UNESCO Jobs- Research & Development (216-286K) 2017




This department exists to perform the following functions: development of research policies, strategies and plans; assist in design of research methodologies; development and management of research systems and instruments; undertake researches; analysis of research data and reporting; capacity building on research techniques; and promoting innovations.

Job Profile 

Grade- KNC 9
Reports To- Secretary General/CEO through the DSG, Corporate Affairs
Purpose of the Job To ensure policy implementation and management of the Research and Development Department.
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 Research & Development Job

The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO through the Deputy Secretary General, Corporate Affairs for the coordination and implementation research and development programmes in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. This will entail inter alia:

  • Coordinate the day to day business and be responsible for the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Research and Development Department;
  • Ensure preparation of the Research annual plans, budgets, performance contracts and establishment of proper internal controls;
  • Ensure the formulation and communication of the Research and Development policies, strategies and plans;
  • Support in the formulation of research and development proposals;
  • Promote and negotiate funding contracts with partners to support research or other applicable studies or support;
  • Coordinate research process activities and the preparation of reports and provide follow up activities as may be required;
  • Ensure the effective dissemination of research findings;
  • Establish effective mechanisms for generation of research intelligence to inform policy;
  • Provide research advice and coordinate capacity building programmes related to research;
  • Provide leadership to research staff and ensure that the Units management structure are effective including succession plans;
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.

Qualifications for the Research & Development Job

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in the relevant field from a recognized and accredited institution;
  • Possess certification in either Quantitative or Qualitative research methods;
  • Experience Possess a minimum of ten (10) years continuous experience in the Research profession of a reputable organization;
  • Have at least four (4) years’ experience in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership and management responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated wide experience in progressive data management and research responsibilities in a Research and Development unit;
  • Demonstrated expertise in successfully designing and carrying out quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation processes;
  • Demonstrated extensive familiarity with a variety of research field’s concepts, practices, and procedures as reflected in work results;
  • Have working industry knowledge of relevant emerging research trends and practices;
  • Demonstrated wide experience in research dissemination processes including presentations to decision-makers;
  • Demonstrated proven ability and results in research resource mobilization processes


Diplomatic, pro-active, approachable, flexible, 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)

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.