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  • Posted: Apr 14, 2020
    Deadline: May 4, 2020
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    The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a state corporation established in 1986 and mandated to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources. The institute conducts research and development activities under five thematic areas namely: Forest productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Forest Products Develop...
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    Research Scientist III (Forest Measuration/Inventory)

     KEFRI 9
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participating in identification, conceptualization, formulation, development, designing, implementation and monitoring of multi-disciplinary research projects/programmes in Forest Mensuration/ Forest Inventory / Natural Resource Assessment;
    • Participating in implementation of the National Forest Monitoring System and KEFRI Strategic plan;
    • Participating in identification and adoption of digital data collection equipment in the Institute;
    • Participating in developing a database of experimental, temporary and Permanent Sample plots in the Institute; 
    • Participating in data collection, analysis and management in forest mensuration/ inventory;
    • Supervising and mentoring junior staff and students on attachment in Forest Resource Assessment;
    • Producing/publishing technical reports, extension materials, conference papers, and scientific papers in Forest Mensuration/Inventory;
    • Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
    • Collaborating with other Scientists in the Institute and other partner institutions local, regional and international to implement various interdisciplinary research activities;
    • Enhancing visibility of KEFRI nationally, regionally and globally through workshops, conferences, webinars and other relevant platforms; and
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

     Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science Degree  in Natural Resource Management with a major in forestry or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • MSc. Degree in Natural Resource Assessment/ Forest Biometrics or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • Should have written at least three (3)  technical reports/scientific papers;
    • Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
    • Working experience in the same field is an added advantage; 
    • Valid membership to a relevant professional body will be an added advantage; and

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    Research Scientist II (Forest Ecology)

    RESEARCH SCIENTIST II (FOREST ECOLOGY): KEFRI 9  
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participating in identification, conceptualization, formulation, development, designing, implementation and monitoring of multi-disciplinary research projects/programmes in Forest Ecology;
    • Participating in developing a database of Temporary and Permanent Sample plots in the Institute;
    • Collection, analysis  and management of data in forest ecology;
    • Conduct assessments and evaluations of forest ecosystems to guide management and conservation initiatives;
    • Supervising and mentoring junior staff and students on attachment in Forest Ecology;
    • Producing/publishing technical reports, extension materials, conference papers, and scientific papers materials;
    • Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
    • Collaborating with other Scientists in the Institute and other partner institutions local, regional and international to implement various interdisciplinary research activities;
    • Enhancing visibility of KEFRI nationally, regionally and globally through workshops, conferences, webinars and other relevant platforms; and
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or  its equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • MSc. degree in Forest Ecology; and/or Natural Resources, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field with strong bias in Forest Ecology or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • Should have written at least three (3) technical reports/scientific papers;
    • Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
    • Working experience in the same field is an added advantage;
    • Valid membership to a relevant professional body will be an added advantage; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

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    Research Scientist II Forest / Environmental Economics)

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participating in identification, conceptualization, formulation, development, implementation, designing, and monitoring of  multi-disciplinary research projects/programmes in Forest/Environmental Economics;
    • Collection, analysis and management of economic data on forest enterprises and markets;
    • Integrate economics and market research in forestry research and development processes;
    • Contribute to the understanding of the role of land use economics and market studies;
    • Assess the role of forest sector in socioeconomic development;
    • Supervising and mentoring junior staff and students on attachment in Forest economics;
    • Producing/publishing technical reports, extension materials, conference papers, policy papers and scientific papers in forest/environmental economics; 
    • Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
    • Collaborating with other Scientists in the Institute and other partner institutions local, regional and international to implement various interdisciplinary research activities;  Enhancing visibility of KEFRI nationally, regionally and globally through workshops, conferences, webinars and other relevant platforms; and  Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry/Agricultural Economics/Natural Resource Management or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
    • MSc. in Forest/ Environmental/ Agricultural Economics or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
    • Should have written at least three (3) technical reports/ scientific papers; 
    • Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
    • Working experience in the same field is an added advantage; 
    • Valid membership to a relevant professional body will be an added advantage; and
    • Computer Literacy especially in Excel, SAS, SPSS or relevant economic packages.

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    Research Scientist II (Seed Science)

     KEFRI  9  
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participating in identification, conceptualization, formulation, development, implementation, designing, and monitoring of  multi-disciplinary research projects/programmes in tree seed; 
    • Participating in implementation of the National Tree Seed Production, Certification and Distribution Strategy;
    • Supervising and mentoring junior staff and students on attachment in tree seed science;
    • Working closely with the Tree Breeders, map out and document and maintain a database on seed sources of different tree species in different regions
    • Participating in establishment and improvement of seed sourcesof priority tree species;
    • Collection, analysis  and management of data in seed science;
    • Producing/publishing technical reports, extension materials, conference papers, policy papers and scientific papers in forest/environmental economics; 
    • Participating in establishment and improvement of seed stands of priority tree species;
    • Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
    • Collaborating with other Scientists in the Institute and other partner institutions local, regional and international to implement various interdisciplinary research activities;
    • Enhancing visibility of KEFRI nationally, regionally and globally through workshops, conferences, webinars and other relevant platforms; and
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany/Natural Resource Management/Forestry or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
    • M.Sc. Degree in tree/plant seed from a recognized Institution;
    • Should have written at least three (3) technical reports/ scientific papers; 
    • Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
    • Working experience in the same field is an added advantage; 
    • Valid membership to a relevant professional body will be an added advantage; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

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    ICT Officer

     Duties and Responsibilities

    • Preparing technical specifications for software development
    • Analyzing, designing, developing and maintaining software solutions and applications to address user requirements and their documentation; 
    • Providing advice  on development and implementation of ICT software as and when necessary;
    • Ensuring  developed systems adhere to ICT standards;
    • Evaluating and recommending the suitability of Information and Communication Technology systems and applications;
    • Reviewing and evaluating feasibility studies on the development and enhancement of existing software (current Forestry Research systems);
    • Preparing monthly, quarterly and annual software and application reports;
    • Writing technical procedures and documentation for developed systems and applications including operations and user guide; 
    • Investigating and resolving application functionality related issues and provide first level support and troubleshooting of various systems;
    • Web design, updates and debugging; and 
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.


    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) of at least mean grade “C +” (C plus) or its equivalent qualification; 
    • Bachelor‟s Degree in BBIT/Computer Science/software engineering or equivalent from a recognized institution; 
    • At least six (6) years of relevant work experience in comparable institution;
    • Valid Membership to a relevant professional body (e.g. CSK, ISACA) in good standing;
    • Proper and practical understanding of the SDLC process;
    • Certification in one or more development language (C, C#, PHP, HTML, Java, PHP, Android programming etc.);
    • Knowledge in relational databases such as MySQL and Oracle;
    • Good communication skills; and
    • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

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    Communication and Audio Visual Assistant II

    KEFRI 6

    Duties and Responsibilities  

    • Videography: recording, editing and production of video and photographic documentaries; 
    • Developing and maintaining audio visual library; 
    • Setting of audio visual aids in various venues
    • Overseeing the security and maintenance of audio visual equipment.
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.   

     Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade "C-" (C Minus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • Diploma in Communication and Audio Visual production or its equivalent from a recognized institution; 
    • Working experience in audio visual is an added advantage;  and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

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    Human Resource Management Officer II

    KEFRI 9  
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • In charge of the salaries and payroll section;
    • Participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic human resource management plans and budgets to provide input into the divisional  plans;
    • Ensuring the processing of salary adjustments on a monthly basis;
    • Ensuring processing of staff deductions on a monthly basis
    • Ensuring processing of  PAYE, NHIF, NSSF, Pension, and Cooperative and staff welfare statutory deductions;
    • Ensuring processing of below the line deductions (BTL); 
    • Ensuring maintenance of salary records;
    • Handling the Payroll module in the HRIS system; 
    • Undertaking performance appraisal of staff in the salaries and payroll section;
    • Interpreting service regulations, terms and conditions of service, human resource policies, procedures and practice and communicate to staff to ensure their implementation and observance; and 
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • Bachelor‟s Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent from a recognized institution; 
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or its equivalent from a recognized institution is a must for those whose Bachelor degree is not in Human Resource Management;
    • At least three (3) years in the grade of Human Resources Management Officer III or in a comparable position;
    • Valid Membership to a relevant professional body; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

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    Human Resource Management Officer III

     KEFRI 8  
     
    a) Duties and Responsibilities

    • Coordinating the receipt, sorting, recording and distribution of mail, general correspondence and  mark documents and correspondence relating to human resource management to ensure smooth flow of operations; 
    • Participating in recruitment, appointment, placement and deployment of staff in the Institute to support the efficient running of operations;
    • Initiating pay change advise forms advising the accounts section on staff salary changes, transfers, appointments, promotions and increments for timely processing;
    • Maintaining and update the staff compliment to ensure records of the establishment are kept up to date;
    • Processing salaries, allowances, benefits and final dues; 
    • Preparing notes, make correspondences marked to them, enter and process data and write reports on matters relating to human resource administration to facilitate effective and efficient management of issues raised;
    • Participating in coordination of performance management by ensuring that the appraisal forms are sent out to the Heads for circulation for their timely return;
    • Handling employee health and well being matters for the Institute;
    • Interpreting service regulations, terms and conditions of service, human resource policies, procedures and practice and communicate to staff to ensure their implementation and observance;
    • Processing pension elements and other human resource administration matters for retirees and those proceeding on retirement for timely payments;
    • Updating the HR information systems data; and
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate „C+‟ ( plus) or its equivalent qualification;
    • Bachelor‟s Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or its equivalent from a recognized institution is a must for those whose Bachelor degree is not in Human Resource Management;
    • Valid Membership to a relevant professional body; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution. 

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    Account Assistant I

     KEFRI 7
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Ensuring financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures;
    • Performing general accounting duties: collect revenue, process payments, monitor revenue collection and expenditures based on approved budgets;
    • Verifying, compiling, maintaining and file records;
    • Processing accounting and transaction reports;
    • Safe keeping of invoices, receipts and other accounts records;
    • Carrying out regular stock takes and report accordingly;
    • Cash book postings; 
    • Monthly bank reconciliations;
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (C minus) or its equivalent;
    • Part II of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya or its equivalent from a recognized institution; 
    • At least three (3) years in the grade of Accounts Assistant II or in a comparable position; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.
       

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    Administrative Assistant

    KEFRI 6

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assisting in managing administrative activities in the duty station;
    • Planning and supervising registry;
    • Receiving and recording correspondence;
    • Sorting and dispatching internal and external correspondence; 
    • Verifying documents; 
    • Maintaining files and records; 
    • Maintaining office equipment; 
    • Discharging courier services;
    • Maintenance of buildings and estate; 
    • Security of Institute property; and
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

     
    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (Minus) or its equivalent;
    • Diploma in Business Administration or its equivalent from a recognized institution; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

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    Archivist Assistant

    KEFRI 6

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Cleaning, dusting, shelving archives material; 
    • Custody security of records;
    • Retrieving, issuing and returning archives materials in storage areas;
    • Identifying records for archiving and accessing of the archives ; 
    • Updating of archival find aids; and 
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (Minus) or its equivalent;
    • Diploma in Information Science OR Records and Archives Management or its equivalent from a recognized Institution; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution. 

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    Customer Care Assistant/Telephone Operator

    KEFRI 4

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Operating switchboard for smooth flow of communication within and outside the Institute;
    • Maintaining call register for record purposes;
    • Maintaining and update institutional directory to enhance efficiency in communication;
    • Receiving visitors and directing them to the appropriate offices for good public relations;
    • Providing good customer care service;
    • Provides specification on procurement of telephone facilities to ensure the facilities are of good quality;
    • Oversee installation of telephone equipment to ensure all extension are correctly connected;
    • Answer and direct telephone calls to ensure smooth communication; 
    • Reporting promptly any switchboard defects to the supervisor;
    • Maintain incoming and outgoing telephone records for future reference; and 
    • Any other duty assigned from time to time.

    Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “D+” (Plus) or its equivalent;
    • Certificate in Telephone Operation, Reception and Front Office or its equivalent from a recognized institution; and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.  

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    Graphic Designer

    KEFRI 6
     
    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Undertaking design works;
    • Drawing sketches and visual impression of works;
    • Painting and sculpturing; 
    • Typesetting KEFRI Publications and publicity materials; 
    • Providing specifications of publications for printing; 
    • Following up printing of various publications; and
    • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

     Requirements for Appointment

    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) of at least mean grade “C ” (C plain) or its equivalent qualification; 
    • Diploma in Graphic Arts Design or or equivalent from a recognized institution;
    • Working experience in graphic design is an added advantage;  and
    • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution.

    Method of Application

    Interested persons should send their applications, Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant professional/academic certificates and national identification card. The Curriculum Vitae should also include their day and evening telephone numbers, email address and names and addresses of three referees. Applications should reach the Director KEFRI not later than Monday 4th May, 2020.
    Envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and addressed to:-

    The Director/CEO,
    Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI),
    P.O. BOX 20412-00200, City Square,
    NAIROBI.

     
    Interested applicants are required to fill the attached job application summary template from their testimonials and submit in soft copy (saved in MS Excel) to recruitment@kefri.org. An example has been attached for your guidance. Kindly replace the sample with your information.
    Note: Job Applications sent to this email address will NOT be accepted except the dully filled job application summary template.
     
    KEFRI is an equal opportunity employer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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