IPOA Head of Investigations Job in Kenya

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is a state Authority created under an Act of Parliament No.35 of 2011, which provides for civilian oversight over the work of the police. 
IPOA is mandated to hold the police accountable to the public in the performance of their functions. 
The Authority wishes to recruit a results oriented Kenyan citizen with drive, vision and creativity to fill position below:

Head, Investigations

IPOA Grade 3
Job Ref: IPOA/HR/01/2016 


1 Post
Reports to Director, Investigations
Major duties and responsibilities:
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing strategies, policies, plans, standards and procedures as per the Authorities strategic plan and delivery and quality assurance of investigations;
  • Liaising with the judiciary agencies, victims, witnesses and other stake holders on cases;
  • Analyzing evidence and information on investigations and provide material facts for completion of investigations in accordance with the Act, regulations and policies;
  • Enforcing implementation of training manuals and materials for investigations;
  • Effectively coordinating investigations teams and investigation activities;
  • Providing clear concise and accurate periodic reports;
  • Providing periodic investigation updates; prepare, monitor, report on the Directorate’s annual work plan, budget and strategic plan; prepare detailed periodic internal and statutory reports;
  • Gathering information and producing intelligence reports to inform investigations;
  • Supporting prosecution process in court;
  • Identifying and documenting gaps in processes and systems and recommending corrective action;
  • Reviewing and auditing all complaints investigated;
  • Overseeing investigations of all cases referred to Internal Affairs Unit by the Authority to ensure impartial and timely completion of the same;
  • Keeping records of all complaints investigated by IAU including cases referred by IPOA;
  • Developing rapid response strategies;
  • Supervising, appraising, training and developing staff in the Department.
  • Leading and conducting investigations into high priority, sensitive and complex cases; and
  • Any other administrative and operational duties as assigned by the Director of Investigations from time to time.
  • Must be a citizen of Kenya.
  • Meets the requirements of Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya.
Required functional skills:
For appointment to this grade, an officer must have:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines:- Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, Social Sciences or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution; and
  • A Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines:- Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, Social Sciences or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution will be an added advantage;
  • Served for a minimum period of twelve (12) years in investigations or a comparable and relevant position of which three (3) must have been in an investigations management position including supervising teams, in an investigation agency in the Public Service or Private Sector;
  • Must have in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in criminal investigations including criminal investigations in Kenya;
  • Demonstrate impartiality, discretion, tact and good firm judgment;
  • Ability to write clear and accurate reports;
  • Demonstrate organization, planning and prioritizing of resources and workload;
  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinker;
  • Resilient and adaptable;
  • Passion for criminal justice and police reform;
  • Experience in law enforcement;
  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results;
  • Registered with a relevant professional body; and
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant computer software and applications.
Required behavioral skills:
  • A candidate must be a person of integrity, demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be a team player;
  • Strong managerial skills, including motivating, developing, coaching and leading teams;
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards;
  • Demonstrate experience in result based strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as financial management skills;
Additional Information

All applicants MUST attach clearance from the following bodies:
  1. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  2. Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC)
  3. Higher Education Loans Board (HELB); and
  4. Certificate of Good Conduct
How to Apply:

Interested persons who meet the above criteria are invited to send their applications by submitting duly completed IPOA job application Form (CLICK HERE to download), updated CV, academic certificates and testimonials. 

Canvassing and incomplete applications may lead to automatic disqualification. 
Applications in a sealed envelope with the job reference number clearly marked should be received by the undersigned on or before Friday 5th February, 2016. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Chief Executive Officer

Independent Policing Oversight Authority
P.O Box 23035-00100

IPOA is an equal opportunity employer and shall not in its recruitment discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, ethnic origin, political affiliation, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, disability, health or social status.

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