Principal Standards Officer Jobs at East African Community

Principal Standards Officer

(REF: EAC/HR/2015-2016/028)

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and result-driven professional who is a citizen of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community - Secretariat:
Organ / Institution: The Secretariat
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Job Grade: P3
Job reports to: Director, Trade

Job Purpose:

To provide technical and advisory services related to Standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing (SQMT)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Supervision of staff and planning of activities of the Standards, Quality, Metrology and Testing Department
  2. Strengthen the coordination mechanism for SQMT activities at the EAC Secretariat and contribute to an increased awareness about SQMT issues;
  3. Promote the implementation of the EAC SQMT Act, 2006, the Strategic Plan and the EAC SQMT regional projects and monitor progress;
  4. Develop indicators that allow an impact-oriented monitoring;
  5. Organise meetings of the East African Standards Committee and the Sub-Committees on Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing, and East African  Accreditation Board;
  6. Contribute to the Development of annual work plans for the Technical Sub-Committees, approved by East African Standards committee ;
  7. Facilitate publishing of the EAC Standards and establishment of an EAC Standards Catalogue;
  8. Maintain and update the EAC Standards Catalogue;
  9. Maintain a harmonious relationship with the heads and technical officers in the National Bureaus of Standards (NSBs) and National Accreditation Bodies/Focal Points;
  10. Liaise with stakeholders concerning awareness / networking on SQMT activities and together continuously conduct searches to ensure that all agreed standards are up to date;
  11. Coordinate Peer Assessment of National  Standards Institutions;
  12. Act as a focal point with regional and international SQMT organisations like SADC, SQAM, ARSO, ISO;
  13. Assist in the mobilization of funding of SQMT activities at the Community;
  14. Develop and disseminate information materials to stakeholders and target groups;
  15. Implement Council decisions and prepare progress and annual reports.

Qualifications and Experience:

A Masters degree in Science   or equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institution. MBA or Postgraduate Qualification in Management will be an added advantage.
At least 10 years of relevant experience within an EAC Partner State Quality Institutions or a relevant  organisation related with   SQMT field, five (5) years of which  at a Senior level.

Skills and Competencies:

Strong technical and analytical capabilities and skills for developing mechanisms for data collection; Excellent drafting and report writing skills; Excellent organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks without compromising quality and team spirit building skills; Excellent Computer skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work independently in a diverse environment.

Education Qualifications and Relevant Working Experience:

Education Qualifications:
All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.
All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.
Relevant Work Experience:
Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.


Applicants from all five (5) Partner States are eligible to apply for this position.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once and is subject to the application of the EAC Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:

This post offers attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three (3) referees, and a copy of National Identity Card, Birth Certificate or Passport showing the date of birth.
Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and the envelope. For electronic submissions, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and forward to the address given below.
Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Monday 15th August 2016, 17:00Hrs.

Please note:
  1. You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
  2. Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates; or fail to provide three referees shall be disqualified.
  3. Only qualified candidates will be contacted
  4. EAC Staff Rules and Regulations prevent consideration of applicants above 55 years of age.
Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews shall be done in writing
The Director, 
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
10th Floor PPF Tower
Cnr of Ohio Street & Garden Avenue
P O Box 1559 Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Fax +255(22) 2116379
E-mail: esd@deloitte.co.tz

Application Deadline:

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 5:00pm
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