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Deputy Director of Security

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health. Vision: Healthy plants, safe trade and sustainable aggro-environment for a prosperous Kenya. Mission: To provide a science based regulatory service by assuring plant health, quality of agricultural inputs and produce for food security, globally competitive agriculture and sustainable development. Core values Customer focus Professionalism and Integrity Teamwork Results oriented Innovation and Creativity Corporate social sustainability Strategic Objectives To protect plants from pests, weeds and invasive species. To facilitate review and strengthening of the policy, legal and regulatory framework, so that it is in tandem with both local and international agricultural sector emerging issues. To contribute towards improved levels of agricultural productivity. To support compliance to market requirements. To build adequate technical and infrastructural capacity to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of the KEPHIS mandate. To mobilize adequate financial resources and ensure optimal allocation and utilization to enable full implementation of planned programmers and activities. To enhance synergies through information and resource sharing with stakeholders and partners. To enhance the visibility and corporate image of KEPHIS


Job Specification

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Overall supervision of the security functions in the Service;
  • Coordinating, formulating and implementing security management policies, strategies and standard operating procedures;
  • Supervising security officers and outsourced security personnel;
  • Ensure the security, safety and well-being of all personnel, visitors and the premises;
  • Secure premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting buildings, equipment and access points; permitting entry;
  • Ensure operation of security equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques;
  • Respond to emergencies to provide necessary assistance to employees and customers;
  • Protect the Service’s assets relative to theft, assault, fire and other safety issues;
  • Maintain environment by monitoring and setting building and equipment controls;
  • Maintain organization's stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements; 
  • Investigate security breaches;
  • Prevent losses and damage by reporting irregularities, informing violators of policy and procedures; restraining trespassers;
  • Complete reports by recording observations, information, occurrences and surveillance activities; interviewing witnesses; obtaining signatures;
  • Maintain environment by monitoring and setting building and equipment controls;
  • Maintain organization's stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements;
  • Adhere to all company service and operating standards;
  • Ensure institutional compliance with relevant laws and regulations governing security;
  • Follow procedures for various initiatives, including fire prevention, property patrol, traffic control and accident investigations;
  • Liaise with external security providers to ensure the institution is secured.

Person Specification

For appointment to this grade a candidate must have

  • At least ten (10) years’ experience, with three (3) as a senior officer in Government Security Systems;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Security Management or elated discipline;
  • Master’s degree in Criminology/Security Management or related field;
  • Membership of a relevant professional body in good standing is a must;
  • Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks;
  • Compliance with chapter six of the constitution.


  • Written and Verbal Communication;
  • Following Complex Instructions;
  • Interpersonal Skills;
  • Surveillance Skills;
  • Judgment;
  • Objectivity;
  • Dependability;
  • Emotional Control;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Proficiency in Computer applications skills; Reporting Skills.


  • Knowledge of Security Operations and Procedure;
  • Manage Multiple Tasks;
  • Knowledge of Basic Security and Fire Inspection Procedures;
  • Safety Management.

Method of Application

Applicants should visit the online portal located in the Careers section of KEPHIS website ( to submit applications electronically. Clearly indicate the position and the vacancy number on the subject line, with a detailed curriculum vitae, certified copies of academic and professional certificates, transcripts, national identification cards and any other supporting documents (as pdf attachments) not later than 13th February, 2024 at 5.00 p.m.

KEPHIS is an equal opportunity employer. Potential candidates from marginalized communities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to avail their original and certified copies of the relevant certificates & transcripts and original national identity card during the interview.
  • Successful candidates must obtain and submit valid clearance certificates from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA); Higher Education Loans Board (HELB); Directorate of Criminal Investigation and an approved Credit Reference Bureau as per Chapter six of the Constitution.

The Managing Director
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) P.O. Box 49592-00100

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