Deputy Director, Planning, Research, Outreach & Policy

Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the positions shown below.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description

The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) was set up in 2015 as set out in the Kenya National Qualifications Framework (KNQF) act no. 22 of 2014 (and KNQF Regulations, 2018) to coordinate and harmonize the various levels of education; and to create a database of all qualifications in the country.
Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications on or before 24th September, 2020 (at 5pm) both electronically through and hard copies send to: -

The Director General
Kenya National Qualifications Authority
Uchumi House,6th Floor, Aga Khan Walk
P.O Box 72635-00200,
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254-020-2100272

2. Deputy Director, Planning, Research, Outreach & Policy
Basic Salary Scale (KSH)
Ksh 115,599- Ksh 187,767 pm
Leave Entitlement
30 Days per financial year
Terms of Service
Permanent and Pensionable

For appointment to this grade, an officer must have: -
(i) Ten (10) years relevant work experience eight (8) of which must have been in management;
(ii) Bachelor’s degree (KNQF Level 7 or equivalent) in Education, Economics, statistics, Project Management, Social Sciences, Science or related field from a recognized university;
(iii) Master’s Degree (KNQF Level 9 or equivalent) in Curriculum development, quality assurance, assessment and examination, Economics, TVET Education, Statistics, Project Management, Sciences, Social Science, Higher education or related field from a recognized university;
(iv) Doctorate (KNQF Level 10 or equivalent) in Curriculum development, quality assurance, assessment and examination, Economics, Statistics, Project Management, Sciences, Social Science, Higher education or related field from a recognized university is an added advantage;
(v) Professional qualification and membership where applicable;
(vi) Attended a Management course lasting not less four (4) weeks;
(vii) Proficiency in computer applications; and
(viii) Fulfill the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
i) Conducting research on critical issues regarding Qualification Frameworks;
ii) Preparation of research proposals on the KNQF;
iii) Publishing and disseminating research findings on KNQF;
iv) Formulation, implementation and review of research policies and strategies;
v) Liaising with the government and other stakeholders on implementation of research findings;
vi) Mobilizing funds to supplement the KNQA’s budget on research;
vii) Promoting and strengthening research and consultancy within the Authority;
viii) Establish networks with relevant research institutions;
ix) Coordinating the planning, implementation and review of policies and strategies on the development of KNQF;
x) Managing the ISO Certification process of the KNQA; Managing Performance contracting activities of the Institution;
xi) Planning and formulation of the Authority's development and resource mobilization strategies;
xii) Coordinating the implementation of the Authority’s strategic plans, Annual work plans and annual reports;
xiii) Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance the KNQA brand identity, broaden awareness of KNQF and increase visibility across key stakeholder audiences;
xiv) Write, update, edit and oversee production and design of printed materials, books and newsletters;
xv) Prepare photography and other media for publication and maintain digital media library Social Media, Website and E-Marketing;
xvi) Supervise establishment of the KNQF library and repositories;
xvii) Work with staff and stakeholders to develop and implement social networking strategies, develop content and monitor and respond to inquiries regarding the KNQF;
xviii) Monitoring adherence and implementation of the departmental work plans;
xix) Write wish grant testimonials for website and social media; and
xx) Send brochures and materials to stakeholders for distribution to their circles of influence.

How to Apply
Detailed job descriptions and specifications for the above positions are available at:
If you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the above specified criteria for any of the above positions, submit (both electronically and hard copies) of your cover letter, together with copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and your updated detailed Curriculum Vitae, including other things your current position, current remuneration, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees who are familiar with your qualifications and/or work experience.

Scan and send your application electronically as a one pdf attachment/document with ‘POSITION APPLIED FOR’ as the subject line. The hard copies should be marked with ‘POSITION APPLIED FOR’ on top of the envelope.

Please note:
i) It is an offense to include false/incorrect information in the application. Any incorrect/misleading information may lead to disqualification/legal action;
ii) Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification;
iii) KNQA is an equal employer therefore people with disabilities, the marginalized and minorities are encouraged to apply;
iv) Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.
v) Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce the originals of their national ID/ passport, academic and professional certificates, transcripts, testimonials and current compliance certificates for the requirements of chapter six of the Kenyan constitution during interview.

Your application MUST be received not later than 24th September, 2020 at 5.00 pm.

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