Jobs at Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)

On Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a State Corporation established in 1986 with obligation to undertake forest research, generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable management, conservation and development of forest and allied natural resources.

The Institute wishes to recruit dynamic, result-oriented and self driven persons to fill the vacant position below:
Administrative Officer II 


1 Position
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supervision of office services – telephone, cleaning, messengerial and registry.
  • Allocation of office accommodation, furniture and equipment and keep records thereof.
  • Effective management and administration of transport services including allocation of vehicles and supervision of drivers.
  • Undertake coordinated maintenance of office buildings.
  • Coordinate vehicle maintenance and servicing, cleaning services.
  • Authorize vehicle journeys and administer work tickets.
  • Insurance for motor vehicles.
  • Settle utility bills – water and electricity – and keep records thereof.
  • Coordinate security matters in the centre.
  • Coordinate the conduct of the drills in consultation with the appropriate safety agent and put in place safety equipment like fire extinguishers.
  • Discharge of postal services.
  • Supervise communication services.
Requirements for Appointment
For appointment to this grade an officer must have:

At least three (3) years in the grade of Administrative Officer III or in a comparable position.
Bachelor’s Degree in any of the Social Sciences from a recognized Institution.
Part I of the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya OR Diploma in Management from a recognized Institution.

    Computer literacy.
Supply Chain Officer II

JG: RF9 

1 Position
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prepare procurement plans and tender documents.
  • Preparation, publishing and issuing of procurement requests for quotations or tenders.
  • Coordinate the opening, evaluation and recommendation of quotations to Tender/ Procurement Committee in line with procurement regulations.
  • Liaise with the stores officer on stock levels in order to determine re-order levels for the next purchase.
  • Assist in the preparation of contract documents, keeping records of the procurement and related committees and ensuring compliance with the procurement laws and regulations.
  • Maintenance of proper procurement records in accordance with the laws, regulations, policies and procedures governing public procurement.
  • Facilitate and oversee the implementation of the Procurement Committee’s decision.

Monitor the implement contracts.

  • Receipt and follow-up of orders from suppliers and issuance of purchase orders to suppliers.
  • Maintain Asset Register.
  • Initial action on write off and disposal of stores.
  • Preparation of procurement reports.
  • Maintain database of approved suppliers.
  • Issue and manage stores and supplies and maintain a store inventory.
  • Carry out market survey and analysis.
Requirements for Appointment
  • At least three (3) years in the grade of a Supply Chain Officer III or in a comparable position.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management or its equivalent from a recognized Institution
  • Computer literacy.
    Fixed Asset Accountant

    JG: RF 9

    1 Position
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Responsible for recording the Institute’s newly acquired fixed assets, tracking existing assets, recording depreciation and accounting for the disposal of fixed assets.
    • Maintain the Institute’s Fixed Asset Register
    • Create and monitor a system of controls, procedures and forms for the recording of fixed assets.
    • Prepare, compute fixed asset balances for compilation of the Institute’s Final Accounts
    • Recommend to management any update to
    • Assign tag numbers to fixed assets
    • Record fixed assets acquisitions and disposals in the accounting systems
    • Track the compilation of Project costs into fixed assets and close out those accounts once related.
    • Review and update the detailed schedule of fixed assets and accumulated depreciation
    • Conduct periodic physical inventory counts of fixed assets
    • Reconcile the balance in the fixed asset subsidiary ledger to the summary level account in the general ledger
    • Conduct analyses related to fixed assets as requested by management.
  • Requirements for Appointment
    • At least three (3) years’ experience in Fixed Asset Accounting
    • Part II of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya
    • Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting/ Finance option ) or equivalent
    • Computer literacy. 
    • Knowledge in Accpacc Accounting System will be an added advantage.
      Accountant III

      JG: RF8

      1 Position
      Duties and Responsibilities
      • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures.
      • Perform general accounting duties: collect revenue, process payments, monitor revenue collection and expenditures based on approved budgets.
      • Prepare accurate and timely monthly and quarterly financial reports.
      • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts.
      • Provide safe keeping of invoices, receipts and other accounts records.
      • Carry out regular stock takes and report accordingly.
      • Control of vote book
      • Maintenance of debtor’s ledger
      Requirements for Appointment
      • At least three (3) years in the grade of Accounts Assistant I or in a comparable position.
      • Part II of the Certified Public Accountant of Kenya or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
      • Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting Option/Finance) or its equivalent.
      • Computer literacy. 
      • Knowledge of Accpacc accounting system will be an added advantage.

      Human Resources Management Officer II

      JG: RF9

      1 Position
      Duties and Responsibilities
      • Lead in the implementation and review of the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS).
      • Assist in the recruitment and selection.
      • Assist in Co-ordination of the performance management process.
      • Assist in the implementation of the various Human Resource activities.
      • Assist in planning and budgeting.
      • Assist in training and development.
      • Assist in salary and payroll administration.
      • Assist in enforcing disciplinary procedures.
      • Assist in employee relations management.
      • Provide basic counseling to staff.
      Requirements for Appointment
      • At least three (3) years in the grade of Human Resources Management Officer III or in a comparable position.
      • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from a recognized Institution.
      • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
      • Membership to a relevant professional body.
      • Computer Literacy. 
      • MUST be conversant with Human Resource Management System (HRMIS).
    • Senior Information Communication and Technology Officer

      JG: RF 11

      1 Position
      Duties and Responsibilities
    • Plan, coordinate and implement all Information Communication Technology needs for the Institute.
    • Formulation and implementation of ICT policies, strategies and programmes in the Institute.
    • Keep up to date with emerging information, communication, innovative technological trends.
    • Preparation of ICT status reports and ensuring professional standards and guidelines are adhered to.
    • Manage implementation on operation of Information Technology security controls and relevant compliance systems.
    • Ensure optimum utilization of available ICT resources across the organization.
    • Prepare ICT technical specifications for procurement.
    • Supervise, appraise and develop staff in the department.
    Requirements for Appointment
    • Master’s Degree in Computer Science or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science OR Information Technology (IT) or its equivalent.
    • ICT professional certifications: Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Certified Cisco Networks Associate or equivalent.
    • 5 years working experience with in-depth exposure of computer hardware, software and networks and at least three (3) years managerial experience.
    • Working experience with ERP systems.
    • Database Administration Skills
    • Good communication skills.
    Research Scientist II (Dryland Forestry)
    JG: RF9
    1 Position
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Develop forestry and allied natural resources research proposals
    • Prepare and plan research trials and their field monitoring
    • Prepare silvicultural prescriptions to meet required targets.
    • Undertake collection of field data and subsequent analysis.
    • Prepare quarterly and annual reports.
    Requirements for Appointment
    • MSc in Forestry/ Natural Resource Management with a bias in Dry lands research.
    • At least three (3) years’ practical experience in dry lands research.
    • Should have written at least three (3) reports/papers
    • A team player
    • Good in communication and report writing.
    • Computer Literacy especially in Spreadsheets.
    Soil Research Scientist II

    JG: RF9

    2 Positions
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate research projects
    • Manage resources.
    • Identify problems, analyze and formulate research project proposals.
    • Design experiments.
    • Prepare reports and technical/scientific publications.
    • Provision of advisory and training services.
    • Disseminate research findings.
    • Develop and validate diagnostic tools and technologies.
    • Guide other staff working with the scientists.
    Requirements for Appointment
    • Master’s Degree in Physical and Biological Sciences (Soil Science) from a recognized Institution.
    • At least three (3) years in a comparable position in a similar research institution.
    • Computer Literacy
    • Laboratory Technologist III

      JG: RF6

      3 Positions
      Duties and Responsibilities
    • Collect, prepare, manage and safely dispose samples and specimens.
    • Media preparation
    • Keep laboratory records
    • Maintain and preserve specimens
    • Manage and maintain laboratory equipment
    • Clean laboratory apparatus, equipment and surface;
    • Carry out elementary analytical work;
    • Train and supervise students on attachment and staff in the unit
    • Carry out demonstrations for clients/visitors;
    • Participate in planning, supervising and evaluating laboratory services; and coordinating provision of laboratory services/facilities.
    Requirements for Appointment
    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (C minus) or its equivalent, with a minimum “C” plain in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
    • Diploma in Applied Sciences from a recognized institution.
    • Computer literacy.
      Assistant Research Officer (Social Science)

      JG: RF 8

      2 Positions
      Duties and Responsibilities
      • Participate in the Conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of R&D projects /programmes /activities.
      • Collect and analyze Social and economic data using participatory tools and procedures such as focus group discussions, community meetings, social surveys, transect walks, historical trends, social mapping and wealth mapping.
      • Integrate women and the youth in the research process by carrying out gender analysis and gender segregated mapping of research benefits;
      • Contribute to the understanding of human factors such as poverty, wealth, food security, tenure, political affiliation, religion, education, gender, age, resource endowment and status in society which may influence the out -come and impact of research in communities and societies.
      • Assess the role of indigenous technical knowledge in areas such as herbal medicinal plants conservation, management of religious (Kaya) and community forests in forest conservation
      Requirements for Appointment
      • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology / Community Development (Second Class -Upper Division) or its equivalent from a recognized Institution.
      • Should have written at least two (2) reports/papers
      • A team player and good in communication and report writing.
      • Computer Literacy especially in SPSS programme
      • Chemical Engineer 
        JG: RF 9
        1 Position
        Duties and Responsibilities

      • Carry out multi-disciplinary research in industrial and
        allied technologies, research projects;
      • Design chemical plant and equipment configuration.
      • Perform laboratory studies in the manufacture of new products and test proposed formulation processes in small scale operation
        (pilot plant).
      • Carry out feasibility studies on production processes.
      • Determine most effective arrangement of operations, such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying
      • Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.
      • Design, install and commission new production plants, including monitoring developments and troubleshooting.
      • Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.
      • Ensure there are safety issues related to the project
        operator, the environment, the processes and the products at all stages.
      • Undertake extraction and processing of herbal and other
        natural products.
      Requirements for Appointment


      • Master’s Degree in Chemical engineering or related Degree
        from a recognised institution.
      • Have at least 3 years proven experience in a research institution.
      • Computer Literacy
      • Principal Supply Chain Officer 

        JG: RF 12 
        1 Position
        Duties and Responsibilities
      • Head of Supply Chain Management Division.
      • Formulate, implement and review supply chain management systems, policies and procedures.
      • Coordinate and supervise all supplies and procurement activities and staff.
      • Co-ordinate the development and implementation of procurement plans and budgets, as well as administrative logistics services outlining key activities to be undertaken, resource requirements, performance measures and indicators as well as expected outcomes.
      • Co-ordinate the Tender and Procurement Committees.
      • Recommend and participate in the disposal of obsolete machinery, equipment, furniture, and other salvage goods in accordance with government and donor supplies and procedures.
      • Write reports of irregularities, such as property damage, leaking pipes, theft, fire and presence of unauthorized persons or unusual occurrences.
      • Confer with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability and delivery, schedules. Also obtain multiple quotations from reliable and competitive suppliers in line with prescribed regulations.
      • Prepare purchase orders; obtain with signatures and forward procurement documents to Chief Accountant for cheque and payment processing. Also monitor and evaluate the delivery and quality of approved supplies.
      • Monitor and evaluate Supply Chain Management activities.
      • Compile quarterly and annual reports.
      Requirements for Appointment
      • At least Eight (8) years, three (3) years in the grade of a Senior Supply Chain Officer or comparable position.
      • Master’s Degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management or its equivalent from a recognised institution.
      • Attended a Strategic Leadership Development Course at a recognised Institution.
      • Computer Literacy

      How to Apply

      Applications with detailed CV, current remuneration, copies of certificates and day
      time telephone contact should be sent to the following address:
      The Director
      Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
      P.O. Box 20412-00200
      All applications should be received on or before Friday 27th September, 2013.

      Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
      KEFRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
      KEFRI is ISO 14001:2004 Certified
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