Chief Librarian Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Job Description

How to apply

1. Download the KNATCOM 1A form from the website

2. Complete the form and sign (Do not attach any documents)

3. First send a soft copy in word format to [email protected] (Do Not attach any documents)


5. Secondly, send a hard copy to:

The Secretary General/CEO

Kenya National Commission for UNESCO

P.O. Box 72107-00200

National Bank Building, 16th Floor

Harambee Avenue


Note: Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted. Valid Clearance certificates from EACC, HELB, KRA & CID is mandatory.

Function of the Library services

The Library services function entails: collection, compilation, processing, handling visitors and enquiries; preservation, retrieval and dissemination of information; facilitating research activities; indexing, abstracting, publication of leaflets, bulletins and newsletters; management of automated systems and other information sources; and ensuring compliance with regulations relating to the provision of information within UNESCO; building interactive networks; ensuring custody of books and materials; and managing the de-accessioning of materials


Job Title

Chief Librarian


KNC 6/C5

Reports To

DSG, Corporate Support Services


Middle Management Level


Gross monthly package Ksh. 131,769 – 164,420 Pm

Leave Allowance – Ksh. 6,000

Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules

Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules


Permanent and Pensionable

Pension Contribution rate (basic salary)

Employee – 7.5%

Employer – 12.5%


This Officer will be responsible for managing the Commission’s Library. The Office holder will be expected to perform the following duties;

1. Be responsible for the achievement of the functions and objectives of the Library Division;

2. Be responsible for the day to day operations of the Library Division;

3. Develop and implement the annual operational plans, performance contract and budget for the Library Division;

4. Maintain effective administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls in the Library Division;

5. Assist to formulate and communicate the Library policies, strategies, and plans and their evaluation thereof;

6. Supervise and guide staff in the Library Division;

7. Ensure that the Library Division’s management structures are effective including succession plans;

8. Prepare and submit Library policy papers to the relevant and authorized Offices in good time;

9. Provide regular communication on key technical, financial, administrative and partnerships matters related to the Library Division;

10. Coordinate stakeholders and the enhancement of the Library Division corporate image; and

11. Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.

Job specifications


• A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Records/Information

Professional Qualifications

Management, Information Sciences or Library Sciences from a recognized institution


• Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the relevant field or profession two (2) of which should be at a comparable senior level or is currently serving in an equivalent position in a similar organization for a minimum period of three years

• Demonstrated competence in heading and managing a library for a comparable organization

• A self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently

• Have extensive industry knowledge and experience of library processes and procedures

• Demonstrate knowledge of records management legislations and policies affecting the institution

• Demonstrated experience in research support activities

• Possession of good knowledge of ethics, governance and library operations of State Corporations.

Personal qualities

• Excellent analytical skills; Ability to multi task; Good interpersonal and communication skills; Team player, resourceful, 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.