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Programme Officer - Science, Technology and Innovation (Grade 6) - Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Location: Southern Africa
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Job Summary

The Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat (SADC) is seeking to recruit highly motivated and experienced professionals who are citizens of Member States of the SADC to fill the following regional positions to its Organization Structure.

8. Programme Officer - Science, Technology and Innovation – Job Grade 6

Purpose of the job

  • Facilitate and coordinate policy, planning, programming and monitoring and evaluation work in order to harness science, technology and innovation (STI) in support of industrial development and regional integration.
  • Conduct research development and analysis in the area of science, technology and innovation in support of industrial development.
  • Provide support to the Senior Programme Officer responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Duties And Responsibilities  

Policy Development and Harmonisation

  • Provide support in the coordinate the development, strengthening and harmonisation of STI policies, strategies, regulations, standards and systems
  • Provide support and coordinate the approval and adoption of the STI policies, strategies, regulations, standards and systems by the SADC Structures
  • Provide support in facilitating the implementation of the STI policies, strategies, regulations, standards and systems by Member States to strengthen national and regional systems of innovation
  • Provide support in coordinating the development, review and monitoring of the implementation / domestication of the Protocol on STI

Research, Analysis and Information Dissemination

  • Coordinate the commissioning and coordination of research/studies in strategic areas of science, technology and innovation, to strengthen policy and regulatory gaps in the region
  • Manage the collection of information and data in the area of STI
  • Facilitate technology transfer, innovation and Intellectual Property in the development of science, technology and innovation
  • Facilitate collection of STI data and indicators in the region to track progress in STI developments
  • Manage and update the SADC Portal on STI in coordination with the Information Technology Unit
  • Manage the dissemination of relevant data through the SADC website or through reports to SADC Institutions
  • Regularly disseminate relevant information on STI developments in the region, continentally and internationally
  • Produce Policy briefs on key STI issues.

Strategic Planning and Programming

  • Provide support in the coordination and development of long-term, medium and short strategic and annual plans
  • Facilitate and coordinate implementation of capacity building initiatives in STI in Member States; and with relevant stakeholders and institutions and monitor and evaluate the success of the interventions
  • Draft project/programme proposals for resource mobilisation to support implementation of regional STI programmes.

Programme Implementation

  • Facilitate implementation of STI programmes/projects in the region:
  • Promotion of public understanding, advocacy and awareness of science, technology and innovation
  • Establishment of collaborative regional Research, Development and Innovation (R&DI) and technology transfer programmes in priority areas
  • Provide support in research in the establishment of regional Centres of Specialisation and Excellence in priority areas of STI and strengthening existing networks and centres
  •  Facilitate promotion of research and technology networks with regional, continental and international partners/networks
  • Facilitate provision of technology extension services to SMEs
  • Strengthening capacity of regional industrial technology centers
  • Facilitate formulation of innovation strategies and promote innovation among regional enterprises and industries
  • Facilitate formulation of regional innovation policies and strategies to assist in new market opportunities
  • Promote use of emerging technologies in industrial development
  • Facilitate resource mobilisation for programme implementation as and when required by PPRM
  • Coordinate and manage project staff and consultancies
  • Prepare reports, documents and annotated agenda for submission to various policy and statutory structures of SADC
  • Contribute to the development of the SADC Annual Report
  • Share programme impact and lessons
  • Forge strategic partnerships with external stakeholders (e.g. development agencies, policy, and research organisations) that are critical to delivering the unit's objectives and programme
  • Liaise with other directorates to ensure mainstreaming of cross cutting issues (e.g. Gender, HIV/AIDS, Environment, ICT, Youth, Education, Energy etc.) into own programmes
  • Ensure joint / synergised planning and programming for programmes that have cross-cutting implications / linkages with other programme units in the Secretariat

Servicing of Relevant Technical & Policy Committees, Meetings & Workshops

  • Prepare reports, documents and annotated agenda for submission to various policy and statutory structures of SADC
  • Liaise with Conference Services unit to (a) organise the logistics for the meetings and workshops, and (b) process / produce the necessary meeting and conference documents and presentations
  • Facilitate technical committees, meetings and workshops as required
  • Prepare records of the technical and policy meetings including communiqué for policy meetings.
  • Forge strategic partnerships and representation and promotion of SADC STI policies and programmes at regional, continental and international level
  • Provide support in the planning of strategic dialogues on key policy issues with stakeholders in the region
  • Participate, influence and position SADC in relevant strategic regional, continental and international meetings; to promote SADC's STI Agenda in these forums
  • Work closely with Communication and Public Relations unit to promote the STI programme portfolio, pipeline, specific projects and programme impact

Qualifications And Experience  

Position Requirements

  • A Masters Degree in Science and Technology Policy, Engineering, Public Policy or Social Sciences or other related disciplines from a recognised institution.

Specialised Knowledge

  • Knowledge of:
  • the SADC Region's STI environment at both private and public sector levels
  • STI frameworks, regional and national systems of innovation
  • Technology transfer, innovation and intellectual property
  • Big Data and Opens Science
  • and understanding of integrated STI programme planning, budgeting, policy and strategy development, administration and monitoring
  • Proficient in the use of computers and computer software relevant to the Position.


  • At least 5-8 years of working experience in science, technology and innovation policy environment.

Skills Requirements

  • Strategy and policy development skills
  • Knowledge of national and regional systems of innovation
  • Research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Project Management Skills
  • Resource mobilisation and stakeholder management
  • Diplomacy skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • International relations skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation, persuasion, advocacy, networking, relationship building and stakeholder management skills
  • Organisational skills (planning, budgeting, work prioritisation, time management)
  • Team building skills

Competency Requirements

  • Apply interpersonal styles/methods to develop, motivate and empower individuals toward achievement of goals
  • Capable of maintaining quality whilst working under pressure and adhering to deadlines
  • Capacity to motivate and influence people positively, and create a climate where people want to do their best
  • Conceptual and practical thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to work well, present and win support for ideas in an international, multi-cultural and highly political environment
  • Organisational awareness with an understanding of how to engage the organisation to get things done
  • Maintain confidentiality and is respectful of sensitive situations
  • Methodical and organised, and able to look at the big picture without losing the attention to details
  • Professionalism and adherence to good work ethics
  • Question status quo / conventional approaches and encourage new ideas and innovations for progress
  • Resilience and personal drive, self-motivation
  •  Results and performance driven
  • Visionary, thinks and acts strategically
  • Team player and ability to work with diverse teams

How To Apply

The positions are open to qualified applicants who:

  • Are 50 years old or younger. This requirement is based on the Organization’s need to recruit staff who can serve for a reasonable period of time before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
  • Are from the following eligible Member States: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Closing Date and Submission of Applications: Applications must be submitted to the SADC National Contact Point / of the eligible Member States not later than or on 23 May 2022.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

  • A cover letter stating the position that you want to be considered for and describe how your qualifications, experience and competencies are relevant to the position
  • Not more than five (5) pages updated curriculum vitae;
  • Certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s); and
  • Duly signed and completed SADC Application Form.

Should you be shortlisted, you will be required to produce evidence of educational and professional qualifications supporting your application, on the day of your interview.

Gender Mainstreaming

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from female candidates.

If you are results orientated, you have a passion for the transformation and development of Southern Africa, and possess the required competencies, please submit your application.

Only applicants who meet the requirements of the SADC Secretariat and being considered for interview, will be contacted. Should you not hear from the SADC Secretariat within two months after the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

For further details on the position that you want to apply for, job profiles and SADC Application Form, refer to the SADC Website: 

Details can also be obtained from the National Contact Point in your respective country.   

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