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Stop The Pressure Over Degrees And Exams, Embrace New Curriculum, President Kenyatta Tells Parents

Photo/File- HE Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. President of the Republic of Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta today told parents to stop putting unnecessary pressure on their children over degrees and examinations and instead focus on nurturing talents of the learners under the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

He said the new curriculum offers the greatest promise for Kenyan children and allows the learners to develop their inherent talents and abilities.
“We put too much pressure on children to pass examinations and to acquire university degrees. Our children have no opportunity to grow as children,” said President Kenyatta.

The Head of State spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre( KICC) when he presided over the official opening of the 3rd National Conference on Curriculum Reforms.

He said every child has a talent and the role of parents is to bring that talent out and nurture it.
“Let’s work together to nurture skills and develop talents of our children,” the President told parents as he cautioned them against imposing careers on children especially such courses as medicine “even when a child cannot stand the sight of blood”.

He said parents routinely fail to recognize the potential of the learners even when their children would have become great musicians and artists.
“We should prepare our children to be the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the future,” said the President said in reference to the two American founders of technology giants Microsoft and Apple respectively.

The President said the pressure exerted by parents on children to pass examinations and acquire university degrees was largely to blame for the rising cases of drug abuse, depression and criminality among students.

“It is disappointing to see high levels of drug abuse, criminality and children without hope who end up as dependants of their parents,” he said.
The Head of State observed that the full roll out of the new curriculum will catalyse a major transformation in the education system and take care of all learners irrespective of their capabilities.

“All learners, including those with special needs, will be provided with an opportunity to excel in their areas of ability and interest,” the President said adding that curriculum reforms are hinged on a comprehensive value-based approach.

He said Kenya has no choice but to align itself with the fast-paced growth of the global economy and rapid shift in technology by ensuring its workforce acquire relevant skills for the modern workplace, locally and internationally.

“The reforms are necessary if we are to ensure we have quality education that provides learners with the relevant competencies to become competitive in the global workforce,” the President said.

Touching on the progress of the curriculum rollout, the President said the government was set to implement the Grade 4 segment next year and applauded the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for training a total of 113,223 teachers from public and private schools on the new curriculum.

He challenged the Ministry of Education and TSC to maintain the training momentum saying, “teachers should be our great warriors to reshape our curriculum”.
Before today’s conference, the Ministry of Education held education quality dialogues in all the 47 counties besides holding another 11 sector-based pre-conferences that gave a wide range of stake-holders an opportunity to give feedback on the new curriculum.

Prominent Ghanian Scholar and Deputy Minister for Basic and Secondary Education Dr Yaw. O Adutwum was the key note speaker at the conference also addressed by Prof. Magoha and the chief executive officer of TSC Nancy Macharia among others.

Speak With One Voice, President Kenyatta Urges African Women Leaders

Photo/ File- President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged African women leaders to unite in the development of common positions and advocacy for the empowerment of women and girls.

The President emphasized the need for redoubling efforts to break gender stereotypes and attitudes that propagate discrimination against women.
“We should be bold in championing the empowerment of the youth and, in particular young women, as a necessary step towards building a secure future for our continent,” the President said.

President Kenyatta who spoke today at the inaugural African Women Leaders Network Inter-Generational Retreat on Leadership in Africa said when countries put women and girls at the centre of their development agenda, their societies and economies thrive.

He called on policy makers to cultivate governance systems that strengthen and consolidate efforts to empower young people through meaningful youth participation and equal partnership in driving their respective national development agenda.

The President urged women leaders to develop mechanisms that equip young men and women with appropriate skills, resources and opportunities.
“The experience of those of you who have been in political leadership is invaluable. I encourage you to apply it to influence the political processes in our continent to be more amenable to the participation of women in politics,” he said.

He said his administration has put in place a robust policy and legal framework to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination.
“Indeed, I remain passionate and committed to ensuring women assume leadership positions not only in Kenya but in Africa as well,” the President said.

He pointed out that his personal commitment to ensuring women ascend to leadership positions is self-evident as proved his cabinet appointments where for the first time ever in the history of Kenya women occupy dockets such as defence that were previously a preserve of men.
“I am committed to ensuring that we become the generation that ensures that no one is left behind, that girls do not continue to endure Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices,” the President said as he challenged young women leaders at the meeting to learn from established women in their midst.

“Aspire to be change agents in your communities and work places; and to inspire more youth and young women to work towards a prosperous, stable and peaceful Africa,” the President said.

The retreat is being held against the backdrop of major gender equality initiatives including the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that Kenya will host from 12th to 15th November 2019.
Similarly, in September 2020, the global community will mark the 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women and the adoption of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda who spoke at the event praised President Kenyatta for being a global champion for the youth.

Other speakers included UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and AU’s Bineta Diop.

Earlier at State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta received a special message from Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde inviting him to be the chief guest during celebrations to mark the Ethiopian New Year in September.

The message was delivered by former Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome who applauded President Kenyatta for his national, regional and international peace initiatives.

The former President singled out the ‘handshake’ between the Kenyan leader and former PM Raila Odinga as an initiative that has put Kenya on the world map as an icon of peace and stability saying, “as Ethiopians, we would like to emulate what Kenya has done”.

President Kenyatta said Kenya is keen to deepen its relationship with Ethiopia and called on the two neighboring countries to continue working together in the promotion of regional peace and stability.

Government Designates August 26 As A Public Holiday To Facilitate National Census

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census
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The Government has designated August 26 as a public holiday to allow maximum enumeration of Kenyans during the national population census that begins next Saturday.

The announcement was made today by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Kenyatta National Convention Centre (KICC) , Nairobi when he launched the countdown to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census. “To ensure maximum enumeration during the first two days ( August 24 and 25) of the Census period, I have authorized Monday, 26th August 2019 to be a Public Holiday,” the President announced.

The Head of State assured Kenyans of their security during the census exercise saying necessary steps have been taken to ensure the activity takes place in a safe environment and with minimal disruption. “All enumerators will be accompanied by uniformed security officers, and may also be accompanied by community elders and leaders of residents’ associations, depending on the area,” he said.

To ensure that all Kenyans participate in the census, the President said special measures have been put in place to ensure pastoralists , staff in essential and emergency service sectors and persons who support international travel and airlines are enumerated.

The President who called on all Kenyans to support the process said government took the step to reschedule school opening dates so as to minimize movement of persons during the exercise. “It is therefore, the patriotic duty of each and every one of us to do all that is required to support the exercise,”the President said.

On the use of technology in the census, the President said he was proud that the mobile telephony devices and other accessories that will be used in the activity have all been locally assembled at Moi University and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He said data captured during this year’s census will be more detailed than in previous similar exercises so as to take care of all aspects of national planning and resource utilization. “The census data will be utilised in planning to ensure that all Kenyans will access opportunities in an equitable manner,” President Kenyatta said.

A team of 2,467 technology supervisors, 22,268 content supervisors and 138,572 enumerators has been assembled and will be deployed across the country to carry out the census exercise.

The 2019 Census jobs fiasco- knbs issues a statement on the recruitment and training of Enumerators and other Census officials

2019 Census jobs in Kenya.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, knbs, has moved to calm down the rising storm over the alleged ‘biased’ recruitment of Census officials. There have been dissenting voices in some parts of the country claiming the recruitment of Enumerators, ICT and Content Supervisors was flawed. In fact, in some parts, residents have vowed to boycott the exercise saying visitors were recruited leaving the ‘deserving’ locals. There have also been demands that civil servants recruited as census officials should relinquish the positions to the unemployed youths.

Related news;

1). The 2019 Census exercise; step by step guide on the enumeration process
2). Latest census training news-enumerators training to run from 14th to 21st August 2019; here are all the details plus payments

Here is the Statement by the knbs Director Zachary Mwangi on the recruitment and training of 2019 Census personnel.

“STATEMENT ON THE RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF 2019 CENSUS PERSONNEL

The nationwide training of enumerators for the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census kicked off yesterday across the country.

There have been incidents in some parts of the country where people are trying to
disrupt the training process. We regret that this is happening at this crucial stage of the census implementation process.

We would like to reassure Kenyans that the recruitment process was as fair, transparent and above board.
The recruitment process was spearheaded by a National Census Steering Committee at the national level. It was assisted by County Census Committees which were headed by county commissioners.

The committees had the mandate of overseeing and coordinating the recruitment and deployment exercise at the county and sub-county levels.

The recruitment process entailed:

1). Advertisement of all the positions in the print media, KNBS website and relevant offices at counties and sub-counties;
2). Receiving applications at the sub-county level for enumerators, location
level for the content supervisors and at county statistics office for ICT supervisors,
3). Summarizing the applications;
4). Shortlisting of candidates;
5). Conducting interviews for shortlisted candidates;
6). Appointment of successful candidates.

The county census committees oversaw the rigorous process of shortlisting, conducting written and oral interviews following set guidelines. These included academic qualifications, gender, disability, and area of residence.

The Bureau is cognizant of the fact that there were many Kenyans who applied for the advertised jobs and had met the minimum requirements for the positions. In total there were over 800,000 applications for the about 165,000 job positions. A total of 2,467 ICT supervisors, 22,268 content supervisors and 138,572 enumerators were recruited. It is regrettable that many had to be left out.

The census committees, who included local leaders, ensured that that those recruited were local residents.

TRAINING EXERCISE

To ensure that this process is seamless, the training phase kicked off on Monday 15th July 2019 starting with Training of Trainers (ToT), followed by ICT and content supervisors.

Currently, enumerators are undergoing training, which will end on 21st August, 2019.

Understanding the recruitment process

ICT Supervisors

1). Applications for the ICT Supervisors job were to be addressed to the County Statistical Officer (CSO) in each county who is the secretary of the County Census Committee (CCC).
2). Applicants dropped their applications at the County Statistics Office, filled a prescribed summary form, registered and picked a reference number.
3). Shortlisting of candidates for the job was done by the County Census Committee at the county level. The committee then communicated to the shortlisted candidates informing them on the venue, date and requirement for the interviews.
4). Interviews for ICT Supervisors were conducted at the County Headquarters.
5). The written interviews were conducted on 5th July, 2019.
6). Marking of the written interviews was done on 6th July, 2019.
Those who excelled in this stage then proceeded for an oral interview on 7th July 2019.
7). The final list of successful candidates was then compiled and signed by the chairperson and secretary and sent to the headquarters in Nairobi for approval.

Content Supervisors and Enumerators

1). Sub-county Census Committees shortlisted the candidates based on the requirements for the position applied.
2). The Sub-County Committees then communicated to the shortlisted candidates informing them of the venue, dates and requirements for the
interviews.
3). The candidates for the content supervisors’ jobs went through the interviews at the Sub-County headquarters.
The written interviews were conducted on 8th July 2019.
Marking of the written interviews was done by gih July 2019 and the oral interviews were conducted on 10th July 2019.
4). The list of successful candidates was compiled and signed by the chairperson and secretary of the Sub-County Census Committee and submitted to the County.”

STAGE FRIGHT/ GLOSSO PHOBIA? HERE ARE 8 TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

Kids showcase their talents at a past drama festival. Kibabii University in Bungoma County in the Western region has been given the honours to host the 2019 National drama festivals
Kids showcase their talents at a past drama festival.

Stage fright or glosso phobia refers to the fear associated with public speaking. It can also be defined as the anxiety and panic or dread at the thought of facing a crowd.

FACTS ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT

Each and every public speaker who has received an accolade has experienced anxiety at some point in life.
Experiencing stage fright is a step towards the right direction.
Glosso phobia is neither a medical nor a mental disorder. It is just a social fear.
It is estimated that 75% of people suffer from speech anxiety and 10 % suffer from extreme fear.
High levels of confidence do not necessarily translate to great public speaking.
Stage fright increases adrenaline levels thus triggering the fight or flight natural body response to danger posed by the large crowd.

CHARACTERISTICS OF PEOPLE WITH STAGE FRIGHT

These features can be physical or verbal:

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Crossing arms and legs
Fidgeting
Increased or rapid heart beat
Sweating on the fore head and or hands
Trembling
Acute hearing loss
Shortness of breath
High blood pressure
Dry lips
Nausea and vomiting, in extreme cases
Dizziness
The urge to frequently visit the gents or the ladies

VERBAL SYMPTOMS

A quivering or shaky voice
Stammers or tics
Repeated hesitations such as umm or ah
Unnecessary vocal pausing
A weakened quality of voice

CAUSES OF STAGE FRIGHT

FIGHT OR FLIGHT NATURAL RESPONSE TO FEAR
Naturally, every human being is endowed with adrenaline, a hormone which enables ones body to defend itself against any form of danger. Thus, whenever we are faced with the pressure of having to perform, the body will automatically release adrenaline that prompts an individual to flee the stage.

LOW LEVELS OF SELF ESTEEM

Self esteem refers to the thoughts that one has about himself or herself. It can also mean how one regards or feels about himself or herself. Therefore, if one has got a very low opinion about himself or herself, then s/he is likely to fear expressing their thoughts. Opinions such as I cant say anything sensible or After all my opinion does not matter can easily trigger glossophobia.

LACK OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ESPECIALLY DURING THE FORMATIVE STAGE OF LIFE

The term formative refers to the early stages of an individuals life. Therefore, if an individual was never appreciated at this stage, s/he may fear speaking out their mind since no one recognizes their efforts.

HAVING A PRECONCEIVED MIND THAT YOU ARE GOING TO FAIL


Most people do not actually believe that they can speak in public without creating a fuss. They are pessimistic and tend to look at the negative outcome of the whole idea rather than the brighter side of life.
INADEQUATE MASTERLY OF PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS
Just like any other skill, public speaking requires an individual to keep on training until they master the art of doing it. Consequently, if an individual fails to practice s/he may fear to do something they are not accustomed to.
HOW TO DEAL WITH STAGE FRIGHT OR GLOSSO PHOBIA
Research thoroughly in order to master the content of your speech. This will go a far way in boosting confidence. Nothing can give you more self assurance to speak in public other than knowing your material.
Understand and own your material. Do not just merely cram the words. You should comprehend key terms and phrases that can easily trigger the memory.
While giving your presentation, focus on familiar faces among the audience. This will help since they can easily acknowledge you through smiles, nodding and throwing positive glances.
Try as much as possible to engage the audience. This can be achieved by establishing rapport through greetings or asking relevant questions.
e. Performing before a mock audience can also help. You can begin with an audience that consists of a familiar smaller group before graduating to a larger and strange one.
Reduce stress by taking a deep breath and focusing on the brighter side of life before the actual performance.

TSC to promote 1000 practising teachers in public primary schools and post them to secondary schools during the August, 2019 recruitment

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The Teachers Service commission, TSC, will promote 1,000 primary school teachers and post them to secondary schools. This will be good news to the teachers who have attained higher qualifications but still plying their trade at primary level. The teachers will be promoted during this year’s recruitment in August.

Eligible candidates should meet the following basic requirements:
i) Be Kenyan Citizens;
ii) PI Certificate;
iii) Bachelor’s Degree in Education with 2 teaching subjects;
iv) Must have minimum mean grade C+ (Plus) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent and minimum C+ (Plus) in the two teaching subjects.
v) Must be employees of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

According to the Commission, :Interested candidates under this category are required to submit their application to the Secretary Teachers Service Commission through online platform http//www.teachersonline.tsc.go.ke not later than 30th August, 2019.’

Successful candidates under this category shall be appointed at T-Scale 7 (Grade C2) and posted to secondary schools where vacancies exist.

This means secondary schools will get 5000 new teachers to reduce the biting staff deficiencies occasioned by influx from the 100% transition drive.

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census; Step by step guide to the census/ enumeration process

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census
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Kenya is set to have its sixth national Census since independence on the night of 24th August 2019. The previous population Censuses were held in 1948, 1962 (pre-independence), 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. The practice of counting the population dates back to ancient times. Historical records show that ancient rulers needed to count their people in order to calculate the amount of taxes they would expect. Censuses have therefore formed the basis for planning of resources for many centuries.

This will be the first Census exercise being conducted since the promulgation of the new constitution and it will help in improved allocation of resources to the counties. For the first time, the enumeration process will be carried out using digital gadgets, a paperless process that will guarantee accuracy, speed of processing and security of the data.

The Census is an important process to which the Government attaches great value, due to the need for evidence in planning. Evidence-based decision making is a universally recognised approach to the efficient management of countries. Furthermore, the United Nations recognises the importance of population and housing Censuses and therefore has issued international principles and recommendations to assist statistical offices and Census officials, throughout the world, in planning and carrying out improved and cost-effective censuses.

USE OF CENSUS DATA
The modern-day census is an integral requirement for development of plans to grow the economy and improve living standards. The data generated informs planners of current status and provides a guidance and justification for approaches taken in developing various sectors of development. Some examples of the use of census data are provision of:

• Comprehensive and detailed data on Kenya’s population, including their demographic and socio-economic characteristics at the lowest administrative of geographic level

• The necessary data for evaluating the population status in the country during the ten-year period separating the two censuses

• Data on available housing units, their utilities, characteristics and living conditions and the essential basic data for formulating housing policies

• The basis for updating population databases up to the lowest level of administrative unit

• Valuable input in monitoring the progress towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other national aspirations including Vision 2030 and the Big Four agenda

• The basis for preparing population projections

• The benchmark data for studying the direction and trend of population changes.
• Delinieation of boundaries
• To create a sampling frame from which household-based surveys will be undertaken

Apart from government planning and policy development, the data collected in the census also serves data users in the private sector at various levels. This can help private companies to base their investment, sales and marketing strategies on empirical data.

The census data is also widely used by researchers in conducting social and economic studies.

THE CENSUS PROCESS
The Kenya National Bureau for Statistics (KNBS) has received support from the government and development partners to implement the Census, which will cost about Kshs. 18.5 billion. All activities of the census are being coordinated by the National Census Steering Committee, which is headed by the Principal Secretary, State Department for Planning. About 165,000 enumerators and supervisors will be engaged during the Census.

County census committees have already been set up and were responsible for recruiting the enumerators and supervisors, who are expected to work in their respective areas.

The enumerators are expected to visit households from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday August 24th, 2019 and will spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be shorter or longer depending on the number of members in the household. Among the information to be gathered includes, age, sex, date of birth, nationality, ethnicity, religion, mental status, place of birth. Females will be asked about how many living children who were born by them.

The KNBS adheres to international guidelines which advocate for the values of professionalism, transparency, accountability and integrity required of statistical systems in maintaining credibility and public confidence.

Preparations for the Census are proceeding well with major activities, particularly recruitment and training of enumerators and supervisors, being completed. After the actual counting stage (what is known as the reference night), the Bureau will carry out the data processing and analysis after which it is expected that preliminary data will be released in three months.

ROLE OF MEDIA
Public confidence in the media is well-documented. As part of a publicity and advocacy campaign to support this year’s Census, KNBS is engaging with the media in Kenya by providing them with sufficient updated information about the Census process. The intention is to enlist their support towards publicizing the Census but also explaining why the census is important.

Get ready to be counted- Latest information on the 2019 Kenya Census exercise

A 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census data clerk. This year's Census will be conducted between August 24th and 31st.

Press Statement by the Acting Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning Hon. (Amb.) Ukur Yatani on the upcoming 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census

Get ready to be counted

I wish to inform the public that plans for the 2019 Population and Housing Census which will start from night of 24/25th August 2019 and continue up to 31st August 2019 are complete. This will be the eighth Census since, 1948 and the sixth since independence. The Census is an important process to which the Government attaches great value, due to the need for evidence in planning. Evidence-based decision making is a universally recognized approach to the efficient management of countries.

The implementation of the Census is anchored on the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses and guidelines for conducting the 2020 round of censuses. These guide statistical agencies throughout the world, in planning and carrying out improved, internationally comparable and, cost-effective censuses.

It will be the first Census to be undertaken since the introduction of devolution in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The census is implemented in three phases namely; Pre-enumeration, Enumeration and Post enumeration.

The Government through the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), has completed most of the pre-enumeration activities as follows:

• Cartographic Mapping of the whole country to establish enumeration areas (EAs). The mapping started in 2016 and was completed in May 2019. A total of 129,123 enumeration areas were established with each having an average of 100 households. Each EA will be served by one enumerator.
• Census Questionnaires. The census questionnaires were developed through a consultative process with the stakeholders. The key thematic areas covered include individual information regarding sex, age, religion, marital status, ethnicity/nationality and migration status, fertility levels of females aged 12 years and above, information regarding persons with disability, education attainment, labour force particulars, information regarding ICT, agriculture and household conditions and amenities.
• Data capture: For the first time, the census data will be captured electronically through a mobile device (tablet). The data capture application has been designed and has in-built checks to ensure data quality. This paperless process will further guarantee data security and timeliness of processing and release of results.
• A pilot census was undertaken in August 2018. It sought to test various aspects which include; logistics, accuracy of the maps, questionnaires, adequacy of personnel and data capture application.
• Recruitment of census personnel who include 2,467 ICT supervisors, 22,268 content supervisors and 138,572 enumerators has been undertaken through the County Census Committees.
• Mobile devices and other accessories to be used for data collection have been assembled locally by Moi University in Eldoret and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kiambu County. It is worth mentioning that the assembly process has indeed created employment opportunities for many young Kenyans while also promoting the “Buy Kenya Build Kenya initiative.” At the same time, the process resulted in acquisition and transfer of valuable knowledge and skills. All ICT infrastructure as well as security of equipment are in place thereby guaranteeing a smooth enumeration process.

I wish further to inform you that:

• The Training of the ICT supervisors was completed on 2nd August 2019, while the training of the content supervisors that started on 5th August 2019 will end on 11th August 2019. The final training of enumerators will commence on 14th August 2019 and be completed on 21st August 2019.
• On publicity and advocacy, which has been intensified from today, we are embarking on an intensive campaign with a view of creating the needed awareness of the exercise. The purpose of the campaign is to minimize mis-conception about the various pertinent concerns by the members of the public regarding census. I wish at this stage to appeal to our political leaders to take their respective roles in preparing their regions/ Counties to support the census process.
• I further confirm that all necessary security arrangements regarding census have been completed. I wish to assure Kenyans that the security of all persons who will be visited during the census enumeration and for the personnel who will be conducting enumeration is fully guaranteed by the government. In this regard, the census officers will be accompanied by the village elders or residents’ association leaders, known to the household members for purposes of comfort setting.

Assurance
The Government wishes to assure Kenyans that the utmost level of the confidentiality of the information that will be collected will be guaranteed in conformity with the UN fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and as stipulated in the Statistics Act, 2006.

I thank the Cabinet Secretary for Education for agreeing to our request for moving the opening of schools to 2nd September 2019 for purposes of the census.

We have also requested the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to liaise with His Excellency the President to declare 26th August 2019 a public holiday to facilitate a smooth enumeration process.

All residents are encouraged to cooperate with the teams that will visit them for the census enumeration and provide accurate information. We are therefore saying to all Jitokeze Uhesabike!

2019 KDF Cadet vacancies; Full details on the 2019 Kenya Defence Forces Cadet Recruitment

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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE; ADVERTISEMENT FOR RECRUITMENT OF GENERAL SERVICE OFFICER CADETS AND SPECIALIST OFFICERS INTO THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES

1}. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets and Specialist Officers which is scheduled to take place in the months of August, September and October 2019.

2}. CORRUPTION. Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted. If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money or property and go to jail; it has happened to many citizens during past recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious activities/conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp.

KDF recruitment is absolutely FREE TO ALL.

3}. Prospective candidates willing to join Kenya Defence Forces MUST meet the following conditions and education qualification:
a. Conditions
(1)Be Kenyan citizens with no dual citizenship.
(2)Be in possession of a valid Kenyan National Identity Card.
(3)Age – between 18 and 26 years old for GSO Cadets, not above 30 years for Specialist Officers and not above 39 years for Chaplains/Imams.
(4)Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(5)Have no criminal record.
(6)Minimum Height:
(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)
(7)Minimum Weight:
(a) Men 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(b) Women 50.00 Kg (110 lb) .
(8)Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

b.Minimum Education Qualification
(1)General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets
Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with at least C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics and one Science subject. The initial training period for this category will cover three (3) continuous years leading to a BSc in Military Science and Security Studies on successful completion.

(2)Specialist Officers
Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with at least C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics and one science subject. Must be holder of an undergraduate degree from a recognized University/institution and be registered with statutory body where applicable. The initial training period for Specialist Officers will not be less than three months.

4}.Vacancies.

a.General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets
b.Specialist Officers:

(1)Medical Officers
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and be registered with Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

(2)Pharmacists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and be registered with Pharmacy and Poison Board (PPB).

(3)Nurses
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and be registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK).

(4)Dentists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

(5)Veterinary Officers
Must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and be registered with the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB).

(6)Counselling Psychologists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling Psychology.

(7)Clinical Psychologists
Must be holders of Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.

(8)Biomedical Engineers
Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

(9)Physiotherapists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and must be registered with the Physiotherapy Council of Kenya.

(10)Radiographers
Must have at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiography.

(11)Applied Mathematics
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.

(12)Information Technology Officers
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology/Software Engineering/System Analyst with at least two (2) years working experience in Information Technology. Those with certification in Cyber Security/ Ethical hacking/Security analysis are encouraged to apply.

(13)Telecommunication Engineers
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication Engineering from a recognized University and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

(14)Engineers
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Science degree in (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or Mechatronics) Engineering and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

(15)Architects
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor in Architecture degree and be registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

(16)Journalists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication majoring either in print media, broadcast media or public relations with at least two (2) years working experience as a journalist.

(17)Meteorologists
Must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.

(18)Chaplains/Imams
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Islamic studies from recognized Institutions. 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.

(19)Education Officers
Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Maths and Physics), Bachelor of Education (Arts), Bachelor of Science/Arts degree and a post-graduate diploma in education with at least two (2) years working experience and must be registered with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

(20)Textile/Garment Technologists
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Technology degree in Textile Engineering and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) .

(21)Lawyers
Must be holders of 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 working experience. Experience in litigation will be an added advantage.

(22)Instrumentation and Control
Must be holders of at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation and Control from a recognized University.

(23)Directors of Music
Must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Music.

(24)Physical Training Officers
Must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Physical Education.

(25)Forensic Investigators (Cyber Security)
Must be holders of at least Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science / Computer Forensic Science.

(26)Investigation Officers
Must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Security Studies.

(27)Actuarial Officers
Must be holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science.
Kenya Defence Forces Cadet Recruitment 2019

(28)Accounting Officers
Must be holders of a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance and Accounting).

(29)Geospatial Information System Programmers
Must be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS).

5} Clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates and current National Identity card (ID) must be attached to the application and be addressed to the:
Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces
(Personnel and Logistics)
Ministry of Defence
Defence Headquarters
Ulinzi House
P.O. Box 40668
NAIROBI – 00100

6}.Applications to reach the addressee on or before 26th August 2019. Candidates who will be shortlisted for GSO Cadets and Specialist Officers will be notified through the print media between 17th September and 23rd September 2019.

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Vacant posts

A). NATIONAL POST: Programme Assistant, M&E, Nairobi Kenya, G-5

Duty Station: Nairobi
Closing Date: Thursday August 29, 2019

Under the guidance of the Programme Specialists responsible for Gender Equality and Monitoring and Evaluation, the Programme Assistant ensures the effective operational, administrative and programmatic support in the Programme Unit of the Country Office particularly for the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on abandonment of FGM. S/he works closely with programme, finance and project staff.

The Programme Assistant works with and provides support to the members of the Programme Team in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of effective programmes consistent with the UNFPA Programme and Finance Policies and Procedures. The Programme Assistant will work in in close collaboration with the country office team as required to resolve complex planning, monitoring and evaluation issues and exchange of information with various units and Implementing Partners especially for the Joint Programme on abandonment of FGM.

The Programme Assistant will also assist in the overall planning, monitoring and evaluation of the 8th country programme of UNFPA support to the Government of Kenya, with a special focus to the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme.

B). NATIONAL POST: Programme Assistant, ASRH, Nairobi Kenya, G-5

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The ASRH Programme Assistant post is located in one of the Country Offices (CO) and reports to the Adolescent/Youth Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) & Youth Programme Specialist.

Job Purpose

Under the guidance of the ASRH& Youth Programme Specialist, the Programme Assistant ensures the effective administrative /clerical and logistical support in the Adolescent/Youth Reproductive Health (AYSRH) outcome area within the Programme unit of the Country Office. S/he works closely with programme, finance and project staff.

The Programme Assistant works with and provides support to programme staff in AYSRH outcome area in the development and implementation of effective programmes consistent with UNFPA rules and regulations. S/he contributes to research, financial management, and programme implementation including providing necessary operational, administrative and programmatic support. The Programme Assistant works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the Country Office, Regional Office and UNFPA as required for resolving complex finance-related issues and exchange of information.

C). NATIONAL POST: Programme Analyst, Gender, Nairobi Kenya, NO-B

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The Programme Analyst, Gender is located in UNFPA Kenya Country Office in Nairobi and reports directly to the GBV/Gender Advisor.

Job Purpose:

In line with UN/UNFPA policies and guidelines, the Gender Analyst substantively contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of gender and human rights. S/he analyses and assesses relevant political, social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to programme formulation and evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. The Programme Analyst guides and facilitates the delivery of UNFPA’s programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation. S/he ensures and guides the appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.

D). NATIONAL POST: GBV/Gender Specialist, Nairobi Kenya, NO-D

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The GBV/ Gender Adviser is located in Country Offices (CO). S/He will work under the overall supervision of the Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative.

Job Purpose:

The GBV/ Gender Adviser acts as a member of Specialized Advisory Group (SAG), taking leadership on the achievement of UNFPA’s “end GBV and all harmful practices, including child marriage” transformative result in Kenya. S/he acts as a GBV/ Gender Team Leader and leading CO’s “big thinking and focus” approach in GBV/ Gender thematic area and advising the innovative approaches on the integration of GBV/ Gender with other programme areas.

The primary roles of the GBV Team Leader are:

Undertaking policy advocacy on GBV, including harmful practices against women and girls;

Leading of Gender/ GBV prevention and response programme coordination & monitoring;

Acting as GBV coordinator in case of humanitarian crisis at the national level, including GBV IMS;

Evidence and knowledge management, innovations and capacity building;

Strengthening of CO’s strategic partnerships

Managing the Gender/GBV team

Responsibilities of the GBV/ Gender Adviser include: lead the implementation of the UNFPA Kenya Gender/ GBV prevention and response programme by undertaking leadership on programme coordination and monitoring, including GBV coordination during the crisis at the national level; to identify new and emerging needs and optimize GBV prevention and response by introducing innovations, quick wins and other approaches; to develop and maintain partnerships among other agencies, introducing new way of working for GBV prevention and response through development and humanitarian nexus.

E). NATIONAL POST: Prog. Specialist, ASRH/Youth, Nairobi Kenya, NO-C
Closing date: 29 August 2019

Duty Station: Nairobi

NATIONAL POST: Prog. Specialist, ASRH/Youth, Nairobi Kenya, NO-C
The ASRH& Youth Programme Specialist as a member of Programme Management Team (PMT), takes a leadership role in ASRH and Youth programme implementation. S/he strongly contributes to PMT’s “Drive well and accurate” approach in ASRH& Youth Programme and introduces innovative approaches on the integration of ASRH& Youth Programme with other programme areas.

The primary roles of the ASRH& Youth Programme Specialist are:

• Evidence and knowledge management and innovations;

• Strengthening of CO’s strategic partnerships

• Quality assurance of programme management and capacity development.

F). NATIONAL POST: Resource Mobilization/Partnership Specialist, Nairobi Kenya, NO-C
Closing date: 29 August 2019

Duty Station: Nairobi

The Partnership and Resource Mobilization Programme Specialist post is located in the Kenya Country Office (KCO) and reports to the Representative, who provides overall direction and guidance.

Job Purpose:

In line with the UN/UNFPA policies and guidelines, the Partnership and Resource Mobilization.

Programme Specialist performs various tasks and provides vital technical inputs to all activities pertaining to partnership and resource mobilization.

In collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Programme Specialist contributes to the implementation of the UNFPA 9th Kenya Country Programme, in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action and UNFPA Strategic Plan as well as national development processes, frameworks and UN reform by assisting the country office in mobilizing resources and strengthening the partnerships.

Key results expected of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Programme Specialist include:

• Assistance in advocacy and positioning of ICPD in national policy dialogue; and

• Support to resource mobilization efforts by the country office;

The primary activities of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Programme Specialist are:

Initiation and maintenance of Strategic Partnerships, Policy Advocacy Development and Implementation on ICPD
Resource Mobilization, including with new partners
Innovation
Knowledge Management.

G). NATIONAL POST: Programme Coordinator, RMNCAH, Nairobi Kenya, NO-B

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The Senior Programme Coordinator (RMNCAH) will provide technical leadership to the RMNCAH policy development at the national level and its implementation in the 6 Counties.

H). NATIONAL POST: Communications Specialist, Nairobi Kenya, NO-C

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The Communications Specialist facilitates the work of consultants, advisors and experts; and establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with counterparts in the media, government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donor agencies, and civil society to address emerging issues. In developing, implementing and evaluating internal and external communication policies and processes, the Communications Specialist substantively contributes to the effective achievement of UNFPA activities in the area of sexual and reproductive health, youth, reducing gender-based violence and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and associated Sustainable Development Goals.

The Specialist develops and leads the implementation of communication tools and advocacy campaigns related to the above thematic areas. He/she also identifies, establishes and manages the network of internal & external partners and alliances to support the UNFPA country programme. S/he facilitates knowledge transfer, capacity development and implementation of resource mobilization practices, tools and related skills to support the fundraising efforts of the Country Office.

The Specialist participates in the UN communications working group and other related UN wide communications events and works with the international and national counterparts (both governmental and non-governmental), local media, UN Agencies, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, and UN Interagency Communication Group to establish functional partnerships and enhance coordination mechanisms in communicating and advocating for the UNFPA mandate.

The Specialist supports the development of UNFPA´s next Country Programme in Kenya.

I). Job Title NATIONAL POST: Driver/Clerk, Nairobi Kenya, G-3

Closing date: 29 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The Driver provides reliable and safe driving services to the Representative and other high-ranking UN officials and visitors ensuring the highest standards of discretion and integrity, sense of responsibility, excellent knowledge of protocol and security issues. The Driver also demonstrates a client-oriented approach, courtesy, confidentiality, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Upon request of the supervisor, s/he may also be required to drive the vehicle for transport of authorized personnel and delivery/collection of mail, documents and other items for the UNFPA office.

J). NATIONAL POST: Admin/Finance Associate, Nairobi Kenya, G-7

Closing date: 30 August 2019
Duty Station: Nairobi

The Finance Associate delivers quality financial services to internal and external clients mastering all relevant rules, guidelines, processes and procedures. S/he takes a client-oriented results-focused approach to interpreting the rules, procedures and guidelines, providing support and guidance to the CO and UNFPA-supported projects.

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