Kenya Marine And Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) – Corporation Secretary And Director Of Legal Services.

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Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy was established by an Act of parliament (The Science and Technology Act Cap. 250 of the Laws of Kenya of 1979) which has since been repealed by The Science, Technology and Innovation Act No.28 of 2013.

KMFRI’s mandate is to undertake research in “marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, environmental and ecological studies, and marine research including chemical and physical oceanography”, in order to provide scientific data and information for sustainable development of the Blue Economy. The Institute is also mandated to cooperate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and on matters of relevant research.

The Institute has Research Centers and Stations located at Mombasa, Kisumu, Naivasha, Baringo, Kegati, Sangoro, Sagana, Shimoni, Turkana, a research substation at Gazi and the Nairobi liaison office.

KMFRI is seeking to recruit self-motivated professionals who are team players to fill the following vacant positions within her approved staff establishment:


  • Basic Salary Scale: KShs. 289,417 – KShs. 367,560 P.M.
  • House Allowance: KShs. 80,000 P.M.
  • Commuter Allowance: KShs. 24,000 P.M.
  • Other Remunerative: KShs. 40,000 P.M
  • Annual Leave Allowance: KShs. 10,000 P.A.
  • Medical Cover & Other Allowances: As provided by KMFRI
  • Terms of Service: Five (5) years contract (Renewable once) subject to satisfactory performance 

The Corporation Secretary and Director of Legal Services is responsible for providing Board Secretarial and related services to the Board of Management and ensure effective and efficient management of contract administration, company insurance, legislative drafting and compliance with legal and regulatory legislation including provision of legal advice to members of management. 

a) The duties and responsibilities entail:

  1. Ensuring the Institute is compliant to international instruments related to marine and fisheries affairs;
  2. Ensuring quarterly reporting on status of implementation of international instruments related to marine and fisheries affairs;
  3. Providing advisory on the impact of international instruments;
  4. Arranging the business of the Board’s meetings, keep records of the proceedings of Board and perform other duties as the Board may direct;
  5. Providing advice on legal and corporate matters to the Board through interpretation and writing legal opinions;
  6. Providing secretariat services to the Board;
  7. Providing Secretariat to the Senior Management Meeting and ensuring management decisions are converted to Board papers where applicable;
  8. Developing and review relevant regulatory Legal framework for the better implementation of the Institute’s mandate;
  9. Coordinating and ensuring representation of the Institute in courts or other judicial authorities;
  10. Drafting and reviewing Leases, Contracts, Licensing Frameworks, Service Level Agreements, Memorandum of Understanding, leases and other legal documents to ensure compliance to statutory requirements and the Institute’s policies;
  11. Liaising with the Attorney General, law enforcement agencies and stakeholders on all legal matters;
  12. Ensuring that Legal Audit Compliance is carried out to confirm compliance with relevant statutory requirements;
  13. Overseeing the implementation of Mwongozo, Code of Conduct at the Institute; and
  14. Formulating, drafting and facilitating gazettement of Rules, Regulations and Directives issued by or on behalf of the Ins

b) For appointment to this grade, an officer must have: –

  1. A minimum period of twelve (12) years relevant work experience five (5) years of which should be in a senior management position;
  2. Minimum KCSE C+ (plus) or its equivalent;
  3. Bachelor of Laws degree from a recognized institution;
  4. Master’s Degree in any of the following disciplines; International Marine and fisheries Law, Environment Law or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution will be an added advantage;
  5. Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law;
  6. Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya;
  7. Holds a valid practicing certificate;
  8. Member of the Law Society of Kenya;
  9. Certified Public Secretary CPS (K) or its equivalent qualification from a recognized Institution;
  10. Membership to Institute of Certified Public Secretary of Kenya (ICPSK);
  11. Leadership course lasting not less than four (4) weeks (cumulative) / corporate governance course from a recognized institution.
  12. Proficiency in computer applications;
  13. Meets the requirements of Chapter Six of the constitution; and
  14. Demonstrated competence in work performance.

c) Other key Competencies and Skills

  1. Strong analytical skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Strategic and innovative thinking
  4. Strong interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to mobilize resources
  6. Negotiation skills   

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates MUST complete the KMFRI Job Application Form, attach their testimonials, certificates, copy of their National Identification Card (ID) and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Submit their applications both in HARD and SOFT COPY, and envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and sent to the address below not later than Tuesday, 10th October 2021.

The Director General,
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute,
P. O. Box 81651 – 80100,
Silos Road, English Point, Mkomani,
Mombasa, KENYA

1. Shortlisted candidates in compliance with the Chapter Six of the Constitution will be required to present originals of the following documents during the interviews:

  • Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
  • Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • Clearance from recognized Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

2. Only SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES will be contacted and shall be required to produce originals of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates and clearance certificates during the interviews.

3. Any canvassing will lead to AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.





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