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  • Posted: May 31, 2023
    Deadline: Jun 12, 2023
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    Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. Vision: Healthy plants, safe trade and sustainable aggro-environment for a prosperous Kenya. Mission: To provide a sc...
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    Principal Seed /Plant Health Inspector - 7 Positions

    Duties and responsibilities:

    • Coordinating and conducting pest risk analysis of plants, plant products, other regulated articles and biological articles and control agents, pest listing, reviewing and updating plant import requirements and issuance of plant import permits;
    • Approval of applications by new clients and coordinating audits/inspection of facilities before registration;
    • Coordinating and undertaking farm/facility audits/inspection of plants, plant products and other regulated articles destined for export;
    • Coordinating and conducting inspection of imported seed, plants, plant products and other regulated articles or those intended for export at official entry points and issuance of phytosanitary certificates;
    • Coordinating seed certification activities including field inspection, sampling, post certification surveys and post control;
    • Development, review and implementation of guidelines and training curriculum for private persons undertaking authorized activities on behalf of the Service;
    • Coordinating National Performance Trials and Distinct Uniformity and Stability trials.
    • Processing and examining applications for Plant Variety Protection;
    • Coordination of plant quarantine control and conducting pest surveillance, monitoring, emergency response and reporting of new pests;
    • Coordinating seedling nursery certification inspections to ensure timely audit of seedling nurseries and availability of clean seedlings;
    • Undertake national, regional and international trade relations;
    • Coordinating the resolution of appeals by aggrieved clients;
    • Conducting inspection of bio-containment facilities, GMO approved activities and facilities for compliance with phytosanitary requirements and conducting market surveillance for GMO;
    • Participating in activities for maintaining border security together with other government agencies by implementing various border surveillance strategies;
    • Coordination development and implementation of training programs and curriculum on seed, phytosanitary, NPT and DUS matters for capacity building of KEPHIS technical staff and stakeholders to enhance staff competence and efficiency in service delivery;
    • Coordinating phytosanitary audits conducted by importing countries to ensure market access, Monitoring of databases for information security and accuracy and participate in review and updating of electronic systems;
    • Proposing areas of review of laws and regulations and participate in development of regulations and policies on plant health matters, seed certification and PVP to ensure proper regulatory framework;
    • Initiating development and coordinating implementation of policies, guidelines and strategies, protocols, manuals, to align with national and international requirements, new technologies and emerging issues on seed, phytosanitary matters and plant variety protection;
    • Participate in Standards setting activities at national and international levels;
    • Support management of WTO-SPS enquiry points for plant health to track notifications which have bearing on Kenya trade;
    • Monitoring to ensure phytosanitary, seed certification & PVP non- compliances are evaluated and resolved for efficiency in service delivery; Coordinate participation in stakeholder activities at national and county level to sensitize them on seed and phytosanitary certification and plant variety protection issues;
    • Support and undertake research activities towards strengthening seed, phytosanitary and plant variety protection regulation and bridging gaps in missing data;
    • Coordination of implementation and maintenance of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 27001:2013) for delivery of quality services and trade facilitation.

    Person specification
    For appointment to this grade a candidate must have:

    • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biotechnology, Entomology, Crop Protection, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Seed Technology, Seed Science, Horticulture, Agronomy, Botany or its equivalent from a University recognized in Kenya.
    • Master of Science in Plant Pathology, Seed Science, Biotechnology, Entomology, Crop Protection, Molecular Biology, Plant Breeding,
    • Horticulture, Agronomy, Botany, Zoology or its equivalent from a University recognized in Kenya.
    • Professional qualification and membership where applicable;
    • Served for at least eight (8) years related work experience three (3) of which must be in a supervisory position;
    • Attended a Senior Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks;
    • Meets the provisions of the Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya.


    • Proficiency in computer applications. Literacy in statistical packages will be an added advantage;
    • Excellent problem solving skills;
    • Communication skills;
    • Leadership skills;
    • Problem solving skills;
    • Negotiation Skills;
    • Analytical skills;
    • Interpersonal skills;
    • Creativity;
    • Data analysis skills;
    • Report writing and presentation skills;
    • Team player.


    • Ability to work independently;
    • Ability to make decisions independently;
    • Work well under pressure and prioritize work;
    • Demonstrated results in work performance;
    • Demonstrated knowledge in international standards and Quality Management Systems;
    • Demonstrated outstanding professional competence.

    Method of Application

    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following positions in the Corporation. Eligible applicants are requested to submit their application letter together with detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of academic and professional certificates plus transcripts, relevant testimonials and National Identity card in a sealed envelope and addressed to:

    The Managing Director
    Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
    Oloolua Ridge
    P.O. BOX 49592 -00100


    Hand delivered to the Office of the Managing Director by 12 June, 2023.

    Further, a summary of your biodata in the following format (Excel only) should be submitted to by 12 June, 2023

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