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The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO 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 and Communication & Information.

To enable it fulfill its mandate, the Commission wishes to recruit a dynamic, result-oriented and self-driven person to fill the following vacant position specifically under the terms and conditions advertised:

Job Title: Deputy Director of Programme - Environment and Bio-Diversity Division
 


Grade: KNC 8
 
Advert No: KNCU/12/2017
 
Reports To: Programme Director
 
Classification: Senior Management
 
Location: Nairobi, Headquarters
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure policy implementation and management of the Environment and Bio-diversity Division under the guidance of the Programme Director, Natural Sciences.
 
Remuneration
·                     Gross pay Ksh. 179,000 – 229,000 Pm
·                     Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
·                     Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
·                     Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms: Permanent and Pensionable

Function of the Environment and Bio-diversity Division: The Division exists to achieve a dual function of ensuring Kenya is well represented in UNESCO and that UNESCO’s presence is visible in Kenya. 

Specifically, work in the Division entails: 
·                     participation in UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity international meetings and processes; 
·                     contribution to UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity activities; 
·                     provision of expert advice to government on UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity matters; 
·                     co-ordination of ratification of UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity related conventions and protocols;
·                     formulation, implementation and evaluation of UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity activities in Kenya; 
·                     promotion of UNESCO Partnerships & collaborations in Environment and Bio-diversity ; 
·                     mobilization of resources for UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity activities; 
·                     capacity building on UNESCO’s Environment and Bio-diversity agenda; 
·                     dissemination and creation of awareness on UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity activities; 
·                     collaborating with UNESCO and other UN agencies on Environment and Bio-diversity issues; and 
·                     nomination of candidates for UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity prizes, awards, fellowships, scholarships, study grants and posts.
The Division shall form part of the secretariat to the Natural Sciences Programme and Expert Committee.

Job Profile

Duties and Responsibilities: 
The officer will be responsible to the Deputy Secretary General, Technical Programmes through the Programme Director, Natural Sciences for the development and implementation of UNESCO Environment and Bio-diversity programmes and activities in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:
 
Environment and Bio-diversity Division
 
Duties
1.           Be responsible for the day to day operations of the Environment and Bio-diversity Division and achievement of its functions and objectives;
2.           Develop and implement the Division’s annual operational plans, performance contract and budget;
3.           Recommend to the Programme Director effective processes, systems and internal controls in the Division including succession plans;
4.           Coordinate the formulation, execution and communication of UNESCO related Environment and Bio-diversity Division policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their evaluation thereof;
5.           Prepare relevant Environment and Bio-diversity Division policy and technical papers and provide follow up activities as may be required;
6.           Mobilize technical support for the execution of the Division’s programmes and activities
7.           Serve as the focal point of the Environment and Bio-diversity Division;
8.           Promote effective partnerships and collaborative networks within the Environment and Bio-diversity Division sector;
9.           Develop relevant programme and project proposals for implementation
10.        Be responsible for stakeholder management dealing with the Environment and Bio-diversity Division;
11.        Facilitate and support the activities of the Natural Science Programme and Expert committee; and
12.        Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Job Specifications
 
Academic & Professional Qualifications
·                     A minimum of a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from a recognized and accredited institution
Experience
·                     Minimum of fifteen (15) years continuous experience in the Environment and Bio-diversity management profession of a reputable organization with at least three (3) years’ experience in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership or management responsibilities
·                     Demonstrated proven ability and results in managing national and/or inter-sectoral functions
·                     Demonstrated good industry knowledge of the environment sector and ongoing reforms
·                     Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the formulation and/or implementation of international environmental agreements/conventions/protocols and priorities;
·                     Demonstrated good international exposure in international meetings and processes
·                     Demonstrated experience in national environmental policy formulation and implementation processes
·                     Demonstrated working knowledge/experience of institutional partnerships/collaborations frameworks
·                     Demonstrated competence in project management (design, proposal writing and/or implementation)
Personal Qualities
·                     Diplomatic, pro-active, approachable, 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
·                     Demanding position, frequent field visits, high frequency of meetings, frequent international travels, high mental strain, prolonged working hours


Job Title: Chief Administration Officer
 

Advert No: KNCU/13/2017
 
Grade: KNC 6
 
Reports To: DSG, Corporate Support Services
 
Classification: Middle Management Level
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure implementation of the General Administration policies
 
Remuneration
·                     Gross Pay Ksh. 121,000 – 153,000 Pm
·                     Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
·                     Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
·                     Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms: Permanent and Pensionable
 
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
·                     Employee - 7.5%
·                     Employer - 12.5%
Function of the Administration Division: The Division exists to coordinate general administration activities which include: office services; hospitality services; office events; internal communications; property and assets management; transport services; registry services; library services; and safety and security services and emergency and disaster management.

Job Profile
 
Duties and Responsibilities: The officer will be responsible to the DSG, Corporate Support Services for the coordination and implementation of the general administrative services in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:
1.           Provide leadership and guidance within the Administration Division;
2.           Assist in coordinating general administration and planning activities;
3.           Develop and implement the budget, annual operational plans, and performance contract of the Division;
4.           Coordinate the formulation of the Division’s internal policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their implementation thereof;
5.           Assist in coordinating the establishment of effective and efficient administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls;
6.           Ensure a safe, secure, modern and risk averse holistic work environments;
7.           Monitor and ensure the Commissions effective compliance to statutory regulations;
8.           Ensure timely preparation of relevant quarterly and annual reports;
9.           Provide regular communication to the DSG, Corporate Support Services on key internal administrative matters; and
10.        Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs.
Job Specifications
 
Academic & Professional Qualifications
·                     A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Business Administration, Social Sciences, Arts, Government, Law, Political Science or Public Administration from a recognized and accredited institution; and
·                     A post graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Government Studies, Human Resource, Public Administration or any other related fields from a recognized and accredited institution;
·                     Being a registered Member of a relevant professional body will be an added advantage 
Experience 
·                     Possess a minimum of ten (10) years continuous experience in the administration or management professions of a reputable organization with at least two (2) years’ being at an equivalent or comparable middle management position dealing with administration and management responsibilities; 
·                     Demonstrated good industry knowledge and experience of corporate administrative processes and procedures 
·                     Demonstrated working experience with financial, material and human capital management processes 
·                     Possess good knowledge of corporate governance operation frameworks
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.


Job Title: 
Chief Accountant


Advert No: KNCU/14/2017
 
Grade: KNC 6
 
Reports To: Secretary General / CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs
 
Classification: Middle Management Level
 
Purpose of the Job: To ensure implementation of the Accounting policies
 
Remuneration
·                     Gross Pay Ksh. 121,000 – 153,000 Pm
·                     Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000
·                     Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
·                     Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms: Permanent and Pensionable
 
Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)
·                     Employee - 7.5%
·                     Employer - 12.5%

Function of the Accounting Unit: This Division exists to perform the following functions: accounting policies development; 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.

Job Profile

Duties and Responsibilities: 
The Officer will be responsible to the Finance Manager for the management of the Accounts Division in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 


This will entail inter alia:
1.           Coordinate the day to day business of the Accounts Division.
2.           Assist in formulating the accounting policies, strategies, plans, and establish proper internal accounting controls and their evaluation thereof;
3.           Establish effective accounting structures, processes and systems in the Commission
4.           Process approved payments for personal and other merchant claims and receipt of all money due and payable to the Commission
5.           Provide regular communication to the Finance Manager on key accounting matters
6.           Ensure availability and security of cash and accounting records.
7.           Prepare and submit all relevant accounting reports as per the defined timelines to all the relevant organs;
8.           Ensure compliance with all accounting legal and regulatory requirements.
9.           Monitor and implement accounting procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery.
10.        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; Business of Commerce (Accounting or Finance option), Finance or Business Administration (Accounting Option) from a recognized and accredited institution
·                     Possess a certificate in Certified Public Accountant (K) or ACCA from a recognized and accredited institution
·                     Be registered with the institute of certified Public Accountants ICPAK and/or Registration of Accountants Board 
Experience 
·                     Possess a minimum of ten (10) years continuous experience in the administration or management profession of an Accounting unit of a reputable organization with at least two (2) years’ being at an equivalent or comparable middle management position dealing with leadership and management responsibilities; 
·                     Demonstrated good industry knowledge and experience of corporate accounting processes and procedures 
·                     Demonstrated good knowledge of existing legislations including ongoing reforms in the Accounting sector; 
·                     Demonstrated working experience with budgeting and financial management reporting processes 
·                     Possess good knowledge of corporate accounting operation frameworks of an organization
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.


Job Title: Deputy Secretary General, Technical Programmes
 

Advert No: KNCU/11/2017
 
Grade: KNC 10
 
Reports To: Secretary General / CEO
 
Classification: Top Management
 
Purpose of the Job: To provide overall leadership and coordination of the five UNESCO technical programmes under the general direction and guidance of the Secretary General/CEO.
 
Remuneration
·                     Gross pay Ksh. 300,000-400,000 Pm
·                     Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
·                     Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
·                     Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms: Contract (4yrs renewable) with service gratuity

Function of the Technical Programmes Directorate:
 The Directorate of Technical Programmes is a consolidation of the five technical programmes of the Commission. 

These include: Education Programme, Natural Science Programme, Social and Human Sciences Programme, Culture Programme and Communication and Information Programme.
 
Functions: The Office of the Deputy Secretary General exists to coordinate all the above technical programmes. 

Specifically, it ensures overall coordination of the following functions: UNESCO meetings and events; programmes and activities implementation; management of information and innovations; ratification of UNESCO conventions and protocols; domestication of international practices; partnerships & collaborations; international resource mobilization; capacity building; joint ventures with other UN agencies; nomination of candidates for UNESCO prizes, awards, fellowships; study grants and international posts; and provision of expert advisory services to government and UNESCO.

Job Profile
Duties and Responsibilities: The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO for overall policy and strategy formulation and implementation of the five UNESCO Technical Programmes in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Commission’s goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:
1.           Represent the Secretary General/CEO when called upon;
2.           Provide overall leadership and guidance within the Directorate of Technical Programmes;
3.           Ensure the development and implementation of the overall budget, annual operational plans, and performance contract of the Directorate of Technical Programmes ;
4.           Ensure the establishment of effective and efficient administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls in the Directorate of Technical Programmes;
5.           Oversee general administration and planning activities in the Directorate and influence procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery;
6.           Coordinate the preparation of Board papers from the Directorate and provide follow up activities as may be required;
7.           Coordinate the processes for formulation of UNESCO policies, programmes, strategies, and plans and ensure their implementation thereof;
8.           Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of compliance to UNESCO protocols, conventions and treaties;
9.           Advise and promote UNESCO partnerships and linkages within the Directorate;
10.        Manage effective internal and external office communication’s;
11.        Review, interpret and advise on the recommendations of the five (5) Programme and Expert committees;
12.        Advise and recommend on the official position on UNESCO related matters; and
13.        Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Job Specifications
 
Academic & Professional Qualifications
·                     A minimum of a Master’s degree in any of the above fields namely; education; environmental sciences; social sciences; arts; communication or information sciences from a recognized and accredited institution;
Experience
·                     Have served at Director levels or its equivalent for a minimum period of three years OR have eighteen (18) years cumulative, relevant and continuous work experience in a reputable organization eight (8) of which should have been in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership and senior management responsibilities
·                     Demonstrated proven ability and results in heading an equivalent or comparable senior management portfolio;
·                     Demonstrated proven leadership capabilities in financial, material and human capital management within a reputable institution;
·                     Demonstrated proven ability and results in coordinating multiple portfolios of a reputable organization with a national or international character;
·                     Demonstrated good industry knowledge in either the education; natural sciences; social sciences; culture; or communication and information sectors including involvement with ongoing national reforms;
·                     Demonstrated working experience in the formulation and/or implementation of international agreements/conventions/protocols and processes within the UNESCO areas of competence;
·                     Demonstrated wide experience in national and/or international policy formulation processes;
·                     Demonstrated good international exposure in international meetings and processes
·                     Demonstrated working knowledge/experience of institutional partnerships/collaboration frameworks
·                     Demonstrated competence and experience in dealing at Board levels of an Institution.
Personal Qualities: Diplomatic, pro-active, approachable, 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.


Job Title: Deputy Secretary General, Corporate Support Services

Advert No: KNCU/10/2017
 
Grade: KNC 10
 
Reports To: Secretary General / CEO
 
Classification: Top Management
 
Purpose of the Job: To provide overall leadership and coordination of the Corporate Services Directorate under the general direction and guidance of the Secretary General/CEO.
 
Remuneration
·                     Gross pay Ksh. 300,000 - 400,000 Pm
·                     Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
·                     Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
·                     Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms: Contract (4yrs renewable) with service gratuity

Function of the Corporate Services Directorate: The Directorate of Corporate Services is a consolidation of the units that provide business wide support services needed to serve internal (and sometimes external) customers and business partners. 

These units provide specific specialized knowledge, best practices, and technology and they include: Finance, Human Resource, Administration, Accounts, ICT, Supply Chain Management, Internal Audit & Risk Management, Legal, Corporate Planning, Corporate Communications, and Research & Development.
 
Functions: The Office of the Deputy Secretary General exists to coordinate all the above corporate services departments. 

Specifically, it coordinates: board meetings and affairs; general administration and planning; official and state functions; protocol affairs; State and parliamentary affairs; grievances and complaints management; risk and disaster management; internal and external office communications; and ethics and integrity promotion.

In addition, as head of administration, the officer is also responsible for: office services; hospitality services; property and assets management; transport services; emergency services registry services; library services; and safety and security services.

Job Profile: The Officer is responsible to the Secretary General / CEO for the coordination and implementation of the corporate support services Departments in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. 

This will entail inter alia:
1.           Deputize the Secretary General/CEO when called upon;
2.           Provide overall leadership and guidance in the coordination of the various Departments in the Directorate;
3.           Ensure the development and implementation of the consolidated budget, annual operational plans, and performance contract of the Commission;
4.           Prepare for Board meetings and coordinate all other affairs of the Board and provide follow up activities as may be required;
5.           Ensure the establishment of effective and efficient administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls within the Commission;
6.           Coordinate the formulation of the organization’s internal policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their implementation thereof;
7.           Oversee general administration and planning activities;
8.           Coordinate the planning and management of all official and state functions activities;
9.           Coordinate and ensure effective compliance to statutory and legal regulations;
10.        Monitor and influence procedural or policy changes to improve operations and quality service delivery;
11.        Ensure effective internal and external management of office communication services;
12.        Promote and ensure a safe, secure, modern and risk averse work environments;
13.        Promote ethics and integrity standards in the Commission;
14.        Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.
Job Specifications
 
Academic & Professional Qualifications
·                     A minimum of a Master’s degree in any of the following fields namely; Business Administration, Finance or Accounting, Social Sciences, Public Relations, Arts, Government, Political Science or Public Administration from a recognized and accredited institution;
Experience
·                     Have served at Director levels or its equivalent for a minimum period of three years OR have eighteen (18) years cumulative, relevant and continuous work experience in a reputable organization eight (8) of which should have been in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership and senior management responsibilities
·                     Demonstrated proven ability and results in heading an equivalent or comparable senior management portfolio;
·                     Demonstrated proven leadership capabilities in financial, material and human capital management within a reputable institution;
·                     Demonstrated proven ability and results in coordinating multiple portfolios of a reputable organization with a national or international character;
·                     Have extensive industry knowledge of government administrative protocols, processes and procedures;
·                     Demonstrated a good degree of international exposure in international meetings and processes will be an added advantage;
·                     Demonstrated good knowledge and experience with policy formulation and legislative processes;
·                     Demonstrated competence and experience in managing affairs of the Board of an Institution.
Personal Qualities
·                     Diplomatic, pro-active, assertive, approachable, 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.
How to Apply
 
1. CLICK HERE to Download the KNATCOM 1A form from the website www.unesco.go.ke
 
2. Complete the form and sign (Do Not attach any documents)
 
3. First send a soft copy in word format to 2017hr@unesco.go.ke(Do Not attach any documents)
 
4. Secondly, send a hard copy to:
 
The Secretary General/CEO
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
P.O. Box 72107-00200
National Bank Building, 14th Floor
Harambee Avenue
Nairobi
Application deadline is 15th December 2017.

Note: Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.

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