NAIROBI, Kenya, July 14- The government is set to kick off capacity assessment and rationalisation of all public servants in November.
Public Service Commission Chairperson Margaret Kobia has stressed that the six months exercise is not going to lead to the retrenchment of civil servants.
“The purpose and objective of rationalisation is not retrenchment. It’s for the government to come up with a structure and then we populate it with the current staff by looking at where are their competences best suited for; who requires to be deployed to what ministry so that we can have equity distribution of staff to be more effective within the public service,” she said.
“The exercise will be undertaken with utmost professionalism. Due diligence will be done to ensure that the exercise complies with all the necessary legal and constitutional provisions. The exercise will involve carrying out capacity assessment, restructuring, undertaking human resource and skill audit, staff redeployment and transfers where necessary.”
Kobia says the exercise aims to come up with optimum staffing and restructuring to ensure that productivity and efficiency is achieved in all 47 counties in the public service sector.
“All public servants are required to serve any part of the country according to the code of regulations. What really matters and what informs our decision is where their competences are best suited,” she said.
“Ultimately, the implementation of the program will facilitate efficient and effective utilisation of the resources and build on the ongoing reform agenda of transforming the public service. This will facilitate achievement of the governments’ commitments to the people of Kenya and facilitate the realisation of the Kenya Vision 2030.”
Human Resource and Social Welfare Committee Chairman James Ongwae says there will be retraining programs after the exercise to ensure that productivity and efficiency is achieved in all 47 counties in the public service sector.
“As we more on there will be redeployment both vertical and horizontal between National and County government where you find excesses in capacity which is in excess in other counties or national government. This is not a numbers game, this is about efficiency and productivity and improving service delivery, that is the essence of this exercise.”
The program is expected to contain the public wage bill and will be finalized in the next financial year 2014/2015.