Thousands of Kenyans who applied for the Census jobs are looking forward to know their fate as the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, KNBS, is set to release the list of successfully applicants.
KNBS is seeking to recruit close to 164,000 personnel on short term basis. 135,000 enumerators will be recruited on a temporarily basis, 27,000 will be content supervisors and 2700 will be Information Technology, IT, persons. Also to be hired are village elders, security personnel and coordinators to assist in making the exercise flawless.
The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census will be the 8th in Kenya’s history. Other censuses were conducted in 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. Information that will be generated from the 2019 Census will help with planning, budgeting and programming for important services; future policy formulation as well as resource allocation across counties and the National Government.
Mobile based technology to be used in data collection in a bid to ensure that the final figures are accurate.
Tablets configured by two contracted local universities; Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Moi University, will be used during the census. Key benefits of using modern technology in data collection during the exercise will include reduction of time for data processing, analysis and release of the results. The use of mobile technology in the census will also save the country from printing millions of paper questionnaires.
According to the official KNBS programme of activities, Shortlisting of ICT Supervisors, Content Supervisors and Enumerators will be done by Sunday 7th July, 2019. While interviews will have to be accomplished by 18th July, 2019.
Several jobless youths have come out to criticize civil servants for their move to show interest in the Census jobs. The youths have vowed to take civil servants head on if they will be given the jobs; which the youths feel should be left for them.