The Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS) – Inspection Officer.

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Reports to: Principal Officer, Quality Inspection

Job Purpose
Carries out Inspection activities and Services in the section to ensure that imported products comply with approved National, Regional and International Standards according to the Standards Act Cap 496 and KEBS strategic plan, by monitoring and evaluating quality inspections of imported products in Kenya to ensure safety of Kenyans, protect the environment and promote fair trade.
Key Responsibilities / Duties / Tasks
Operational Responsibilities / Tasks
a) Carries out visual checks on the imported goods to confirm specified requirements in the applicable standards have been met;
b) Releases imported goods that show compliance with specifications of the applicable standard by issuing a certificate of release in accordance with Standards Act CAP 496 Laws of Kenya;
c) Recommends for rejection of goods that fail to comply with Kenya standards, East African standards and approved international standards in critical parameters by filling out seizure notification;
d) Recommends for release of goods under seal to established manufacturer/importer whose goods is cleared through the green channel by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and has no impact on health, safety and environment for destination inspection to avoid congestion at the entry point;
e) Offers technical advisory and inspection services to clients/importer that need reassurance and assistance in exporting or importing goods worldwide;
f) Participates in reexport of goods that have not been allowed into the country by ensuring that the importer has prepared export entry documents and that the goods leave the country;

g) Draws samples and ensures safe handling from the point of sampling to dispatch to laboratories;
h) Participates in the development and implementation of inspection Risk management system by using previous imports data in order to reduce the likelihood of releasing goods that have impact on health, safety and environment;
i) Provides information necessary for development of new Kenya standards or review of existing ones;
j) Ascertain rectification/rework as may be applicable for goods that fails to comply with Kenya standards in noncritical parameters;
k) Participates in carrying out of training need assessment in order to identify performance requirements and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the departmental goals and objectives;
l) Investigates and prepare Criminal Record files for prosecution of importers who are found importing substandard goods through the entry point to prevent dumping of substandard imported products into the Kenyan market;
m) Keep inspection records and data on products released, sampled, rejected and reshipped, as a way of documenting evidence of inspection activities and evaluate progress in the station;
n) Provides feedback on customer complaints and enquiries in order to improve on customer service delivery;
o) Participates in corporate and sectional internal quality audits and ensure corrective actions are carried out in accordance with the requirements of International standards ISO 9001; and
p) Inspects and ensure that preverification of conformity covered products not accompanied with certificate of conformity pays a penalty fee equivalent to 15% of cost freight and insurance (CIF) values of the goods.
Job Dimensions
Financial Responsibility: Implementation of cost minimization and resources optimization strategies at the station
Responsibility for Physical Assets: Responsible for physical assets assigned to them e.g. Laptops, Desk tops computers and office furniture’s
Decision Making: Makes operational decisions at the stations
Working Conditions: Predominantly undertakes field work in container freight stations, verification yards, docking vessels, inside containers and motor vehicle inspection centers.
Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).
Academic Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies
a) Registration with following professional bodies,
Chemistry society of Kenya
Physics society of Kenya
Food Nutrition and Dietetics Board
Computer Society of Kenya 
Kenya Institute of Management
National Quality Institute
b) Gazetted Inspector
Previous relevant work experience required.
Functional Skills, Behavioral Competencies/Attributes
Functional Skills
a) Quality Inspection and Auditing Skills
b) Prosecution Skills
c) Financial management skills
d) Information, communication, and technology skills
e) Presentation skills
f) Report writing
g) Negotiation skills
h) Analytical skills
a) Counselling skills.
b) Problem solving skills
c) Time management skills
d) Communication skills
e) Interpersonal skills.

How To Apply

Application form including testimonials shall be filled and submitted online via KEBS website on or before 10 September, 2021.All testimonials MUST be saved with applicant’s ID.N0. e.g.20441558_CV.pdf.

The Application should include attachments of;
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Copies of Academic and Professional certificates
4. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
5. Tax Compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
6. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Clearance (EACC)
7. Credit Reference Bureau clearance (CRB)
8. Clearance certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

NB: Any academic certificate from foreign Institutions MUST be accompanied with a recognition certificate from Commissioner of University Education, Kenya.


IMPORTANT NOTICE; Upon successful upload and submission of application,the applicant will receive a system generated email notification that the job application details have been successfully submitted.

Persons with disability and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Academic qualifications of external origin MUST be accompanied with a recognition certificate from relevant body.

All degree applicants for engineering related positions must be Registered as a Graduate Engineer where applicable.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.




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