Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) – Deputy Director Research and Innovation.

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The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development & Public Works. It was established under the Kenya Roads Act, 2007 and charged with the mandate to manage, develop, rehabilitate and maintain national roads.

In order to carry out this mandate effectively, the Authority wishes to fill the vacant position of Deputy Director Research and Innovation, Grade 3 with a suitable Kenyan citizen who is able to quickly adapt to a dynamic work environment.

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Terms of Service: Contract

Place of Work: KeNHA Headquarters
Directorate: Policy,Strategy and Compliance
Reporting to: Director-Policy,Strategy and Compliance

(i) Assistant Director Engineering (Roads)
(ii) Assistant Director Business Development & Innovation

a) Job Purpose

To advance research and innovations on KeNHA’s road engineering technologies and business processes for continuous enhancement of value for public resources and delivery on the Authority’s mandate.

b) Job Description

Duties and responsibilities at this level will entail:

(i) Lead in formulating, developing and delivery of research and innovation strategies for the Authority.
(ii) Advising and spearheading priority innovative projects in the Authority and promoting the adaptation of new methods and products relevant to the Authority’s mandate.
(iii) Coordinating both technical and corporate research for the authority.
(iv) Coordinating the identification and growth of partnership for funding and implementation of research and innovation.
(v) Managing the authority’s innovation programmes and hubs.
(vi) Developing research methodologies and framework for strategic and action research and innovations programmes.
(vii) Leading in the knowledge management and dissemination of the same for the Authority
(viii) Managing outsourced research and business services.
(ix) Developing, monitoring, and controlling department’s budget.
(x) Promoting, supporting and empowering research and innovation intiatives.
(xi) Monitoring research trials for new methods and products .
(xii) Overseeing programmes in material testing and use of innovative technologies in road works.
(xiii) Leading in identification of business development opportunities and new sources of  funds.
(xiv) Developing market research plans and strategies for the Authority.
(xv) Providing regular updates on research activities in the Authority.
(xvi) Developing and maintaining relevant influential linkages with innovators, academia and research institutions with the goal of identifying the strongest opportunities for improving efficiency and effectiveness of the Authority’s mandate
(xvii) Identifying and championing of opportunities for open innovation
(xviii) Managing and developing staff in the department.

c) Job Specifications

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

(i) At least ten (10) years relevant work experience either in public or private sector, five (5) of which should be in a supervisory role.
(ii) Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
(iii) Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, Project Management, Public Policy, Research Methods, Statistics or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
(iv) A Doctorate Degree will be an added advantage.
(v) Membership to a relevant professional body with a current practicing licence.
(vi) Demonstrated Applied Research competence.
(vii) Proof of Published Journals will be an added advantage.
(viii) Demonstrated Leadership and Management competency including Project Management Skills.
(ix) Proven proficiency in computer applications.
(x) Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.

KeNHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and gender equality within the organization and therefore encourages persons with disability, women and those from marginalized areas to apply.Applicants with disability are requested to indicate their status on the application letters for ease of identification.

Prospective applicants must satisfy the requirements of Leadership and Integrity set out in Chapter six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya and shall be required to present the following during the interview.

  • Ethics and Anticorruption Commission clearance certificate
  • Kenya Revenue Authority Tax Compliance certificate
  • Higher Education Loans Board clearance certificate or proof of ongoing repayment
  • Certificate of Good Conduct issued by National Police Service
  • Certificate of clearance from the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

The terms of appointment for this position shall be for a three (3) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance.

Candidates who meet the requirements detailed in the Job Specifications should submit their applications so as to reach the specific address shown below by 27th April, 2021 at 5.00 pm. Applications to include updated CVs, copies of Certificates and Testimonials,National ID card or passport, details of day time contacts, current and expected salary, notice period required to take up appointment where successful, names and contacts of three referees.

Applications should be clearly marked by quoting the reference number of the position and be hand delivered and inserted in the recruitment box placed on the 4thFloor Barabara Plaza, Block A OR Emailed to and addressed to:

The ChairmanBoard of Directors,

Kenya National Highways Authority,

Barabara Plaza, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)

Off Airport South Road, along Mazao Road

P.O. Box 49712 00100 Nairobi.

Applications without the relevant qualifications and copies of documentation/details will not be considered. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted




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