Friday, November 14, 2008

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Jobs and Careers

The Government of Kenya has embarked on major reforms in the forestry sector and as part of this reform a new Kenya Forest Service (KFS) was established to be the successor institution to the former Forest Department on 1st February 2007.

The KFS will manage the nation's forest assets and provide high quality forestry-related products and services. In an effort to ensure that the KFS carries out its mission successfully, it is seeking to recruit qualified individuals in the positions listed below:

Head of Forest Conservancy Area, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) -11 Positions


Act as a General Manager of regional operations delivering efficient and effective implementation of forest management policies, plans, and programs within the Forest Conservancy Area. These positions will be based throughout Kenya in the 10 Forest Conservancy Areas and 1 position will be based at the headquarters to act as the Coordinator.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Dryland Forestry, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at the headquarters delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of dryland forestry initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Farm Forestry, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at the headquarters delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of farm forestry initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Plantation Management, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at headquarters delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of plantation management initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Watershed Management, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at the headquarters delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of watershed management initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Hydrology or Water Resource Engineering or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will have served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, water, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Biodiversity Conservation, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) -1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at the headquarters delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of biodiversity conservation initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will have served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Head of Planning and Monitoring, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as a senior manager within the Corporate Services Division delivering efficient and effective coordination of corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation, and research and development initiatives within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Forestry, Planning or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an advantage.

Deputy Commandant, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4) - 1 Position


Act as principal assistant at the headquarters to the Commandant within the Enforcement and Compliance Division delivering efficient and effective management, programming, operational support and monitoring of law enforcement and compliance functions within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry, Public Administration, Security Management or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for not less than 15 years within a law enforcement organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Deputy Principal, Senior Assistant Director
(Grade 4)
- 1 Position


Act as principal assistant to the Principal of the Kenya Forestry College delivering efficient operations and management of the academics within the College and provision of quality training services. The position is based at the Kenya Forestry College in Londiani.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry, Natural Resources or a related discipline from a recognized university.

S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the college, provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage. Administrative experience working in an educational institution will also be an advantage.

Zonal Managers, Assistant Director
(Grade 5) - 20 Positions


Act as a general manager of area operations delivering efficient and effective implementation of forest management policies, plans, and programs in 20 Forest Zones. The positions will be based throughout the country.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the districts, provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an advantage.

If you have applied for any of the Senior Assistant Director (Grade 4) positions noted above and were unsuccessful, your applications will automatically be considered for the positions for Assistant Director (Zonal Managers).

Chief Forest Economist, Assistant Director
(Grade 5) - 1 Position


Act as a senior advisor at headquarters delivering efficient and effective policy analysis and operational support on financial and economic issues related to forestry within KFS.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry or Economics from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the districts, provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or, served for a minimum period of 5 years in a senior management position within a large public or private sector forestry, environmental or a relevant organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an added advantage.

Chief Administrative Officer
(Grade 5) - 2 Positions


Act as a senior administrator within the Administration Department delivering efficient and effective administration services such as asset management, registry services, records management, transport and office management. One position will be based at KFS headquarters and one position based at Kenya Forestry College in Londiani.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will have a minimum of 5 years experience as a senior administrator within a large public or private sector organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an advantage.

Assistant Commandant
(Grade 5) - 6 Positions


Act as a senior law enforcement officer within the Enforcement and Compliance Division based at the Forest Conservancy Area headquarters dealing with matters of inspection, investigation, prosecution and protection.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelors degree in Forestry, Public Administration, Security Management or a related discipline from a recognized university. S/he will either have served at the level of Job Group M and above and will have occupied a senior management position in the districts, provinces or headquarters within the former Forest Department; or served for not less than 15 years within a law enforcement organization. A Masters degree in any relevant qualifications from a recognized university will be an advantage.

Clinical Officer II
(Grade 9) - 1 Position


Responsible for examining patients, diagnosing and treating their ailments and counseling students at the College health centre. The position is based at the Kenya Forestry College in Londiani.

The successful candidate will hold a Kenya Certification of Secondary Education (KSCE C) and have completed at least 3 years of pre-service training at a Medical Training College or any other recognized institution and have been awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medicine or its equivalent.

Accounts Assistants
(Grade 10) - 35 Positions


An entry level position for the Accounts cadre under the Finance Department compiling statistical records, processing account statistics and transactions, proper maintenance and safe keeping of invoices, receipts, etc. The positions will be based throughout the country. The successful candidate will hold a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE C plain) or KCE Div. II and CPA land two years of relevant experience. KATC finalists with 3 years experience will also be considered.

If you believe you have the necessary qualifications and experience, please write to us in confidence by Thursday 4th December 2008. A typed application letter, CV, details of present position, current remuneration, availability, and the names and addresses of three referees, copies of professional/educational certificates, contacts should be sent to the

Head of Human Resources,
Kenya Forest Service,
P.O. Box 30513-00100,
Nairobi

or hand delivered to the Headquarters Office, Karura, Nairobi.

Tel: 3754904/6;

Fax: 3764249.

Feel free to visit our website: www.kfs.go.ke .

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.





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