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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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    Senior Laboratory Technologist

    Job Specification
    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Sampling of agro-inputs, agricultural produce and products and environmental samples for quality and safety analysis;
    • Sampling of agricultural produce and plant material for pest infestation and disease infection analysis;
    • Analysis of agro-input, organic and inorganic trace contaminant in agricultural, microbiological and environmental samples or seed analysis or plant health and molecular biology analysis;
    • Molecular analysis of plant materials, genetically modified organisms (GMO);
    • Preparation of reports and data analysis;
    • Preparation of laboratory standards and reagents;
    • Sample handling and preparation of media;
    • Supervise cleaning and sterilization of laboratory glassware;
    • Analytical work and maintenance of reference collection of insects, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, among others;
    • Implement and maintain Quality management system for good laboratory practice;
    • Disease and pest diagnosis in plant materials and other regulated articles;
    • Maintenance and updating records in area of operation including use of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS);
    • Seed health, purity, moisture, germination and viability testing.

    Person Specification

    For appointment to this grade a candidate must have:

    • Higher National Diploma or Diploma in any of the following; Seed Technology, Laboratory Technology, Botany, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Microbiology, Applied Biology, And Plant Nutritionist or any other relevant diploma;
    • Have at least 2 years’ work experience for Higher National Diploma;
    • Have at least 4 years’ work experience for Diploma and;
    • Meets the provisions of the Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya.


    • Computer applications proficiency;
    • Team player;
    • Creativity;
    • Good communication skills;
    • Report writing and presentation skills.


    • Ability to work under pressure;
    • Ability to work independently and in a team;
    • Demonstrated results in work performance;
    • Knowledge of laboratory analysis using modern technologies;
    • Ability to identify plants, seeds, pests, diseases and weeds;
    • Knowledge of equipment maintenance and calibration;
    • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
    • Experience with a laboratory Quality Management system

    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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