Work at Kephis

Our success is built with the efforts of our employees and support of our management. 

Grounded in our core values; Integrity, Customer Focus, Teamwork, Innovation & Creativity, Professionalism, Corporate Social Responsibility.

KEPHIS is committed to be the employer of choice.  We always seek to identify, engage and retain best talent to take up variety of roles. 

KEPHIS provide the employees with opportunities for growth and development and reward those who are devoted to perform their best.

 KEPHIS, a State Corporation in the Agricultural Sector invites applications from qualified Kenyans for the following positions:

 1. Chief Inspectors  (11 positions) - Ref: VA/1/12/2018

 Major duties and responsibilities

  • Coordination of farmer advisory services through stakeholder awareness meetings.
  • Coordinate and facilitate identification of pests and diseases.
  • Coordinate and facilitate field inspections and audits for market compliance.
  • Coordinate and facilitate inspection of agricultural produce for compliance to import and export requirements.
  • Coordinate and participate in inspection of containment facilities.
  • Coordinate in the development and maintenance of plant databases.
  • Organize and participate in post certification survey activities.
  • Coordinate and participate in undertaking pest and disease surveillance for phytosanitary compliance.
  • Development of scientific publication and report
  • Initiating development of Export certification, import regulation and border control, seed certification and plant variety protection guidelines and strategies.
  • Initiating development of Export certification, import regulation and border control, seed certification and plant variety protection plans, systems and procedures and coordinate implementation.
  • Coordinate review and update of plant import order book.
  • Monitoring and evaluating implementation of staff performance Contracts.
  • Providing technical leadership and guidance on matters pertaining to Export certification, import regulation and border control, seed certification and plant variety protection.
  • Coordinate development and maintenance of early warning system, emergency response systems, pest forecasting, monitoring and pest management.
  • Monitoring to ensure phytosanitary non-compliance are evaluate and ensure they are resolved.
  • Participate in identification of training need and formulating training modules and schedules for Export certification, import regulation and border control, seed certification and plant variety protection.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, plant pathology, biotechnology, entomology, crop protection, molecular biology, seed science, Horticulture, Agronomy, Botany or its equivalent from a University recognized in Kenya.
  • MSC in plant pathology, biotechnology, entomology, crop protection, molecular biology, seed science, Horticulture, Agronomy, Botany or its equivalent from a University recognized in Kenya.
  • PhD in a relevant field will be an added advantage.
  • Three (3) years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge on identification, diagnosis and management of pests and diseases.
  • Knowledge in Pest Risk Analysis, surveillance, general plant health and compliance determination in traded commodities.
  • Knowledge on biosafety and biosecurity.
  • Knowledge on pest management.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft office packages.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Excellent problem solving skills and the ability to make decisions independently.
  • Good communication, data analysis, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Can work well under pressure and prioritize work.
  • Experience with a Quality Management System.
  • Compliance requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

2.  Laboratory Technologist (3 positions) - Ref: VA/2/12/2018

  Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Identification of plants, seeds, pests, diseases and weeds.
  • Preparation of laboratory analysis reports and data.
  • Sampling and sample handling for quality analysis.
  • Undertake tissue culture activities
  • Maintenance of reference collections.
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Maintenance of accreditation and ISO certification.

 Key Qualifications

  • Diploma in applied biology, plant pathology, entomology, biotechnology, molecular biology, seed technology or its equivalent from an institution recognized in Kenya.
  • Degree in relevant technical area is an added advantage
  • At least 1 year experience.
  • Experience on analysis using modern tools.
  • Ability to identify plants, seeds, pests, diseases and weeds.
  • Knowledgeable of basic equipment maintenance and calibration.
  • Knowledge in tissue culture activities
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft office packages.
  • Data analysis and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a team with minimum supervision.
  • Experience with laboratory Quality Management system.
  • Compliance requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

 3. Human Resource Officer (1 position) - Ref: VA/3/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Formulating, interpreting and reviewing Human Resource Management policies and standards governing terms and conditions of service.
  • Providing policy guidance and development of Human Resource plans, succession planning for optimal utilization of Human Resource.
  • Administering and reviewing the Schemes of Service, reward Management, and labour laws.
  • Training and development of staff.
  • Conducting human Resource surveys.
  • Performance management.
  • Recruitment and selection of staff.
  • Dealing with customer satisfaction complaints.

  Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences/Human Resource Management/Business Administration or other relevant course from a university recognized in Kenya.
  • Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management/Public/Business Administration (Human Resource Management option) or its recognized equivalent from a university recognized in Kenya.
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management from an Institution recognized in Kenya.
  • Three (3) years relevant experience as Senior Human Resource Officer or an equivalent position in a busy organization.
  • Membership in a relevant professional body in good standing.
  • Experience in Human Resource Management systems.
  • Knowledge of national labour laws.
  • Compliance requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.


4.   Office Administrator (1 position) - Ref: VA/4/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Checking and recording status of the files.
  • Completing and filing annual returns.
  • Updating annual returns diaries.
  • Scanning filed documents and saving in respective folders starting from current.
  • Filing documents in respective files.
  • Work as assigned by the supervisor Operate office equipment to necessitate work performance.
  • Security of office records, documents and equipment to avoid misuse and mishandling.
  • Photocopying and scanning of documents to enable use by relevant officers, electronic transmission and storage.
  • Handle telephone calls and appointments to enhance relaying of information to clients.
  • Maintaining office cleanliness to ensure that there is a conducive working environment.
  • Attending to visitors/clients for efficient service delivery and feedback.
  • Drafting of routine correspondence to ensure that feedback is relayed to clients.

 Key Qualifications

  • Diploma in secretarial studies from a recognized institution preferably KNEC from an institution recognized in Kenya.
  • Fluency in both oral and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and integrity.
  • Computer literacy with typing speed of 50wpm.
  • One (1) year relevant work experience.
  • Compliance requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

5. Front Office Receptionist (1 position) - Ref: VA/5/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Guiding and directing customers.
  • Operating the telephone switchboard.
  • Managing incoming calls and customer service enquiries.
  • Managing the customer care desk.
  • Maintaining up to date records on visits and calls and
  • Updating the internal directory.

 Key Qualifications

  • Diploma in Telecommunications Operations, Front Office Management, Customer Care or its equivalent from an institution recognized in Kenya preferably KNEC.
  • Be fluent in both oral and written English and Swahili.
  • Be excellent interpersonal skills and integrity.
  • Have ability to work under pressure and independently.
  • Proficiency in Computer Applications.
  • Good Public Relations Skills.
  • Compliance with Chapter Six of the Constitution.

 

6. Caretaker (1 position) - Ref: VA/6/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor security inside and outside the building, movement of visitors carrying out temporal works around in the institution and coordination of all security and related activity;
  • Monitor the security of the buildings and all assets therein;
  • Monitor occurrences including flooding, building defects;
  • Monitor the performance of fire extinguishers and other safety installations including emergency showers;
  • Keep inventory of all keys in the buildings within the institution;
  • Ensure that all areas are locked as necessary;
  • Coordinate any work repairs in liaison with the works Inspectors.
  • Ensure supply of water and electricity;
  • Ensure repair and maintenance of the water tank and generator;
  • Manage access to all stores;
  • Ensure rooms /offices doors are opened and closed at the right time;
  • Monitor water pump and generator daily;
  • Serve as custodian of all spare keys;
  • Manage car park.

 Key Qualifications

  • KCSE certificate Grade C- (minus) or its KNEC accepted equivalent;
  • Basic knowledge in minor repairs and maintenance of buildings;
  • Basic knowledge on security management;
  • First aid certificate from a recognized institution;
  • Computer applications skills;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and
  • Compliance with Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

7.  Chef (1 position) - Ref: VA/7/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting in budget preparation and estimating food requirements.
  • Assisting in Compiling of menus in liaison with clients.
  • Assisting during compilation of duty Rota.
  • Complying with nutrition and sanitation regulations.
  • Assisting during fumigation as required.
  • Assisting in recording all requests for conference services required.
  • Organizing food production and service areas (kitchen, Dining room etc).
  • Assisting in preparation of menu and budget for the kitchen.
  • Cleaning food production and service areas.
  • Preparing meals and serving at the appropriate time.

 Key Qualifications

  • Diploma in food production including food and Beverage Service or any other relevant qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
  • Basic understanding of food preparation.
  • Valid certificate of food handlers.
  • Compliance requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

 

8.  Drivers (2 positions) - Ref: VA/8/12/2018

Major duties and responsibilities

  • Transport authorized persons for official duties.
  • Drive the assigned vehicle ensuring the safety of passengers, vehicle and other road users for the transport of authorized persons.
  • Responsible for the day to day maintenance of the assigned vehicle –check oil level, water, coolant, battery and tyres.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness of the vehicle including arraigning it for repair using the prevailing procedure.
  • Log official trips as per government procedure and policies including mileage, consumption and route.
  • Ensure vehicle documents are current including display of insurance cover at all times observe traffic rules and regulations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of passenger conversations /discussions.
  • Report accidents or incidents immediately to the supervisor and ensure that steps required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accident.

 Key Qualifications

  • KCSE certificate C plain or its KNEC accepted equivalent.
  • Clean driving license free from any endorsement.
  • Adequate knowledge of the Highway Code.
  • Government Trade test III.
  • Have knowledge of driving rules and conversant with road security code.
  • Valid certificate of good conduct from Kenya Police.
  • Passed suitability Drivers Grade test III.
  • Basic knowledge in minor vehicle repairs and maintenance.
  • Capable of defensive driving.
  • Defensive driver’s license from the Automobile Association of Kenya or a recognized institution.
  • First aid certificate from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum four years’ driving experience (Class BCE).
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and
  • Compliance with Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.


9. Support Staff (1 position) - Ref: VA/9/12/2018

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • General cleaning.
  • Messengerial duties.
  • Other routine work as may be assigned.
  • Technical duties as may be assigned

 Key Qualifications

  • KCSE certificate Grade C- (minus) or its KNEC accepted equivalent;
  • Be fluent in both oral and written English and Swahili;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and integrity;
  • Computer applications skills;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and
  • Compliance with Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya.

Interested and qualified individuals are required to apply online through KEPHIS website (www.kephis.org) by 31st January, 2019.

Use only one method of application: online through the KEPHIS website.

KEPHIS is an equal opportunity employer. Potential candidates from marginalized communities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

 Shortlisted candidates will be required to avail their original and copy of application letter, Curriculum Vitae; duly filled employment application form, certified copies of the relevant certificates; national identity card; clearance certificates from KRA; HELB; EACC; Credit Reference Bureau and Kenya Police as per chapter six of the Constitution during the interview.

 

 

 

 


 


 

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