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Massive Recruitment by the Government of Kenya – KEFRI

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a State Corporation established in 1986 with obligation to undertake forest research, generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable management, conservation and development of forest and allied natural resources.

The Institute wishes to recruit a dynamic, result-oriented and self driven person to fill the vacant position below:

ICT Technologist III (Network Administrator) 
JG: RF6
1 Position
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist the Network Administrator to maintain a stable network environment.
  • Conduct daily backups of network files and test on a regular basis.
  • Initiate virus detection policies and procedures.
  • Assist in implementing, supervising and testing the Institute‟s Disaster Recovery Plan.
  • Provide internal office support for office software applications and validate licensing.
  • Assist in coordinating maintenance of Local Area Network, Wide Area Network and other hardware with vendors.
  • Manage Storage Area Network, Network Attached Devices and Direct Attached Devices.
  • Assist in regularly evaluating network resources and implementing improvements.
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least 3 years‟ experience working with Local Area Networks, E-mail services on Novell GroupWise/Windows 2003/2008 networks in a Windows environment and/or Novell/Windows NT professional certification.
  • Diploma in Information Technology, computer science, Business and IT (BIT) or information systems from a recognized Institution.
  • A professional certification from Novell or Microsoft in network software is considered desirable (CCNA or CompTia N+).
  • Linux Administration (CompTIA Linux+ or SUSE Certified Linux Administrator or LPIC-1: Linux Server Professional Certification or equivalent)
  • Ability to carry network equipment.

Forester III 
JG: RF6
3 Posts
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage Forest Estate;
  • Supervise removal of forest products;
  • Promote forestry technologies and application of research results amongst stakeholders;
  • Supervise tree seed collection and handling;
  • Supervise tree seedling production;
  • Prepare planting sites;
  • Establish and protect experimental plots;
  • Assess experiments and collect data;
  • Monitor forest pests and diseases.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C” (C Plain) or its equivalent;
  • Diploma in Forestry from a recognized institution; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

Laboratory Technologist III 
JG: RF6
4 Posts
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collect, prepare, manage and safely dispose samples and specimens;
  • Maintain and preserve specimens
  • Carry out elementary analytical work;
  • Record experimental data
  • Keep laboratory records;
  • Maintain and preserve specimens;
  • Carry out basic maintenance of laboratory equipment;
  • Clean laboratory apparatus, equipment and surface;
  • Train and supervise students on attachment and staff in the unit;
  • Carry out demonstrations for clients and visitors; and
  • Participate in planning and evaluating laboratory services;
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least 3 years‟ experience as a Laboratory Technologist
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (C minus) or its equivalent, with a minimum “C” plain in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics;
  • Diploma in Applied Biology/Analytical Chemistry/Physics from a recognized institution; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

Accounts Assistant I 
JG: RF7
1 Post

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures;
  • Perform general accounting duties: collect revenue, process payments, monitor revenue collection and expenditures based on approved budgets;
  • Verify, compile, maintain and file records;
  • Process accounting and transaction reports;
  • Safe keeping of invoices, receipts and other accounts records;
  • Carry out regular stock takes and report accordingly;
  • cash book postings;
  • Monthly bank reconciliations.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (C minus) or its equivalent;
  • Part II of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya or its equivalent from a recognized institution; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

Pension Assistant 
JG: RF8
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Receiving, recording and responding to communications / enquiries from members;
  • Maintaining member registry and scheme documents;
  • Forwarding pension withdraw notices to the administrator and following up for computation worksheets;
  • Verifying correctness of computation worksheets and service provider‟s fees and seeking approval from trustees to pay;
  • Following up benefits payment and other disbursements cheques;
  • Keeping track of new members and ensuring that they fill the nomination of beneficiary forms;
  • Quarterly membership reconciliation with the employer HR records;
  • Liaising with accountant on reconciliation of contributions and withdrawal;
  • Liaising with administrator to ensure quarterly contributions are sent to RBA.
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least 2 (two) years‟ experience in a similar position;
  • Bachelor‟s degree in Commerce, Finance or Actuarial Sciences;
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management is an added advantage; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

Accountant III 
JG: RF8
3 Posts
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures;
  • Perform general accounting duties: collect revenue, process payments, monitor revenue collection and expenditures based on approved budgets;
  • Prepare accurate and timely monthly and quarterly financial reports;
  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts;
  • Provide safe keeping of invoices, receipts and other accounts records;
  • Carry out regular stock takes and report accordingly;
  • Control of vote book;
  • Maintenance of debtor‟s ledger.
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least three (3) years in the grade of Accounts Assistant I or in a comparable position;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C” (C Plain) or its equivalent;
  • Part II of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting Option/Finance) or its equivalent; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution; Knowledge of Accpacc accounting system will be an added advantage.

Assistant Research Scientist (Silviculturist)
JG: RF8
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Problem identification and analysis especially in forest plantation management and development;
  • Formulating, coordinating and implementing multi-disciplinary research projects;
  • Preparing technical reports and scientific publications; and disseminating research findings;
  • Resource budgeting and management; guiding, supervising and mentoring of junior scientists;
  • Undertaking regular monitoring and evaluation of projects under implementation.
  • Oversee the management of seed production for the different ecological sites in the country.
  • Prepare forest management plans to guide long-term operations in the forest from species-site matching,
  • Nursery operations, plantation establishment to harvesting to maximise economic returns to investment.
Requirements for Appointment
  • BSc in Forestry Science/Forest Biology & Silviculture (Upper Second class) or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • Demonstrate capability of report writing
  • Be computer literate with certificate from recognized institution
  • Demonstrate field experience working in forest plantation as reflected in referee reports
Assistant Research Scientist (Social Science) 
JG: RF 8
1 Post

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in the Conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of R&D projects /programmes /activities;
  • Collect and analyze Social and economic data using participatory tools and procedures such as focus group discussions, community meetings, social surveys, transect walks, historical trends, social mapping and wealth mapping;
  • Integrate women and the youth in the research process by carrying out gender analysis and gender segregated mapping of research benefits;
  • Contribute to the understanding of human factors such as poverty, wealth, food security, tenure, political affiliation, religion, education, gender, age, resource endowment and status in society which may influence the out -come and impact of research in communities and societies;
  • Assess the role of indigenous technical knowledge in areas such as herbal medicinal plants conservation, management of religious (Kaya) and community forests in forest conservation;
  • Produce regularly relevant research publication and policy briefs.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • Bachelor‟s degree in Sociology/ community Development (Second Class -Upper Division) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have written at least two (2) reports/papers;
  • A team player, good in communication and report writing; and
  • Computer Literacy especially in SPSS programme.
Assistant Research Scientist (Tree Breeder) 
JG RF 8
1 Post

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in identification of tree breeding problems
  • Participate in development of multidisciplinary research projects in tree breeding
  • Participate in developing and updating of national tree improvement strategies
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in tree breeding
  • Participate in data collection and management
  • Participate in data analysis and reporting
Requirements for Appointment
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry/Botany from a recognized Institution
  • OR Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management with a major in forestry
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
Assistant Research Scientist (Biotechnology) 
JG RF 8
2 Posts

Duties and Responsibilities
 
Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Participate in problem identification in forest Biotechnology
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in Biotechnology
  • Participate in development of multi-disciplinary research projects in forest Biotechnology
  • Participate in data collection and management
  • Participate in data analysis and reporting
Requirements for Appointment
  • For appointment to this position, a candidate must have:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Genetics
  • Must be computer literate.
Assistant Research Scientist (Pathology) 
JG RF 8
1 Post

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in identification of forest/tree diseases
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in Pathology
  • Participate in development of multi-disciplinary research projects in forest Pathology
  • Participate in data collection and management
  • Participate in data analysis and reporting
Requirements for Appointment
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany
  • OR Bachelor of Science in Forestry/Natural Resources Management with a major in Pathology/Mycology
  • Must be computer literate.
Assistant Research Scientist (Entomology) 
JG RF 8
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in identification of insect pests problems
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in Entomology
  • Participate in development of multi-disciplinary research projects in forest Entomology
  • Participate in data collection and management
  • Participate in data analysis and reporting
Requirements for Appointment
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology or Agricultural entomology
  • OR Bachelor of Science in Forestry/Natural Resources Management with a major in Entomology
  • Must be computer literate.

Research Scientist II (Biometrician) 
JG: RF 9
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist Scientists in conceptualizing, planning and designing of experiments, field layout and social studies
  • Assist scientists in data management, analysis, interpretation of results and reporting;
  • Assist Scientists in designing research tools for data collection and management;
  • Identify biometrical and statistical needs of scientists and other staff and strategize how to address them;
  • Organize and conduct relevant refresher courses for scientists and technical support staff to effectively integrate biometry in research;
  • Oversee management of research protocols, database and applications.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Research experience of at least three (3) years
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc. In Biometry/ Statistics/ Mathematics from a recognized institution;
  • M.Sc. degree in Biometry/Statistics/ Mathematics from recognized institution;
  • Demonstrate knowledge on a range of statistical software and packages such as GENSTAT, SPSS, R, STATA, SAS among others; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge on relational database and applications.
  • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers;
Research Scientist II (Economist)
JG: RF 9
1 Post

 Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in the Conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of R&D projects /programmes /activities;
  • Collect and analyze economic data on forest enterprises and markets using cost benefit analysis, econometric and marketing efficiency tools and procedures on farm household surveys, market value chain surveys, value addition processing, comparative land use/enterprises analysis, technology impact surveys, wealth indices, price analysis, and reviews of statistical data;
  • Integrate economics and market research in forestry research and development processes by carrying out cost benefits analysis of technology innovation and competitiveness of proposed technologies on existing forest practices/technologies to gauge research benefits and impacts;
  • Contribute to the understanding on the role of land use economics and market studies to enhance technology adoption and socioeconomic impacts of technologies on the livelihoods/environment and human development;
  • Assess the role of forest sector in socioeconomic development through monitoring the roles of industry and forest based enterprises in forest technology adoption and development of models for linking tree growers to various vibrant markets niches in the country/export/imports by undertaking market surveys, national and regional trade in forest and natural products.
  • Produce regularly relevant research publication and policy briefs
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc in Forestry/Agricultural Economics/Natural Resource Management (Second Class -Upper Division) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • MSc in Forestry/Natural Resource Management /Agricultural Economics or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have written at least two (2) reports/papers;
  • A team player, good in communication and report writing; and
  • Computer Literacy especially in Excel, SAS, SPSS or relevant economic packages.
Research Scientist II (Forest and Environmental Economist on Policy and Governance)
JG: RF 9
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate in the Conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of R&D projects /programmes /activities;
  • Collect and analyze forest and environmental policy and economic data using economic, econometric and environmental tools and procedures such as policy analysis, environmental valuation, payment for ecosystem services, game theory and negotiations, local policy and legal instruments, international engagement instruments and tools on forest and environment (treaties, conventions, agreements and MOUs) among others;
  • Integrate forest and environmental economics in policy and legal processes and activities by participating in policy and legal revisions, stakeholder capacity building and preparation of policy briefs to inform national and county governments;
  • Contribute to the understanding of forest and environmental degradation impacts on socioeconomic development, watersheds/river ecosystems stability, resource conflicts, equitable resource cost/benefit sharing, resource governance/structures, food security, and health at both regional, national and global levels
  • Assess the role of forest/environmental policy/legal instruments on management and provision of environmental goods and services by linking of conservation efforts to quantum of benefits to the local and global economies.
  • Mainstreaming of some local and international policy and legal instruments to enhance forest/environmental conservation at national, county and ecosystem levels through such instruments as Forest Act, Forest Policy, EMCA, National Climate Change Strategy, Vision 2030, Farm Forest Rules 2009, voluntary Carbon Credits, REDD+ among others.
  • Produce regularly relevant research publication and policy briefs
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc in Forestry/Environmental Management/Natural Resource Management (Second Class -Upper Division) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • MSc in Environmental Economics/Policy or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have written at least two (2) reports/papers;
  • A team player, good in communication and report writing; and
  • Computer Literacy especially in Microsoft Excel SPSS, SAS, or any relevant packages.
Research Scientist II
JG:RF9
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop forestry and allied natural resources research proposals;
  • Prepare and plan research trials and their field monitoring;
  • Prepare silvicultural prescriptions to meet required targets;
  • Undertake collection of field data and subsequent analysis;
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience in Natural Resource Management;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc in Forestry/ Natural Resource Management/ Environmental Studies (Second Class -Upper Division);
  • MSc in Forestry/ Natural Resource Management;
  • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers;
  • A team player, good in communication and report writing; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
Research Scientist II (GIS / Remote Sensing)
JG:RF9
1 Post

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Undertake geospatial data collection, processing, storage and analysis;
  • Assist Scientists in Mapping using GPS, map production and onscreen digitizing;
  • Assist Scientists in Satellite image processing and interpretation;
  • Assist Scientists in Modelling of forest biomass and carbon stocks;
  • Develop GIS and remote sensing tools, spatial database and other datasets for research
  • Identify GIS and Remote Sensing needs of scientists and strategize how to address them
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience in GIS/Remote Sensing.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc in Forestry/ Natural Resource Management/ Environmental Studies (Second Class - Upper Division);
  • MSc in GIS/ Remote Sensing;
  • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers;
  • A team player, good in communication and report writing; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
Research Scientist II (Tree Breeder)
JG:RF 9
1 Post 

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop multi-disciplinary research projects in tree breeding
  • Participate Develop and update national tree improvement strategies
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and students on attachment in tree breeding
  • Data collection and management
  • Undertake data analysis and reporting
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience in tree/plant breeding
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry/Botany from a recognized Institution
  • OR Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management with a major in forestry
  • M.Sc. Degree in tree/plant breeding from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
Research Scientist II (Taxonomist) 
JG RF 9
1 Post 

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure that all scientific work in KEFRI is performed with correctly named plants.
  • Get actively involved in all aspects of conservation, inventory and mapping of vegetation resources.
  • Ensure that voucher specimens permitting future checking are deposited in KEFRI herbarium.
  • Maintain and develop KEFRI herbarium.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Should have at least three (3) years‟ practical experience;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • BSc in Botany/ Natural Resource Management/ Range management or its equivalent (Second Class -Upper Division) from a recognized Institution;
  • M.Sc. in Botany/ Range management or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers;
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

System Developer
JG: RF 10
1 Post
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prepare technical specifications for software development;
  • Analyze, design, develop and implement software solutions and applications to address user requirements; 
  • Analyze data and identify data integrity issues with existing and proposed systems and implement solutions; 
  • Provide minor programming modifications to the existing systems; 
  • Write technical procedures and documentation for developed systems and applications including operations, and user guide to ensure that solutions are easily understandable and usable;
  • Document all project workflow and applications for easier follow-up, coordination, maintenance and support; 
  • Investigate and resolve application functionality related issues and provide first level support and troubleshooting of various systems;
  • Web design, updates, debugging.
Requirements for Appointment
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) of at least mean grade “C +” (C plus) or its equivalent;
  • Bachelor‟s degree in Computer Science OR Information Communication Technology or its equivalent;
  • At least four (4) years‟ work experience in software development and programming; 
  • Knowledge in systems and database design including ERP systems 
  • Experience in Microsoft .NET, JAVA, C++, ASP.net 
  • Analytical and problem solving skills. 
  • Experience in the development and implementation of standards, procedures and guidelines to support operational processes.
  • Web development applications including PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript among others;
  • Good communication skills.

Deputy Director Supply Chain
JG: RF 13
1 Post
 
Duties and responsibilities
  • Head of Supply Chain Management Division;
  • Formulate, implement and review supply chain management systems, policies and procedures;
  • Coordinate and supervise all supplies and procurement activities and staff;
  • Co-ordinate the development and implementation of procurement plans and budgets; as well as administrative logistics services outlining key activities to be undertaken, resource requirements, performance measures and indicators as well as expected outcomes;
  • Co-ordinate the Tender and Procurement Committees;
  • Recommend and participate in the disposal of obsolete machinery, equipment, furniture, and other salvage goods in accordance with government and donor supplies and procedures;
  • Write reports of irregularities, such as property damage, leaking pipes, theft, fire and presence of unauthorized persons or unusual occurrences;
  • Confer with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability and delivery, schedules. Also obtain multiple quotations from reliable and competitive suppliers in line with prescribed regulations;
  • Prepare purchase orders; obtain with signatures and forward procurement documents to Chief Accountant for cheque and payment processing. Also monitor and evaluate the delivery and quality of approved supplies;
  • Monitor and evaluate Supply Chain Management activities; and
  • Compile quarterly and annual reports.
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least Ten (10) years, three (3) years in the grade of a Principal Supply Chain Officer or comparable position;
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
  • Bachelors‟ Degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • Master‟s Degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management or its equivalent from a recognised institution;
  • Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply or CIPS VI or equivalent;
  • Membership of relevant professional body;
  • Attended a Strategic Leadership Development Course at a recognised Institution; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
How to Apply

Interested persons should send their applications and attach their curriculum vitae containing details of qualifications, experience, present position as well as copies of relevant professional/academic certificates and national identification card.

They should also include their day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address and names and addresses of three referees and reach the Director KEFRI on or before Friday, 5th June 2015.

Applicants should include the position applied for on the envelop.

Envelopes containing the documents should be clearly marked and addressed to:-
 
The Director, 
Kenya Forestry Research Institute, 
P.O Box 20412-00200, 
City Square, Nairobi,
Kenya

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 

KEFRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KEFRI IS ISO 14001:2004 CERTIFIED

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