The Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS) – Market Surveillance Officer.

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Reports to: Principal Market Surveillance Officer

Job Purpose
The job monitors and evaluates quality and compliance of locally manufactured and imported products in the Kenyan market to ensure effective and efficient implementation of Market Surveillance strategies and procedures to ascertain
that the products comply with approved Kenya, Regional and International Standards to support development of
industries in the Kenya, prevent proliferation of substandard products in the market, protect local manufacturers from
illicit trade, prevent dumping of substandard products from foreign countries, and Protection of consumer right as
envisaged in Article 46 (a, b & c) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Standards Act (Cap 496 Laws of Kenya) for
the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063, the Kenya Vision 2030, and the KEBS strategic objectives.

Key Responsibilities / Duties / Tasks
Operational Responsibilities / Tasks
a) Targets consignments based on risk profiling so as to eliminate substandard products from Kenyan Market.
b) Reports on status of product inspection status to facilitate enforcement and corrective actions on products that fail to comply with the requirements of corresponding standards and other regulatory requirements are seized in accordance with Section 14 Standard Act, Cap 496 Laws of Kenya.
c) Addresses customer complaints related to Market Surveillance activities at the section in order to ensure that all complaints are resolved as per the procedure and submits reports to Principal Market Surveillance Officer for action.
d) Implements, and monitors Management Systems adopted by KEBS in the department for the purpose of ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and sustained customer satisfaction;
e) Gathers and evaluates market intelligence information and discusses with Principal Market Surveillance Officer for appropriate action.
f) Monitors validity of product Certification Marks approved by KEBS on the products in the market.

g) Seizes nonconforming products, organizes for transportation to KEBS seized products warehouses and is responsible for safe custody of the products.
h) Organizes for destruction of seized products in consultation with Assistant Principal Market Surveillance Officer.
i) Maintains records for samples collected, seized and destroyed products
j) Provides technical advice to customer enquiries
k) Analyses test reports of products sampled from the market.
l) Conducts risk assessment of products to inform on
m) Contributes in the development and implementation of Market Surveillance procedures in the section.
Job Dimensions
I. Financial Responsibility:
a) Responsible for the section’s budget of approximately KES 5 Million per annum
b) Implementation of cost minimization and resources optimization strategies at the section
II. Responsibility for Physical Assets
Responsible for physical assets assigned to them e.g. Market Surveillance field equipment, Laptops, Desktops computers and office furniture’s
III. Decision Making:
a) Makes operational decisions.
b) Makes independent decisions in the field on handling of suspected substandard products in accordance with section 14 of the Standards Act, Cap 496 Laws of Kenya.
IV. Working Conditions:
a) The job is predominantly office based but involves travelling within and outside the country for oversight of the sectional functions, stakeholders’ engagements forums and meetings.
b) Hostile working environment and occasional exposure to hazardous materials.
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
Registration with following professional bodies,
i. Chemistry society of Kenya
ii. Physics society of Kenya
iii. Food Nutrition and Dietetics Board
iv. Computer Society of Kenya
v. Kenya Institute of Management
vi. National Quality Institute
Previous relevant work experience required.
Functional Skills, Behavioral Competencies/Attributes:
Functional Skills

a. Negotiation skills
b. Project management skills
c. Information, communication, and technology skills
d. Presentation skills
e. Report writing
f. 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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