Kenya Forest Service (KFS) – Commandant Grade 2

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Kenya Forest Service (KFS)

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) – Commandant Grade 2

About Us:

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is a State Corporation mandated to protect, conserve, develop, and sustainably manage forests and allied resources for environmental stability and socio-economic benefits. We aim to achieve a 30% tree cover by 2032 and provide technical advisory services to County Governments for devolved forestry functions.

Position: Commandant Grade 2 (REF KFS/C/2023)

  • Job Type: Three (3) Year Contract (Renewable)
  • Reports to: Chief Conservator of Forests

Job Responsibilities:

1. Administration and Operations

  • Efficiently manage day-to-day operations of the Directorate of Protection and Security.

2. Resource Mobilization

  • Develop strategies for resource mobilization within the Directorate.

3. Policy Development

  • Lead in developing and reviewing policies, legislations, strategies, and projects.

4. Budget Planning and Implementation

  • Plan, prepare, implement, and monitor budgets for the Directorate.

5. Advisory Role

  • Provide advice to the Service on forest protection and security matters.

6. Performance Management

  • Supervise, appraise, and develop officers within the Directorate.

7. Legal Compliance

  • Liaise with Head Legal on law enforcement matters and prosecution of forest offenses.

8. Equipment Management

  • Ensure effective handling, maintenance, and safe custody of security equipment.

9. Recruitment and Training

  • Oversee recruitment, training, promotion, and deployment of Rangers.

10. Collaboration

  • Establish effective collaboration with security agencies, communities, and stakeholders for law enforcement.

11. Safety and Security

  • Ensure the safety of personnel, equipment, and installations.

12. Training Programs

  • Coordinate training for officers and oversee the management of the Forest Law Enforcement Academy.

13. Infrastructural Plans

  • Implement Forest Protection and Security infrastructural plans.

14. Vehicle and Equipment Provision

  • Provide vehicles, security equipment, and welfare for Protection and Security personnel.

15. Modern Tools Procurement

  • Plan and procure modern tools, equipment, and uniforms for effective service delivery.

16. Emergency Response

  • Develop and implement emergency response programs.

17. Planning and Budgeting

  • Lead in planning and developing work plans, budgets, and performance contracts for the Directorate.

18. Multi-Agency Operations

  • Participate in multi-agency and security operations.

19. Training Policy Review

  • Review Protection and Enforcement training policy, curriculum, and programs.

20. Dress Code Enforcement

  • Develop and enforce the service uniform dress code.

Job Requirements:


  • Degree in Security Studies, Forestry, Social Sciences, or equivalent.
  • Master’s Degree in Security Studies or relevant social science.
  • Twelve (12) years in security, four (4) in senior management.
  • National Defence Course Kenya or equivalent.
  • Relevant professional qualifications and membership.
  • Strategic Leadership course (minimum four weeks).
  • Proficiency in Computer Applications.
  • Chapter six of the constitution of Kenya 2010 compliance.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Dynamic and strategic mindset.
  • Inspiring and motivational leadership.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong leadership and command abilities.
  • Decisive and authoritative decision-making.
  • Effective supervisor with training and mentoring skills.
  • Conflict resolution expertise.
  • Fair, just, and firm leadership.
  • High integrity, ethics, and visionary transformational leadership.

How to apply;


Step 1:

Interested candidates who meet the requirements are asked to apply by visiting Kenya Forest Service website: and select the JOBS TAB to proceed with the online registration. Following successful online registration, the candidates will receive a notification email.

Step 2:

In addition to the online registration, applicants MUST PRINT and attach the NOTIFICATION EMAIL as the first page of the hard copy application. The hard copy application should clearly indicate reference number for the position applied for and attaching current curriculum vitae (clearly indicating the mobile number, names and contact details of three referees), copies of relevant testimonials, academic and professional certificates and a copy of National identity card. The application should clearly be marked with reference number for the position applied for and should either be sent through the post office or hand delivered to the address provided below in a sealed envelope marked “APPLICATION FOR (WRITE POSITION & REFERENCE); so as to reach Kenya Forest Service not later than Tuesday, 28th November, 2023 by 5.00pm.

NB: The application will not be considered complete unless the two steps are successfully undertaken. Further, submission of the application through email shall not be considered.


Chief Conservator of Forests,

Kenya Forest Service, Karura, Off Kiambu Road,

P. O. Box 30513 – 00100, G.P.O.




1. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the requirements of chapter six of the constitution of Kenya 2010 during interviews.

2.Convassing will lead to disqualification. The Service is ISO accredited and an equal opportunity employer. Applicants living with disabilities and those from marginalized areas and minority communities are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Tips to Be a Successful Applicant:

1. Tailor Your Application:

  • Align your skills and experiences with the specific requirements of the role.

2. Showcase Leadership:

  • Highlight instances where you demonstrated strong leadership and command skills.

3. Emphasize Communication:

  • Clearly articulate your communication skills in various contexts.

4. Provide Training Examples:

  • Share experiences where you successfully led training programs.

5. Demonstrate Conflict Resolution:

  • Illustrate instances where you effectively resolved conflicts within a team.

6. Highlight Emergency Response:

  • Showcase your involvement in planning and executing emergency response programs.

7. Stress Collaboration Skills:

  • Emphasize your ability to collaborate with various stakeholders and security agencies.

8. Discuss Resource Mobilization:

  • Provide examples of your contribution to resource mobilization efforts.

9. Showcase Policy Development:

  • Demonstrate your involvement in developing and reviewing policies.

10. Exhibit Visionary Leadership:

  • Share instances where you exhibited visionary and transformative leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Q: What are the contract terms for this position?

  • A: The position is on a Three (3) Year Contract term, renewable based on performance.

2. Q: Is the National Defence Course Kenya mandatory for this role?

  • A: Yes, completion of the National Defence Course Kenya or its equivalent is required.

3. Q: Are there specific computer applications proficiency requirements?

  • A: Yes, candidates should demonstrate proficiency in relevant computer applications.

4. Q: How can I comply with chapter six of the constitution of Kenya 2010?

  • A: Ensure adherence to the requirements outlined in chapter six of the constitution.

5. Q: Can I apply if my Master’s degree is not in Security Studies?

  • A: Yes, as long as the degree is in a relevant social science field.

6. Q: Are there opportunities for career advancement within the Directorate?

  • A: Yes, career advancement opportunities will be available based on performance.

7. Q: What kind of emergency response programs have been implemented in the past?

  • A: The candidate will play a key role in planning and executing emergency response programs.

8. Q: How can I contribute to the attainment of 30% tree cover by 2032?

  • A: The role involves ensuring the enforcement of forest laws, directly contributing to this goal.

9. Q: Is there room for creativity in developing forest protection and security work plans?

  • A: Yes, the candidate will lead in planning and developing innovative work plans.

10. Q: What is the dress code for officers within the Directorate?

  • A: The candidate will be responsible for the development and enforcement of the service uniform dress code.

Join us in making a significant impact on Kenya’s environmental and socio-economic future!

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