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The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) is a State Corporation established under the KNATCOM Act of 2013 which aims to advance UNESCO’s agenda in Kenya by contributing to peace and sustainable development through promotion of international standards and best practices in the five fields of UNESCO’s competence namely: Education; Natural Sciences; Social & Human Sciences; Culture; Communication & Information.

To enable it fulfill its mandate, the Commission wishes to recruit dynamic, result-oriented and self-driven persons to fill the following vacant position:

Job Title: Senior ICT Officer
 
Grade: S3 (Upper)
 
Reports To: Secretary General / CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs
 
Directs Reports: None
 
Scope: ICT Department
 
Classification: Technical Staff
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To implement policies, strategies and plans of the ICT Department.
 
Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 65,110 – 71,880 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P

Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Function of the ICT Department: This Department exists to perform the following functions; development of ICT policies, strategies and plans; drawing up of hardware specifications; Installing and configuring new hardware and software’s; repairs and maintenance of hardware and software’s; software design & development; user support; undertaking hardware and software audits; researching on emerging technological and ensuring ICT hardware and software security.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 The officer will be responsible for the Chief ICT Officer for the implementation of the ICT networking and software services in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Ensure the achievement of the functions and objectives of the ICT Department;
  • Implement the day to day business of the ICT Department.
  • Prepare annual ICT plans and maintain proper internal controls
  • Execute and communicate the Commission’s ICT policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their evaluation thereof
  • Prepare and submit ICT policy and technical papers to the relevant and authorized offices in good time and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Design, build, and manage the Commission’s web site and all software solutions
  • Ensure security of the website and other ICT software’s
  • Analyze user needs to determine technical requirements and provide software based solutions.
  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
  • Provide user support, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and resolving hardware, software, or other network and system problems.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
  • Undertake tests, repairs and maintenance of ICT equipment and associated peripherals where necessary;
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the secretary General/CEO.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Computer Science/Information Communication Technology, Electrical/Electronic Engineering or other ICT related disciplines from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Possess Diploma or Higher Diploma in ICT or other ICT related disciplines from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Possess ICT professional certifications in either; data base management; website development; systems engineering; network administration; software development or ICT security.
Experience 
  • Possess a minimum of four (4) years of hands on experience in the relevant field or profession or serving at a comparable level
  • Demonstrated competence and results from work performance within the ICT unit of a reputable organization
  • Possess industry knowledge of ICT processes and procedures
  • Possess knowledge of ICT legislations and policies related to ICT
  • Demonstrated ability to develop software based solutions
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Software knowledge, Analytical skills, Good interpersonal and communication skills, Ethics and excellent PC Skills
Personal Qualities
  • Team player, flexible, has integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, organized, professional and dependable.
Mental, Physical and Work Environment Characteristics
  • Normal office meetings, occasional field visits, normal working hours and normal office setting

Job Title: Research Officer I
 
Grade: S 3 (Lower)
 
Reports To: Director, Research & Development
 
Directs reports: None
 
Financial Responsibility: None
 
Scope:  Research and Development Department
 
Classification: Technical Level
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To implement policies, strategies and plans of the Research and Development Unit.
 
Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 57,020 – 71,880 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P

Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Function of the Research and Development Department: This department exists to perform the following functions: development of research policies, strategies and plans; design of research methodologies; development of research systems and instruments; undertake researches for and development of new or updating existing programmes; analysis of research data and reporting; capacity building on research techniques; and undertaking quality checks and innovations.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
The officer will be provide research support services to the Programme in a results oriented and
timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Execute the day to day business of the Research and Development Unit;
  • Prepare Research plans and maintain proper internal controls;
  • Execute research policies, strategies, and plans and assist in their evaluation thereof;
  • Assist in the design of effective research structures, processes and systems;
  • Assist in the preparation of research papers and proposals;
  • Assist in disseminating research findings through publications and presentations at local and international fora;
  • Undertake research, and assist in the analysis of research findings and provide follow up activities as may be required;
  • Provide regular communication to the Director on key Research technical matters;
  • Provide user support in research to other staff;
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Job specifications

Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely: social sciences; arts or economics from a recognized and accredited institution;
Experience 
  • Possess a minimum of two (2) years of hands on experience in the research field or profession from a reputable institution
  • Good working knowledge and ability to use Statistical Data Analysis Software such as SPSS.
  • Possess practical knowledge of research processes and procedures
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Good software knowledge, analytical skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, ethics and excellent PC skills
Personal Qualities
  • Team player, flexible, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, organized, professional and dependable
Mental, Physical and Work Environment Characteristics
  • Extensive reading, occasional attendance to meetings, occasional field visits, occasional mental strain, frequent disruptions to normal working hours, and normal office setting

Job Title: Chief Corporate Communications Officer
 
Grade: S 5
 
Reports To: Secretary General / CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs
 
Directs reports: Corporate Communications Officer
 
Scope: Corporate Communications Department
 
Classification: Middle Management Level
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure policy implementation and assist in the management of the day to day affairs of the Corporate Communications Department.
 
Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 84,590 – 97,290 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P

Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Function of the Corporate Communications Office: This department exists to perform the following functions: development and implementation of information and communication policies, strategies and plans; public relations; corporate branding; coverage of corporate activities; information gathering; verifying the accuracy of information and news; employee communications; corporate reputation; public opinion research; corporate publications and reporting; media relations and crisis communication.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs for the coordination and implementation of the Corporate Communication Services in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets.

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Ensure the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Corporate Communications Department;
  • Coordinate the day to day business of the Corporate Communications Department.
  • Prepare the annual budget, plans, performance contracts and establish proper internal controls
  • Formulate, execute and communicate the Commission’s corporate communication policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their evaluation thereof;
  • Provide leadership to staff and ensure that the Departments management structures, processes and systems are effective
  • Ensure that all policy and technical papers are availed to the relevant and authorized offices in good time and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Provide regular communication to the Secretary General/CEO on key technical, financial, administrative and partnerships matters
  • Coordinate stakeholders matters to effectively enhance the Commission’s overall corporate image
  • Advise and coordinate the implementation of the best media practices which promote good corporate relations;
  • Ensure positive and best coverage for corporate programmes, projects and activities including writing articles and features;
  • Monitor and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery in the Department.
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Mass Communication, Communication Studies, Journalism, International Relations, Social Sciences, or any other approved equivalent qualifications from a recognized and accredited institution
  • A post graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, Journalism, International Relations or any other approved equivalent qualifications from a recognized and accredited institution
Experience 
  • Possess a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the relevant field or profession two (2) of which should be at a comparable management level
  • Demonstrated competence and results as reflected in work performance from within a corporate communication unit of a reputable organization
  • Have good industry knowledge and experience of corporate communication processes and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of corporate communication legislations and policies affecting the information and communications function 
  • Possess good knowledge of governance structures and corporate communication operation framework of an organization
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Organizational skills, software knowledge, department policy and procedure knowledge, analytical skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, PC skills and excellent editorial skills
Personal qualities
  • Team player, resourceful, flexible, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional and must satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.
Mental, Physical and Work Environment Characteristics
  • Normal office set up, high frequency of meetings, frequent field visits, moderate international travels, occasional mental strain and occasionally prolonged working hours.

Job Title: Chief Planning Officer
 
Grade S 5
 
Reports To Secretary General/CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs
 
Directs reports: Planning Officer
 
Scope: Corporate Planning Department
 
Classification: Middle Management Level
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure policy implementation and management of the day to day business of the Corporate Planning Department.

Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 84,590 – 97,290 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P
 
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Function: This Department exists to perform the following functions: organizational policy development; definition of corporate goals and objectives (strategic planning); corporate organizational work planning; coordinate setting of project priorities; collection and analysis of statistical data; policy analysis; budget and economic analysis; conducting prefeasibility studies; monitoring and evaluation; coordination of sectoral/regional/international development plans; organizational performance appraisal and performance reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO for the development, implementation
and evaluation of policies and Plans in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Coordinate the day to day business of the Corporate Planning Department.
  • Prepare the Corporate Planning annual budgets, plans, performance contracts and establish proper internal controls
  • Ensure the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Corporate Planning Department;
  • Coordinate the formulation, execution and communication of the Commission’s planning and M&E policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their evaluation thereof
  • Provide leadership to staff and ensure that the Departments management structures are effective
  • Ensure that all policy and technical papers are availed to the relevant and authorized offices in good time and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Coordinate the establishment of effective administrative structures, processes and systems in the Department
  • Provide regular communication to the Secretary General/CEO on key policy matters
  • Coordinate stakeholders matters to effectively enhance the Commission’s Corporate Planning image
  • Monitor and implement Corporate Planning procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the sectoral/regional/international development plans;
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategic plan, corporate plans and performance contracts
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Economics, Economics and Statistics, Economics and Mathematics, Survey Techniques and Demographic Techniques from a recognized and accredited institution
Experience
  • Possess a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the planning profession two (2) of which should be at a comparable management level
  • Demonstrated competence and results as reflected in work performance from within a Planning unit of a reputable organization
  • Have good industry knowledge and experience of policy and economic analysis processes and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of government economic legislations, policies, development goals and priorities
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation processes including the use of statistical and analytical packages
  • Possess good knowledge of governance structures and corporate planning operation frameworks of an organization.
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Organizational skills, software knowledge, department policy and procedure knowledge, analytical skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, PC skills and excellent report writing skills
Personal qualities
  • Team player, resourceful, flexible, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional and must satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.
Mental, Physical and Work environment characteristics 
  • Normal office set up, high frequency of meetings, frequent field visits, moderate international travels, occasional mental strain and occasionally prolonged working hours.

Job Title: Chief Internal Auditor
 
Grade: S 5
 
Reports To: Dual reporting to the Board through the Secretary General / CEO
 
Directs Reports: Senior Internal Auditor
 
Scope: Internal and Risk Management Department
 
Classification: Middle Management Level
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure policy implementation and management of the day to day business of the Audit and Risk Management Department.
 
Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 84,590 – 97,290 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P
 
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Function: This Department exists to perform the following functions; development of audit and risk policies, strategies and plans; review of internal controls systems; risk management; advice on corporate governance; advice management on governance risks and controls; capacity building and audit investigation and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO and the Board for the coordination and
implementation of the Internal Audit and Risk Management Services in a results oriented and timely
manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets.

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Ensure the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Audit and Risk Management Department;
  • Coordinate the day to day business of the Audit and Risk Management Department.
  • Prepare the annual Audit and Risk Management plans, performance contracts and establish proper internal controls
  • Formulate and communicate the Commission’s Audit and Risk Management policies, strategies, and plans and their evaluation thereof
  • Provide leadership to staff and ensure that the Departments management structures, processes and systems are effective
  • Ensure that all Audit and Risk Management policy and technical papers are availed to the relevant and authorized offices in good time and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Provide regular communication to the Secretary General/CEO or the Board on key Audit and Risk Management matters
  • Monitor, recommend and implement procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery in the Department.
  • Advise the Commission on the Audit and Risk Management best practices which may promote good corporate relations;
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Business of Commerce (Accounting or Finance option), Finance or Business Administration (Accounting Option) from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Post graduate Diploma in Internal Auditing or certificate in Certified Public Accountant Part II or CIA Part III
  • Registration with the institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) or ICPAK; Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Experience 
  • Possess a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the relevant field or profession two (2) of which should be at a comparable senior level
  • Demonstrated competence of working within the Audit unit of a reputable institution
  • A self motivated individual with the ability to work independently
  • Have good industry knowledge and experience of government audit processes and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of government financial and accounting legislations and policies affecting the audit function
  • Demonstrated ability in the use automated audit systems
  • Possession of good knowledge of ethics, governance and Audit operation frameworks of a State Corporation.
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Organizational skills, software knowledge, department policy and procedure knowledge, good interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, PC skills and excellent analytical skills
Personal Qualities
  • Team player, resourceful, flexible, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional and must satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.
Mental, Physical and Work environment characteristics
  • Normal office setting, moderate frequency meetings, occasional field visits, mental strain and moderate prolonged working hours

Job Title: Accountant
 
Grade: S 3 (Lower)
 
Reports To: Chief Accountant
 
Directs reports: None
 
Scope: Accounts Department
 
Classification: Technical Level
 

Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To implement policies, strategies and plans of the Accounts Department.
 
Remuneration 
  • Gross Salary Ksh. 57,020 – 71,880 Pm
  • Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
  • Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
  • Group Life & Accident Cover
Terms P n P
 
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
  • Employee - 7.5%
  • Employer - 12.5%
Functions of the Accounts Department: This Department exists to perform the following functions: development and implementation of accounting policies, strategies and plans; managing accounts payable (money out); managing accounts receivable and revenue tracking (money in), handling payments; taxation and cash flow control, revenue collection and receipting; cash security; reconciliation of payments; inventory management; debtors collection; monitoring property accounting; cost analysis; preparation of accounting reports and security of accounts records.

Duties and Responsibilities:
 The officer will be responsible to the Chief Accountant for the implementation and execution of accounting policies, strategies and plans in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:

Duties
  • Facilitate the achievement of the functions and objectives of the Accounts Department
  • Implement the day to day business of the Accounts Section.
  • Implement the policies, strategies and plans of the Accounts Department and maintain proper internal controls
  • Pay authorized payments for personal and other merchant claims and receipt all money due and payable to the Commission
  • Ensure security of cash and accounting records.
  • Implement the accounting structures, processes and systems in the Commission
  • Prepare accounting reports and submit to the relevant and authorized offices in good time and provide follow up activities as may be required.
  • Prepare regular communication to the Chief Accountant on key accounting matters
  • Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns and other tax requirements.
  • Facilitate compliance with all accounting legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Monitor and implement accounting procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery.
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Business of Commerce (Accounting or Finance option), Finance or Business Administration (Accounting Option) from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Possess certificate in Certified Public Accountant (K), ACCA or CFA from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Be registered with the institute of certified Public Accountants ICPAK and Registration of Accountants Board
Experience 
  • Possess a minimum of two (2) years of hands on experience in the accounting profession or be serving at a comparable level in a reputable institution
  • Possess good industry knowledge of government accounting processes and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant government financial legislations and policies related to the accounting function
  • § Have demonstrated ability to develop accounting reports and financial statements
  • § Demonstrated competence in the use of modern accounting packages
General Knowledge and Skills
  • Accounting software knowledge, analytical skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, ethics and PC skills
Personal Qualities
  • Team player, flexible, has integrity and commitment to production results, organized, professional and self-motivated.
Mental, Physical and Work environment characteristics
  • Normal office set up, occasional meetings, occasional Field visits local/international, occasional mental strain and normal working hours.
How to Apply
 
1. CLICK HERE to Download the KNATCOM 1A application form 

2. Complete the form and attach the relevant certificates
 
3. Drop or mail the documents to
 
The Secretary General/CEO
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
P.O. Box 72107-00200
National Bank Building, 14th Floor
Harambee Avenue
Nairobi


Only short listed candidates will be contacted

The deadline of application is 4th of September 2015 at 5.00pm

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