Head of Maritime Safety – Kenya Maritime Authority

Job Purpose:
Responsible for the implementation of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, KMA Act , relevant national legislation/policies/directives and International Conventions, in relation to maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment

Key Responsibilities / Duties / Tasks
Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities
Overseeing the implementation of international requirements through development of a national framework to ensure maritime safety in Kenyan waters.
Liaising with maritime organizations/institutions such as IACS, IMO and ILO on matters of common interest;
Protection of marine environment.
Coordinate search and rescue services
Development and implementation of Maritime Safety standards
Registration of vessels and seafarers
Ensure standardised Maritime Education and Training in Kenya
Overseeing the Receipt of wrecks and matters related to marine casualties
Effective and efficient management of human resource in the directorate
Preparation and submission of monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the department
Preparation and submission of reports required by international maritime organisation including IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS)
Update and revise any relevant policies adopted, as necessary in the maritime department

Operational Responsibilities / Tasks
To advise the Director General on maritime safety, security and marine environment issues
Responding to enquiries on various matters from ship-owners, seafarers, Government Agencies and individuals on maritime affairs;
Ensuring the departmental activities align to the Authority’s strategic plan
Implementing the Authority’s resolutions in matters pertaining to maritime safety, security and environmental protection;
To liaise with recognized maritime organizations and ship owners/managers in order to ensure effective implementation of international standards and carry out such investigations, audits, or inspections as deemed necessary.
Prepare draft Board and management papers for approval
Participate in the recruitment of staff within the department
Participate in the development and review of the Authority’s strategic plan
Respond to enquiries on various matters from ship-owners, seafarers, Ministry of Transport, Government Agencies and individuals in maritime industry;
Visit and inspect ships that may have defects/problems; and
Participate in various committees in the Authority as a member

Job Dimensions:
Financial Responsibility
Preparation and management of departmental budget
Ensuring revenue collection emanating from the departmental activities
Responsibility for Physical Assets
Responsible for assets assigned by the Authority
Decision Making / Job Influence
Makes technical, operational and financial decisions
Responsible for detentions and exemptions of ships calling Kenyan ports
Participates in international maritime convention development and negotiations
Plan and assign duties to departmental managers
Monitors managers’ work performance
Appraises/evaluates managers’ performance
Working Conditions
Office environment, but may visit port facilities, shipyards and board ships
Highly demanding
May need to work long hours
Interacts a lot with stakeholders, both locally and internationally
Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills)

Academic Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following; Nautical Science/ Marine Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering/ Naval Architecture or equivalent from a recognized institution;
Master Degree in any of the following; Maritime Affairs/ Nautical Science/ Marine Engineering/ Naval Architecture or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution will be an added advantage;
Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies
Unlimited Certificate of Competency as a Chief Engineer issued in accordance with the 1978 STCW Convention; or
Unlimited Certificate of Competency as a Master issued in accordance with the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended.
Previous relevant work experience required.
At least ten (10) years work experience in Ship construction or ship technical operation or ship survey, five (5) of which must be in a senior management position.

Functional Skills:
Diplomatic skills
Communication Skills
Computer proficiency
Analytical skills
Behavioral Competencies / Attributes:
Leadership Skills
Interpersonal skills
Time management skills

Method of Application
The candidates to be selected must adhere io the provisions of Chapter VI on Leadership and Integrity as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Interested candidates must submit certificates of compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Credit Reference Bureau, the Higher Education Loans Board and a Certificate of Good Conduct from the Criminal Investigations Department.

Prospective candidates should send soft copy applications enclosing detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic and professional certificates.
Applicants should indicate the position applied for in the application email subject matter.
KMA is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender equity and diversity.
Qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Note that canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Applications should be addressed to:

The Director General
Kenya Maritime Authority
P.O. Box 95076- 80104

Applications should be done in soft copy and sent to jobs@kma.go.ke not later than 1st June, 2020.