The Ministry of Public Service and Gender is mandated to provide policy direction in public service as well as the promotion of gender equity and equality. The Ministry made notable progress in meeting its wide mandate. Significant achievements were attained in the following areas:

State Department for Public Service

  1. Implementation of the Job Evaluation Results for the Civil Service for performance improvement, productivity and staff motivation by developing a 17-Tier Grading Structure and guidelines for implementation by the MDAs. The 17-Tier Grading Structure has been operationalized.
  2. Implementation of recommendations of the Summit on rationalization of the Public Service. Completed the roll out of Policy and Strategy Documents and conducted Monitoring and Evaluation on the implementation of the documents at the National and County Government levels. The Policy and Strategy Documents include Human Resource Strategy Framework for the Public Service; Human Resource Planning and Succession Management Strategy for the Public Service; Norms and Standards for Management of the Human Resource for the Public Service; Competency Framework for the Public Service; Public Service Transformation Framework; and Public Service Delivery Innovation strategy.
  3. Rolling out of the Unified Payroll Number Allocation and Reactivation System (UPN) and building capacity for the use of the system. 60 officers were trained as TOTs in addition to 460 payroll managers and Directors of Human Resource Management and Development for the County Executive and Assemblies.
  4. Strengthening of the Civil Service through Succession Management for effective and efficient service delivery by filling of vacancies through recruitment /promotions for common cadres and human resource management cadres. Review of staffing capacity in the MDA led to the promotion of 3,607 Civil Servants.
  5. Review of organizational structures and staff establishment for all Ministries and Departments in line with the Executive Order No. 1 of 2020. The State Department finalized reviewing structures and staff establishment for 40 Ministries and State Departments.
  6. Rationalization of Authorized Staff Establishments for MDAs undertaken by an inter-agency technical team comprising of officers from the PSC and the Ministry. Draft guidelines/criteria for re-distribution of common cadres were developed.
  7. Review, Monitoring and Evaluation and implementation of the Medical Insurance Schemes for health by signing the FY 2019/2020 contract for administration of the Comprehensive Medical Insurance Scheme for Civil Servants.
  8. Review of Policy on Designated Hardship Areas and Payment of Hardship Allowance for parity of treatment of public officers in the Service. An Inter-Agency technical team for review of policy on Designated Hardship Areas was constituted.
  9. Implementation of Public Service guidance and Counselling Policy (Revised 2017) for the well-being of Public officers. The State Department offered specialized counselling and psycho- social education to Public Servants in MDAs and introduced Counselling Services to thirty (30) County Governments.
  10. Implementation of the Public Service Substance Abuse Work Place Policy, 2017. Sensitization of Public Officers on substance abuse was done.
  11. Capacity building of the Public Service. A total of four hundred fifty-six (456) public servants have benefited from training supported by development partners (China-314, Korea-56, Japan-46 and India-13, and Australia -23, other Development Partners – 4) in various disciplines in line with the target of building competencies for the public service to deliver on the government development agenda.
  12. The Training Revolving Fund Board awarded Kshs.107.1M to 371 Civil Servants to pay for their studies.

State Department for Gender

1. National Policy on Gender and Development (2019): The overarching objective of the policy is to provide guidance and facilitate the implementation of gender equality provisions in the Constitution and other instruments through legislative, administrative, policy measures and programs required to address the gender inequalities and existing gaps by both levels of Government and non-state actors, including the private sector. It also provides for the review and harmonization of all gender related laws and policies to align them to the Constitution to ensure that they adhere to the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

2. The National Policy for the Eradication of FGM (2019): The policy identifies key challenges and proposes high impact multi-sectoral strategies to address FGM through key sectors such as health, education, security and justice system. It mandates the relevant stakeholders to engage in a consultative process to accelerate eradication of FGM in Kenya by the year 2022, strengthen multi-sectoral interventions, coordination, networking, partnership and community participation.

It addresses emerging trends and practices largely aimed at avoiding enforcement of the law. Further, it addresses pertinent FGM drivers including gender inequality while advocating for the empowerment of women and girls; and, provides guidelines for strengthening of research, data collection, information and knowledge management on FGM. 

3. Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence:

i) Strengthening GBV Prevention and Response Mechanisms: Launched National GBV Hotline HAK 1195 in 12 counties (Turkana, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Isiolo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Mandera, Bungoma, Nairobi, Kajiado, Nyandarua and Migori),

ii) Establishment of Project Management Unit, training of duty bearers (Police Service, Judiciary, Prosecution and Medical staff) on standard operating procedures for management of sexual violence survivors, mapping of GBV service providers in the country, public awareness on GBV prevention; development of guidelines on the establishment of Gender Based Violence Recovery Centres (GBVRCs) for survivors of GBV, development of regulations for establishment of Safe and Protective Spaces for GBV Survivors, development of a GBV service provider’s resource manual.

iii) Establishment and strengthening of County GBV Sub Sector Working Groups in 4 Counties (Kilifi, Homa Bay, Narok and Nairobi) and development of draft Regulations/ Rules to operationalize Protection Against Domestic Violence (PADV) Act 2015.


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