Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA)

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Chief Executive Officer

Job summary

The job holder is responsible for providing overall leadership and administration of the Authority’s operations overseeing all the strategic, operational and financial management of the Authority under the guidance of the Board of Directors. He/she will be required to develop and champion a bold and compelling strategy that inspires commitment across the Authority to meet KEMSA’s mandate.


  • Leadership and technical capabilities
  • Provide strategic leadership to the Authority and all its departments in the achievement of KEMSA’s mandate.
  • Prepare the annual budgets and procurement plans and establish proper internal controls.
  • Lead in the planning, development and execution of strategic and operational goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement best corporate governance practices in the Authority including crafting of new or enhancing existing policies and procedures. Oversee the development and implementation of the annual organisational work plan and budgets.
  • Implement policies and programmes across the Authority ensuring alignment with the Authority’s philosophy, vision, mission and core values and reporting thereon to the Board.
  • Develop and implement deliberate and sustainable social enterprise initiatives that provide a surplus for the Authority.
  • Lead the day to day running and operation of the Authority including providing leadership to senior management and staff to ensure excellent performance in line with KEMSA’s mandate.
  • Management of funds, property and affairs of the Authority.
  • Coordinate and champion the digital transformation of the Authority in delivering KEMSA’s mandate.
  • Lead the implementation of universal healthcare by KEMSA in liaison with the Ministry of Health, County Governments and other associated stakeholders. Lead and champion international best practices in operations, quality assurance and competitiveness of the Authority.
  • Source, lead, coach and develop a strong management team, while fostering a culture of coaching and mentoring to ensure competitive advantage in human capital assets in the Authority.
  • Implement a culture of innovation and initiate organisation wide process re-engineering, leveraging on the Authority’s existing internal infrastructure and ensuring programmatic objectives are supported internally.
  • Establish strong networks and partnerships for growth, ensuring enhanced public image and reputation.
  • Coordinate all stakeholder management initiatives, maintaining key relationships with the National government and County governments, key stakeholders, development partners and media, while spearheading collaboration and engagement.
  • Provide regular, thorough and prompt communication to the Board on key technical, financial and administrative matters
  • Operational responsibilities
  • Oversee budget allocation and advise leaders on use across the Authority.
  • Manage the performance of assigned team and coach them to develop their competencies.
  • Carry out any other role as assigned by the Board of Directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields; Pharmacy, Medicine, Business Management, Finance, Supply Chain Management or any other related field from a recognized University.
  • Post Graduate degree in any of the following fields; Pharmacy, Medicine, Business Management, Finance, Supply Chain Management or any other related field from a recognized University.
  • Minimum of 12 years’ experience in position of senior management for a period of at least five (5) years preferably in health, supply chain management, commer- cial or public sector.
  • Over 5 years’ experience in management of diverse donor funded projects/ strategic partnerships.
  • Certificate in Strategic Leadership Program of not less than 6 weeks from the Kenya School of Government or any other reputable institution.
  • Certification in Corporate Governance from a reputable institution.
  • Membership Certification from relevant professional body and in good standing.

Technical competencies

  • Strategy and corporate planning
  • Financial management
  • Asset and fund management
  • Commercial awareness
  • Health and product knowledge
  • Supply chain management
  • Demand forecasting and planning
  • Strong leadership skills

Behavioral competencies

  • Warehousing and distribution of medical supplies
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Program management
  • Diplomacy and strategic communication
  • ICT competency skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Influencing and consensus-building Strong interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Networking skills
  • Team-working skills

Method of Application

The successful candidate will be required to satisfy the following requirements of Chapter Six (6) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010:

  • Police Clearance Certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) Clearance
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Clearance Clearance from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

Interested candidates who meet the requirements should submit the following: The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority is an Equal Opportunity documents:

  • A Cover Letter
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) with names and contacts of three (3) referees.
  • A copy of the National Identity Card
  • Certified copies of Academic and Professional Certicates

Applications to be submitted to the following address:

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The Chairperson,
Kenya Medical Supplies Authority,
National Supply Chain Centre, Nairobi
Off North Airport Road, opposite KQ Pride Centre, P.O. Box 47715-0010,

Online applications can be submitted via Email: Applications should be received before 5 p.m. on 11th June 2024
NOTE: Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

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