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Job Vacancies in Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Nairobi

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), established in 1959, is a membership organization representing over 750 leading manufacturing and value-add companies in Kenya. 

KAM is seeking to competitively fill the following vacant position:-

Designation: Executive Officer – Business Competitiveness Services

Reporting to:
 The Head, KAM Consulting

Work Type:
 Term Contract – 2 Year with Possibility of Renewal

Location:
 Nairobi

Reporting Date:
 Immediately

Job Purpose:
 To increase the uptake of business information and competitiveness services offered by KAM to enable members increase productivity and expand their global foot print.


Duties and Responsibilities

This will be a cross functional role for KAM Consulting expected to offer strategic leadership and execution to the function and growth with duties as follows:-
  • Developing a well-defined Business Information Services (BIS) to support KAM membership
  • Establishing and updating an effective knowledge management portal for business
  • Introduction and enhancing uptake of additional business services as well as increasing uptake of already existing services eg KAIZEN events, lean manufacturing and other productivity related programs/certifications.
  • Developing and implementing a market penetration strategy for BIS covering all pillars related to KAM: membership, policy advocacy and communication.
  • Plan and organize trade missions and expos to markets of interest to KAM members to grow access to markets and identify investment opportunities.
  • Establish market access and market expansion opportunities locally and internationally for members.
  • Design relevant communication tools for BIS services to enhance corporate brand and country image locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Articulate membership issues and offer advocacy support to members in collaboration with other units within KAM.
  • Identify and engage the relevant government agencies, regulatory authorities, business associations and other stakeholders to support industry development and market growth.
  • Enhance Kenya’s export competitiveness through initiatives that promote product development, adaptation and value addition.
  • Research and advise on global, regional and local BIS trends and establishment of market share for Kenyan products in different countries.
  • Liaise with KAM’s other units to prepare quality information materials, position papers, communication, and media responses on BIS Issues.
  • Facilitate Business to Business cooperation towards promoting market linkages locally and internationally and strengthen distributorship networks for members.
  • Analyse competition for Kenyan products locally and internationally to help shape KAM Consulting strategy
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or the Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications:
  • A degree in either of the following; Economics, Business Development, Sales, Marketing
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience.
  • Computer proficiency
Personal attributes:
  • Excellent relationship management and networking skills
  • Excellent Marketing and presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • Team player and enthusiastic.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the industrial sector in Kenya and willingness to learn global trends.
Application:

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit an email application with the word “EO, BIS” on the subject line of the email and a copy of updated CV only with daytime telephone/mobile numbers, email address and three referees with telephone/mobile numbers and email addresses not later than July 24, 2015 to hr@kam.co.ke

Head of Policy Research and Advocacy

Designation:
 Senior Executive Officer

Reporting to:
 Chief Executive Officer

Job Purpose:
 To provide overall direction and oversight to KAM Policy Research and Advocacy Work

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design and oversee an effective Policy, Research and Advocacy strategy for KAM;
  • Oversee research, development and presentation of holistic analyses of impact of national, regional and international policy on the manufacturing sector;
  • Provide technical advice and support for governance and policy institutions on KAM’s policy advocacy agenda;
  • Maintain an observatory on national, regional and international developments that impact on industry;
  • Effectively engage members of KAM to make contributions to advocacy positions of the organization through committees and sectors;
  • Ensure timely dissemination of KAM policy related information to all stakeholders;
  • Overall development and management of the Policy Research and Advocacy Unit;
  • Establish and coordinate constructive and sustainable networks/partnerships with local and international BMOs, research and higher learning institutions, governance institutions and key actors in the manufacturing sector  in Kenya to ensure collaborative strategies and effective support networks to deliver on KAM’s policy advocacy agenda;
  • Provide technical support for the development of structured opportunities to facilitate internal and partner learning for decision-making and influencing practice.
  • Take lead in the development of resourcing strategies for the Policy Research and Advocacy Unit that respond to KAM’s business development plan as well as oversight budget and expenditure for the Unit;
  • Develop and operationalize effective reporting mechanisms for the policy research and advocacy unit and ensure timely periodic, monthly and annual progress reports of the programme;
  • Ensure KAM is represented in forums of interest to its members;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the CEO.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, law or other comparable discipline
  • Msc or MA. in Economics, Law, international trade and or international business relations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies.
  • Strong leadership skills and a team player
  • Customer relationship management skills
  • At least 5 years relevant experience at management level in a reputable organization.
Interested and qualifying candidates may forward their application and Curriculum Vitae only to the Chief Executive on hr@kam.co.ke with the words “Head of PRAU” on the email subject line to reach us by 24th July, 2015 COB. 


Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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