KEFRI Director & Chief Executive Officer Job Vacancy in Kenya

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)

Job Title: Director & Chief Executive Officer

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a state corporation established in 1986 under the Science and Technology Act (which has since been repealed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Act No. 28) to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources and generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable development.

The Institute is implementing its 7th Strategic plan that has been aligned to the Medium Term Plan (MTP) III of Vision 2030 and the National Forest Programme (NFP). KEFRI is both EMS 14001:2015 and QMS 9001:2015 Certified.

The tenure of the current Director and Chief Executive Officer will expire in the next financial year and the Board of KEFRI is seeking the recruitment of an exceptional and visionary leader with excellent research, professional and ethical standing to fill the position of:

Director & Chief Executive Officer –  KEFRI 1

[Three (3) year contract renewable once on satisfactory performance]

a) Job Purpose

The Director and CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall strategic and scientific leadership of the Institute in the implementation of research in forestry and allied natural resources, will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the Institute and will be the vision carrier spearheading its core mandate in the promotion of research in forestry and allied natural resources.

b) Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide Research and Strategic leadership in the formulation, development, implementation and evaluation of the Institute’s programmes and plans to support the achievement of the institution’s mandate in research;
  • Develop and recommend to the Board the Institute’s strategies and business plans and ensure that they align to the budget whist establishing appropriate internal monitoring and control systems of the Institutes policies and procedures;
  • Advise the Cabinet Secretary and/or Principal Secretary on matters of Forestry Research and Development;
  • Direct and coordinate the Institute’s operations and administration to ensure that the institution’s Regional centres and Thematic areas of key research focus operate in conformity with the overall strategic plans and performance targets;
  • Promote Innovation and best practices in idea generation, concept formation and research execution;
  • Ensure development and monitoring of national forest standards;
  • Provide leadership in resource mobilization both externally and internally by facilitating contractual arrangements in order to mobilize research funding to propagate the development of new frontiers in research;
  • Ensure prudent utilization of resources and control of funds from various sources;
  • Lead the promotion and implementation of sound legal and regulatory framework to support Forestry Research and Development and ensure that the Institute complies with Kenyan laws;
  • Act as secretary to the Board of Directors so as to ensure that Board decisions are implemented in the Institute;
  • Create and maintain strong local and global collaborations, linkages, networks and partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Promote the Institute’s image and develop good working relationship with all stakeholders, donors and partners while promoting the principles of good governance in the Company;
  • Maintain a conducive work environment for attracting, retaining and motivating employees while fostering a corporate culture that promotes integrity, high ethical practice and noble corporate citizenship; and
  • Ensure management of a robust pension scheme through an effective Board of Trustees.

c) Person Specifications

  • At least fifteen (15) years’ relevant work experience, eight (8) of which must have been in senior management in a comparable position in public or private sector;
  • A Doctorate degree in any of the following disciplines: Natural Resources Sciences or any other relevant discipline from a recognized Institution;
  • A Masters degree in any of the following disciplines: Natural Resources Sciences or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • A Bachelors degree in any of the following disciplines: Natural Resources Sciences or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Valid member of the Forest Society of Kenya or any other relevant professional body and be in good standing;
  • Strategic leadership course lasting not less than four (4) weeks;
  • Must have the following achievements: at least first author of five (5) papers, five (5) papers as a second author, and five (5) papers as a co-author in indexed refereed journals or five (5) relevant book chapters of international standards. In addition, developed three (3) grant winning proposals, edited five (5)
    • relevant technical reports/guidelines, authored five (5) technical notes/research
    • notes/technical guidelines and at least two (2) policy briefs or two (2) innovations;
    • Demonstrated merit in work performance;
    • Certificate in Computer applications; and
    • Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by submitting valid compliance certificates namely:

i. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations;

ii. Clearance Certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board;

iii. Tax Compliance Certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority;

iv. Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;

v. Report from an Approved Credit Reference Bureau; and

vi. Clearance from Commission for University Education for degrees obtained outside Kenya.


Interested applicants MUST adhere to the application instructions provided below:

1) The applicants MUST submit a summary of their information online using their gmail addresses through filling of the form provided in the link below:

2) The applicants MUST submit their hard copy applications and attach copies of their academic and professional certificates, testimonials, National ID and their curriculum vitae, including among other details their current position, current remuneration, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees familiar with their qualifications and work experience to reach the undersigned by 5pm on Wednesday, 20th July 2022.

3) Detailed job profile can be obtained from

Envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and addressed to: –

The Director/CEO,
Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI),
P.O. BOX 20412-00200, City Square,

KEFRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Diversity and Gender Equality.

Applications without the relevant qualifications and copies of required documents will not be considered. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

KEFRI IS ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED