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Chief Executive Officer

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service is the student placement agency of the Government of Kenya and is established under the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012. Our Mission is to nurture careers through advisory services and placement of students to education and training institutions. Our Vision is to be an equitable, fair and efficient Placement Service.
The Mandate of the Placement Service is to coordinate the placement of Government sponsored students to universities and colleges; disseminate information on available programmes, their costs, and the areas of study prioritised by the Government; collect and retain data relating to university and college placement; advise the Government on matters relating to University and College student placement; develop career guidance programmes for the benefit of students; and perform other functions assigned under the Act.
The Placement Service Board now seeks to recruit a Chief Executive Officer/Secretary to the Board to manage and direct operations of the KUCCPS Secretariat for the full realization of the Corporation’s mandate and the accomplishment of its goals, while observing the expected standards of integrity, accountability and ethics.
Minimum Qualifications
a) Have a minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant work experience and at least ten (10) years distinguished career in a senior management position in a reputable institution either in the private or public sector;
b) Have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution;
c) Have a Master’s Degree in any of the following fields: Education, Business, Social Sciences or any other relevant and equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
d) Have professional qualification and membership to a relevant professional body, where applicable;
e) Must have undertaken Leadership courses from recognized institutions;
f) Must fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.
g) In addition, applicants should have clearance certificates from the following bodies:
i. Kenya Revenue Authority;
ii. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
iii. Higher Educations Loans Board;
iv. A licensed Credit Reference Bureau;
v. Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Core Competencies
a) Transformative leadership (visionary, inspirational, change champion, people leader and business driver);
b) Acumen in Resource planning and management.
c) Leadership and Managing performance for outcomes.
d) Building organizational capability and establishing strategic directions.
e) Strength in implementing Policies and strategies.
f) Adept at building Stakeholder relationships and networks.
g) International exposure and establishing strategic partnerships.
The successful candidate will be engaged on a five [5] year contract renewable once subject to satisfactory performance.


Reporting to the Board, the CEO will provide visionary leadership in setting short-term and long-term objectives. The CEO should have an appealing demeanour that inspires the trust and confidence of all stakeholders.
Consequently, the successful applicant will be responsible for:
a) Developing and recommending to the Board long term strategies, business plans, and annual operating budget;
b) Establishing proper internal monitoring and control systems and procedures;
c) Ensuring compliance with Constitutional and Statutory requirements in the Placement Service activities;
d) Ensuring prudent management of resources of the Placement Service;
e) Coordinating placement of government sponsored students to universities and colleges;
f) Ensuring effective and efficient dissemination of information on programmes;
g) Developing, leading and continuously nurturing a team of highly motivated and talented human capital in creating a culture of excellence in performance, and remaining focused;
h) Ensuring continuous improvement in the quality and value of services and products provided by the corporation;
i) Developing and driving initiatives aimed at achieving medium and long term, transformative and sustainable goals ;
j) Preparing and coordinating business related proposals, reports and other submissions for consideration by the Board;
k) Ensuring continuous achievement of the corporation’s financial and operating goals and objectives;
l) Overseeing and ensuring implementation of corporate policies and programs; and
m) Ensuring proper custody of institutional assets.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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