Policy Analysts, Communications Officer, Supply Chain Management Assistant, Internal Audit Assistant, and Office Assistant Jobs at KIPPRA

On Friday, September 14th, 2012
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) is a public Institute established in 1999 to support public policy by contributing to the formulation of medium and long-term strategic perspectives for development of the country as well as developing the required human and institutional capacities by undertaking economic forecasting, policy analysis and research, and through capacity building for the achievement of Vision 2030. 
 
It is governed by the KIPPRA Act No. 15 of 2006.
To meet the growing demand for its services, KIPPRA invites qualified, experienced and dynamic candidates to fill the following positions:
Senior Policy Analysts – REF. NO. SA/SEPT
The Institute is seeking to fill these positions in the following two (2) divisions and areas of research and specialization;
  1. Governance Division – Land reforms, security and conflict management, constitutional and institutional legal reforms, economic and corporate governance and devolution
  2. Trade and Foreign Policy Division – International Trade and Trade Policy Modeling, International Trade Law, Global Trade Negotiations, and Foreign Policy
Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, the Senior Analysts will be required to:
  • Coordinate all the activities of the division
  • Ensure cost effective and timely preparation of work plans
  • Provide technical leadership of the division’s research and capacity building programs
  • Preparation of divisional quarterly and annual reports
  • Managing the staff performance through appraisals as per the Institute policies
  • Participating in management and any other meetings as advised by the Executive Director
  • Chair seminars and meetings, be discussant to papers as per institute requirements
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders for the divisions mandate, including policy makers and implementers, development partners and other research institutions
  • Provide advice on a regular basis on ways to improve divisional performance
  • Ensuring effective management of the work programme addressing and reconciling the conflicting priorities
Candidates seeking these positions must have at least a PhD in Economics and/or related areas, and at least 6 years experience in Policy Research and analysis or Teaching at recognized university, three (3) of which must be post PhD. 
 
They should have at least nine (9) publications, two (2) of which must be Journal articles in a refereed journal.
Policy Analysts – REF. NO PA/SEPT
We are seeking candidates with strong quantitative, analytical and communication skills to fill Policy Analyst positions in the following areas:
  1. Infrastructure and Economic Services – Transport & Logistics, Energy, ICT, Water, Construction and Housing;
  2. Social Sector – Poverty, education, health, labour, and social protection.
  3. Macroeconomics – Macroeconomics, monetary economics and macro-modeling
  4. Private Sector – Financial Services and Business Environment
  5. Productive Sector – Tourism; Environment and Natural Resources
Reporting to the respective Heads of Division, the Policy Analysts will be required to:
  • Conduct research on and monitor socio-economic and public policy developments that affect Kenya;
  • Prepare analytical reports, briefing papers, policy briefs, journal articles, and other papers aimed at informing public policy decisions;
  • Provide information and technical assistance to the Institute’s various constituencies about impacts of existing and proposed public policies and programs;
  • Mentor and build the capacity of junior researchers and stakeholders on public policy issues.
Candidates seeking these positions must have at least a MA/Msc. in Economics and/or related areas, and at least two (2) years post masters experience in a policy research institution or university. 
 
They should have at least three (3) publications.
Communications Officer– REF. NO. COMM/SEPT
Reporting to the Executive Director, the incumbent will be expected to manage all KIPPRA internal and external communications in liaison with other Knowledge Management and Communications staff.
The key responsibilities of policy analysts are:
  • Supporting the Executive Director in developing and implementing KIPPRA communication strategy
  • Developing communication messages to ensure visibility of the Institute, including drafting press releases, responding to media queries and public relations
  • Managing all KIPPRA internal and external communications, which includes design and development of all the communications
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a strong KIPPRA image and brand
  • Managing the KIPPRA website, which includes regular updating and monitoring
  • Design, development and production of the KIPPRA Policy Monitor (internal newsletter), which includes leading editorial and planning meetings, sourcing articles and images, sub-editing and proof reading articles
  • Planning and coordination of all KIPPRA external events
Candidates for the position of Communications Officer should have a Master’s Degree in Communications or a related discipline and at least seven (7) years experience in communications, media liaison and or public relations.
Supply Chain Management Assistant – REF. NO. SCM/SEPT
Reporting to the Senior Supply Chain Management Officer, the incumbent will be expected to:
  • Receive, inspect, and issue purchases to user divisions;
  • Assist in maintaining contact with suppliers regarding orders, market conditions, and trends;
  • Participate in preparation of procurement reports related to purchasing, inventory control, and requests for purchases;
  • Assist in conducting regular stock takes and inventory audits;
  • Work in liaison with the supervisor to determine the Institute’s purchasing needs and specifications; and
  • Assist the supervisor in coordinating activities in the procurement unit.
  • Be in charge of store and will be required to maintain optimum stock levels, make monthly stores report, record management, ensure proper inventory management and any other duty allocated by the supervisor.
  1. Candidates for the position of Supply Chain Management Assistant should possess a Diploma in Supply
    Chain Management from a recognized Institution; 
  2. have attained final level in CIPS; 
  3. be members of KISM;
    minimum experience of one (1) year in supply chain Management; 
  4. and demonstrated proficiency in using computerized applications and high volume transactions.
Internal Audit Assistant– REF. NO. IAA/SEPT
Reporting to the Internal Auditor, the Audit Assistant will assist in carrying out programmed Risk-based
audit assignments as per the annual audit program and in line with the strategic plan. 
 
Specifically, the Audit Assistant will assist in:
  • Reviewing the reliability and the integrity of financial and operating controls and recommending effective control methods at reasonable costs;
  • Ascertaining the extent of compliance with the Institute’s established policies, plans, procedures, and regulations that could have significant impact on its operations;
  • Appraising the economy and efficiency with which resources are employed;
  • Constantly reviewing the existing operating programs in the Institute to ascertain whether results are consistent with established objectives and whether the operations are being carried out as planned;
  • Carrying out ad hoc audit assignments;
  • Following up on all previous audit recommendations on quarterly basis and preparing reports for presentation to the Board Audit Committee; and
  • Undertaking other official functions, assigned from time to time, that do not conflict with the audit responsibilities.
Candidates for the position of Internal Audit Assistant should possess a minimum Bachelor’s degree in
Finance, Accounting or equivalent from a recognized university; have at least a CPA (K) professional
qualification; and at least 1 year relevant working experience in finance, accounting or audit.
Office Assistant – REF. NO. OFFAS/SEPT
Reporting to the Senior Office Assistant, the Job holder will be expected to provide support and administrative services to the staff and guests and keep all offices clean at any one time. 
 
Specifically, he/she will be required to;
  • Facilitate distribution of internal mail.
  • Run errands and assist in messenger work
  • Support the front office executive in her role from time to time.
  • Ensure that all working surfaces are clean and regular emptying of office dustbins.
  • Prepare and provide beverages and light refreshments to staff and visitors
  1. Candidates for the position of Office Assistant should hold a minimum KCSE D (Plain); 
  2. a Certificate in Business admin/Office admin or related field; 
  3. at least 1 year relevant working experience; 
  4. Training in Customer service or Public Relations will be an added advantage.
Terms and Application Procedure
KIPPRA offers competitive terms and conditions of employment. Successful candidates will be employed
on a 3-year contract, renewable on the basis of performance. 
 
Interested candidates are invited to submit an application letter indicating the reference number of position applied for and the area of specialization (in the case of Senior Policy Analysts and Policy Analysts) on both letter and envelope, copy of updated/detailed CV, copies of academic and professional certificates, current and expected salary, and names and contacts (telephone and e-mail) of three (3) professional referees who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and work experience. 
 
The application should be addressed to:
The Senior HR and Administration Officer,
Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis,
Bishops Garden Towers, 2nd Floor, Bishops Road,
P.O. Box 56445-00200, City Square, NAIROBI
All email applications should be sent to: [email protected]
You can visit www.kippra.org for more information
Applications should reach not later than close of business Friday 28th September 2012.
KIPPRA is an equal opportunity employer. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
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