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Civil Service extends application deadline for Principal Secretaries

Some of the outgoing CS, PS and senior officials during their swearing-in at State House, Nairobi. [PSCU, Standard]

The Public Service Commission has extended the closing date for applications for Principal Secretary positions.

In a statement on Tuesday, the commission said that unlike today’s deadline, the closing date has been pushed back to September 27, 2022.

“The Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the deadline for submitting applications for advertised Principal Secretarial positions in the Public Service from today September 20, 2022 to Tuesday September 27, 2022,” the statement read.

The commission’s chief executive, Simon Rotich, said interested candidates now have an additional seven days to apply for the posts that are expected to become vacant following the August 9, 2022 general election.

His sentiments were echoed by Civil Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, who said the extension had been made official to the public.

“It is official that the PSC has extended the deadline for submitting PS job application documents by one week, to September 27. This is to allow more candidates to participate in the process,” he said. she declared.

On September 7, 20222, the commission invited interested and qualified Kenyans to apply for the positions of Principal Secretaries.

Commission Chairman Anthony Muchiri, in a notice to the official gazette, advised those interested to apply no later than September 20.

To be eligible for nomination, one must be a Kenyan citizen, hold a degree from a recognized university in Kenya and have at least ten years of relevant professional experience.

Five years should have been at a leadership or senior management level in the public service or private sector.

According to the notice, having a general knowledge of the organization and functions of government, demonstrating an understanding of the nation’s development goals, policies and objectives were among the requirements.

Others include having demonstrable leadership and management ability, including knowledge of financial management and strategic people management; and meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.

One of the duties of a PS is to be the accounting officer and authorized agent of the Department of State, to ensure the effective and efficient use of the financial, human and other resources of the Department of State and submitting regular statutory reports as required, among others.

The incumbent is under contract as determined by the appointing authority, in this case the President.

Muchiri said applicants must first obtain clearance from, among other bodies, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. Corruption (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and a registered credit reference bureau. .