Deputy Director – Technical Services at Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute

The Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (KEVEVAPI) is a state corporation established under the State Corporations Act, (CAP 446) through Legal Notice No. 223 of 4th June 1990 and operating under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives the State Department of Livestock. KEVEVAPI is mandated with the production, manufacturing, research and marketing of veterinary vaccines. The Board is seeking to appoint a committed, experienced, dynamic, and results oriented Deputy Director, Technical Services.
Job Description
The Deputy Director – Technical Services shall be reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. He/she will provide relevant technical advice on vaccines production, quality assurance, marketing, implementation and management of research and development.

The duties and responsibilities shall include but not limited to:

  • Offering Technical advice to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board on all matters relating to technical services, technology dissemination and technical liaisons;
  • Developing, recommending and implementing long term strategic business plans annual work programmes and establishing proper internal monitoring and controls;
  • Providing regular, thorough and prompt communication to the Chief Executive Officer on key technical matters;
  • Ensuring continuous improvements in the quality, value and diversity of services and products provided by the Institute.
  • Overseeing proper management and accountability of resources allocated to the technical programmes.
  • Co-ordinating all technical programmes in liaison with other stakeholders on vaccine production;
  • Providing leadership to senior management and staff to ensure compliance with all statutory, legal, and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensuring that monitoring and evaluation of systems are fully institutionalized and operationalized;
  • Co-ordinating timely preparation of Board papers on technical matters and.
  • Coordinating, preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of Technical Departments’ performance contracts and staff performance appraisal systems.

Qualifications and experience

  1. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (BVM) from a recognized University;
  2. Have a Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Microbiology (Vaccinology, Bacteriology, Virology) or any other equivalent qualifications from a recognized university.
  3. Have knowledge in quality vaccine production, management and administration.
  4. Must have Seven (7) years working experience in a relevant field with at least four (4) years at a senior management position.
  5. Possession of a PhD qualification in relevant field will be an added advantage.
  6. Be registered with the Kenya Veterinary Board and have current membership.
  7. Demonstrate managerial, administrative and professional competence in work performance and exhibit a thorough understanding of national goals, policies, objectives and ability to relate them to proper vaccine production.
  8. Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 on Leadership and integrity.

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and a clear understanding of strategic leadership and management.
  • Ability to portray and uphold positive national image.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity to and respect for diversity.
  • Have a clear understanding of international standards in manufacturing and commercial principles in vaccines production.
  • Have an understanding of the structure and functions of the public sector.
  • Be a visionary and result oriented person.
  • Be computer literate.

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