National Biosafety Authority Director - Technical Services Jobs in Kenya

National Biosafety Authority Director - Technical Services Jobs in Kenya

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) is a State Corporation established under the
provisions of the Biosafety Act No.2 of 2009.

The mandate of NBA is to exercise
supervision and control over the development, transfer, handling and use of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) with a view to ensuring safety to human and animal health
as well as the provision of adequate level of protection to the environment.

The Authority wishes to recruit qualified, experienced and dynamic persons to fill the
following positions:

Job Title

  • Director, Technical Services, Job Grade –d5

    Job Specification

    This is the top-most position in the cadre of Biosafety Officers.

    The Director, Technical
    Services reports to the CEO and is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction in regard to general supervision and control over transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with a view of ensuring safety of human and animal health as well as provision of adequate level of protection of the environment.

    The officer is also responsible for creating awareness & education on biosafety, biosafety risk
    assessment, compliance & enforcement; and certification & laboratory services.

    The duties and responsibilities at this level entails;

  • Initiating the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures, strategies and activities in relation to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categorization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.
  • Advising the Board on policies, procedures, strategies and activities in relation
    to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categorization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.
  • Ensuring Compliance with the policies procedures, strategies and activities in
    relation to plant, animal and microbial biosafety including categorization, approval and certification of biosafety facilities.
  • Developing and issuing of technical papers, reports and other submissions to the board and other stakeholders.
  • Developing systems and controls for facilitating trade through digitization of
    processes, timely consignment clearance and issuance of permits and certificates.
  • Assisting the CEO in developing technical board agenda and technical board papers
  • Ensuring that risk assessment for GMO applications is carried out in a scientific,
    transparent and predictable manner;
  • Ensuring that socio-economics impact assessment during environmental release of GMO applications is done;
  • Ensuring confidentiality of business information submitted by applicants
  • Overseeing the management of the International and the National Biosafety Clearing House (BCH).
  • Ensuring development of Biosafety curriculum and certification criteria for biosafety professionals and competencies on biosafety.
  • Ensuring development of guidelines and checklists for inspection, classification
    and certification of GMO containment facilities.
  • Approving the schedules for monitoring of approved GMO research projects,
    post release monitoring and market surveillance activities.
  • Advising the CEO on the establishment and operationalization of Institutional
    Biosafety Committees (IBCs) in research institutions engaged
    in GMO researchrelated activities.
  • Ensuring GMO sampling, detection and analysis protocols are developed for timely analysis of samples as well as reviewing the GMO analysis reports.
  • Ensuring enhancement of biosafety awareness and education.
  • Mentoring and coaching of biosafety staff
  • Appraisal of officers that directly and indirectly report to the Director
  • Ensuring the setting, implementation and monitoring of Performance
    contracting within the directorate
  • Ensuring preparation of budgets proposals, procurement and work plans for
    the directorate

    Person’s Specifications
  • At least Twelve (12) years’ experience, five (5) of which must be in a senior
    management level in the public or private sector;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular/Biology/
    Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related fields from
    a recognized institution.
  • Master’s degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/
    Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related fields from
    a recognized institution.
  • Doctorate (PhD) level qualification in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular
    Biology/Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology/ or related
    fields from a recognized Institution.
  • Authorship in at least eight (8) peer reviewed publications on Biotechnology,
    Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Agricultural Sciences and related subjects.
  • Biosafety related short courses
  • Leadership Course lasting not less than four weeks from a recognized institution
  • Member of a professional Body in good standing (where applicable)
  • Demonstration of results in work performance
  • Proficiency in Computer application
  • Meets the provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.

    Key Competencies and Skills
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Communications and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Results orientated

    How to Apply
  • If you believe you meet the criteria for the position above, please submit your application including copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees in sealed envelope clearly marked with job title to the address below before 25th March 2019 to:
    Chief Executive Officer,
    National Biosafety Authority,
    Pest control Products Board (PCPB) building Loresho- Off Waiyaki way,
    P.O Box 28251 – 00100 – NAIROBI.

  • Email: info@biosafetykenya.go.ke
  • NBA is an equal opportunity employer; women and persons with disability are
    encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and they will be
    required to present valid clearance certificates as stipulated in Chapter Six of the
    Constitution.
  • For more information and job application details, see; National Biosafety Authority Director - Technical Services Jobs in Kenya

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