KENET Chief Operations Officer Jobs in Kenya

KENET Chief Operations Officer Jobs in Kenya

The Kenya Education Network (KENET) ( is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya.

It builds and operates the national broadband private IP-based network that interconnects universities, research institutions and other educational member institutions in Kenya.

KENET also builds and operates the community cloud infrastructure to support specialized enterprise, research ICT and educational technology services.

KENET’s mission is to catalyse the transformation of education and research in Kenya using ICT.

KENET provides broadband Internet connectivity services, community cloud services such as web hosting, Infrastructure as a Service and Video/Web Conferencing as a Service and specialized research services (e.g., certification authority, identity provider and access to science gateways) to member institutions that includes all the major universities and research institutions in Kenya.

It provides the Cyber security Emergency and Response Team (CERT) services for connected academic institutions.

KENET promotes and supports research and education collaboration through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in different academic areas with a focus on STEM areas of agriculture, computational modeling and materials science, computer science and information systems, educational technology, engineering, and medicine.

It conducts e-readiness surveys of selected member institutions and departments in partnership with faculty and researchers drawn from member institutions.

Main Purpose of the Job

  • This is a general management position that reports to the Executive Director and shall have overall responsibility for technical and business operations as well as coordination of ongoing research and educational technology projects undertaken by KENET or KENET grantees.

    Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the executive director in the in the formulation and monitoring implementation of KENET strategies especially in the areas of research ICT and educational technology services
  • Provide leadership in operations of research & educational technology projects and initiatives
  • Provide leadership in all project and operational matters on Infrastructure Design & Implementation, Network Operations and
  • Enterprise Services delivery
  • Provide leadership in the smooth running of administrative duties at the Secretariat Offices
  • Active participant in the development of KENET internal policies and procedures
  • Handling all technical staff human resource management matters and providing technical guidance to staff
  • Maintaining strong and trusted relationships with ICT and senior leadership of the KENET member institutions on operational, research and educational technology matters
    Other Requirements for the Job

    Level of Education/Academic Qualification
  • The ideal candidate shall have a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science or Information Systems or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • In addition, the candidate shall have at least 10 years’ university teaching and research experience as well as demonstrated university faculty leadership experience as dean or head of
    academic department in a recognized university.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract infrastructure or research funding shall be an added advantage.

    Other Competencies or Skills Required
  • Engineering skills. Full Registration with Engineering Board of Kenya shall be an added advantage
  • Project management skills.
  • Current professional certification in project management will be an added advantage
    Demonstrated strong business strategies and acumen
  • Excellent talent management and team skills
  • Ability to provide technical guidance to staff
  • Strong negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Conceptual thinking skills
  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Inter-personal skills

    Relevant Job Experience
  • Teaching and/or research experience in a recognized university or research institution
  • Demonstrated skills in grant writing for large infrastructure projects or collaborative research projects
  • General management and administration skills
  • Proficiency in managing large and complex network and infrastructure projects
  • Expert in network design and operations
    Proficiency in project management,
  • Proficiency in managing contracts and SLAs
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Expertise in developing capital budgets
  • Ability to communicate clearly across the organization and at Board level
  • Past experience in network or telecommunications engineering and in negotiation and management of ICT Service Level
  • Agreements shall be mandatory.
  • Professional registration as an engineer shall be an added advantage.
  • All candidates must have demonstrated good or excellent oral and written communication skills, high ethical and moral standards and capable of working in teams with limited supervision.
  • Interested and qualified persons should visit the KENET recruitment portal for submission of their application.

    How to Apply
  • Applications should be submitted not later than 22th February 2019.
  • Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted to attend interviews at KENET within two weeks from the date of the deadline for submission of applications.
  • KENET is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity.
  • Female candidates as well as candidates from marginalized or semi-arid areas are encouraged to apply.
  • A competitive remuneration package commensurate with the position shall be offered to the successful candidates
  • Note: Applications submitted in hard copy format will not be considered.
  • For more information and job application details, see; KENET Chief Operations Officer Jobs in Kenya

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