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7 Jun 2017

Director Job Vacancy at KEMRI

Job Group MR/17

KEMRI seeks to recruit dynamic, innovative and experienced persons to fill the following position:

Responsible to the KEMRI Board of Management, the Director KEMRI shall provide strategic leadership and shall be in charge of the day-to-day running of the Institute on behalf of the Board of Management. The highly performing and results-oriented leader will ensure achievement of the Institute’s goals, objectives and agreed performance targets.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure excellence in research and innovation for human health;
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute;
  • Provide appropriate support and leadership to employees of the Institute;
  • Responsible for the achievement of the objectives of the Institute;
  • Prepare the annual operating budgets and establish proper internal monitoring and control systems and procedures;
  • Develop and recommend to the Board the Institute’s research and development strategy;
  • Responsible for the execution and communication of the Board’s strategies, decisions and policies;
  • Ensure that the Institute has an effective management structure including succession plans;
  • Maintain a high performance organization drivenby talented and competent staff who consistently deliver outstanding results;
  • Cultivate an atmosphere of trust for the creation and delivery of high quality, effective and accountable systems;
  • Ensure that all Board papers are accurately written, relevant and availed to the Board members on time;
  • Serve as the link between the Institute and the Ministry of Health and other
  • Government agencies;
  • Serve as the link between the Board and the Management;
  • Responsible for stakeholder management and the enhancement of the corporate image of the Institute;
  • Coordinate and prepare business related proposals, reports and other submissions for consideration by the
  • Board and other decision makers
  • Ensure continuous improvements in the quality and value of services and products provided by the Institute;
  • Ensure continuous achievement of the Institute’s financial and operating goals and objectives;
  • Oversee and ensure implementation of Institute policies and procedures;
  • Maintain a conducive work environment for attracting, retaining, and motivating employees;
  • Foster a culture that promotes ethical and good corporate governance;
  • Take responsibility as the principal spokesperson of the Institute; and
  • Ensure that the Institute complies with the relevant laws;

Requirements

  • Be a Kenyan citizen;
  • Be a holder of Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields;-Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health or any relevant Social Science from a recognized Institution;
  • Be a holder of Master’s degree in any of the following fields;-, Clinical Medicine/ Surgery/ Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Community Health, Epidemiology, or any relevant Social Science from a recognized institution;
  • Be a holder of Doctor of Philosophy degree in a relevant field;
  • OR Hold equivalent experience;
  • Must be registered with a relevant professional body;
  • Have at least ten (10) years’ experience in research five (5) of which must be in a Strategic leadership position in a large research organization;
  • Training in Business, Management and Leadership will be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated research experience with publications in reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrated ability to fund raise and manage grants;
  • Have the ability to initiate, develop and enhance current and future collaborative activities of the Institute with relevant partners and donors;
  • Have experience in Government procedures in financial management, procurement, Human Resource and Security management regulations and policies that govern State corporations;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, management and leadership capabilities and initiative in the general organization and management of research and a thorough understanding of research policies and regulations;
  • Possess excellent communication skills;
  • Meet the requirement of Chapter six of the Constitution; and
  • Demonstrate a high degree of integrity, honesty and commitment to good corporate governance and excellence in performance

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send copies of their applications enclosing a detailed CV, copies of certified certificates, professional qualifications, email address, a day time telephone contact and the details and contact information for three referees to the following address, not later than 27th June, 2017.To:

The Chairman
KEMRI Board of Management
P.O. Box 54840 –00200
NAIROBI

Please write the Position applied for on the envelope and in the subject Line of the Application letter. Applications must be sent through the address in the advert.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

KEMRI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Persons with disability, women, youth and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply.

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