NACOSTI JOB OPPORTUNITIES





                           National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)

JOB OPPORTUNITIES


The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) is a State Corporation established under the Science, Technology and Innovation Act of 2013. The Commission is a Statutory Agency mandated to regulate and assure quality in the Science, Technology and Innovation sector and advise, promote and coordinate on all matters relating to Science, Technology, Innovation and Research issues necessary for proper co-ordination and economic developments of the Country. To achieve this mandate the Commission advertised several positions in March 2015 for key vacant positions.  However, the Commission has found it necessary to re-advertise some of the positions as indicated below.  Those who had applied earlier are free to re-apply.
1.      Director, Technical Services (DTS) - STIC Grade 13 (Re-advertised)
      (Ref. NACOSTI/DTS/STIC 13/2015 JULY)

2.      Director, Accreditation and Quality Assurance (DAQA) - STIC Grade 13
(Re-advertised)
      (Ref. NACOSTI/DAQA/STIC 13/2015 JULY)

3.      Manager, Supply Chain Management - STIC Grade 12 (Re-advertised)
      (Ref. NACOSTI/SCM/STIC 12/2015 JULY)

For position 1 and 2 above, candidates should apply for EITHER position and NOT both.

POSITIONS:

1.      Corporate Communication Officer - STIC Grade 10
(Ref. NACOSTI/CCO/STIC 10/2015 JULY)

2.   Senior Inspectors of Buildings - STIC Grade 5
      (Ref. NACOSTI/SIB/STIC 8/2015 JULY)
Interested Candidates who meet the requirements are invited to send their applications enclosing copies of updated Curriculum Vitae, Academic and Professional Certificates. Additionally, they should provide names of three (3) referees one of whom must be an immediate or past supervisor. A copy of National Identity Card, details of Remuneration history and Current contact MUST be provided. 


Candidates shortlisted for interview for the two (2) posts of Directors (STIC 13) must further submit the following:

1. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
2. Clearance letter from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
3. Tax compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
4. Report from an approved Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
5. Clearance by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC)
NB: – Candidates with Degrees from Universities outside Kenya must submit a Certificate of Equation and Recognition from the Commission for University Education (CUE).

The successful Candidates for the positions of Directors – STIC Grade 13, will be engaged on a five (5) years Contract renewable for one further term of equivalent period.

 

DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL SERVICES (DTS), STIC GRADE13

 


 (a) Duties and responsibilities:
The Director, Technical Services (DTS) will be the Head of the Technical Services Division and will be responsible to the Director General/CEO in carrying out the following duties and responsibilities:
1) Managing research development, innovation and technology in the Country;
2) Coordinating research collaboration and linkages
3) Promoting and disseminating research results
4) Coordinating science congresses and innovation exhibitions
5) Designing targeted policy oriented studies
6) Reviewing scientific articles to be disseminated locally and internationally
7) Managing research authorization
8) Liaising with international organizations and similar multi-sectored organizations for development of research, technology and innovation
9) Facilitating technology transfer
(b) Minimum Qualifications:
Earned PhD degree in any of the following areas of specialization (Scheduled Sciences): Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Physical, Industrial and Energy Sciences; Biological and Health Sciences; Infrastructure, Information and Communication Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences, as defined in the Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act (2013). In addition, the candidate must have eight (8) years of post-doctoral research experience and management or similar experience as head of technical division in a research institution, public or private institution.
(c) Key competencies:
1) Scientific writing and publishing
2) proficiency in statistical analysis
3) ICT proficiency
4) Interpersonal communication
5) Policy analysis
6) Strategic planning
7) Corporate governance
8) Quality assurance and standardization
9) Team player

DIRECTOR ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE DIRECTORATE, STIC GRADE13


 (a) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director, Accreditation and Quality Assurance Services (DAQA will be the Head of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Division and will be responsible to the Director General/CEO in carrying out the following duties and responsibilities:
1) Planning and executing the activities of the Division
2) Receiving and processing applications for registration
3) Setting out standards as stipulated in the third schedule of the science, technology and innovation regulations
4) Determining eligibility for Accreditation as set out in the accreditation criteria
5) Registering, licensing, and regulating researchers in the scheduled sciences
6) Inspecting, monitoring and evaluating research institutions and programmes to verify their relevance and compliance to quality assurance
7) Initiating the vetting of applications for registration and accreditation
8) Updating the database for accredited and registered institutions, bodies and individuals
9) Making recommendations for the registration and accreditation of institutions, bodies and individuals in accordance with the established criteria
10) Recommending de-registration or withdrawal of accreditation in the event of non-compliance
11) Working closely with accredited researchers to interpret the criteria for registration and accreditation
12) Providing advice to institutions, individuals and stakeholders regarding accreditation matters
13) Enforcing licensing regulations by informing non-compliant institutions, individuals and other stakeholders of the required regulations and advice regarding licensing policies, procedures and regulations
14) Developing and strengthening monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures
15) Supporting quality assurance to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements such as research reviews, conducting quality audits and maintaining quality databases and data analysis
16) Documenting internal audits and other quality assurance activities
17) Reviewing and revising policies, rules and procedures that affect licensing, registration and accreditation
(b) Minimum Qualifications:
Earned PhD degree in any of the following areas of specialization (Science Schedules): Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Physical, Industrial and Energy Sciences; Biological and Health Sciences; Infrastructure, Information and Communication Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences, as defined in the Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act (2013).
In addition the candidate should have eight (8) years of post-doctoral research experience and management or similar experience as head of technical division in a research institution, public or private institution. Demonstrable experience in Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation will be an added advantage
(c) Key competencies:
1) Scientific writing and publishing
2) proficiency in statistical analysis
3) ICT proficiency
4) Interpersonal communication
5) Policy analysis
6) Strategic planning
7) Corporate governance
8) Quality assurance and standardization
9) Team player


MANAGER SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT– STIC GRADE 12


(a) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Manager, Supply Chain Management will report to the Director General/CEO and will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
1) Ensuring effective and efficient procurement of works, goods and services for the Commission
2) Ensuring compliance with the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and other procurement regulations in force
3) Developing and coordinating the preparation of annual procurement plan and its implementation
4) Developing a Procurement Manual for the Commission
5) Coordinating tender, procurement and disposal activities
6) Ensuring compliance with Public Procurement and Disposal Act (2005) and regulations
7) Preparing procurement documents, processing contracts for supply of works, goods and services and payment documents
8) Ensuring delivery of procured works, good and services as per specifications
9) Coordinating cost effective disposal of obsolete equipment, furniture and other stores in accordance with law.
(b) Minimum Qualifications:
Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management or other relevant field. In addition the candidate must have experience of at least eight (8) years in Supply Chain Management Services, three (3) years of which must have been in Senior management position in the Public Service or Private sector.
Candidates with the following qualifications will have an added advantage:
1) Be a member of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM)
2) A good standing with relevant professional body
3) Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005 and Regulations, 2006
4) Proficiency in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
(c) Key Competencies:
1) Strategic leadership course
2) Strong leadership in negotiation skills
3) Self drive to achieve high results
4) Good communication skills
5) Team player

 

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER- STIC GRADE 10


(a)    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES

Corporate Communications will be the head of the unit and will be responsible to the Director General/CEO for all Corporate communications and related matters and will report to the Director General/CEO for the following:-
1)      Developing communication and marketing strategy for promoting the Commission programs as well as positioning the Commission brand in the market.
2)      Carrying out marketing research to identify market needs that will inform the Commission’s programs’ development, improved service delivery, and identify opportunities for the Commission growth.
3)      Organizing communication and marketing events to the various publics of the Commission such as promotions, press conferences, sponsored programmes.
4)      Developing all necessary communication and marketing tools and branding materials for the Commission including newsletters, brochures and documentaries.
5)      Overseeing the development and maintenance of the Commission Website.
6)      Building and sustaining sound relations with all stakeholders.
7)      Communicating and disseminating Commission policies, strategies and programmes.

(b)   Requirements for Appointment
For appointment to this Grade, an Officer must:-
1)      Have served in a Corporate Communication/Affairs/Public Relations position in the Public Service or Private sector, for at least twelve (12) years, three (3) of which must have been in a leadership/senior management position.
2)      Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following:- Journalist, Mass Communication, Linguistic or Public Relations from a university recognized in Kenya.
3)      Membership to the professional body of journalists.
4)      Course in strategic leadership development programme/senior management lasting  more than 4 weeks from a recognized institution.
5)      Be proficient in ICT

Key Competencies

1)      A good team player
2)      Excellent interpersonal communication and networking skills
3)      Proven writing and communication skills
                     


SENIOR INSPECTORS OF BUILDINGS - STIC GRADE 5


(a)   DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

An officer at this level will be deployed as Clerk of Works for buildings under construction or as a Supervisor on alterations/repairs of existing buildings.  The duties and responsibilities at this level entail reading and interpreting Architectural and Engineering drawings, comparing their details with work on site and compiling site weekly reports and monitoring work progress.
In addition, duties will involve supervision of artisans carrying out maintenance work at a depot.
(b)  Requirements for Appointment
For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:
1)      Served in the grade of Inspector (Buildings) or in a comparable and relevant position in the Public Service for at least three (3) years;

2)      A Diploma in Building and Civil Engineering or Construction Technician Certificate Part III or its equivalent and relevant qualification from a recognized institution; and

3)      Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.

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