The Public Service Commission joined Ministries, State Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in marking the 2022 Africa Public Service Day (APSD) by showcasing their 10-year achievement in public service delivery.
The event was held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 21st to 23rd June 2022 and involved plenary discussions on six topical areas.
The topics were Fostering innovation to deliver inclusive and equitable services; Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security for a healthy nation; Harnessing the youth potential for digital transformation in delivery of services; Environmental conservation and climate change initiatives; Deepening devolution to enhance service delivery and improve citizen’s livelihood; and Emerging issues and the public service of the future.
PSC’s Deputy Commission Secretary Ms. Jane Chege, as a discussant in the Emerging issues and the public service of the future topic, reiterated the importance of monitoring Performance in the public service. She underscored the need for measuring productivity by connecting the same with what an officer delivers at the end of a working day.
“It is what one is able to deliver at the end day that counts,” said Ms. Chege at the KICC, Lenana hall on 22nd June 2022.
She noted that changing terms of service from permanent and pensionable to contract for newly recruited employees would enhance career progression since it’s a critical aspect and a unique skill in the workplace.
Other discussants on the topic were Mrs. Mary Kimonye, Principal Secretary, State Department for Public Service, Mr. Henry Waruhiu, Senior Consultant, ESAMI, Lynette Musyimi, Director, Human Resource Solutions Ltd and the moderator, Mr. Joseph Kosure, Resident Consultant, Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee.
“Every generation has a role to play and with teamwork the end result is intergenerational pollination of ideas, skills and competencies,” said Mrs. Kimonye.
Mr. Henry Waruhiu, Senior Consultant, ESAMI said “the future is digital, informative, technical and communicative. Technology has quantum benefits in terms of productivity and technology adoption creates more opportunity than it destroys.”
The exhibitions attracted over 100 ministries, departments and agencies that showcased their innovations for the last ten years and the transformation that have happened over the time.
The exhibition’s five thematic areas were Business process re-engineering; Innovations for inclusive and equitable service delivery; Public service digitization; Entrenching performance management: success in cascading performance contracting; and Environmental conservation and climate change initiatives.
Under the Innovations for inclusive and equitable service delivery thematic area, the Commission showcased the Public Service Internship Programme (PSIP); the Public Service Emerging Leaders Fellowship (PSELF) programme; the Human resource procurement transformations; and the Promotion of inclusivity values and principles of public service.
Under the Entrenching performance management: success in cascading performance contracting thematic area the Commission showcased how it has institutionalized legal framework in the public service.