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Director, Research, Boundaries & Development at Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

The Commission is responsible for conducting or supervising referenda and elections to any elective body or office established by the Constitution, and any other elections as prescribed by an Act of Parliament and, in particular, for; The continuous registration of voters and revision of the voter’s roll; The delimitation of constituencies and wards; The regulation of political parties process; The settlement of electoral disputes; The registration of candidates for elections; Voter education; The facilitation of the observation, monitoring and evaluation of elections; The regulation of money spent by a candidate or party in respect of any election; The development of a code of conduct for candidates and parties; The monitoring of compliance with legislation on nomination of candidates by parties.

IEBC Grade
Research and Development
Commission Secretary/CEO

The director research and development is responsible for overseeing the coordination of research in the electoral process, electoral reform, technology integration and operational support. A key part of this role is identification of key research areas in collaboration with other directorates and overseeing the planning and execution of research activities. The director is also responsible for overseeing the coordination of the development of the Commission’s strategy and the monitoring and evaluation.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Develop and ensure the implementation of research and development strategies in line with the Commission’s strategy;
  • Develop accountability structures, supervise periodic projects, reporting and monitor the performance indicators for the research and strategy departments;
  • Oversee the implementation of research activities including surveys, opinion polling, testing concepts in the electoral and operational areas;
  • Advise the Commission on best practices in electoral programming and reforms;
  • Oversee research on electoral aspects including representation, participation, education methodology, voter registration, gender and diversity concerns and advice on sustainable methods;
  • Oversee the timely development and review of the Commission’s strategy documents, work plans and reporting;
  • Ensure the directorate is adequately resourced by professional and competent personnel;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective policies, procedures, systems and processes for research, strategy, information management, library resources management, archiving and disposals;
  • Advise the Commission on institutional development, sustainability of the Commission’s programmes and the long term impact of its work;
  • Oversee the contracting and management of research and related service providers.
  • Any other duty as may be assigned.

Requirements For Appointment

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Social Sciences or Public/Business Administration;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Public/Business Administration;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years managerial or consultancy experience, three of which should be at Senior Level in Research and Development and/or strategy development and execution;
  • Must have evidence of research publications;
  • Must have evidence of successful grants acquisition/mobilization;
  • Demonstrated track record in coordinating development of strategy and successful implementation of social/development research projects;
  • Good knowledge/understanding of the electoral process is essential;
  • Leadership and people management Skills;
  • Possess good Planning and Coordination Skills;
  • Problem solving and analytical Skills;
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written Communication Skills; and
  • Ability to make critical and timely decisions in a highly sensitive environment.

Integrity Clearance

In addition to the qualifications set above, shortlisted applicants will be required to provide clearance from the following offices:

  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
  • Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
  • Higher Education Loans Board.
  • Professional bodies where applicable
  • Credit Reference Bureau Africa Ltd or Metropol Credit Reference Bureau

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