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Principal Secretary Job in Kenya - PSC

Republic of Kenya

Declaration of Vacancies for the Position of Principal Secretary in the Public Service

The Public Service Commission is a constitutional Commission established under Article 233 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. 

Article 234 of the Constitution outlines the functions of the Commission among them being; hearing and determination of appeals from county governments; making recommendations for removal of Director of Public Prosecutions; development of human resource in the public service and evaluate and report to the President and Parliament on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Article 10 and 232 are compiled with in the public service.

Article 155(3)(a) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,further mandates the Public Service Commission to recommend persons for nomination and appointment as Principal Secretaries by the President. 

Pursuant to this constitutional provision, the Public Service Commission invites applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for the position of Principal Secretary.
For appointment to this position, a person should:
  • Be a citizen of Kenya;
  • Be in possession of a Bachelors degree from a university recognized in Kenya;
  • Have a Masters degree or higher academic qualifications from a university recognized in Kenya;
  • Have at least fifteen years relevant professional experience, five years of which should have been in a leadership position or at a top management level in the Public Service or Private Sector;
  • Possess knowledge of the organization and functions of Government;
  • Have thorough knowledge of the structural, legislative and regulatory framework of the Public Service;
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of National goals, policies and developmental objectives including the Kenya Vision 2030;
  • Have demonstrable leadership and management capacity including knowledge of financial management and strategic people management; and
  • Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.
  • Membership to a Professional Association/body will be an added advantage.
 Core Competencies:
The following core competencies and skills will be required for the position of Principal Secretary:
  • Ability to portray and uphold a positive National image;
  • Being a visionary result oriented strategic thinker;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Capacity to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines.
Duties and Responsibilities
A Principal Secretary will be in charge of administration of a State Department. 

He/She will be the Accounting and Authorized Officer responsible for:
  • providing strategic policy direction for improved service delivery;
  • developing and implementing an effective performance management system;
  • developing and implementing strategic plans;
  • ensuring efficient and effective use of Financial and Human Resources, management of information systems and regular financial reporting as required;
  • maintaining effective collaboration and partnerships with other organs of government, other government departments, the private sector and other stakeholders;
  • providing leadership in mainstreaming Information Communication Technology in the operations of the State Department;
  • promoting values and principles spelt out in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution of Kenya in the operations of the Department; and
  • ensuring the achievement of the goals and objectives of Kenya Vision 2030 and of other Government and Inter-Governmental programs and projects.
Terms of Service
A Principal Secretary will serve on contract for a period of five years. 

The salary and other benefits attached to this position will be as determined by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

How to apply
(a) Each application should be accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of relevant academic and professional certificates, National Identity Card or Passport, testimonials and other relevant supporting documents. Scanned copies of these documents must accompany an online application.
(b) All applications should be clearly marked “Application for position of Principal Secretary” on the envelope and submitted in any ONE of the following ways:
A. Manual applications should be hand delivered to the reception desk on ground floor of Commission House, off Harambee Avenue.
B. Online applications should be e-mailed as Ms Word attachment to
C. Posted applications should be addressed to:
The Secretary
Public Service Commission, Commission House
P.O. Box 30095-00100, 
(i) The names of all applicants and those shortlisted will be published in the print media after the closure of the advert.
(ii) Interested applicants are expected to get clearance from the following bodies.
  • Kenya Revenue Authority;
  • Higher Education Loans Board;
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission; and
  • Criminal Investigation Department (certificate of good conduct).
Applicants must submit copies of these clearance certificates with the application.

“Women, minorities, marginalized and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply”.
All applications should reach the Commission on or before 1st March, 2013
Further information can be obtained from the Public Service Commission website
Prof. Margaret Kobia, PhD., CBS
Public Service Commission

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