Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) – Director, Engineer.

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DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING – JG 2 – REF: KURA/PSC/21/1 – (1 POST)

KURA is responsible for the management, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of Urban National Trunk Roads. Other functions of KURA include – Constructing, upgrading, rehabilitating and maintaining roads under its control; Controlling urban roads reserves and access to roadside developments; Implementing road policies in relation to urban roads; Ensuring adherence by motorists to the rules and guidelines on axle load control prescribed under the Traffic Act CAP 403 and any regulations under the Act; Ensuring that the quality of road works is in accordance with such standards as may be defined by the Cabinet Secretary ; In collaboration with the Ministry responsible for transport and the Police Department, oversee the management of traffic and road safety on urban roads; Monitoring and evaluating the use of urban roads; Planning the development and maintenance of urban roads; Collecting and collating all such data related to the use of urban roads as may be necessary for efficient forward planning under this Act; Preparing the roads works programmes for all urban roads; Liaising and coordinating with other road authorities in planning and on operations in respect of roads; Advising the Cabinet Secretary on all issues relating to urban roads; and Performing such other functions related to the implementation of this Act as may be directed by the Cabinet Secretary Our Mandate The mandate of KURA as defined in the Kenya Roads Act, 2007 is the Management, Development, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Urban National Trunk Roads

Job Summary

An officer at this level may be deployed to head any of the Technical Directorates – Urban Roads Planning and Design; Urban Roads Development; Road Asset and Corridor Management; Policy, Strategy and Compliance, and will be responsible to the Director General for the coordination of activities in the Directorate.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties under Road Assets & Corridor Management (RACM)

  • overseeing the preparation of roadside development and control;
  • overseeing the formulation of road asset management policies;
  • coordinating the undertaking of annual road inventory and condition surveys;
  • overseeing the preparation of engineering design of road maintenance works;
  • coordinating the compilation and analysis of annual road maintenance work programmes;
  • liaising with Kenya Roads Board and other stakeholders on management of Roads Maintenance Levy Fund (RMLF);
  • overseeing the preparation of annual procurement plans;
  • coordinating the operations of the Authority’s regional offices, preparation of Directorate budget;
  • ensuring expenditure controls and measures within the Directorate;
  • overseeing the implementation of road works emergency response programmes,
  • overseeing the preparation of tender documentation for road works;
  • coordinating the processing of road works tenders and monitoring supervision of road maintenance works;
  • ensuring the implementation and conformance of road management systems;
  • facilitating periodic reviews of the performance standards;
  • overseeing activities of axle load control and review the reports on axle load control programmes;
  • representing the Authority in local and regional axle load stakeholder forums;
  • ensuring road maintenance contracts are prepared and implemented in accordance with set standards and specifications;
  • re-possessing illegally acquired road reserves;
  • participating in the planning of roadside developments through institutional consultations and collaboration;
  • managing road reserve boundaries usage and maintenance of road markers system;
  • managing roads inventory and survey data;
  • undertaking public sensitization on protection of road reserves;
  • taking overall responsibility for implementation of the Directorate strategic objectives;
  • building the capacity of staff and managing performance; and
  • performing any other lawful duties that may be assigned.

Duties under Urban Roads Planning and Design (URP&D)

  • overseeing road Planning and preparation of Road Investment programs;
  • overseeing undertaking of traffic surveys and management of traffic data;
  • collecting and collating economic, environmental and social data for road investment programmes and strategies;
  • providing training on road safety audits, accident data analysis, design reviews and implementing road accident counter-measures;
  • partnering with other Agencies for improved road emergency response and undertaking public sensitization on road safety;
  • reviewing roadside development applications and field reports;
  • overseeing the supervision of road structures programs;
  • taking overall responsibility for developing and monitoring bridge maintenance and construction programmes;
  • liaising with external financing Agencies for resource mobilization, capacity building and performance management;
  • taking overall responsibility for implementation of the Directorate strategic objectives;
  • building the capacity of staff and managing performance; and
  • performing any other lawful duties that may be assigned.

Duties under Urban Roads Development (URD)

  • overseeing preparation of short, medium and long term road works programmes;
  • coordination of preliminary and detailed engineering road designs;
  • oversee the preparation of preliminary and detailed engineering designs of road structures;
  • coordinating preparation and finalization of road works tenders;
  • overseeing preparation of procurement plans for road work programmes;
  • liaising with external financing agencies for resource mobilization;
  • reviewing standards and specifications for road works;
  • supervision of roads and structures works contracts;
  • coordinating preparation of directorate budget;
  • ensuring expenditure controls and measures within the Directorate;
  • facilitating resource mobilization from Government and Development Partners;
  • facilitating resource mobilization through Public Private Partnerships;
  • enhancing efficiency in utilization of financial resources;
  • enhancing knowledge transfer and capacity building by encouraging partnership of foreign consultants and contractors with local firms in undertaking projects/consultancies;
  • building capacity of young professional graduates through internship in projects;
  • undertaking regular road safety audits during road development;
  • taking overall responsibility for implementation of the Directorate strategic objectives;
  • building the capacity of staff and managing performance; and
  • performing any other lawful duties that may be assigned.

Duties under Policy, Strategy & Compliance (PSC)

  • coordinating the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategic plans and projects;
  • leading research and materials testing function and enhancement of knowledge transfer;
  • coordinating the preparation of quality assurance plans;
  • coordinating the undertaking of technical audits for works and services;
  • overseeing the preparation of reports on quality assurance findings and recommendations;
  • formulating the Authority’s risk management policies, programmes, strategies and procedures;
  • coordinating the preparation of risk assessment and classification system/criteria; overseeing identification of priority areas for risk assessment and mitigation planning;
  • overseeing risk assessment processes, compilation and consolidation of periodic reports;
  • providing custody to risk methodologies and templates including risk registers, corporate risk profile, risk assessment criteria and business process documentation;
  • overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of risk management function;
  • coordinating the development of risk management education and training programmes;
  • facilitating the development of effective networks for risk management information sharing;
  • building the capacity of staff and managing performance; and
  • performing any other lawful duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Minimum of twelve (12) years’ experience in relevant work and at least five (5) years in a management role in the Public Service or in the Private Sector;
  2. Must have served as a Deputy Director (Engineering) or its equivalent for at least three (3) years in a comparable organization;
  3. Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  4. Master’s Degree in a relevant field from a recognized institution;
  5. Be registered by Engineers Board of Kenya as a professional Engineer with a minimum post registration experience of eight (8) years;
  6. Valid annual Practicing License from the Engineers Board of Kenya;
  7. Certificate in Leadership Course from a recognized institution;
  8. Be a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK);
  9. Proficiency in computer applications;
  10. Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution; and
  11. Demonstrate merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.

Functional Skills and Behavioral Competencies/Attributes

  1. Contract Management Skills
  2. Analytical skills
  3. Proficiency in computer applications
  4. Negotiation skills
  5. Dispute resolution skills
  6. Leadership skills
  7. Managerial skills
  8. Communication skills
  9. Fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya

Terms of Service and Remuneration

The successful candidate will serve on contract for a period of three years, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and delivery of set performance targets and outcomes. An attractive remuneration package and benefits determined by the Board and relevant authorities in line with public sector guidelines will be offered to the successful candidate.

1.Interested and eligible candidates are urged to access the Mandatory KURA Job Application Form as well as the detailed job descriptions and specifications available on the KURA website;  Job Description and Forms and fill all required fields, sign and date the form and attach copies of all certificates, transcripts, Curriculum Vitae and other testimonials and submit through this Email: jobs@kura.go.ke
2. The application should clearly bear the Job tittle and reference number so as to be received on or before 27th April 2021 at 5.00pm (East African Time). Late applications shall not be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to present originals of the following documents during the interviews;
1) National Identity Card;
2) Academic and Professional Certificates and transcripts;
3) Any other supporting documents and testimonials; and
4) Clearances from the following bodies:
a) Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA);
b) Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);
c) Any of the registered Credit Reference Bureaus (CRB); and
d) Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) – Police Clearance Certificate

Clearance by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) will be sought by the Authority in line with the Commission’s Circular dated 9th April 2020.

KURA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and gender equality. Qualified Women, Youth, Persons Living with Disabilities and persons from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. Any form of canvasing and giving false information in employment application form will lead to automatic disqualification. Only those cleared by the EACC pursuant to their Public Notice dated 9th April 2020, shall be contacted for interviews.

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