research of the highest quality through partnerships within, nationally, regionally, and internationally.
  • facilitate new initiatives and opportunities in chemical ecology through resource mobilisation.
  • build capacity through the training of the next generation of globally competitive scientists.
  • disseminate research findings through high-level publications and presentations at scientific/technical meetings.
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More specifically, the tasks will include:

  • Contributes to the center’s efforts to engage with global stakeholders in research and capacity building. Manages the human, fiscal, and physical resources of the unit.
  • Conducts research to develop semiochemical-based management tools for improved food production and animal and human health.
  • Conducts research to promote the use of beneficial organisms that conserve biodiversity.
  • Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the unit, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio.
  • Enhance the scientific productivity of the unit through mentoring and supervising scientists, postgraduate students, and high-quality publications.
  • Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the unit to ensure relevance and quality.
  • Act as a spokesperson and representative of the unit.
  • Ensure the unit meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders, including national licencing authorities and donors.


  • A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, education allowance,
  • comprehensive health and life insurance coverage, and  
  • an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars),

Job Requirements

Applicants for this position must meet the following criteria:

  • PhD in Chemistry from a reputable university, with a strong background in organic chemistry or related sciences but preferably expertise in chemical ecology plus appropriate or additional education in organic spectroscopy.
  • Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organization or university.
  • Track record in chemical ecology and interdisciplinary research in tropical insect science.
  • Excellent publication track record.
  • Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
  • a proven record of managing large resources (both financial and human) in a research environment.
  • Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
  • Excellent communication skills are mandatory.
  • A track record of exemplary leadership qualities is   essential.
  • High degree of organization, adaptability and prioritisation.
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Application Process

Applications in one pdf should include:

  • a confidential cover letter setting out their suitability against the listed requirements for the role;
  • detailed CV and
  • names and addresses of 3 referees.

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Deadline: Open till filled.

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