Principal Librarian Job in Kenya

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Principal Librarian Job in Kenya

PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN- TWO (2) POST- Job Ref. No.KNL/HQ/AD/180C/VOL.3/72 (Garissa) KNL/HQ/AD/180C/VOL.3/72 (Nairobi)

The Principal Librarian will report to the Deputy Director-Technical Services. The officer will manage the day-to-day operations of the library services.

Terms and Conditions of Service

Basic Salary   :

Kshs. 87,000 x 3,300 – 90,300 x 3,600 – 93,900 x 3,900 – 97,800 x 4,200 – 102,000

x 4,500 – 106,500 x 4,800 – 111,300 x 5,100 – 116,400 p.m.

House Allowance:

Kshs. 50,000



Kshs. 25,000


Hardship Allowance:  Kshs. 38,110 PM-Garissa

Commuter Allowance: Kshs. 14,000


Leave Allowance:

Kshs. 10,000


Annual Leave: 30 working days per financial year

Medical Cover and other allowances: As provided by KNLS Board and SRC

Duty Location: Head Office-Nairobi (1 post) and Garissa (1 post)

Terms of Service: Permanent and Pensionable

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Financial and administrative management of the library services and facilities
  • Carry out development and maintenance of inventory of library resources distributed to public libraries and national library in Kenya
  • Identify and recommend areas of research, and draft concept papers and policies on library matters for approval
  • Monitor and advise the organization on emerging trends on cataloguing, classification, indexing, abstracting, and creating user profiles
  • Provide information literacy which involves training library user on how to search information from various sources in different formats
  • Participate in the acquisition of books produced in and outside Kenya and such other materials and sources of knowledge necessary for a comprehensive national library
  • Participate in campaigns for the eradication of illiteracy
  • Implement budgets for library stock in terms of books, software, furniture and equipment

  • Liaises with international and national organizations on professional matters relating to the mandate of knls
  • Oversee collection of revenue through membership fees, book borrowing fees and library fines
  • Resource mobilization in support of library programmes
  • Initiate strategic partnerships with development partners in support of various activities in ICT and other capital development of the institution
  • Initiates disciplinary issues/matters for the unit and undertake activities that promote discipline, employee relations, and engagement
  • Promote acquisition of ISBN to local publishers/authors
  • Oversee the security of Boards assets
  • Develop a database for authors/publishers in their jurisdiction

Qualifications and Experience:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Library Studies/Information Science or any other equivalent qualification from a recognized institution
  • Master’s degree in Library Studies/Information Science from a recognized University will be an added advantage
  • Three (3) years working in a busy Public/National Library Services
  • Management Course lasting not less than four (4) weeks will be an added advantage
  • Member Kenya Library Association
  • Proficiency in ICT application
  • Knowledge in acquisition of e-content will be an added advantage

Core Competencies

  •  Leadership skills
  • ICT working knowledge
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Networking skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Customer Care Skills

How to Apply

Interested and eligible candidates are hereby invited to submit their application (2 copies) to be delivered by hand/ courier quoting the Job Reference on both the envelope and cover letter.

Enclose a detailed and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, indicating your current remuneration, reliable daytime telephone contacts together with copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and National Identity card/ Valid Passport.

You should also provide names of three (3) referees who must be familiar with your previous work experience indicating their telephone and email address.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Director/CEO

Kenya National Library Service

Maktaba Kuu Building – 5th Floor

Ngong Road, Community Area

P.O Box 30573-00100


So as to reach the office not later than 7th March, 2023 at 5: 00p.m East African time.


Knls Board is an equal opportunity employer, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Persons from Marginalized groups and Minority communities who meet the requirements of the advertised job vacancies are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and upon being successful and granted an offer of employment, successful candidates MUST present clearances and satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by providing copies of the following:

  1. Tax compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  2.  Certificate of good conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
  3.  Clearance certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  4.  Clearance form from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  5.  Clearance certificate from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

It is a criminal offence for any applicant to provide false information and documents in the job application.

Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

The Board does not charge or ask for any money at any stage of the recruitment process.

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