Friday, 22 January 2010

Director/Chief Executive Officer Job Re-Advertisement: Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

Director/Chief Executive Officer

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established under the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979 of Kenya, as a national research institution in Kenya mandated to undertake human health research.

KEMRI has grown from its humble beginnings 30 years ago to become a leading human health research institution in Africa.

KEMRI’s Vision is to be a leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality health, and its Mission is to improve the quality of human health and life through research.

To achieve its mandate and strategic goals, the Institute has a total of 12 Centres countrywide which serve as the operational units. The Board of Management of KEMRI seeks to recruit a dynamic, visionary and experienced person to fill the position of Director/Chief Executive Officer, KEMRI.

The Job Position

Job Ref: KEMRI/HR/CEO/01/2010
Job Title: Director/Chief Executive Officer, KEMRI

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Management, the Director/Chief Executive Officer will be the Accounting Officer and the Secretary to the Board, and will be responsible for the following:
• To provide visionary leadership and direction to the organization, and to ensure that Institute policies and mandates are implemented fully and effectively in line with the strategic plan.
• To ensure that resources are utilized and managed prudently and responsibly for the implementation and achievement of the Institute’s mandates and strategic objectives.
• To ensure that the Institute’s strategic plans are achieved efficiently, the performance contract objectives and targets are negotiated, achieved and reported in a timely manner, and the annual operational plans and budgets prepared and submitted timely.
• To direct and oversee the development and implementation of the Institute’s research, innovations and capacity building agenda, in line with the goals and aspirations of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the national health sector strategic plans.
• To initiate, establish, strengthen and oversee inter-institutional collaborations and Strategic partnerships for the realization of the Institute’s mandates and strategic objectives.
• To ensure that Institute staff remain motivated to discharge their responsibilities effectively and efficiently, and in compliance with human resource policies and practices.
• To establish and sustain effective relationships with the Board of Management, the Government, parent Ministry, other stakeholders, regulatory bodies, partners/collaborators, funding agencies, the media, and staff for the benefit of the Institute.
• To support a culture of compliance with regulations, statutory requirements, good corporate governance principles, and best practices in the Institute.
• To perform any other responsibilities as determined and deemed necessary by the Board of Management, in line with the Institute’s mandates.
Key Qualifications and Competence:
• A biomedical, public health or medical research scientist with doctoral level qualifications (PhD/MD degree or equivalents) from a recognized institution, and at least 10 years post-doctoral research experience, supported by publications in reputable journals.
• A person with a passion for Research and Training Capacity Development.
• Knowledge of existing GoK Financial Management, Procurement Regulations and Policies that govern State Corporations in the Research and Training category.
• A team leader with 15 years experience of which 7 years should be at senior management level.
• Strategic management experience and negotiation skills.
• A demonstrated high degree of integrity, honesty, and commitment to good corporate governance and excellence in performance.
• Must be between 40 and 55 years of age.
The successful candidate will be engaged on a 3 (three) year contract renewable subject to

This is an executive position with a competitive pay package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Staff of KEMRI and collaborative projects who meet the required qualifications and experience are encouraged to apply.

Suitable applicants should submit their applications, updated CVs, copies of certificates and testimonials, names of 3 (three) referees, current remunerations, and day-time telephone contacts to the following address not later than 10th February 2010.

The Chairman,
Board of Management
Kenya Medical Research Institute
P.O.Box 54840 – 00200

Attn: Head of Human Resources

Or send by email to: hr @

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Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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