Special Economic Zones Authority Recruitment Application Form 2023

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Last Updated on June 21, 2023

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified and eligible candidates for the Special Economic Zones Authority Recruitment 2023.

Special Economic Zones Authority Recruitment

The Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) is the institution responsible for attracting, facilitating and retaining domestic and foreign direct investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The Authority serves as the regulator of both public and private SEZs in Kenya and exists to create an enabling environment for investors through the development of integrated infrastructure facilities, as well as the creation of incentives that eliminate the barriers to doing business in Eastern Africa’s most vibrant economic hub.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below;

  1. Corporation Secretary/Director, Legal Affairs and Licensing
  2. Director, Land and Infrastructure Development
  3. Manager, Finance and Accounts
  4. Manager, Human Resource and Administration
  5. Manager, Licensing
  6. Manager, Supply Chain Management
  7. Principal Internal Auditor
  8. Office Administrator

Corporation Secretary/Director, Legal Affairs and Licensing

Ref No: SEZA/HR//2023/2/1

Job Responsibilities

  • Advising the Authority on various legal matters and monitoring the compliance with various applicable regulations;
  • Advising SEZA and coordination with the functional areas in relation to various legal requirements which must be complied with and the legal obstacles which must be overcome in order to obtain the Authority ’s targeted results;
  • Initiating policy, strategy and programs for legal services
  • Overseeing and managing compliance issues within the Authority;
  • Providing timely legal advice to assist SEZA in making an informed decision;
  • Developing Board calendars;
  • Liaison with Attorney General (AG) office and advise SEZA on legal matters;
  • Keeping safe custody of the seal of SEZA and account to the Board for its use
  • Assisting the Board in carrying out; Board induction and training, Updating the Board and Committee charters, Preparation of Board work plans, Board evaluation, Governance audit, Implementation of the Code of Conduct and Ethics;
  • Ensuring timely compliance with rules and regulations affecting the Authority, including the Code of Conduct and Ethics and;
  • Attending to all legal matters of SEZA including advising, vetting and drafting of legal agreements in relation to the Authority ’s operations

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Bachelors of Laws degree from a recognized institution;
  • Masters Degree in any of the following disciplines; Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law;

Experience Requirements

  • At least twelve (12) years in relevant work experience and at least five (5) years in senior management in the Public or Private Sector;
  • Management course lasting not less than Four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;
  • Leadership course lasting not less than Six (6) weeks from a recognized institution.

Skills and Competence

  • Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and in good standing;
  • Must be Certified Public Secretary and a member of Institute Certified Secretaries in good standing;
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills including report writing;
  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities.

Director, Land and Infrastructure Development

SEZA/HR//2023/2/2

Job Responsibilities

  • The Director, Infrastructure Development will be responsible to the Chief Executive Officer for providing strategic leadership and direction in the overall management and administration of the Land and Infrastructure Development Department. Duties and responsibilities entail:
  • Providing guidance on the interpretation and implementation of infrastructure regulations, policies, standards and programmes of the Government with regard to special economic zones;
  • Preparing reports and recommendations for designation, approval, establishment, operation and regulation of special economic zones;
  • Overseeing the identification and mapping of areas of land to be, or which have been, designated as special economic zones;
  • Advising on the procurement or availing to developers and operators the areas of land to be, or which have been, designated as special economic zones;
  • Ensuring the determination of investment criteria including investment threshold;
  • Ensuring the development, operation or maintenance of the appropriate infrastructure up to the perimeter of, or within, select special economic zones;
  • Advising on the financing of the development and operations of appropriate infrastructure;
  • Overseeing the undertaking or approval of the development, operation or maintenance, as well as financing appropriate infrastructure up to the perimeter of, or within, select special economic zones, as and when deemed necessary;
  • Ensuring the preparation of technical recommendations on all aspects of designation, approval, establishment, operation and regulation of special economic zones in regard to Land and environment;
  • Coordinating the identification, mapping and, where necessary, procurement or availing to developers and operators the areas of land to be, or which have been, designated as special economic zones;
  • Guiding on the determination of the criteria on all matters related to land for designation; and
  • Coordination and facilitation of Environmental matters in liaison with relevant Government agencies and stakeholders.    
  • Ensuring the implementation of the regulations, policies, standards and programmes of the Government with regard to planning, design, and construction of special economic zones;
  • Coordinating or ensuring the undertaking or approval of the development, operation or maintenance of appropriate infrastructure up to the perimeter of, or within, selected special economic zones;
  • Preparing reports and recommendations on all aspects relating to planning, design, construction, establishment and operations of special economic zones; and
  • Overseeing staff performance management, training and capacity building in the Department.

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Bachelors Degree in any of the following disciplines: Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Land Economics or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
  • Masters Degree in any of the following disciplines: Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Land Economics or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution

Experience Requirements

For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:

  • Served in the grade of Manager, Planning, Design and Construction or Land and Environment for a minimum period of three (3) years; or for a cumulative period of eight (8) years in a relevant field in the Public or Private Sector; three (3) of which must have been in a Management position;
  • Certificate in Leadership Course lasting not less than six (6) weeks from a recognized institution;

Skills and Competence
Qualified applicants must;

  • Possess good oral and written communication skills including report writing;
  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be a member of a relevant professional body;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities;
  • Met the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya

Manager, Finance and Accounts

SEZA/HR//2023/3/3

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage all issues regarding the financing of SEZA activities;
  • Participate in Development and implementation of sound financial management policies and procedures;
  • Consolidating the Authority printed budget estimates and revised budget as per guidelines issued by National Treasury;
  • Forecasting Annual cash flow requirements and coordinate preparation of annual budgets;
  • Scheduling all payments within the Authority budgetary provisions;
  • Ensure Budgetary and cost control by reviewing expenditure returns from departments, prepare variance analysis and recommend corrective action;
  • Guide other departments by interpreting government accounting policy and applying it in all operations of the Authority;
  • Plan and coordinate timely preparation of annual Work Plans and budget estimates;
  • Develop and manage internal controls and compliance;
  • Participate in Public Private Partnership program strategies and resource mobilization;
  • Analyse and interpret financial reports and other accounting records;
  • Ensure prudent and optimal utilization of Authority funds and Assets;
  • Manage proper records of financial transactions;
  • Oversee preparation of the final Annual Statement of Accounts in accordance with accounting standards and procedures and submission to relevant institutions;
  • Review and ensure timely and accurate preparation of management accounting reports on quarterly and annual basis;
  • Maintain accurate and complete financial record of the Authority and regularly review the financial system;
  • Undertake financial risk management;
  • Monitor and evaluate funds applications and accountability;
  • Ensure compliance with applicable financial statutory obligations and circulars;
  • Ensure proper Revenue and Treasury Management and reporting;

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Masters Degree in any of the following: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or their equivalent qualification from a recognized Institution;
  • Bachelors Degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Business Management (Finance or Accounting option) or other relevant and equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.

Experience Requirements

  • A minimum period of ten (10) years relevant work experience four (4) of which should have been in management;

Skills and Competence

  • Certified Public Accountant Part III (CPA K) or Associate of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA);
  • Management Course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;
  • Membership in good standing of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) or any other recognized professional body;
  • Proficiency in computer applications;
  • Demonstrated results in work performance;
  • Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution;
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities.

Manager, Human Resource and Administration

SEZA/HR//2023/3/4

Job Responsibilities

  • Providing guidance in the development, interpretation, implementation and review of human resource management and administration policies, standards and guidelines;
  • Ensuring implementation of Terms and Conditions of service for the Authority; coordinating organizational development and job reviews;
  • Managing staff recruitment, promotion, discipline and capacity building; developing, reviewing and coordinating implementation of welfare and other incentive schemes for the Authority;
  • Monitoring the implementation of performance management systems; analyzing the staffing levels in the Authority and recommending proposals for succession planning and proper deployment;
  • Coordinating the development and implementation of grievance handling mechanisms;
  • initiating best practices in the management of human resource function;
  • championing change management programmes in the Authority;
  • monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of training and development programmes; and
  • leading the Authority in formulating and implementing efficient Performance Management Systems
  • Overseeing the implementation of administration policies, rules, standards and regulations;
  • Managing and maintaining the assets register of the Authority;
  • Monitoring adherence and implementation of the departmental work plans;
  • Oversee the Administration and Records Management functions of the Authority
  • Overseeing the provision of security for premises and staff
  • Overseeing the design, implementation and periodic review of security systems;
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly reports on administration within the Authority
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly reports on performance target setting and appraisal for staff within the Section.
  • Coordinating office management services, office accommodation, transport and logistics;
  • Coordinating Investigation of incidences of security lapse in the Authority in liaison with the Police and other security agencies;
  • Making arrangements for the acquisition of legal documents such as motor vehicle and assets insurances and licenses in liaison with the Legal unit and other relevant agencies

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Bachelors degree in any of the following disciplines:- , Human Resource Management or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
  • Masters degree in any of the following disciplines:- Human Resource Management, Administration, Business Administration, qualifications or equivalent qualification from recognized institution;

Experience Requirements

  • A minimum period of ten (10) years relevant work experience and at least four (4) years in a supervisory role in comparable and relevant position;

Skills and Competence

  • Membership of the Institute of Human Resource Management in good standing and a Practicing certificate
  • Certificate in Leadership Course or its equivalent lasting not less than Six (6) weeks;
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills;
  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be a member of a relevant professional body;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities

Manager, Licensing

SEZA/HR//2023/3/5

Job Responsibilities

  • Notifying the Kenya Revenue Authority of every special economic zone, developer, operator or enterprise licensed under the SEZ Act.
  • Developing licensing strategies, guidelines and standards;
  • Providing information to relevant stakeholders on licensing of special economic zones;
  • Reviewing applications for establishment of special economic zone and granting licences to developers, operators and enterprises;
  • Issuing Business Service Permit to operate services within Special Economic Zones;
  • Recommending the approval for special economic zone developers, operators and enterprises applications for licensing;
  • Developing instruments, frameworks and guidelines for licensing of special economic zones developers, operators and enterprises;
  • Coordinating research on emerging trends related for licensing of special economic zone developers, operators and enterprises;
  • Establishing and promoting efficient and effective collaborations with stakeholders on licensing;
  • Monitoring and evaluating licensing programmes, patterns and trends for decision making;
  • Providing specifications and content for the development of licensing information systems;
  • Maintaining licensing Register for special economic zone developers, operators and enterprises;

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in any of the following disciplines: Economics, Business Management/Administration, Public Policy, Laws or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
  • Masters degree in any of the following disciplines: – Economics, Business Management/Administration, Public Policy, Laws or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.

Experience Requirements

  • At least ten (10) years relevant work experience, four (4) of which must have been in a managerial position;
  • Management Course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized qualification;

Manager, Supply Chain Management

SEZA/HR//2023/3/6

Job Responsibilities

  • Developing and coordinating the preparation of annual procurement and disposal plans and their implementation;
  • Coordinating procurement and disposal activities in the Corporation;
  • Preparing contract documents for goods, works and services;
  • Custodian of contract documents;
  • Liaising with the user department to ensure effective implementation of contracts for goods, works and services;
  • Providing secretariat to committees’ incidental to procurement of goods and services, and disposal of assets;
  • Coordinating disposal of assets activities;
  • Providing professional advice on procurement of goods, works and services and disposal of assets;
  • Preparing statutory reports to PPRA; and
  • Reviewing procurement needs of the Commission.

Education Requirements

  • Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must possess:

  • Have Bachelors Degree in Commerce, Procurement and Supplies Management, or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • Have Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management, logistics or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • Have Diploma in Supplies Management or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.

Experience Requirements

  • Have ten (10) years relevant work experience in public or private institution five (5) of which should have been in a senior management role;

Skills and Competence

  • Be a member of professional body either KISM or CIPS in good standing;
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills;
  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities.

Principal Internal Auditor

SEZA/HR//2023/4/7

Job Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the officer will entail:-

Process Audit

  • Formulating and coordinate the implementation of internal audit policies, strategies and plans;
  • Compiling and issue internal audit reports;
  • Setting up and implement systems in accordance with auditing standards;
  • Testing the efficacy of the risk assessment systems ;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the Board overall risk profile;
  • Supporting various departments in risk profiling;
  • Reviewing correctness and accuracy of accounting reports;
  • Providing of independent assurance on risk management process on both design and operation; and
  • Assuring on risk control effectiveness, efficiency and adequacy and risk management processes.

Systems Audit

  • Plan, execute and lead information security audits across the organization.
  • Inspect and evaluate financial and information systems, management procedures and security controls.
  • Evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness and compliance of operation systems with corporate security policies and related government regulations.
  • Develop and administer risk-focused examination for IT systems.
  • Review or interview personnel to establish system security risks and complications.
  • Execute and properly document the audit process on a variety of computing environments and computer applications.
  • Assess the exposures resulting from ineffective or missing control practices.
  • Accurately interpret audit results against defined criteria.
  • Weigh the relevancy, accuracy and perspective of conclusions against audit evidence.
  • Prepare reports of audit findings.
  • Develop rigorous “best practice” recommendations to improve security on all levels.
  • Work with management to ensure security recommendations comply with company procedure.
  • Collaborate with departments to improve security compliance, manage risk and bolster effectiveness.

Forensic Audit

  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders through regular engagements by providing feedback on fraud and /or industry trends
  • Ensure increased awareness of the impact of fraud and regulatory risks by sharing information within the organization.
  • Provide input into the corporate risk and audit plans
  • Ensure agreed targets are met in the division
  • Conducting special audits and investigations on reported and suspected cases;
  • Manage Investigations by monitoring/tracking progress of cases allocated to auditors
  • Ensure suspicious cases are reported within the required timelines by following up on investigations and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Vet completed investigation reports by reviewing methodology used, accurancy of findings
  • ,completeness and consistency of recommendations and taking relevant corrective action
  • Manage the “close out” process of investigation by monitoring audit team members
  • Enable successful arrest and/or prosecution of culpable persons found to engage in fraud

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

  • Have Bachelors Degree in any of the following disciplines: Accounting, Finance or Business Administration (Finance and Accounting option) or relevant field from a recognized university;
  • Have Masters degree in any of the following disciplines: Business Administration (Accounting/Finance Option) or relevant field from a recognized institution;
  • Have passed Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (K) or its equivalent qualification;
  • Be a registered member of ICPAK in good standing and OR CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) OR be a Member of the IIA/ISPAK in good standing;

Experience Requirements

  • Have a minimum period of eight (8) years relevant work experience three (3) of which should have been on Managerial level;
  • Have a certificate in a management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution

Skills and Competence
Possess good oral and written communication skills including report writing;

  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be a member of a relevant professional body;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal, negotiations, and high leadership qualities;
  • Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter six of the Constitution.

Office Administrator

SEZA/HR//2023/5/8

Job Responsibilities
Job Specifications

Duties and responsibilities at this level will entail: –

  • Preparing responses to simple routine correspondences;
  • Maintaining office diary;
  • Handling telephone calls and appointments; taking oral dictation;
  • Attending to visitors/clients;
  • Maintaining schedule of meetings;
  • Managing office protocol and etiquette;
  • Ensuring security of office records, documents and equipment; and
  • Handling office petty cash

Education Requirements
Professional Qualifications and Experience

For appointment to this position, a candidate must possess:

For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have: –

  • Bachelors Degree in Secretarial Studies or Bachelors of Business and Office Management or any other equivalent and relevant qualification from a recognized institution.

OR

  • Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences plus a Diploma in Secretarial Studies from a recognized institution or Business Education Single and Group Certificates (BES & GC) Stages I, II and III from the Kenya National Examinations Council.

Proficiency in computer applications

Experience Requirements

  • Served in the grade of Office Administrator for a minimum period of four (4) years or in a comparable position in a public or private sector;

Skills and Competence

  • Possess good oral and written communication skills including report writing;
  • Have a good understanding of the SEZA Mandate;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and competence in work performance;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Have good interpersonal.

Method of Application

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

Job Requirements
Qualified applicants will be required to submit the following documents;

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates
  • National Indentity Card/Passport 

Support Documents Requirements

  • Successful applicants will be required to satisfy the provisions of Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by submitting the following compliance certificates;
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (Tax Compliance Certificate);
  • Higher Education Loans Board (Compliance Certificate);
  • Commission for University Education for degrees obtained outside Kenya;
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Clearance Certificate);
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigation (Certificate of Good Conduct);
  • Credit Reference Bureau (Clearance Certificate).

How to Apply

  • Suitably qualified candidates should apply online using the application form provided in the following link: (https://forms.gle/QYwkGjojraCv3Twr7)
  • NB: You will need to sign into a google account in order to access the application form.
  • Candidates should attach a duly signed cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic and professional certificates, testimonials and National Identity Card. All online attachments should be submitted in PDF format.

Applications must be submitted on 11th July 2023 not later than 5.00pm (East African Time).  
The Chief Executive Officer

Special Economic Zones Authority

UAP Old Mutual Tower, 14th Floor, Upper Hill Road

P.O Box 30418-00100, GPONairobi, Kenya


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