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Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


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POSITION: Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
PLACE: Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a public institution established by an Act of Parliament NO.7 of 1986. By the Act COSTECH is mandated to promote and coordinate research; promote technology development transfer; acquire store and disseminate scientific and technological information to the general public, the overall objective of the mandate is to stimulate and promote social and economic development. The commission is undergoing remarkable modernization including structural changes and implementation of new and more attractive scheme of service and competitive salary structure. Due to this modernization and structural changes, the following positions are vacant and require to be filled as soon as possible.

Report to:Director General
Supervises:Researchers

Position Purpose: 
Provide and enlist support to the Director General in regard to transfer, adaptation assessment and choice of appropriate technology both local and imported technology within the framework of national, social, economic and political constraints technological need for utilization in different sector of the economy

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To act as Assistant Secretary to select R&D Committees of the Commission relevant to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • To identify within the framework of national, social, economic and political constraints technological needs for utilization in the different sectors of the economy;
  • Provide advice on 'matters pertaining to development of endogenous and indigenous technologies;
  • Formulating strategies and advising on the best ways of implementing and improving national policies on technology development;
  • Provide and enlist support to the Director General in regard to development, transfer, adaptation and choice of appropriate technology both local and imported within the framework of the national, social, economic and political environment; .
  • Promoting research and innovation in new and renewable sources of energy and taking charge of the Commission's energy research projects in the field;
  • Acquiring and analyzing information on alternative sources of technology and its delivery to users;
  • Maintaining an inventory of innovations, inventions and adaptations and undertaking a follow-up of TASTA awards;
  • Formulating elaborate programmes and acting as a catalyst for the development, furtherance and commercialization of indigenous technologies;
  • Liaising and maintaining effective links with local and foreign technology centers and research institutions, with a view to attaining an optimum level of technology development in the country;
  • Identifying, within the framework of national, social, economic and political constraints, technological needs for utilization in the different sectors of the economy;
  • Undertaking an evaluation (technical, financial, economic, and legal) and selection of technologies with a view of developing a capacity of decision making in the area of science technology and innovation;
  • Playing a major role in the unpackaging of imported technology and innovation including the assessment of suitability of the technology as well as direct and indirect costs of importing technology and innovation or local development of such technology with a view of enhancing national competent in purchasing only selected components of technology and innovation;
  • Assisting institutions importing technology and innovation in the negotiation of contracts for the supply of technology/innovation with a view of securing favorable terms and conditions under which technology may be supplied;
  • Maintaining a databank of imported and local technology/innovation and of domestic technological/innovation resources and manpower, and undertaking a detailed analysis of their impact on national development
  • Providing training for technical personnel in technology and innovation aspects and in various fields of analysis of their impact on national development.


Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • The successful candidate must hold PhD in Economics, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Engineering or equivalent.
  • Must have published not less than 10 papers in recognized journal with demonstrate related work experience of at least 8 years ideally gained in a business environment where team work and flexibility were paramount;
  • Must have a good track and extensive experience in technology development and transfer in a reputable organization is desirable;
  • Must have a proven track records of 7 years of research in a business environment where team work' and flexibility were paramount and 5 year or more years of progressive management experience or demonstrated experience to compensate for lack of direct management experience.


Key Competencies

  • Leadership skills
  • Demonstrated excellence of report writing, presentation and communication;
  • Well informed about the current technological development in the world
  • Knowledge of Strategic management;
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems; Demonstration of personal drive and self-motivation; Strong conceptual and analytical skills;
  • Creative and innovative thinker;
  • Proactive and professionally confident
  • Ability to work without close supervision.


Salary Scale: COSS 14


Mode of Application:
Send a cover letter and a detailed CV with copies of your academic and professional certificates and testimonials with names of three referees to
Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline for applications is 18/6/2013 at 3:30 pm

Applicants are requested to indicate their telephone and fax numbers and email addresses 

for easy contact
Director General,
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology
P.O. Box 4302
Dar es Salaam

Deadline: 18th June , 2013
Source: Daily News June 7, 2013


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