The Public Service Commission (PSC) has now invited the public to comment on the proposed creation of the position of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS).
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta established the position of Chief Administrative Secretary in 2018, a process that the court later declared unconstitutional due to, among other things, a lack of public participation.
“I have decided to create a new position in government, Chief Administrative Secretary in all of our ministries.” “The Chief Administrative Secretary would be broadly responsible for assisting the Cabinet Secretary in better coordinating the operations of their respective ministries,” Kenyatta stated in January 2018.
The Public Service Commission, on the other hand, revealed President William Ruto’s intention to retain the CAS position in accordance with the provisions of Article 132(4)(a) of the Constitution in a statement issued on Wednesday.
“The President has proposed to establish the offices of Chief Administrative Secretary, which will be in the public service and will be directed by Cabinet Secretaries,” said Amb Anthony Muchiri, Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, in a press release issued on Wednesday.
“The Public Service Commission will recommend individuals for appointment as Chief Administrative Secretary through a competitive recruitment process that will culminate in a nomination by the President and vetting by the National Assembly.”
According to the commission, the functions of Chief Administrative Secretaries will include responding to issues related to the portfolio assigned to the office; providing liaison with the National Assembly and Senate; and providing liaison with County Governments on matters of concurrent mandate and common interest.
The mandate of the Chief Administrative Secretary will also include providing inter-ministerial/sectoral coordination; representing the Cabinet Secretary at any meeting as instructed by the Cabinet Secretary; and carrying out any other duties and responsibilities specifically assigned to the office by the Cabinet Secretary in furtherance of the Ministry’s interests.
Applicants for the CAS position must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
They will also be expected to manage the administrative-political interface, articulate public policies and programs, and perform complex and high-pressure tasks that require collaboration with multiple institutions and other public officers/offices.
Members of the public must submit their comments on the proposal to create the CAS position in writing to the Secretary, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30095, 00100, Nairobi, or hand delivered to the Commission’s offices at Commission House, Harambee Avenue, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 6, 2022.