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RBA Research and Development Economist Job Vacancy

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Retirement Benefit Authority (RBA) is a State Corporation set up to regulate and supervise the retirement benefit sector in Kenya.

RBA is established through the Retirement Benefit Act (No. 3 of 1997)

In an effort to enhance the operations of the existing team as well as increase its effectiveness in service delivery, RBA is seeking to recruit high caliber result-oriented persons with exceptional communication and IT skills who will work flexibly in a small but highly professional team and respond imaginatively to varied and demanding range of tasks.

Interested persons who are comfortable in high performance environment and have the ability to turn strategy into practical measures complexity and detail are invited to apply for the following vacancy:

Economist - Research and Development

Department: Research and Development
Location: Nairobi
Section: Research
Job Grade: RBA 5

Reports to: Manager Research and Development
Subordinates: Research Officers

Job Role:

Responsible to the Research and Development Manager for planning, designing, conducting and coordinating research studies and surveys aimed at assessing, evaluating, establishing and developing new policies, systems and strategies that will spur the development and growth of the pensions industry.

Specific duties include conducting and coordinating research in partnership with multi-disciplinary research teams as well as national, regional and international collaborators to develop effective policies, systems and processes aimed at tracking performance and invigorating the pension industry.

Other duties include publishing, packaging and disseminating research finding to promote the development and growth of the pension industry

Key Result Areas:

Undertake Research
• Initiate and co-ordinate the identification of research topics that address industry problems
• Select, undertake research and report research findings
• Collaborate, liaise and cordinate research undertakings with Universities
• Plan and design research proposals for out- sourced research activities
• Peer review and commentary on research of fellow staff
• Co-ordinate and organise Research Panel Sessions
• Create and maintain statistical databases for the pension industry
Contribute to policy formulation
• Co-ordinate Development of Budget Memorandum
• Liaise with stakeholders and staff to submit and present policy concerns for the industry for consideration
• Develop practice notes
• Participate in dissemination of policies to stakeholders through appropriate outlets

Product Development and Innovation
• Propose and Participate in the Initiation and development of innovative products and services for the Pension Industry as a whole
• Participate in monitoring the implementation of the Product
Stakeholder Relations
• Participate in external stakeholder programmes
• Strengthen institutional relationships and promote dialogue with service providers through participation in joint research activities, evaluations and sharing of results
• Participate in acivities and sessions that generate goodwill and advance the mission of RBA
• Cultivate a network of strong and lasting parnterships with stakeholders and relevant Government Departments

Quality Management System
• Participate in identifying, documenting, reviewing and implementing departmental Standard Operating Procedures
• Participate in Internal and External Audit preparation and interviews
• Participate in identifying areas of non conformance and implementing corrective and improvement areas
• Participation as an ISO Internal Auditor
• Participate in identifying departmental risks and mitigants

Administrative Issues
• Perform general administrative and operations-based tasks as deemed necessary by the Manager, Research and Development
• Take initiatives in Manager's absence
• Support other members of the department

• Master of Arts in Economics + Bachelor of Arts Economics ( First Class Honours)
Professional Qualifications
• Ideal: CFA part 1 or equivalent
Experience: 4 to 6 years

Age: 30-35

If your background, qualification, experience and competence match the above specification please submit your detailed CV, indicating day time telephone numbers, address and names of three referees to the address below not later than 31st January 2010, quoting the position applied for in a sealed cover.

The Chief Executive,
Retirement Benefits Authority,
Rahimtulla Tower - 13th Floor,
Upper Hill Road,
P.O. Box 57733 - 00200, Nairobi.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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