Roles and Responsibilities for the AfBSA Office

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AfBSA is continental, having its primary area of operation within the Continent of Africa and whose membership is primarily drawn from persons and institutions of Africa as hereinafter provided. Membership shall be drawn from both Francophone and Anglophone countries of Africa and worldwide.

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Executive Director

Executive Director- Prof Paul Okemo

Basic Function

Serves as chief staff executive, recommends and participates in the formulation of policies and makes decisions within existing policies as they have been approved by the Council. Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the staff, programs and activities of the association to assure that objectives are attained, plans fulfilled, and member needs met. Maintains effective internal and external relationships. Achieves economical productive performance, forward-looking programming, and constructive growth of the association.

Duties, Responsibilities and Authority

Within the limits of the constitution, bylaws and policies, the Executive Director is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the duties set forth below:

1. He/She shall be a member of the Board ex-officio.

2. Sees that the Council is kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the association and on all important factors influencing them. Attends all meetings of the Council.

3. Plans, formulates and recommends for the approval of the Council policies and programs that will further the objectives of the association.

4. Executes all decisions of the Council except when other assignments are specifically made by the Council.

5. Assist in Developing policies, procedures and programs to implement the general goals and objectives established by the Council.

6. Establishes a sound organization structure for the AfBSA office.

7. Directs and coordinates all approved programs, projects and major activities of the headquarters staff.

8. Recruits, hires, trains and motivates association staff personnel. Responsible for all promotions and terminations.

9. Obtains maximum utilization of staff by clearly defining their duties, establishing performance standards, conducting performance reviews and maintaining a competitive salary structure.

10. Provides the necessary liaison and staff support to teams and committees to enable them to properly perform their duties. Sees that committee decisions and recommendations are submitted to the Council for consideration and approval.

11. Executes contracts and commitments as may be authorized by the Council.

12. Maintains effective relationships with other organizations, both public and private, and sees that the position of the association and its members is enhanced in accordance with the goals and objectives of the organization.

13. In cooperation with the Secretary-Treasurer, develops, recommends and upon approval operates within an annual budget. Insures that all funds, physical assets, and other property of the association are appropriately administered and safeguarded.

14. Plans, organizes and directs membership promotion and retention programs, evaluates results and recommends policies, procedures and action to achieve membership goals. Collects dues and terminates delinquent members.

15. Plans and conducts annual membership meeting and conference, utilizing a volunteer advisory committee in the development and execution of conference programming. Exercises control of conference budget and all arrangements in an effort to meet financial objectives.

16. Maintains official minutes of the Council and other official meetings of the organization, provides security for all files, legal and historic documents, membership and mailing lists.

17. Responsible for the planning, promotion and administration of all official meetings of the organization.

18. Plans and executes all communications to the general membership which include journals, general mailings, news releases, research reports, publications, etc.

19. Provides marketing expertise within the framework of the association.

20. Represents the association in professional and positive manor when requested at meeting, hearings, and testimonials.

21. Maintains association management skills.

22. Carries out such other general responsibilities as may be delegated by the Council.


• Responsible to the Council for the administration of the AfBSA office and for proper interpretation and fulfillment of all functions, responsibilities, authority and relationships. Reports directly to the President.

• Works closely with the Council members in the execution of their responsibilities.

• Maintains relationships with other associations, industry, government, public service organizations, and vendors as are desirable or necessary in the best interests of the council and in conformity with the overall goals and objectives of the organization.

• Establishes such relationships as the Council may specify or as deemed advisable in the best interests of the association.

Primary Contacts

To send feedback, suggestions or register as a member please contact:

African Biological Safety Association

Fairlane House off Mbagathi Road

P.O Box 35749-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254-714283195, +254-020-5256052 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.