2 Jul 2014

Secretary / Chief Executive Officer Kenya Job Vacancy

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation

Secretary / Chief Executive Officer

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) is a State Corporation established under the Science, Technology and Innovation Act of 2013.

The Commission is a Statutory Agency mandated to regulate and assure quality in the Science, Technology and Innovation Sector and advise the Government on all matters relating to Science, Technology, Innovation and Research deemed necessary for proper co-ordination and economic development of the Country.

To achieve this mandate the Board of the Commission seeks to fill the position of the
Commission’s Secretary / Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Job Summary: 
Reporting to the Board of the Commission, the Secretary/CEO will provide visionary leadership in the development and prioritization of scientific, technological and innovation activities in Kenya in relation to the economic and social policies of the Government as well as development and implementation of strategies to effectively address emerging issues, risks and opportunities in the Country.

The job offers the right candidate the opportunity to guide the direction and future of Kenya’s Scientific, Technological and Innovation Sector.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • An ex-officio member and Secretary to the NACOSTI Board;
  • The Secretary/CEO and shall be responsible for the day to day management of the affairs of the Commission;
  • Developing sound policies, driving appropriate strategies and best practices to achieve the Commission’s mandate by ensuring that the Commission’s targets are achieved within schedule and budget;
  • Providing leadership and strategic direction to the Commission in order to achieve its goals;
  • Directing and coordinating the Commission’s business activities and operations to ensure that various Departments/Divisions operate harmoniously;
  • Developing, motivating, deploying and retaining talented staff of the Commission through performance appraisals, personal development and succession management;
  • Developing in consultation with stakeholders the priorities in scientific, technological and innovation activities in Kenya in relation to the economic and scientific policies of the Government, and the country’s international commitments;
  • Providing leadership in design and implementation of effective risk management and control systems;
  • Developing and strengthening local and international partnerships;
  • Mobilizing resources, deploying and utilizing them effectively;
  • Advising the National and County governments on the science, technology and innovation policy, including general planning and assessment of the necessary resources;
  • Liaising with the National Innovation Agency and the National Research Fund to ensure funding and implementation of prioritized research programmes;
  • Ensuring coordination and cooperation between the various agencies involved in science, technology and innovation;
  • Contributing to the formulation of sectoral, national, regional and global initiatives aimed at regulatory coordination and cooperation; and
  • Undertaking any other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the Commission’s Board.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate shall be a Kenyan citizen with:

  • A doctorate degree from a university recognized in Kenya;
  • At least fifteen years experience in management of public or private institutions; and
  • Compliance with the provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

Candidates with five years demonstrable experience in strategic management and planning in public institutions, record of at least 10 publications in peer reviewed journals and membership to a recognized professional body/association will have an added advantage.

Note: Candidates with Degrees from Universities outside Kenya must submit a Certificate of Recognition and Equation from the Commission for University Education (CUE).

Key Competencies

  • Highly developed analytical skills and ability to make sound management decisions with strong implementation, monitoring and evaluation focus;
  • Strategic and innovative thinking;
  • Ability to mobilize resources;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills as well as ability to build alliances and partnerships;
  • A high proficiency in IT applications;
  • Strong leadership, team player and organizational skills;
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills; and
  • Ability to manage change and conflicts.

Candidates who meet the above requirements are invited to send their applications enclosing copies of curriculum vitae, academic and professional certificates.

Additionally, they should provide names and contacts of three referees one of whom must be an immediate or past supervisor.

A copy of national identity card and details of recent/current remuneration must be provided.

Candidates shortlisted for interview must submit:

  • Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI);
  • Clearance Letter from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);
  • Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA);
  • Clean Report from an approved Credit Reference Bureau (CRB); and
  • Clearance by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The successful candidate will be engaged on a five years’ contract renewable for one further term of equivalent period, upon successful performance.

The position offers an attractive remuneration package.Applications should be addressed to:-

The Chairperson
National Commission for Science,
Technology and Innovation
9th Floor Room 902, Utalii House off Uhuru Highway, Nairobi
P. O. Box 30623 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

and sent by post, courier or hand delivery or email ( quoting the job reference and indicating it on the envelope where applicable

Job Reference: NACOSTI/ SECRETARY/CEO / 1 / 2014

to be received on or before 18th July 2014The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified Kenyans are encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.Note: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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