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Forest Conservation Committee (FCC) Chairpersons at Kenya Forest Service (KFS)

Kenya Forest Service is a corporate body established under the Forest Conservation and Management Act no 34 of 2016 (henceforth referred to as the Act). The Act which was operationalized on 31st March 2017, gave the Service’s mandate as “to provide for the development and sustainable management, including conservation and rational utilization of all forest resources for the socioeconomic development of the country and for connected purposes”.

Job Description

REF-KFS/FCC/2020

In accordance with Section 48 of the Forests Act, the Service created ten (10) Forest Conservancy Areas to oversee the proper and efficient management of forests, each with a ten (10) member Forest Conservation Committee (FCC) headed by chairperson who is appointed by the Board of Directors. The Service requests applicants to forward their applications for the positions of Forest Conservation Committee Chairpersons in the following Forest Conservancy Areas: Mau, Nyanza, Western, North Rift, Central Highlands, Ewaso North, North Eastern, Coast and Nairobi.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The FCC Chairperson will provide overall leadership of the FC to ensure quality performance and effective execution of the mandate and functions.
  • He/she will work closely with representatives from other government agencies (provincial administrative, agricultural and environment), representatives of the forest industry and Community Forestry Associations to ensure the sustainable management of the forest and allied resources.
  • Guide strategy and help define key issues for the FCC.
  • Chair FCC meetings and ensure preparation of papers, reports and decision-making.
  • Bring goodwill and enthusiasm to the FCC.
  • Maintain independence and objectivity in deliberating all FCC matters.
  • Encourage high standards of propriety, ensuring that FCC members comply with a Code of Conduct.
  • Provide an assessment of performance of individual FCC members.
  • Ensure succession plans are in place for the FCC
  • Ensure government policies, legislation and sustainable forest management practices are adhered to.

Academic qualifications, experience and other requirements

The applicant Must Have;

  • At least ten (10) years knowledge and experience in forestry management, five must have been senior management position with a large organization
  • Have at least an undergraduate degree in Forestry, Social Sciences or a related field from a recognized University
  • Be able to think strategically, communicate effectively and provide leadership
  • Have knowledge and understanding of public sector operational procedures
  • Reside in the respective Forest Conservancy Area where He /She wishes to serve
  • Be a Person of high integrity who meets requirements of the Constitution of Kenya

Declaration
In order to protect the Service and the FCC from potential ignominy, candidates must declare in their applications any conflict of interest in regard to their candidature for the respective FCC.

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