Independent Senior Investigations Officer

at Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted April 20, 2021
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency KES


The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) was established through an Act of Parliament published in November 2011 to provide for civilian oversight over the work of the police in Kenya. The inaugural Board was sworn into office in June 2012. Vision: A robust civilian accountability mechanism that promotes public trust and confidence in the National Police Service. Mission: To conduct impartial and independent investigations, inspections, audits and monitoring of the National Police Service to prevent impunity and enhance professionalism in the interest of the public


The Senior Investigations Officer will conduct investigations into serious complaints related to offences committed by any member of the Service as provided and guided under Section 6, 7, 24 and 25 of the IPOA Act. The Position is responsible to the Head of Investigations.

Job Description

Specific duties and responsibilities will entail: –

  • Conduct investigations into serious complaints related to offences committed by any member of the Service;
  • Support prosecution process in courts;
  • Record proceedings of Team operational meetings;
  • Review of patterns and trends of police misconduct;
  • Record proceedings of Departmental operational meetings;
  • Prepare procurement requisitions for effective team investigations operations;
  • Provide briefs on investigations activities and operations to the Team Leader;
  • Prepare investigations work plans for approval;
  • Compile investigations case files for quality reports;
  • Prepare annual budget, workplan and procurement plan;
  • Engage stakeholders’ in investigations operations;
  • Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual performance and Annual reports;
  • Mentor and couch investigators;
  • Supervise and appraise direct reports and identify their training needs;


  1. Must be a citizen of Kenya.
  2. Meets the requirements of Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya (certificates to be presented during the interview).

Job Specifications

For appointment at this position, a candidate must have: –

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, Social Science, Military/ Police Science or any other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Served for a minimum period of three (3) years in the grade of Investigations Officer at IPOA or six (6) years in a comparable and relevant position in the Public Service or Private Sector.
  • A certificate in investigations course.
  • Computer application skills
  • Registered with a relevant professional body where applicable.

Required behavioral and functional skills:

  • Transparency and accountability
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Team player
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Resilience
  • Independence
  • Investigations Skills
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Planning Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Evidence analysis and Analytical skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Negotiation Skills

Applying Instructions

Interested persons who meet the requirements should submit their application through Post Office, email, online or by hand delivery, clearly indicating the position and job reference number, on both the cover letter, envelope and email applications, together with a detailed CV, copies of academic certificates, national identity card, names and telephone contacts of three referees to:

Director/Chief Executive Officer,
Independent Policing Oversight Authority,

1st Ngong Avenue,
ACK Garden Annex, 2nd Floor,

P.O Box 23035 – 00100,


Online application portal:

IPOA is an equal opportunity employer and shall not in its recruitment discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, ethnic origin, political affiliation, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, disability, health or social status. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

IPOA does not engage any recruitment agencies and no medical examination is required before one attends an interview.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Closing Date : 4th May, 2021

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