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Government Jobs in Kenya – Kenya Forest Service

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is a State Corporation established by the Forests Act 2005. 

Its mandate is to conserve, develop and sustainably manage forests and allied resources for environmental stability and social-economic development of the people of Kenya. 

The following position has fallen vacant and the Institution intends to fill it in line with the provisions of the Forests Act.

Chief Officer - Survey and Mapping
 
Vacancy No. 6/8/15
 
The officer will be reporting to the Head, Forest Conservation and Management, the Chief Officer, Survey and Mapping shall be responsible for the management of the Survey and Mapping of KFS.
 

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct survey and Mapping of forest areas.
  • Determine boundary lines, tracing of government survey lines, re-establishment and marking survey lines.
  • Delineate areas of forest reserves and fix necessary beacons.
  • Establish and maintain an automated information system for mapping data and land boundary records.
  • Liaise with relevant agencies in the survey of forest boundaries and other Service property in acquisition of titles and alteration of forest boundaries.
  • Develop and maintain GIS based forest information system in liaison with Forest Information Systems.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
  • Have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in surveying or related discipline from a recognized university.
  • Have knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided software applications.
  • Have five (5) years experience in surveying and mapping in the private or public sector.
  • Be a member of the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) or a similar professional body in good standing will be an added advantage.

Head Internal Audit
Vacancy No.
 5/8/15

The officer will be reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors functionally and the Director administratively, the Head of Internal Audit shall be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the management of KFS internal audit functions to ensure compliance with set systems and policies.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls relating to risks involved in the relevant business areas in accordance with risk management framework.
  • Review manual and automated financial systems; functions, processes, programs, operational and business risks, to identify process weaknesses and inefficiencies, establish compliance with established risk management policy, internal controls and recommend corrective measures.
  • Conduct special audits and provide advisory services on audit issues.
  • Monitor and assess internal structures and recommend improvement.
  • Conduct post-implementation audits to determine if systems, processes and programs implemented are functioning as planned.
  • Reviews distributed/centralized systems for appropriate audit trails, reliability of output, adequacy of controls and adherence to established standards of operation.
  • Prepare audit reports to the Board.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
  • Have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university in the field of Finance, Commerce, Accounts or a related discipline.
  • A masters degree in Business Administration, Finance , Management or related discipline
  • Have at least eight (8) year’s experience in the field of Audit, five (5) of which must have been in a senior management position within a large organization in the private or public sector.
  • Be a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) or similar professional body.
  • Being a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) will be an added advantage.
  • Have successfully completed the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) course will be an added advantage.

Head Information, Communication and Technology
 
Vacancy No. 4/8/15
 
The Head Information, Communication and Technology shall report to the Head Corporate Services for development and management of ICT strategies, policies and systems of the Service for the realization of the Service mandate.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure that all necessary ICT tools, processes and systems are in place to contribute to the achievement goals of the Service.
  • Develop and implement ICT policy, systems, procedures and infrastructure.
  • To actively monitor and respond to ICT changes and initiatives.
  • Develop and implement policies and systems for organization data security.
  • Oversee continuous improvement of all ICT systems, processes and procedures.
  • To ensure the maintenance of the forest management information systems.
  • Develop and implement ICT governance framework for collaborating with relevant institutions to ensure they meet their obligations.
  • Identify gaps and develop programs to enhance ICT proficiency in the organization.
Academic Qualifications and Experience
  • Have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university in any of the following: Information technology, computer science, systems administration or other related discipline.
  • Have at least five (5) year’s knowledge and experience in the field of Information technology, computer science, systems administration or a relevant field.
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge in database and network administration.

Head Supply Chain Management
Vacancy No.
 3/8/15

The Head Supply Chain Management shall be reporting to the Head of Finance and shall oversee all aspects of supply chain management as per the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (PPDA) and regulations.


Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement systems, policies and procedures for timely and cost effective procurement of goods and services within the framework of PPDA.
  • Provide secretariat support to the Corporation Tender Committee.
  • Review the procurement policies and procedures in accordance with best practice for continuous improvement of procurement and disposal function of the organization.
  • Develop capacity for supply chain management staff for effective implementation of the PPDA law.
  • Monitor contract management by user departments to ensure implementation as per the contract terms.
  • Oversee inventory management.
  • Ensure that goods and services are procured in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective manner.
  • Prepare and submit reports to the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) as required under the Act, regulations and guidelines of the authority.
Academic qualifications and experience
  •  Have an undergraduate degree or higher national diploma in Supply Chain Management from a recognized institution
  • Have at least eight (8) years experience, five (5) of which must have been in a senior position within a large private or public organization.
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
  • Be a member of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) or equivalent professional body in good standing.
Key Skills 
  • Thorough understanding of public procurement procedures.

Deputy Director Enforcement and Compliance
Vacancy No.
 2/8/15

The officer will be reporting to the Director Kenya Forest Service for the management of the enforcement and compliance wing of the service and oversee the effective enforcement of provisions of the Forest Act 2005 and related laws.
 

Duties and Responsibilities:
 
The Officer will be responsible for the following:-
  • Formulate and implement policies, strategies and guidelines for effective enforcement of forest laws,
  • Command and control of the Forest Enforcement Division of the Service.
  • Ensure effective handling, maintenance and safe custody of security equipment.
  • Ensure safe custody and security of assets of the Service.
  • Establish systems for effective collaboration with government security agencies, communities and other stakeholders for effective enforcement of forest laws.
  • Develop capacity for effective enforcement of forest laws.
  • Develop, plan and implement emergency and terrorism response programs.
  • Formulation and implementation of paramilitary policies, programs and regimes for the training of officers joining the Service.
  • Adopt modern technologies and innovation to improve the effectiveness of enforcement and compliance division.
Academic qualifications and experience
  • Must have successfully undergone paramilitary training.
  • Have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university in any of the following; natural resource management, criminology, security, forensics, national security or related discipline.
  • Have at least ten (10) years experience in security or law enforcement service, five (5) of which must have been in a senior management position within a large organization.
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
  • Training with the National Defense College (NDC) or any other security related course will be an added advantage
Key Skills
  • Knowledge of constitutional provision related to law enforcement, the Forests Act and other relevant laws.

Senior Deputy Director – Field Operations

Vacancy No. 1/8/15

The officer will be reporting to the Director Kenya Forest Service and shall ensure overall coordination of field operation nationally, be creative, committed, dynamic and result oriented.
 

Duties and responsibilities
 
The officer will:-
  • Be responsible to the Director for co-ordination, development and Implementation of policies, strategies and guidelines for the management, conservation, utilization and protection including law enforcement for all forest types in the Country.
  • Ensure overall co-ordination of all field operations nationally.
  • Offer strategic leadership and management of the core forestry programs
  • Manage forest related risks including but not limited to forest fires, pests and diseases, illegal logging, encroachment and unauthorized settlement.
  • Promote national interests and compliance in relation to international forest conventions and principles.
  • Advise on establishment, development and management of national forests as well as provisional forests in consultation with the forest owners
  • Oversee development, management and maintenance of forest infrastructure.
  • Ensure compliance with corporate and statutory forestry and environmental requirements
  • Supervise, appraise and ensure optimum productivity of all field technical staff.
  • Liaise with forestry stakeholders for efficient management, development, and conservation of Forestry.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Forest Conservation Committees (FCCs) and Community Forest Associations (CFAs).
  • Handle emerging forestry issues including but not limited to climate change, green energy, carbon trading and eco-tourism.
Academic qualifications and requirements
  • Have a degree from a recognized university in the field of forestry or related discipline
  • Have a master’s degree in forest management, environmental management, natural resource management or a related field.
  • Have at least twelve (12) years experience in forest management or relevant field, six (6) of which must have been in a senior management position within a large organization in the private or public sector.
  • Be a member of the Forestry Society of Kenya or a similar professional body in good standing.
  • Be a person of high integrity who meets the requirements of the Constitution.
Key skills and Competencies
 
The Applicant should demonstrate:-
  • An understanding of public sector procedures.
  • The capability to manage risks and operate within the socio-economic environment of the forest sector.
  • Ability to achieve and sustain high performance and compliance levels in the forest sector.
How to Apply
 
Interested Candidates who have the requirements are asked to apply so as to reach the Service not later than 9th September, 2015 by 5.00 pm.

All applications including a current curriculum vitae, indicating current and expected remuneration, mobile number, the names and all contact details of three referees, certified copy of national identity card, certified copies of clearance certificates/letters, certified copies of testimonials, certified copies of professional and academic certificates should be sent to ;

The Director,
Kenya Forest Service,
Karura, Off Kiambu Road,
P. O .Box30513-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.

Note: 

The successful candidate will serve on permanent and pensionable service. 

Canvassing will lead to disqualification. 

The Service is ISO accredited and an equal opportunity employer.

 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


Applicants living with disabilities and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply.

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