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  • Posted: Jul 4, 2022
    Deadline: Jul 21, 2022
  • The Kenya BioVax Institute is a State Corporation tasked with the mandate of manufacturing, packaging and commercialization of specialized Health Products and Technologies (HPTs) that include vaccines, therapeutics and other biomedical products.
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    General Manager, Production (Vaccines and Biologicals)

    Job Purpose:

     Ensure consistent availability of the Institute’s full range of finished specialized health products and technologies at the right quantity, quality, cost and timely manner through proper planning and coordination of production activities within the Institute to meet global market requirements.


    • At least twelve (12) years of relevant work experience in the field of medical/ pharmaceutical production manufacturing, four (4) years of which should have been in a senior management position in the public or private sector;
    • Bachelors’ degree in the following disciplines of life sciences: pharmacy, pharmacology, microbiology, biomedical science, biomedical engineering, biology, biometry, medicine, virology, immunology, biotechnology and veterinary medicine, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry with emphasis in relevant area (analytical, industrial, organic, physical, biochemistry, materials science);
    • Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Pharmaceutical Sciences,
    • Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bio/chemical engineering or equivalent Life Sciences discipline from a recognized institution;
    • Leadership course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;
    • Membership to a professional body where applicable;
    • Proficiency in computer applications;
    • Demonstrated merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results; and
    • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six (6) of the constitution.

    Job Specification

    Key Competencies and skills

    • Manufacturing and research science experience;
    • Budgeting and planning;
    • Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations;
    • Analytical and conceptual skills;
    • Ability to form and maintain partnerships and collaborations;
    • Excellent writing and communication skills;
    • High emotional intelligence;
    • Organizational skills including planning, monitoring and controlling;
    • Managerial skills;
    • Leadership skills;
    • Interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Negotiation and influencing skills;
    • Team building,
    • Adaptability;
    • Accountability;
    • Decision making and problem-solving;
    • Conflict management;
    • Supervisory, coaching and mentoring skills;
    • Integrity; and
    • Results-driven.

    Key Duties & Responsibilities

    • Oversee the development, implementation, and review of policies, strategies, standards, procedures, and guidelines on production;
    • Oversee the development and manufacture of vaccines, biologicals, and biomedical products that comply with local and international standards (such as World Health Organization, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, among others);
    • Spearhead the process of designing, planning, and implementation of Product Development and production;
    • Oversee planning, implementation, and management of biologicals and technologies development and production;
    • Ensure adherence to international research protocols and best practice, training and mentoring of scientists as well as engineering;
    • Oversee proper management and accountability of resources allocated to the technical programs;
    • Liaise with relevant functional areas for optimal use and management of resources including human, financial, among others;
    • Provide oversight and coordinate production activities in liaison with other relevant stakeholders;
    • Facilitate timely preparation of Board papers on relevant technical matters;
    • Provide advice to the Director General/CEO and senior management on all matters relating to production in the Institute;
    • Review and coordinate the development of the Department’s strategic plans and objectives;
    • Approve departmental performance appraisal systems and contracts;
    • Oversee assets of the Department, and instituting operational accountability in liaison with Heads of relevant functional areas;
    • Coordinate the implementation of production quality management systems;
    • Ensure horizontal integration in the department;
    • Promote good governance and leadership with integrity;
    • Facilitate the development of dynamic knowledge management systems for immediate and future use;
    • Spearhead the review and coordinate the implementation of work plans, budgets and performance targets;
    • Facilitate the development of departmental long-term strategic plans programs;
    • Coordinate the implementation of effective ICT systems in the department in liaison with relevant functional areas;
    • Oversee Risk management in the department; and
    • Liaise with relevant functional areas on production forecasting and sales.

    Terms of Service

    The successful applicant will be appointed for five (5) year term and may be eligible for reappointment as per the Kenya BioVax Human Resource Policy and Procedures Manual.

    Method of Application

    Applicants are notified of the following:

    • Detailed job description requirements, and how to apply are available on and at
    • All applications MUST be received on or before 21st July, 2022 by 5.00 pm East African Time.
    • The Kenya Biovax is an equal opportunity employer, Persons with disability, female, marginalized and minorities are encouraged to apply.
    • There are No fees charged.
    • Canvassing for any kind will result in disqualification of the candidate. 
    • In case of any further clarification or inquiries about the advertised positions, 
    • please do not hesitate to reach out on: Email address: [email protected]
    • [email protected]

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    Interested and qualified? Go to The Kenya BioVax Institute on to apply

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