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Applications for the 2019 Recruitment of KDF Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women are now open.
Interested individuals are highly warned that the exercise is corruption free and should report any cases of the vice to the relevant authorities.

General Qualifications


  • Must be Kenyan citizen and no dual citizenship
  • Have a valid Kenyan National ID card ( 4 copies of National ID card and PIN certificate
  • Be physically and Medically fit in accordance to the KDF standards
  • Age - not above 30 years for specialist officers and Tradesmen/women and not above 39 years for Chaplains/ Imams
  • Have no criminal records
  • Minimum height - men 1.6 m or 5 ft 3 in / women -1.52m or 5ft
  • Minimum weight -men 54.55kgs / women 50kgs
  • Women must be NOT pregnant at the time of recruitment and the entire period of training.

Specific Qualifications

Specialist Officers


(1) Medical Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and be registered with Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB)
(2) Pharmacists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB). 
(3) Nursing Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and be registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK). 
(4) Dentists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB). 
(5) Laboratory Technologists. Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology/Medical Laboratory Science. 
(6) Counselling Psychologists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling Psychology.
(7) Public Health Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health/Environmental Science. 
(8) Cyber Security/Digital Forensic/IT Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science/Information Technology /SoftwareEngineering/Networking. Certification in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical hacking or Information Security analysis will be added advantage. 
(9) Engineers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical, Electrical & Electronics, Telecommunication, Instrumentation and Control, Mechanical, Marine, Biomedical, Naval Architecture and Mechatronics Engineering and be registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK). 
(10) Journalists. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication majoring either in Broadcast Production or Public Relations with at least two (2) years working experience. 
(11) Lawyers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized University, be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, hold a current and valid practicing certificate with at least two (2) years practicing experience. Experience in litigation will be an added advantage. 
(12) Physical Training Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science or Bachelor of Education (Physical Education). 
(13) Finance/Accounting Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Accounting option). 
(14) Music Specialists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Music. 
(15) Chaplains/Imams. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Islamic studies from a recognized Institution. Protestant Churches and Roman Catholic Chaplains must be ordained Ministers and recommended by Archbishop and 
Episcopal Conference respectively. Imams must be recommended by the Chief Kadhi. 
(16) Hospitality Management/Catering Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality management/Food production
(17) Entrepreneurship and Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship.
(18) Statistics Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Actuarial Science. 
(19) Procurement & Supply Chain Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management /Purchasing & Supplies Management. 
(20) Library and Information Officers. Must hold at least Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science. 
(21) Project Managers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.
(22) Quantity Surveyors. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Survey and registered with Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS). 
(23) Oceanographers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography. 
(24) Dock Masters. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science. 


Tradesmen/Women

Diploma Holders in : 


(a) Accounting/Finance/CPA II 
(b) Aeronautical Engineering (A&E) 
(c) Archives and Record Management 
(d) Automotive Engineering 
(e) Building and Construction 
(f) Carpentry and Joinery 
(g) Community Health & Development 
(h) Community Health Nursing (KRCHN) 
(i) Computer Science/Information Technology 
(j) Counseling Psychology 
(k) Electrical and Electronics Engineering 
(l) Electrical and Instrumentation/Control Engineering 
(m) Human Resource Management 
(n) Journalism (Print Journalist, Audio - Visual Producer) 
(o) Marine Engineering 
(p) Mechanical Engineering (Plant/Production) 
(q) Medical Laboratory 
(r) Music 
(s) Painting/Coating Technology 
(t) Para Legal 
(u) Pharmaceutical Technology 
(v) Plumbing and Pipe Fitting/Plumbing Technology 
(w) Project Planning and Management 
(x) Public Health/Environmental Science 
(y) Purchasing and Supplies Management 
(z) Radiography 
(aa) Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 
(bb) Research Skills Development 
(cc) Sales and Marketing 
(dd) Tailoring 
(ee) Telecommunication Engineering 
(ff) Warehouse/Store Keeping Management 
(gg) Welding & Fabrication



Certificate Holders in : 


(a) Auto/Motor Vehicle Electrical 
(b) Automotive/Motor Vehicle Mechanics 
(c) Carpentry and Joinery 
(d) Composite Manufacturing Technology 
(e) Electrical and Electronics 
(f) Marine/Ship Construction 
(g) Masonry and Brick Laying 
(h) Plant Mechanics 
(j) Plant Operations (Heavy Plant/Crane/Forklift/Tug Operations) 
(k) Plumbing and Pipe Fitting 
(l) Welding and Fabrication 


How To Apply

Interested and qualified individuals should send their applications together with clear copies of relevant academic certificates and ID attached to the application letter to: 

Assistant Chief of The Defence Forces 
Personnel and Logistics
Ministry of Defence
Defence Headquarters
Ulinzi House
P.O Box 40668 - 00100
Nairobi.

Applications deadline: 27th November 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be notified through the print Media from 23rd to 29th December 2019.

Good luck!!

Note : This advertisement was updated , Candidates who applied earlier are supposed to apply again.



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