Biosafety Officers

National Biosafety Authority (NBA)

Job Summary

This is the entry position for a Biosafety officer. A candidate in this level will work under guidance and supervision of a senior officer.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

Job Description/Requirements

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) is a State Corporation established under the provisions of the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009. The mandate of NBA is 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 wishes to replace the following positions with qualified, experienced and dynamic persons as follows:

Biosafety Officers, JOB GRADE – C2 (2 Posts)

(a) Job Specification

This is the entry position for a Biosafety officer. A candidate in this level will work under guidance and supervision of a senior officer. The officer may be deployed to the departments of Biosafety Risk Assessment, Biosafety Education and Awareness, Compliance and Enforcement or Certification division.

The duties and responsibilities at this level entail assisting in:

i. Receiving GMO applications;
ii. Screening applications for administrative and technical completeness;
iii. Carrying out risk assessment of GMO applications in a scientific, transparent and predictable manner;
iv. Coordinating training of Institutional Biosafety Committees and other stakeholders;
v. Developing materials for Biosafety awareness creation and education;
vi. Developing tools for reviewing the impacts of awareness creation and education;
vii. Preparing technical papers, policy briefs, reports and publicity materials;
viii. Organizing forums for public participation and awareness creation
ix. Monitoring of approved GMO research projects;
x. Post release monitoring of GMOs approved for release to the environment;
xi. Conducting GMO market surveillance activities;
xii. Inspection of GMO containment facilities prior to project commencement;
xiii. Preparing technical papers and reports
xiv. Facilitating trade through integration into the single window system
xv. Vetting of documents, physical inspection and sampling of consignments at the point of entry;
xvi. Preparing of GMO-Free certificates for non-GMO export commodities.

(b) Person Specification
i. Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/ Environmental Science/Agricultural Sciences/Microbiology or related fields from a recognized Institution.
ii. Proficiency in Computer applications.
iii. Meets the provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya

(c) Key competencies skills
i. Good communication skills
ii. Analytical skills
iii. Report Writing Skills

If you believe you meet the criteria for the positions above, please submit your application in Hard OR Soft Copy enclosing copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees in sealed envelope clearly marked with job title to the address below OR scanned copies of all your certificates and send to; on or before 13th April, 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

Chief Executive Officer
National Biosafety Authority
Nacosti Building, Loresho, - Off Waiyaki way
P.O Box 28251 – 00100 – NAIROBI

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and they MUST bring with them current clearance certificates during interviews from the following bodies: -
(i) Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
(ii) Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
(iii) Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
(iv) Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and
(v) Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

NBA is an equal opportunity employer; women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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