National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023/2024 Application Form

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Last Updated on March 16, 2023

National Biosafety Authority Recruitment

Are you interested in working with the National Biosafety Authority? Then you are on the right post. We have exhaustively conveyed all the important and recent updates related to this recruitment exercise. Kindly read to the end to get all the necessary information concerning the requirements, guidelines, qualifications, and application for the 2023 National Biosafety Authority recruitment.

About National Biosafety Authority

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) is a state corporation in Kenya mandated to ensure safety of human and animal health and provide adequate protection of the environment from harmful effects that may result from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Authority was established by the Biosafety Act, 2009 to regulate all activities involving GMOs in food, feed, research, industry, trade and environmental release and it fulfils its mandate by ensuring and assuring safe development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs.

NBA has made great strides in establishing strong biosafety framework in Kenya by developing and publishing the following Biosafety Regulations:

i). The Biosafety (Environmental Release) Regulations, 2011
ii). The Biosafety (Import, Export and Transit) Regulations, 2011
iii). The Biosafety (Contained Use) Regulations, 2011
iv). The Biosafety (Labeling) Regulations, 2012

These regulations lay a clear procedure on handling GMOs whether plants, animals or microorganisms.

NBA is the National Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and is mandated to implement the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on all biosafety matters pertaining to GMOs.

National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023

National Biosafety Authority has been undergoing massive job recruitment intake annually for the past few years. We’ve received numerous requests from aspirants on various platforms yearning for legit information about the National Biosafety Authority application form and guidelines for 2023. Many applicants have been asking us questions like;

  • How Can I Apply for The National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023?
  • Where Can I Obtain The 2023 National Biosafety Authority Recruitment Form?
  • Is The National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023 Form Out?
  • When Will The National Biosafety Authority Recruitment Start?

Keep reading this post you will find answers to these queries.

Requirements for National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023

National Biosafety Authority is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit the most qualified persons for the job. To qualify for the 2023 National Biosafety Authority recruitment, candidates must;

  • Be a Kenyan citizen
  • Applicants must be no younger than 18 and no older than 35
  • Applicants must possess a legal ID document
  • You must have a diploma or degree in your field of application where applicable

How to Apply for National Biosafety Authority Recruitment 2023

To apply for National Biosafety Authority recruitment 2023, visit the official website at: https://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke

  • Locate Vacancies/Careers page
  • Select a vacant job and fill in all requirements.
  • Submit and print out the reference form if any.

The names of successful candidates will be published, and these people will be contacted for further recruitment interviews.

Career Openings at National Biosafety Authority

We are currently recruiting to fill the following positions;

  • Director, Biosafety Research & Compliance
  • Deputy Director, Human Resource Development

Director, Biosafety Research & Compliance

Job Specification
Duties and responsibilities entail;

  • Advising the CEO and the Board on policies and strategies on Biosafety Research, Standards and Licensing, Biosafety Clearing House and International Cooperation; and Monitoring & Surveillance; 
  • Initiating the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures, strategies and activities in relation to Biosafety Research, Standards and Licensing, Biosafety Clearing House and International Cooperation; and Monitoring & Surveillance; 
  • Ensuring implementation of the Biosafety Act and Regulations toachieve Authority’s mandate; 
  • Putting in place frameworks and systems for timely processing of GMO approval documents as approved by the Board; 
  • Ensuring that a system for the management of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) is established. The director will be the focal point for the BCH; 
  • Ensuring compliance to international obligations on biosafety; 
  • Coordinating regional and international agreements on biosafety and related activities; 
  • Ensuring a framework for resource mobilization that includes development of project proposals and concept notes on biosafety programs is established;
  • Ensuring a framework for registration and strengthening of Institutional Biosafety Committees engaged in GMO research[1]related activities is in place; 
  • Ensuring a framework for facilitation of trade through digitization of processes, timely consignment clearance and issuance of permits and certificates is put in place; 
  • Approving GMO-Free certificates for non-GMO export commodities; 
  • Ensuring proper labelling and traceability of approved GM foods, feeds, seeds and other commodities; 
  • Putting in place a framework for the monitoring of approved GMO research projects in containment and confinement facilities; 
  • Approving monitoring and post release monitoring schedules and budgets; 
  • Reviewing monitoring and post release monitoring reports before being sent to applicants and other stakeholders; 
  • Ensuring market surveillance activities are conducted nationally and at counties for purposes of testing; 
  • Ensuring the development and domestication of relevant standards on biosafety;
  • Ensuring surveys, research to inform the Board and Management on topical matters and overall biosafety issues are conducted and findings/ recommendations implemented; 
  • Approving the Directorate’s technical papers, reports and other submissions for consideration by the Board;
  • Assisting the CEO in developing Board agenda and Board papers; 
  • Approving of the Directorate’s work plans, budgets and procurement plans; and 
  • Management of staff performance in the Directorate. 

Person Specifications

  • At least twelve (12) years’ work experience five (5) years of which should be at a management level; 
  • Bachelors degree in any of the following disciplines: Molecular, Biology, Biotechnology, Biological sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Microbiology or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution; 
  • Masters Degree in the following disciplines: Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biological sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Microbiology or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution; 
  • Professional qualification and membership to a professional body where applicable; 
  • Leadership course lasting not less than four (4) weeks; 
  • Demonstrate results in work performance; 
  • Proficiency in computer applications; and 
  • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution. 

Competencies and skills 

  • Analytical; 
  • Communication; 
  • Report writing;
  • Team work; 
  • Strategic Leadership.

Deputy Director, Human Resource Development

Job Specification
Duties and responsibilities entail;

  • Overseeing development and review of human resource and administration policies, rules and regulations;
  • Coordinating the recruitment and selection process in order to ensure that the Authority has a critical mass of qualified human resource with the required competencies;
  • Implementing staff induction and on-the-job orientation programmes aimed at providing new staff with relevant information about the technical and social aspects of their work; 
  • Participating in Assessment;
  • Overseeing development of human resource plans and strategies;
  • Monitoring and coordinating implementation of Human Resource Management policies, rules and regulations;
  • Ensuring implementation of an effective human resource management information system for monitoring, tracking and evaluating employee activities including staff training, performance management and welfare programmes; 
  • Overseeing & proper maintenance, storage and security of personnel records to ensure integrity of data and information related to human resources development programmes as well as administrative support services;
  • Coordinating resolution of employee grievances and disciplinary cases, recommending appropriate action to resolve grievances as well as assisting employees to find satisfactory solutions to personal problems through counseling services; 
  • Developing and institutionalizing performance appraisal process;
  • Maintaining professional Human Resource Management standards;
  • Advising on human resource planning, talent management and Succession and career Management using core competencies matrix in liaison with HODs;
  • Advising on career development and review of Career Guidelines;
  • Coordinating organizational development and job reviews; 
  • Interpreting labour laws and other statutes that impact on human resource;
  • Coordinating industrial relations and staff welfare matters;
  • Spearheading the development, implementation and review of Human Resource Management system; 
  • Spearheading assessment of skills and competency needs;
  • Overseeing budgeting, allocation and optimal utilization of resources and opportunities to be provided to the department;
  • Reviewing of terms and conditions of service; 
  • Ensuring proper utilization of human resources and advising on proper deployment;
  • Coordinating records and knowledge management;
  • Ensuring compliance with all statutory requirements relating to Human Resource and Administration; and
  • Coordinating implementation of the department’s strategic plan and realization of its objectives;
  • Ensuring accountability and prudent management of resources and assets and ensuring compliance with principles and values of good governance transparency, accountability, ethics and integrity; and 
  • Coordinating transport and fleet management function.

Person Specifications
For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:

  • At least ten (10) years’ experience four (4) years in supervisory role of which must have been in senior management level in human resource management in the public or private sector.
  • Masters Degree in Human Resource Management, Development, Business Administration or Management, Public Administration, Social sciences or any other relevant field from a recognized institution;
  • Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management, Development, Business Administration or Management, Public Administration, Social sciences or any other relevant field from a recognized institution;
  • Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;
  • Membership to IHRM or a relevant and recognized institution and in good standing;
  • Certified Human Resource professional (CHRP-K);
  • Proficiency in computer applications;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Demonstrate results in work performance;
  • Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

Competencies and Skills

  • Team Building
  • Report Writing
  • Communication
  • Presentation

Method of Application

Interested and qualified persons are invited to submit applications by post, email, attaching copies of their National Identity Card (or Valid Passport), academic and professional certificates, testimonials and a 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.
The applications forwarding email should have the subject line as the Job Title and be delivered to chairman@biosafetykenya.go.ke. An autogenerated confirmation email will be sent to the applicant upon successful delivery of the application package.
 
Applications should be received on or before 5th April 2023 at 5.00pm.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Please note that the successful candidate on offer for employment shall be required to submit clearance certificates from:
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigations;
  • Credit Reference Bureau;
  • Kenya Revenue Authority; and
  • Higher Education Loans Board.

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