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The job holder will develop and implement strategic and tactical communication plans that will amplify the impact of the ACTS’ research, capacity building and other research related services, and help position ACTS as a world class research organization, strengthening capacity and policies of African countries and institutions to harness science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a leading Intergovernmental STI policy Think Tank which was established in 1988. Its mandate is to strengthen the capacities and policies of African countries and institutions to use science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development. ACTS is based in Nairobi through a host agreement with the Kenya Government and enjoys international status. ACTS’ governing council depicts its international status. It has representation from Ghana (current chair), Ethiopia, Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, UK, Sweden, COMESA, NEPAD and the East African Science and Technology Commission.
Over the last 31 years, ACTS has been instrumental in enlarging the range of policy choices for sustainable development in Africa through high quality research. For example, ACTS’ work influenced patent industrial property legislation and policy (Kenya); environmental impact assessment standards (Eastern and Southern Africa); bio-energy and biofuels policy (Eastern and West Africa); agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety (Africa-wide); and climate change adaptation and mitigation (Africa-wide). ACTS was the first to organize an international conference to discuss options that African countries could adopt to mitigate the impact of climate change and also played a major role in the negotiation for the Convention on Biological Diversity. For these and other achievements, ACTS has earned top ratings among the Environment Think Tanks in Africa and the world. In 2016, ACTS was rated (by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) among the top three most influential think tanks in Climate Change globally, and number one in Africa. Today, ACTS has branded itself regionally and internationally as a knowledge centre in STI, energy, agriculture and climate change.
Based on its global, regional and national aspirations and a mapping of the priority landscape of the key partners, ACTS developed areas of competency outlined in a strategic plan for the following three programmatic areas in 2019-2021: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security; Climate Resilient Economy (CRE); and Science, Technology, Innovation, Knowledge and Society (STIKS). Each of these three programmes, has a very strong component of youth and gender, as cross cutting theme.