28 Apr 2021

Rail Development Manager – Civil Engineering at Kenya Railways

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Job Description

The current rail network in Kenya is the metre gauge commonly referred to as ‘The Lunatic Line’. It was initially named the ‘Uganda Railway’ after its destination. Its construction began in the Port city of Mombasa in 1896 and was completed in 1901 at the lines terminus in Kisumu. Operations on the line commenced in 1903. The Lunatic Line links Kampala in Uganda with the Indian Ocean town of Mombasa. Branch lines were built to Thika in 1913, Lake Magadi in 1915, Kitale in 1926, Naro Moru in 1927 and from Tororo to Soroti in 1929. In 1929, the Uganda railway became Kenya Uganda Railways & Habours. In 1931, a branchline to Mount Kenya was completed and the main line was extended from Nakuru to Kampala in Uganda. The line is 1,000 mm and is a single track all through with occasional sidings and passing points to deal with opposing traffic.

Ref: KRBR103

Reports to the General Manager Infrastructure. Responsible for development and maintenance of railway infrastructure in accordance with approved Engineering standards and best industry practice to guarantee safe movement of trains.

Duties and responsibilities Duties

  1. Participates in project conceptualization and preparation of identified infrastructure projects
  2. Responsible for implementation of approved railway infrastructure projects
  3. Manages outsourced contractors/ consultants
  4. Certifies payment certificates for outsourced contractors
  5. Participates in stakeholder engagement to create awareness and support of the corporation’s infrastructure projects
  6. Facilitates development of engineering development and maintenance policies and standards
  7. Responsible for planning and development of major rehabilitation works
  8. Responsible for planning, execution and maintenance of permanent way infrastructure, bridges, and civil works
  9. Responsible for tools, plant & equipment’s (Heavy earth moving equipment, ballast tamping machines etc.) for maintenance and capital works
  10. Responsible for production facilities (depots, sleeper press)
  11. Oversees the determination of maximum allowable section speed and imposition and lifting of Temporary Speed Restrictions across the network and imposition of strategic line blocks
  12. Facilitates approval for movement of out of gauge load in accordance to the standard dimensions.
  13. Participates in preparation and updating of asset register for the railway and marine infrastructure
  14. Reviews and provides guidance on way leave application on railway right of Way to ensure railway safety is safeguarded.
  15. Undertakes regular track inspection throughout the network to ensure maintenance schedules and practices are adhered to.
  16. Ensure track availability for train operations as per best industry practice
  17. Oversees investigation of railway accident/incidents in respect to Permanent Way infrastructure for expeditious restoration of the line.

Requirements for the Job

  1. Master Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  2. Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  3. A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in relevant work and at least three (3) years in a management role in the Public Service or in the Private Sector;
  4. Registered by Engineers Board of Kenya as a Professional Engineer with a post registration experience of at least six (8) years;
  5. Valid Annual Practicing License from the Engineers Board of Kenya;
  6. Certification in Project Management from a recognized institution
  7. Certificate in Project Management.
  8. Certificate in Supervisory Course for at least two (2) weeks from a recognized institution
  9. Certificate in Leadership Course for at least four (4) weeks from a recognized institution.
  10. Membership of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK).
  11. Proficiency in computer applications.
  12. Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution


An attractive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the right candidate.

Method of Application

When applying, quote the Job reference number on the envelope and application letter.

Interested and qualified candidates MUST complete the Kenya Railways application form KR/HR/08, attach their testimonials, certificates, copy of their National Identification Card (ID) and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

In compliance with the Chapter Six of the Constitution, attach the following documents:
  1. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)
  2. Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  3. Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  4. Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  5. Clearance from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
Applications to be addressed to the:

Managing Director,
Kenya Railways,
P.O. Box 30121, 00100,

Note: Only the short listed candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Closing Date : 12th May, 2021


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