UNESCO Jobs- Natural Sciences Programme Director (216-286K) 2017




Job Profile 

Grade- KNC 9
Reports To Secretary General/CEO through the Deputy Secretary General, Technical Programmes
Classification Top Management
Purpose of the Job- To ensure policy implementation and management of the day to day affairs of the Natural Sciences programme
Remuneration Gross pay Ksh. 216,000-286,000 Pm
Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms Contract (4yrs renewable) with service gratuity

Responsibilities for the Natural Sciences Programme Director Job

The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO through the Deputy Secretary General, Technical programmes for the formulation and implementation of the UNESCO Natural Sciences policies, strategies and plans in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. This will entail inter alia:

  • Be responsible for the day to day operations and the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Natural Sciences Programme;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of the annual operational plans, performance contract and budget for the Natural Sciences Programme;
  • Ensure effective administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls in the Natural Sciences Programme;
  • Be responsible for coordinating the formulation, execution and communication of the Natural Sciences policies, strategies, and plans and their evaluation thereof;
  • Provide leadership and direction in the Natural Sciences Programme;
  • Ensure that the Natural Sciences Programme’s management structure are effective including  succession plans;
  • Ensure that all Natural Sciences policy papers are developed and provide follow up activities as may be required;
  • Serve as the focal point of the Natural Sciences Programme and provide regular communication
    on technical, financial, administrative and partnerships matters related to the Natural Sciences
  • Be responsible for stakeholder management and the promotion of partnerships and
    collaborations in the Natural Sciences Programme;
  • Serve as Secretary to the Natural Sciences Programme and Expert committee; and
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.

Qualifications for the Natural Sciences Programme Director Job

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Experience Possess a minimum of ten (10) years continuous experience in the Natural Sciences profession with a reputable organization;
  • Have at least four (4) years’ experience in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership or management responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated proven ability and results in heading a comparable natural sciences portfolio of a national or international character;
  • Demonstrated proven leadership and managerial capabilities including financial management within a reputable institution;
  • Demonstrated good industry knowledge of the Natural Sciences sector including ongoing reforms;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the formulation and/or implementation of international Natural Sciences agreements/conventions/protocols;
  • Demonstrated good knowledge of government legislations and policies affecting the Natural Sciences sector
  • Demonstrated relative international exposure in international meetings and processes;
  • Demonstrated good experience in national policy formulation processes;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge/experience in the formation of institutional partnerships/collaborations frameworks;
  • Demonstrated competence in project management (design, proposal writing and/or implementation)

Personal qualities

Diplomatic, pro-active, approachable, flexible, assertive, have integrity and commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional and must satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.


How to Apply

  1. Download the KNATCOM 1A form from the website www.unesco.go.ke
  2. Complete the form and sign (Do Not attach any documents)
  3. Send a hard copy to

The Secretary General/CEO Kenya National Commission for UNESCO P.O. Box 72107-00200 National Bank Building, 14th Floor Harambee Avenue NAIROBI Send a soft copy in word format to [email protected] (Do Not attach any documents). Note: Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.