Technical Services Director Job in Kenya – National Biosafety Authority

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) is a State Corporation established under the provisions of the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009.

The mandate of NBA is to exercise supervision and control over the development, transfer, handling and use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) with a view to ensuring safety to human and animal health as well as the provision of adequate level of protection to the environment.

The Authority wishes to replace the following positions with qualified, experienced and dynamic persons as follows:

DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL SERVICES

JOB GRADE D5

1 Post

The job holder is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership in technical services at the Authority.

Job Specification

The duties and responsibilities at this level entails;

i. Initiating the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures, strategies and activities in relation to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categorization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.

ii. Advising the Board on policies, procedures, strategies and activities in relation to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categor ization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.

iii. Ensuring Compliance with the policies procedures, strategies and activities in relation to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categorization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.

iv. Developing and issuing of technical papers, reports and other submissions to the board and other stakeholders.

v. Ensuring that risk assessment for GMO applications is carried out in a scientific, transparent and predictable manner;

vi. Advising the CEO on the establishment and operationalization of Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) in research institutions engaged in GMO research related activities.

vii. Ensuring GMO sampling, detection and analysis protocols are developed for timely analysis of s amples as well as reviewing the GMO analysis reports

viii. Any other duties assigned from time to time.

Person Specification

i. At least Twelve (12) years’ experience, five (5) of which must be in a senior management level in the public or private sector;

ii. Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular/Biology/ Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related fields from a recognized institution.

iii. Master’s degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/ Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related fields from a recognized institution.

iv. Doctorate (PhD) level qualification in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related fields from a recognized Institution.

v. Authorship in at least eight (8) peer reviewed publications on Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Agricultural Sciences and related subjects.

vi. Strategic Leadership Course lasting not less than six weeks from a recognized institution

vii. Member of a professional Body in good standing (where applicable)

Key Competencies and Skills

i. Strategic leadership skills

ii. Excellent Interpersonal skills

iii. Analytical skills

iv. Leadership skills

v. Results orientated

vi. Proficiency in Computer Applications

vii. High level of Integrity

How to Apply

If you believe you meet the criteria for the positions above, please submit your application in Hard OR Soft Copy enclosing copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees in sealed envelope clearly marked with job title to the address below

OR scanned copies of all your certificates and send to; [email protected]

on or before 13th April, 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

Chief Executive Officer
National Biosafety Authority
Nacosti Building, Loresho, – Off Waiyaki way
P.O Box 28251 – 00100 – NAIROBI

Email: [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and they MUST bring with them current clearance certificates during interviews from the following bodies: –

(i) Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)

(ii) Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC)

(iii) Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)

(iv) Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and

(v) Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

NBA is an equal opportunity employer; women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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