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National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Career Opportunities in Kenya

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a multi-disciplinary state corporation whose core mandate is identification, preservation, conservation and development of Kenya’s rich and diverse heritage.

This mandate is fulfilled through the work of several directorates key among which are the Directorate of Research and Collections (DRC) and the Directorate of Museums, Sites and Monuments (DMSM).

The position of Director Research and Collections and the position of Assistant Director, Museums, Site and Monuments (Western region) have now become vacant.

We are seeking to recruit Kenyan national with strong administrative, organizational, leadership skills and extensive experience in research and heritage management to fill these positions.

The Director Research and Collections
Ref: NMK/HRM/DRC/01/10
Reporting to the Director General, the Director Research and Collections is responsible for coordination of the national heritage collection, generation, documentation and dissemination of information through rigorous scientific activities and programmes focused on sustainable use, conservation and preservation of the heritage.

These functions are carried out through five scientific departments namely; Zoological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Botanical Sciences, Centre for Bio-diversity and Cultural Heritage all supported by a common information resource centre.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Formulate and implement policies and strategies for effective research programmes, collections management and capacity building programmes
  • Spearhead grant seeking efforts and leverage of financial resources to support the directorate activities
  • Promote partnership with national and international stakeholders such as the public, policy makers funding organizations, academic and research institutions, UN institutions and other
  • Provide leadership and coordination in grant application process and the implementation of locally and internationally funded research projects
  • Harmonize all research activities with NMK’s institutional mandate and research policy
  • Organize forums for linking science and society through seminars, workshops, exhibitions and scientific conferences.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the heads of research departments and the resource centre
  • Monitor and regularly evaluate performance of staff within the directorate
Requirement for Appointment
  • Be in possession of a PhD in any of the five broad research fields relevant to NMK mandate (Zoology, Botany, Culture, Biodiversity or Earth Sciences)
  • Have at least five (5) years post doctoral research experience in any of the five broad scientific fields mentioned above, three (3) of which must be at a senior management level.
  • Have proven record of scientific leadership and achievement as demonstrated by high output of scholarly works (journal articles, books and book chapters) and not less than 10 articles in international peer-reviewed publications.
  • Have a proven and impressive track record of successful grant-making as demonstrated by previous and/or current levels of research funding through individual or collaborative research projects.
  • Have a proven record of administrative skills as demonstrated by previous positions held.
  • Have strong communication skills and ability to engage effectively with both the academic, business and lay audiences who desire to participate in research ventures with the institution.
Assistant Director: Museums, Sites and Monuments (ADMSM)
Ref: HR/ADMSM/02/10

Reporting to Director, Museums, Sites and Monuments, the holder of this position is responsible for coordination and implementation of strategies and policies related to the development of museums, sites and monuments within the Western Region.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Implementation of the NMK mission and policy in western region and ensuring effective communication flows within the region, the NMK headquarters and stakeholders.
  • Coordination, identification and protection of Sites and Monuments in the region.
  • Implementation and promotion of conservation standards and practices within the region
  • Promotion of national/international institutional partnerships with the relevant stakeholders related to public programmes and heritage conservation management.
  • Coordination and support of the development of public programmes within the region.
  • Coordination of regional fundraising and revenue generation initiatives.
  • Planning and mapping out of future development of museums, sites and monuments in the region.
  • Providing guidance and leadership to curators, conservators and public programmes staff within the region
  • Monitoring and regularly evaluating the performance of staff within the region
  • Carrying out any other duties assigned by Director, Museums, Sites and Monuments.
Requirement for Appointment
  • Be in possession of at least a Masters degree in a relevant Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Science discipline. A postgraduate formal training in a cultural/heritage management related discipline will be an added advantage.
  • Have at least five (5) years management experience in heritage or cultural resources management.
  • Have ability to mobilize resources through fundraising and revenue generation
  • Have experience in museum/site development or management of cultural and or heritage programme development
Qualified and interested applicants may apply enclosing a cover letter, a detailed resume, copies of academic and professional certificates and testimonials and names and addresses of three (3) referees (include telephone contact and email).

Applications may be mailed to:

Director General, National Museums of Kenya,
P.O. Box 40658-00100 Nairobi, Kenya

or sent electronically through email to:

All applications should be received not later than 20th August 2010.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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