Chief Executive Officer/ Council Secretary

The Council of Governors (CoG)

Job Summary

The Secretary/Chief Executive Officer is the Accounting officer of the Council of Governors and is responsible for the administrative, managerial and other activities of the Council and its Secretariat.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 15 years

Job Description/Requirements

1.0 Background
The Council of Governors (CoG) is established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 with the mandate to provide a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section20).
To enable the Council achieve its mandate and vision, the Council wishes to recruit results oriented individual with drive, vision and creativity to fill the following position:

2.0 Overall Purpose of the Position and Job Summary

The Secretary/Chief Executive Officer is the Accounting officer of the Council of Governors and is responsible for the administrative, managerial and other activities of the Council and its Secretariat. He/ She will serve as a Secretary to the Council of Governors.

2.1 Specific duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Chairperson - Council of Governors, the Chief Executive Officer will perform the following duties and responsibilities:-
• Implementing the decisions of the Council;
• Facilitating, coordinating and ensure execution of the Council’s mandate;
• Responsible for administration and management of the secretariat’s resources;
• Provide a framework/ mechanism of embracing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as part of governance in the Counties;
• Resources mobilization for the Council’s activities both from National budget and other sources to ensure stability and sustainability of Council activities;
• Strengthening strategic collaborations, linkages, networks, partnerships and donor support, nationally, regionally and internationally;
• Formulating and implementing authorization mechanisms in the Council;
• Directing, organizing and administering programmes, projects and other affairs of the Council;
• Promoting and encouraging private sector involvement in the Council’s affairs;
• Overseeing the development of short, medium and long term implementation plans, activities, infrastructure, staff and budget requirements of the Secretariat;
• Liaison with members in accordance with Executive Committee directions on day to day administration and management of the affairs of the Council;
• Implementing and monitoring policies, strategies and decisions of the Executive Committee;
• Developing policies, tools and guidelines designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Council operations;
• Ensure continuous capacity building support to Counties.

2.2 Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

a. Education

i) Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Policy and Administration, Law, Economics, Development Studies, International Relations, Finance, Human Resource Management, Business Management/Administration or in a related field from a recognized institution.
(ii) Bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Business Management/Administration, Human Resource Management, Law, Economics, Development Studies, International Relations, Finance, Commerce or in a related field from a recognized institution.

b. Experience
• A minimum of fifteen (15) years’ experience in public or private sector employment, ten (10) of which must be at a management level in a reputable organization.
• Strong leadership capacities and a demonstrated record of successful leadership
of multi- disciplinary teams.
• Previous policy level work with relevant organizations in devolution.
• Thorough understanding and demonstrated in depth knowledge of Devolution as enshrined in the Constitution in the Country and beyond;
• Proven change management and analytical skills.
• Managing multiple donor/partner funded programs in fast-paced high profile organizations.
• Senior-level engagement at National and County Government coordination with high level policy issues.
• Demonstrated capacity for complex policy formulation and stakeholder engagement, advocacy and resource mobilization for the devolved governance functions.
• Knowledge of legislative and public finance issues, procedures and processes.

c. Other Requirements
• Be a Kenyan Citizen;
• Be a member to a professional body and in good standing.
• Be compliant to the requirements of Chapter six (6) and the thirteen (13) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

2.3 Languages
Fluency and ability to communicate in English and Swahili is required.

2.4 Desirable Competencies:
• Accountability– takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
• Client Orientation– works effectively well with CoG clients and stakeholders;
• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
• Communication– listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
• Creativity and Initiative– actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
• Performance Management– identify ways and implements actions to improve performance of self and others;
• Planning and Organizing– plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• Professionalism– displays mastery of subject matter;
• Teamwork– contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, and concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
• Technological Awareness– displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
• Resource Mobilization- works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs for the Council of Governors. Thorough understanding of national goals, policies, objectives, and ability to relate them to Council’s mandate;

2.5 Duration of the assignment
The duration of the engagement will be three (3) years renewable subject to performance and availability of funds.

How to Apply

Interested persons should download and duly fill the COG EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM accessed via the following link: and drop the duly completed form, CV with names and addresses of three referees, cover letter indicating clearly as application for the position of Chief Executive Officer in the subject, with current and expected remuneration, and a copy each for ID, certificates, and relevant testimonials to CoG Offices.

The hard copy application in plain sealed envelope must be submitted and registered during the normal working hours at the Council Offices, Delta Corner Towers-Westlands, Oracle Wing 2nd Floor, on or before 5:00 p.m. 26th October, 2021 addressed as application for the position of the Chief Executive Officer to;
The Chairman,
Council of Governors
P.O.Box 40401-0010

Council of Governors is an equal opportunity Employer. Persons living with disabilities and Persons from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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