Senior Research Scientist - Socioeconomics

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

Job Summary

Prioritizing research problems for implementation;

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description/Requirements

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy was established by an Act of parliament (The Science and Technology Act Cap. 250 of the Laws of Kenya of 1979) which has since been repealed by The Science, Technology and Innovation Act No.28 of 2013.

KMFRI's mandate is to undertake research in "marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, environmental and ecological studies, and marine research including chemical and physical oceanography", in order to provide scientific data and information for sustainable development of the Blue Economy. The Institute is also mandated to cooperate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and on matters of relevant research.

The Institute has Research Centers and Stations located at Mombasa, Kisumu, Naivasha, Baringo, Kegati, Sangoro, Sagana, Shimoni, Turkana, a research substation at Gazi and the Nairobi liaison office.

KMFRI is seeking to recruit self-motivated professionals who are team players to fill the following vacant positions within her approved staff establishment:


  • Basic Salary Scale: KShs. 116,410 – KShs. 151,334 P.M.
  • House Allowance: KShs. 35,000 P.M.
  • Commuter Allowance: KShs. 8,000 P.M.
  • Annual Leave Allowance: KShs. 10,000 P.A.
  • Medical Cover & Other Allowances: As provided by KMFRI
  • Terms of Service: Permanent & Pensionable

The senior research scientists shall be deployed in Socioeconomics research area.  

a) The duties and responsibilities of the officer will entail: -

  1. Prioritizing research problems for implementation;
  2. Developing research concepts for donor support;
  3. Guiding research scientists in identification of research areas;
  4. Reviewing project proposals, scientific publications and grant applications for submission;
  5. Coordinating medium sized multi-disciplinary research teams;
  6. Budgeting for research projects and resource management;
  7. Writing relevant technical reports including refereed journal papers, book chapters, research notes, technical notes, conference papers and posters, dissemination flyers for stakeholder sensitization;
  8. Disseminating research findings in local and international fora that include seminar, workshops, congress;
  9. Briefing visitors including County and National government on the institution’s research activities;
  10. Participating in planning and executing relevant capacity building courses to improve research skills for scientists;
  11. Implementing relevant ISO standards in their departments;
  12. Training, supervising and mentoring scientists, technologists, and students;
  13. Implementing institute’s and national aquatic research policies;
  14. Identifying innovations and technologies for up-scaling;
  15. Assist in providing scientific advisory services on behalf of the Institute;
  16. Responding to calls for proposals for consultancies (e.g. on development projects, status of environment) upon request
  17. Developing Policy briefs
  18. Organizing monthly internal seminars
  19. Participating in conferences, field days, and workshop
  20. Participating in joint research (both locally and internationally) through combined development of research proposals and publications
  21. Soliciting for grants to organize scientific workshops (local, regional, international)

b) For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have: -

  1. At least six (6) years of relevant experience, three (3) of which must have been as a Socioeconomics Research Scientist or a comparable position in the public or private sector;
  2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies or Agricultural Economics;
  3. Master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, or equivalent from a recognized institution;
  4. Published a minimum of five (5) peer reviewed publications in ISI-indexed journals, with at least two (2) first authorship as a Research Scientist, KMFRI Grade 6, or a comparable position.
  5. A supervisory course lasting not less than two (2) weeks.
  6. Project Management Course lasting not less than one (1) month from a recognized institution;
  7. Demonstrated professional competence as reflected in work performance and results; and
  8. Meets the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

c) Key Competencies and Skills

  1. Proficiency in research methods and computer applications;
  2. Strong communication and reporting skills;
  3. Strong analytical and numerical skills;
  4. Strong organization and interpersonal skill;
  5. Mentoring, coaching and leadership skills;
  6. Conflict management; and
  7. Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and multi-task.


Interested and qualified candidates MUST complete the KMFRI Job Application Form accessed via the following: (, attach their testimonials, certificates, copy of their National Identification Card (ID) and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Submit their applications both in HARD and SOFT COPY, and envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and sent to the address below not later than Tuesday, 12th October, 2021.

The Director General,
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute,
P. O. Box 81651 – 80100,
Silos Road, English Point, Mkomani,
Mombasa, KENYA


1. Shortlisted candidates in compliance with the Chapter Six of the Constitution will be required to present originals of the following documents during the interviews:
•    Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
•    Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
•    Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority
•    Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
•    Clearance from recognized Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
2. Only SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES will be contacted and shall be required to produce originals of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates and clearance certificates during the interviews.
3. Any canvassing will lead to AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.


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