30 Mar 2017

Quality Assurance Job in Kenya - National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation

REF:PSRAQA/11 /2/2017

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) is a body Corporate established by the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, No. 28 of 2013 (ST&I Act). The mandate of NACOSTI is to regulate and assure quality in the science, technology and innovation
sector and advise the Government in matters related thereto.

The Principal Scientist will be the head of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Section and will be directly reporting to the Chief Scientist of Registration, Accreditation and Quality Assurance.


  • Develop and review Accreditation Standards;
  • Determining eligibility for Accreditation as set out in the accreditation criteria;
  • Evaluating accredited research institutions for compliance;
  • Vetting of applications for accreditation;
  • Carry out inspection for Quality Assurance;
  • Updating and maintenance of an accurate database for accredited institutions and bodies;
  • Ensuring that quality assurance policies, processes and procedures are fully integrated into the accreditation process;
  • Making recommendations for the accreditation of institutions and bodies in accordance with the established criteria;
  • Recommending cancellation of accreditation in the event of non-compliance;
  • Sensitizing stakeholders on accreditation requirement and processes;

Job Qualifications

  • PhD degree in relevant field of specialization plus three (3) years post-doctoral research experience in accreditation and quality assurance.
  • Served as Senior Scientist or a minimum of three (3) years and demonstrated a high standard of competence and administrative ability in research, science, and technology policies, control and coordination of activities of the relevant field of accreditation and quality assurance.

Key Competencies and skills

  • Scientific writing and publishing;
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis;
  • ICT proficiency;
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills and communication;
  • Policy analysis;
  • Strategic planning;

How to Apply
Interested Candidates who meet the requirements are invited to send their applications enclosing copies of updated Curriculum Vitae, Academic and Professional Certificates.

Additionally, they should provide names of three (3) referees one of whom must be an immediate or past supervisor. A copy of National Identity Card, details of Remuneration history and Current contact MUST be provided.

Applications MUST clearly indicate the Reference Number of the Vacancy and should be sent either by post to:

The Director General/CEO
National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation
P.O Box 30623 – 00100
Nairobi, KENYA
Utalii House, 9th Floor, Room 902, on or before 5.00 p.m.,4th April 2017

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified Kenyans are encouraged to apply. Women, Persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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