IEBC – Director, Research, Boundaries & Development.

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IEBC Grade: 3
Directorate: Research and Development
Supervisor: Commission Secretary/CEO

Terms of Service: Contract

The director research and development is responsible for overseeing the coordination of research in the electoral process, electoral reform, technology integration and operational support. A key part of this role is identification of key research areas in collaboration with other directorates and overseeing the planning and execution of research activities. The director is also responsible for overseeing the coordination of the development of the Commission’s strategy and the monitoring and evaluation.


  • Develop and ensure the implementation of research and development strategies in line with the Commission’s strategy;
  • Develop accountability structures, supervise periodic projects, reporting and monitor the performance indicators for the research and strategy departments;
  • Oversee the implementation of research activities including surveys, opinion polling, testing concepts in the electoral and operational areas;
  • Advise the Commission on best practices in electoral programming and reforms;
  • Oversee research on electoral aspects including representation, participation, education methodology, voter registration, gender and diversity concerns and advice on sustainable methods;
  • Oversee the timely development and review of the Commission’s strategy documents, work plans and reporting;
  • Ensure the directorate is adequately resourced by professional and competent personnel;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective policies, procedures, systems and processes for research, strategy, information management, library resources management, archiving and disposals;
  • Advise the Commission on institutional development, sustainability of the Commission’s programmes and the long term impact of its work;
  • Oversee the contracting and management of research and related service providers.
  • Any other duty as may be assigned.


  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Social Sciences or Public/Business Administration;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Public/Business Administration;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years managerial or consultancy experience, three of which should be at Senior Level in Research and Development and/or strategy development and execution;
  • Must have evidence of research publications;
  • Must have evidence of successful grants acquisition/mobilization;
  • Demonstrated track record in coordinating development of strategy and successful implementation of social/development research projects;
  • Good knowledge/understanding of the electoral process is essential;
  • Leadership and people management Skills;
  • Possess good Planning and Coordination Skills;
  • Problem solving and analytical Skills;
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written Communication Skills; and
  • Ability to make critical and timely decisions in a highly sensitive environment.


In addition to the qualifications set above, shortlisted applicants will be required to provide clearance from the following offices:

  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID). 
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
  • Higher Education Loans Board.
  • Professional bodies where applicable
  • Credit Reference Bureau Africa Ltd or Metropol Credit Reference Bureau

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with copies of certificates and testimonials indicating the Job title on the top left corner of the envelope. Applicants are required to submit their application online and also deliver a hard copy. Online applications to be done through the IEBC website and the hard copy application to be addressed to the undersigned and delivered not later than 30th October 2020. Only applicants submitting both physical and online applications will be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Commission Secretary/CEO
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,
15th floor Anniversary Towers,
P. O. Box 45371-00100,




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