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The Kenya Sugar Research Foundation (KESREF) is a State Corporation in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries with its headquarters in Kibos, off Kisumu - Miwani Road.

KESREF is mandated to develop and disseminate appropriate technologies for enhanced productivity, value addition and competitiveness’ of the Kenyan Sugar sub-sector.

The Foundation wishes to recruit qualified and experienced individuals on temporary terms for a one year period (12 months) for the following positions through a donor funded cane testing project at South Nyanza Sugar Company (SONY), in Awendo-Migori district.

1. Assistant Laboratory Technologist II / Chemist

RF 7

Ref: ALT II/SCTU/1/14

(1 Post)

The Assistant Laboratory Technologist II/ Chemist will report to the Assistant Director Milling and Processing department.

He/She will be in charge of the unit.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Perform Laboratory tests and produce data for scientific investigations.
  • Ensure prompt and effective analysis of samples
  • Carry out analytical and diagnostic tests
  • Collect and maintain cane testing records
  • Index and process experimental data
  • Ensure safety procedures are adhered to in the Unit
  • Ensure the Unit operates within the approved budget.
  • Supervise cane testing unit staff
  • Prepare and submit reports regularly

Academic qualifications and job requirements

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must possess the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines; Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Sugar Technology, Food Science& Technology or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • At least three years relevant experience
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Be a result oriented team player
  • Computer application skills

2. Laboratory Assistant II/ Analyst
RF 9
Ref: LAII/SCTU/1/14
(2 Posts)

The position will report to the Assistant Laboratory Technologist II/Chemist.

He/she will be deployed at the Pilot cane testing unit in South Nyanza Sugar Company, Awendo .

Duties and responsibilities
  • Perform analytical/diagnostic work
  • Collection and analysis of cane samples
  • Preparation of reagents
  • Record Management
  • Maintenance of cane testing unit equipment

Academic qualifications and job requirements

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must posses the following:
  • Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Food Science & Technology or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) mean grade C
  • At least three years relevant experience
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Be a result oriented team player
  • Computer application skills

3. Plant Operator I
RF 9
Ref: POI/CTU/1/14
(2 Posts)

The Plant Operator will report to Assistant Laboratory  Technologist II/Chemist in charge of the Unit.

He/She will ensure availability of Core Sampler for core sampling and related duties.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Operate and maintain the core sampler
  • Ensures the section operates within the approved budget.
  • Operate the JEFFCO shredder
  • Assist in sample handling
  • Ensure prompt trouble shooting and repairs of Core Sampler.
  • Ensure effective preventive maintenance of Core Sampler
  • Maintain cleanliness of the Core Sampler
  • Ensure enforcement of good environment, health and safety practices.

Academic qualifications and job requirements

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must possess the following:
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or related  discipline
  • Kenya Certificate of Education means grade C plain or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience
  • Computer application skills
  • Good interpersonal and Communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work long hours.
  • High integrity.

4. Driver III
RF 12
Ref: DR III/CTU/1/14
(1 Post)

The driver will report to the Assistant Laboratory Technologist in charge of the Unit

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Drive motor vehicle as authorized
  • Carry out routine checks on the vehicle
  • Detect and report defects and malfunctions
  • Maintain work systems
  • Maintain work tickets of the assigned vehicles
  • Maintain cleanliness of the vehicle

Academic qualifications and job requirements

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must  possess the following:
  • Kenya Certificate of Education means grade D plain or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • A valid driving license free from any current endorsement(s) for classes A, B, C and D.
  • First Aid certificate course lasting not less than one (1) week from St. John Ambulance or Kenya Institute of Highways and building Technology (KIHBT) or any other recognized institution.
  • Passed suitability test grade III and Occupational Test for drivers grade III.
  • A valid certificate of good conduct from Kenya  Police
  • At least two (2) years driving experience
  • Computer application skills
  • Good interpersonal and Communication skills

Interested candidates for the above positions who meet the requirements may send their applications with the reference number clearly stated on the  envelope.

The application should be accompanied with a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, copies  of relevant certificates/testimonials and names and contacts of three referees to:

The Director
Kenya Sugar Research Foundation
P.O. Box 44-40100
Kisumu


Website: www.kesref.org

Tel: 020-20407307

So as to reach him not later than 6th May 2014

KESREF is an equal opportunity employer.

Canvassing  will lead to automatic disqualification.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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