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Secretary/Chief Executive Officer Job At NDMA ( Ksh. 300,000 )

Job Summary

The holder of the position of Secretary/Chief Executive Officer provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of strategies that effectively fulfil the Country’s commitment to minimize impacts of drought risk and climate change to lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities and the economy.

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

Job Description/Requirements

NATIONAL DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR CEO POSITION

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is a State Corporation established under the NDMA Act, 2016. The Act mandates the Authority to exercise overall coordination over all matters relating to drought risk management and to establish mechanisms, either on its own or with stakeholders that will end drought emergencies in Kenya.
The Board of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is seeking to recruit a competent individual to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board who shall bear the responsibility for the day to day management of the Authority.

The Board therefore invites applications from suitable candidates for the position.

1. The position of Secretary/Chief Executive Officer
The holder of the position of Secretary/Chief Executive Officer provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of strategies that effectively fulfil the Country’s commitment to minimize impacts of drought risk and climate change to lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities and the economy.

The Secretary/Chief Executive Officer will be accountable to the Board of Directors for overall planning, directing, controlling and coordinating the Authority’s activities; the CEO will be responsible for providing strategic, visionary and transformative leadership in the development and implementation of strategies that effectively position Kenya as a lead country in drought management. The CEO is also Chief Advisor and Secretary to the NDMA Board of Directors. The job holder is also Secretary to and advises the Inter-governmental Committee on Drought and Food Security composed of Governors and Cabinet Secretaries whose sectors are impacted by droughts which include CSs Devolution, Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Environment and Natural Resources, Water and Irrigation, Health, Education, Interior and National Coordination and National Treasury. The job holder is also responsible for the day to day management of the Authority; ensuring Board’s decisions are implemented and reported on time. The CEO is also responsible for the fulfillment of the Country’s commitment to ending drought emergencies by 2022 and minimizing impacts of droughts and climate change to lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities and the economy.

4. Managerial Duties and Responsibilities

The job holder;

4.1. Oversees overall coordination in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies, systems and programmes designed to guide the country on drought risk management and climate change adaptation;
4.2. Provides strategic leadership and overall control of the Authority’s operations to ensure professionalism, quality services and efficient management of resources in order to meet its goals and objectives;
4.3. Oversees establishment of drought coordination institutional frameworks at national and county levels of government by providing appropriate policy guidance;
4.4. Provides strategic leadership and direction in the formulation, development, implementation and evaluation of the Authority’s strategic plan;
4.5. Oversees publication and dissemination of manuals, codes or guidelines relating to drought management and prevention or abatement of the extreme effects of drought risk and climate change on human, plant and animal life;
4.6. Provides advisories on drought risk management and climate change adaptation to the Cabinet Secretary for decision making on drought risk matters;
4.7. Oversee development of an efficient drought early warning system and its operationalization in consultation with stakeholders;
4.8. Oversees drought response initiatives being undertaken by other bodies, institutions and agencies;
4.9. Oversees the management of national and county level drought contingency processes including preparation of drought contingency plans;
4.10. Oversees development and management of research and knowledge on drought risk management and generation, consolidation and dissemination of drought management information;
4.11. Oversee mainstreaming of drought response, resilience and climate change adaptation in national and county policies, plans, programmes, projects and budgets;
4.12. Coordinates with the national government where a drought situation requires the declaration of national or international disaster;
4.13. Provides advisories to the Board, government agencies, communities and other stakeholders on drought risk management and climate change adaptation measures that need to be taken as guided by drought early warning information;
4.14. Oversees development of systems and mechanisms to build resilience and protect the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities against the impacts of drought risk and climate change;
4.15. Oversees the establishment and review of drought preparedness strategies in consultation with stakeholders and relevant institutions and agencies;
4.16. Oversees development of proactive mechanisms to reduce damages and losses related to drought episodes to vulnerable communities and the economy;
4.17. Oversees establishment, building and maintenance of effective partnerships and working relations with national and County Governments, UN Agencies, Developmental and Humanitarian partners, private sector, communities and other stakeholders for drought resilience, preparedness, response and recovery;
4.18. Oversees overall fiduciary responsibility for the Authority’s financial operations in accordance with Public Finance Management Act 2012 and attendant Regulations;
4.19. Ensures that the Authority complies with Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015 and attendant Regulations;
4.20. Coordinates the domestication and implementation of international and regional agreements, conventions and protocols relating to drought risk management and climate change adaptation;
4.21. Oversees development and management of government and donor funding agreements and contracts;
4.22. Oversees the preparation of the Authority’s annual report and other statutory reports for presentations to parliament, cabinet and stakeholders for information/decision making;
4.23. Oversees capacity building of national and county governments and stakeholders on drought risk management and climate change adaptation;
4.24. Oversees effective management and development of human capital in accordance with Human Resource policies and procedures that conform with relevant laws and regulations;
4.25. Oversees the interpretation and implementation of the Authority’s Board decisions and policies;
4.26. Fosters a corporate culture that is conducive to the promotion of ethical practices, values and good corporate governance in the Authority in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya.
4.27. Oversees the preparation and implementation of the performance management systems for the Authority;
4.28. Oversees the establishment of effective institutional risk management frameworks and control systems in the Authority;

4.29. Chairperson to;
 Kenya Food Security Meeting
 Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) Steering Committee
 Steering Committee for all NDMA projects
 Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) Donor Group;
 NDMA statutory and management meetings

4.30. Represents the Government of Kenya to Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Steering Committee on Drought Risk Management;
4.31. Oversees resource mobilization to facilitate the Authority’s operations;

5. Operational Responsibilities
The job holder will have the following operational responsibilities;

5.1. Responsible for the efficient administration of the Authority’s finances and assets;
5.2. Ensures that the Authority complies with guidelines, standards and procedures as set out by the Constitution, the NDMA Act and applicable statutory requirements;
5.3. Approval of expenditures
5.4. Responsible for the continuous improvement of the quality and value of services offered by the Authority;
5.5. Administrator of the National Drought Emergency Fund (NDEF);

5.6. Secretary to:
 Intergovernmental Steering Committee on Drought and Food Security;
 Intergovernmental Technical Committee on Drought and Food Security;
 Inter-agency Committee on Drought and Food Security;
 The Authority’s Board;
5.7. Appraises the performance of the functional Directors;
5.8. Appoints management committees as guided by the existing laws and the Authority’s manuals;
5.9. Custodian of the NDMA Seal;

6. Qualification for appointment
For appointment to the position, one has to have the following qualifications;
6.1. Hold a Master’s degree with a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields or any other related field: – Range Science, Agriculture, Livestock, Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Sociology, Business Administration or its equivalent qualifications from an institution recognized in Kenya.
6.2. At least fifteen (15) years’ experience with a minimum of nine (9) years in a senior management and leadership position in a large public or private organization;
6.3. Meet all the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya;
6.4. Computer literacy;
6.5. Proven leadership qualities, problem solving and negotiation skills, excellent team building and organizational skills and evidence of being a strong team player; and
6.6. Demonstrated understanding of national goals & policies and ability to develop objectives and translate them into national drought mitigation policies, programmes and projects.
A Certificate in Leadership Development lasting not less than six (6) weeks from an institution recognized in Kenya will be an added advantage.

7. Terms of employment
7.1. Duration

Appointment will be on a 5 years contract renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.

7.2. Remuneration
The position is remunerated at the SCAC salary band PC 3A with minimum salary of Ksh. 300,000 and maximum of Ksh. 500,000/-

7.3. Medical
You will be a member of the Authority’s staff medical scheme and will be entitled to medical benefits as per the scheme rules.

7.4. Leave and leave allowance
You will be entitled to thirty (30) working days leave per calendar year and a leave allowance of 50,000/- per year.

7.5. Gratuity
Upon successful completion of each contract term, you will qualify for one-off taxable gratuity calculated at a rate of 31% of your annual basic salary.

7.6. Insurance
You will be eligible for membership to the Group Life and Group Accident Insurance scheme.

7.7. Official transport
You will be provided with official transport for use on official duties except when on leave

7.8. Housing Allowance
You will be paid a housing allowance of between Ksh. 60,000 and Ksh 80,000/- per month

7.9. Club membership
The Authority will pay club membership fee only as per the Authority’s policies on the matter.

8. How to Apply
Interested qualified applicants should send their applications accompanied with detailed CVs and testimonials to chairman@ndma.go.ke.; The CV must at the minimum provide details of current employer, current remuneration and names and contacts of at least three (3) referees familiar with the applicant’s professional and work record whom the Authority may contact for more information about the applicant.
Applicants are expected to fulfill the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya. Specifically, they must obtain and present clearance certificates from the following institutions;
1) Kenya Revenue Authority
2) Higher Education Loans Board
3) Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission
4) National Police Service (Certificate of good Conduct
5) Credit Reference Bureau

Applications in clearly marked and sealed envelopes addressed to;
The Chairman,
Board of Directors
National Drought Management Authority
P. O. Box 53547 00200
NAIROBI, KENYA

may also be dropped at the Authority’s offices located on the 17th floor of Lonrho House, along Standard Street, Nairobi during working hours of 8am to 5pm.

Deadline for submission of all applications is close of business on 1st September, 2021

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted

NDMA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and gender equality and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing of any form or failure to attach any of the stipulated documents shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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