The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has re-advertised the position of the Chief Executive Officer (Ceo) ten months after applicants were interviewed and shortlisted. Eligible candidates in the fresh round of recruitment of the lucrative post must submit their application by Tuesday next week.
“Kemsa is seeking to recruit a transformative, visionary and goal driven individual with ability to drive organization change, to fill the position of the Chief Executive Officer.” The advert reads in part.
Those eying the position must be holders of degree in pharmacy or medicine gained from a recognised university in Kenya and a minimum 15 years working experience in the relevant field. In last year’s initial advertisement for the same post, five candidates were shortlisted for the position of the Ceo post.
They included; Dr Jonah Manjari Mwangi, Dr Waqo Dulacha Ejersa, Dr Stephen Njuguna Waiguru and Dr Njeri. The appointee will take over from Philip Omondi Odhiambo who has been serving in an acting capacity after the retirement of John Munyu on medical grounds.
KEMSA is a state corporation under the Ministry of Health established under the KEMSA Act 2013 mandated to procure warehouse and distribute drugs and medical supplies to prescribed public health programmes, the national strategic stock reserve, prescribed essential health packages, national referral hospitals and county public hospitals.
In November 2015, KEMSA and USAID signed a Sh65 billion (USD 650 million) five year contract that has seen KEMSA procure, warehouse and distribute medicines for HIV, Malaria and others to public health facilities as an agent of the US Government.
They include pharmaceuticals, supplies, food commodities, laboratory reagents and equipment. The five-year Sh65 billion deal will be in force until 2020. In this second phase of the deal, USAID is supporting KEMSA to supply of HIV/Aids test kits and medications, contraceptives, malaria test kits and drugs as well as maternal and child-health equipment for all public hospitals across the 47 counties.