The National Research Fund (NRF) is a State Corporation established under section 32 of the Science, Technology and Innovation Act No. 28 of 2013 with the objective to facilitate Research for the advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Pursuant to Section 8 of the Act, the Board of Trustees invites applications from suitably qualified Kenyan citizens for appointment to the position of Director of the Fund/Chief Executive Officer. The job holder shall be the Accounting Officer of the Fund and responsible to the Board in the provision of strategic direction and leadership to the Fund.

Job Title:

Director of the Fund/Chief Executive Officer – NRF/01/2022

Job Specification:

The duties and responsibilities at this level entails:

  1. The accounting officer of the Fund;
  2. Providing strategic leadership in accordance with the mandate of the Fund as stipulated in the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013 in order to achieve its objective and goals;
  3. Developing and ensuring the implementation and review of the Strategic Plan, business plan and annual plans of the Fund;
  4. Providing guidance and ensuring proper management of the affairs, resources and property of the Fund;
  5. Ensuring implementation and fulfilment of the policies and agreed objectives, performance targets and service standards of the Fund;
  6. Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Fund;
  7. Identifying and sourcing for favourable development partners;
  8. Submitting to the Board, reports of the Fund’s projects and programmes;
  9. Promoting institutional accountability;
  10. Ensuring Board decisions are implemented and reported on time;
  11. Serving as a link between the Board and Management;
  12. Developing and implementing effective financial management policies and systems for monitoring and reporting of financial performance in line with the financial and budgetary policies and procedures of Government;
  13. Enhancing the corporate image of the organization and;
  14. Performing any other duties necessary for the furtherance of the object of the Fund.

Person Specification:

  1. A Kenyan Citizen;
  2. A doctorate degree from a university recognized in Kenya;
  3. At least Fifteen (15) years proven work experience in a relevant field, five (5) of which must be at the level of senior management;
  4. Membership to a professional body in good standing, where applicable;
  5. Leadership Course lasting not less than four weeks from a recognised institution;
  6. Demonstrable results in work performance, including resource mobilization, grants management and establishment of partnerships and collaborations; and
  7. Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

Competencies and Skills:

  1. Leadership and analytical skills;
  2. Excellent organization, interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills;
  3. Visionary, transformative and result-oriented strategic thinker;
  4. Ability to work in multi-discipline, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  5. Ability to mobilize resources; and
  6. Self-driven and team player.

Interested and qualified applicants including those who had applied for the position previously are invited to submit applications by post, hand delivery or email, enclosing copies of their National Identity Card (or Valid Passport), academic and professional certificates, testimonials and detailed curriculum vitae with email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees.

Degree certificates acquired from Foreign Universities will be required to have been equated by the Commission for University Education.

For hand delivered applications, they shall be dropped in a box marked “Director of the Fund/ Chief Executive Officer” placed at the Ground floor of the NACOSTI building. Applications sent by email, the subject line should contain the Job Title and delivered to chairperson@researchfund.go.ke

Applications sent by either post or hand should be contained in sealed envelopes with the Job Title marked on the surface and delivered to the address below:

The Chairperson
National Research Fund
NACOSTI Building 3 rd Floor, Upper Kabete, – Off Waiyaki way,
P.O Box 26036 – 00100,

Applications should be received on or before 16th August, 2022 at 5.00 PM.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the successful candidate on offer for employment shall be required to submit clearance certificates from:

  1. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
  2. Directorate of Criminal Investigations;
  3. Credit Reference Bureau;
  4. Kenya Revenue Authority; and
  5. Higher Education Loans Board.

National Research Fund is an equal opportunity employer.