Program Manager 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 Basic Sciences and Engineering Division

The Division exists to achieve a dual function of ensuring Kenya is well represented in UNESCO and that UNESCO’s presence is visible in Kenya. Specifically, work in the Division entails: participation in UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering international meetings and processes; contribution to UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering activities; provision of expert advice to government on UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering matters; co-ordination of ratification of UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering related conventions and protocols; formulation, implementation and evaluation of UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering activities in Kenya; promotion of UNESCO Partnerships & collaborations in Basic Sciences and Engineering ; mobilization of resources for UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering activities; capacity building on UNESCO’s Basic Sciences and Engineering agenda; dissemination and creation of awareness on UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering activities; collaborating with UNESCO and other UN agencies on Basic Sciences and Engineering issues; and nomination of candidates for UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering prizes, awards, fellowships, scholarships, study grants and posts.

The Division shall form part of the secretariat to the Natural Sciences Programme and Expert Committee.



Job Title

Deputy Director of Programme


KNC 8/D3

Reports To

Programme Director


Nairobi, Headquarters


Gross monthly package Ksh. 194,896 – 245,465 Pm

Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000

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%

Duties and Responsibilities

The officer will be responsible to the Programme Director, Natural Sciences for the development and implementation of UNESCO Basic Sciences and Engineering programmes and activities in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets. This will entail inter alia:


1. Be responsible for the day to day operations of the Basic Sciences and Engineering Division and achievement of its functions and objectives;

2. Develop and implement the Division’s annual operational plans, performance contract and budget;

3. Recommend to the Programme Director effective processes, systems and internal controls in the Division including succession plans;

4. Coordinate the formulation, execution and communication of UNESCO related Basic Sciences and Engineering policies, strategies, and plans and ensure their evaluation thereof;

5. Prepare relevant Basic Sciences and Engineering policy and technical papers and provide follow up activities as may be required;

6. Mobilize technical support for the execution of the Division’s programmes and activities

7. Serve as the focal point of the Basic Sciences and Engineering Division;

8. Promote effective partnerships and collaborative networks within the Basic Sciences and Engineering sector;

9. Develop relevant programme and project proposals for implementation

10. Be responsible for stakeholder management dealing with the Basic Sciences and Engineering;

11. Facilitate and support the activities of the Natural Sciences Programme and Expert committee; and

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

Job specifications

Academic & Professional Qualifications

• A minimum of a Master’s degree in Education or Physical/Natural Sciences from a recognized and accredited institution


• Possess a minimum of fifteen (15) years continuous experience in the education profession in a reputable organization three (3) of which must be at a comparable senior management level position or is currently serving in an equivalent position in a similar organization for a minimum period of three years

• Demonstrated proven ability and results in managing national and/or international related functions;

• Demonstrate good industry knowledge of the basic sciences sector and ongoing reforms;

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the formulation and/or implementation of international agreements/conventions/protocols and priorities;

• Demonstrated good international exposure in international meetings and processes;

• Demonstrated experience in national policy formulation and/or implementation processes;

• Have knowledge/experience in international partnerships/collaborations frameworks;

• Demonstrated competence in project management (design, proposal writing and/or implementation)

Personal qualities

• 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.