Introduction to the AAS

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is an autonomous, Africa-wide, professional, non-political and non-profit-making scientific organisation, established to pursue the following objectives which are:
Promote and foster the growth of the scientific community in Africa by recognising, supporting and promoting excellence in scientific research performed by African scientists;

  • Develop and administer awards and prizes as a means of recognising individuals and organisations that have greatly contributed to the development of science and technology in Africa and embodied the spirit of technological innovation.
  • Stimulate and nurture the spirit of scientific discovery and technological innovation in Africa in order to promote sustainable development in the continent through Research and Development (R&D).
  • Promote contact among African scientists, technologists, engineers and other scholars, and between them and the world scientific and technological community in order to facilitate regional integration and to serve the cause of global peace and security.
  • Facilitate, coordinate and undertake the publication and dissemination of scientific and technological achievements in Africa.
  • Improve Africa’s capacity for management of research, development and public policy by bridging the gaps between natural, applied and social scientists, the private sector and governments.
  • Provide information on, and support for public awareness and understanding of science and technology, and to promote the development of a science culture in Africa.
  • Foster improved participation of women and youth in scientific fields; and
  • Work in cooperation with other organisations whose objectives may be complementary to those of the Academy.

The Academy is recognised by the African Union as a Strategic Partner for the implementation of STISA 2024 and works closely with NEPAD Agency. 

Job Specification

The Executive Director of the Academy works from its registered office which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the day to day management of the affairs of the Academy under the oversight of the President and the Management Committee. The successful candidate shall report to the President and the Management Committee and Governing Council of the Academy and shall:
Be responsible for the recruitment, appointment, supervision and dismissal of staff, the general administration of the Secretariat in accordance with the Governing Council approved HR Policy of the Academy;

  • Be responsible for the administration of the Academy including its finances; and ensuring that Academy accounts are audited annually.
  • Present requests for the approval for new programmes and report on progress of on-going programmes.
  • Ensure that programmes and activities approved by the Governing Council are appropriately implemented.
  • Seek approval for change in staff establishment.
  • Implement the resolutions made at the General Assembly and the Governing Council.
  • Coordinate activities related to the recruitment, nomination, evaluation and induction procedures of AAS Fellows.
  • Support the Governing Council in formulating and implementing the policies of the Academy.
  • Serve as ex-officio member and Secretary of the Governing Council and Management Committee of the Academy.
  • Carry out of any other duties assigned by the President and the Management Committee.
  • Engage very assiduously in funds mobilisation efforts for the Academy.
  • Serve as an Ex-Officio member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund.

Qualifications and Attributes

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Hold a doctorate degree preferably in the Sciences from a recognised university.
  •  Be a full Professor.
  • Not necessarily a fellow of AAS, but be acquainted with activities of an Academy.
  • Must have been at least a Dean or institutional level Director of an African university or research institute.
  • Excellent research and publications track record; and must currently be engaged in research and publications.
  • Outstanding record of fund raising for research.
  • Excellent managerial and leadership skills.


The job offer will be made for three years’ subject to a once off renewal based on three satisfactory annual performance contract evaluations.
This is an international position. As such a competitive remuneration will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with this level of appointment.

Application Process

Applicants are welcome to submit their applications, with strong motivation for the position together with: Updated curriculum vitae, certified copies of academic and professional certificates, and the names, addresses and contact details of at least three referees by email to:

Hawkins and Associates Ltd
215 Muthangari Road, Lavington
P.O Box 30864 - 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline

All applications should be submitted no later than the 23rd December 2016.