KARI Finance & Administation Manager, Deputy Director Job Opportunity, Kenya

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is a Parastatal established by the Government of Kenya under the Science and Technology Act Cap 250 to carry out Agricultural Research to support the Crop and Livestock Production sectors of the country.

Beside this core function, the Institute collaborates closely with the farmers, pastoralists, extension staff and other National and International Development Partners.

KARI manages thirty-three (33) Centers inclusive of the sub-centers located all over the country with a view of developing and disseminating technology, tailored to meet the needs of different categories of farmers in various Agroecological zones and Socio-economic Circumstances.

In order to enhance the provision of services, the Institute would like to fill in the following positions, which are vacant.

The Institute’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to eligible candidates.

Deputy Director, Finance and Administration
Ref: KARI/2/027/75 (1 Post)
The Deputy Director, Finance and Administration, will be Chief Financial Advisor to the Director on matters relating to Finance, Planning, Procurement, Human Resource and Administration.

Duties and responsibilities
Chief Financial Advisor to the Director in matters relating to Finance, Planning, Procurement, Human Resource and Administration.
Being responsible for the development of resource plans (human, physical and financial) in the Institute.
Identifying optimal resources required to support running of the Institute.
Overseeing proper management and accountability of Institutional resources (human, physical and financial) including supervision of activities in the Department.
Coordinate timely preparation of budgets, annual reports and returns and ensure budgetary controls are in place and operational.
Formulating sound Institutional resource policies, procedures and systems that will ensure control, accountability and risk management.
Working in close liaison with all departments to enhance communication, foster partnerships and promote the Institute’s public image.
Being responsible for the performance evaluation and appraisal of staff in the Institute.
In liaison with the Chief Internal Auditor and Assistant Director, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, monitor and evaluate utilization of the institutional resources.
Being responsible for safekeeping of all Institutional documents and in particular ensure safe custody of all Finance and Accounting documents.
Ensuring full compliance with statutory and regulatory procedures and requirements applicable to the Institute.
In liaison with the Manager, Agricultural Research Development Fund, mobilizing resources for the Institute.
Effectively promoting the positive public image and encourage a productivity culture of results in KARI.
Overseeing the development and timely submission of departmental reports.
Ensuring timely preparation of Board papers on Finance and Administration.
Any other official duties that may be assigned by the Director.

Requirements for Appointment
Have a thorough knowledge of financial, procurement and human resource management and development procedures.
Have served in a large organization such as KARI in a similar or equivalent position for not less than 10 years.
Be proficient in modern computerized financial/accounting software applications.
Possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in Commerce, Economics or Business Administration.
Have professional qualifications of CPA (K) or CPS (K) or equivalent qualification.
Be a member of the requisite professional body.

Terms and Remuneration
Three (3) year contract, renewable upon satisfactory performance.

Salary Scale: Kshs.147,679 x 5,154-176,612 x 6,048-208,165 x 8,77-252,025 p.m.

Besides the basic salary within the approved salary structures the posts attract attractive fringe benefits including house, medical and leave allowances.

Mode of Application:
Applicants should send a cover letter, copies of certificates, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidates’ professional qualifications and work experience, photocopies of their academic and professional qualifications to

The Director,
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute,
Kaptagat Road,
P.O Box 57811- 00200,

so as reach him on or before 13th July 2011 at 10.00am.

The name and reference number of the position for which the application is made should be clearly marked on the envelope.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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