National Biosafety Authority Chief Biosafety Officer Job in Kenya

The National Biosafety Authority is a State Corporation established
through the provisions of the Biosafety Act No.2, 2009 to exercise
supervision and control over the development, transfer, handling and
use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with a view to ensuring
safety to human and animal health as well as the provision of adequate
level of protection to the environment.

The Authority is
seeking to recruit talented, creative, competent and dynamic team player
with proven track records to the following vacant position:

Chief Biosafety Officer 

Salary Scale NB 3
(Re- advertisement)
An Officer in this position will make a valuable contribution to the mission of the Authority by providing scientific and technical support to the activities of the Authority in GMO applications, review and approval in line with the Authority’s Strategic Plan and performance contract objectives, and goals of Kenya’s vision 2030.

Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Technical Services he/she will perform the following duties:
  • Coordination of the NBA’s policy regarding the establishment and operations of Working Groups and expert and independent reviews in technical review of GMO dossiers.
  • Provide scientific and technical support to the GMO application and review processes with respect to receiving applications, risk assessment reports, development of guidance documents, and other scientific outputs.
  • To ensure Handling of confidential information with tact and discretion.
  • Collection and critical review of scientific literature, data and/or dossiers.
  • Ensure compilation of risk assessment reports on applications
  • Liaison and effective cooperation with the regulatory agencies and reviewers on issues related to GMO applications review
  • Coordinates preparation of scientific outputs of NBA in the area of GMO use and applications.
  • Coordination and supervision of scientific studies commissioned by NBA in the area of GMOs
  • Guide the development of proposals for funding and supervise Biosafety projects
  • Elaboration of timelines of activities, allocation and follow-up of tasks, information exchange on BCH.
  • Training and mentoring of subordinates within Technical Division
  • Preparation of departmental targets and setting targets for subordinates
  • Appraisal of subordinates in mid year and end of year
  • Prepare departmental budgets
  • To ensure Handling of confidential information with tact and discretion.
Requirement for Appointment
An officer will qualify for appointment into this position by fulfilling the following requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Biological sciences including Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Life sciences, Environmental Science, Agricultural Sciences, Microbiology or related disciplines from a recognized institution
  • Five (5) to six(6) years working experience in application of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Life sciences or related disciplines at least one of which at postdoctoral level
  • Have knowledge of and understanding of Science Technology innovations including Vision 2030
  • Postgraduate qualification in Biosafety; Senior management course and Strategic management course from a recognized institution
  • Leadership, negotiation and people management skills
  • Proficiency in Computer Applications
  • Clearance from KRA , EACC,CRB,CID, and HELB
NB: All applications must be accompanied by the following documents:
  • An application letter
  • A detailed CV with three referees
  • Clearance certificates from:
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  • Ethics and Anti – Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
  • Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

How to Apply

and qualified persons should submit their applications together with
detailed CVs and copies of relevant certificates to the following

Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 28251-00100, 


Or our office in Gigiri
Commission for University Education Complex
Along Redhill Road, off Limuru Road

The application should reach us on or before 29th June 2016.

National Biosafety Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

Persons with Disability, women and those from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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