ICT, Communications and Public relations interns have started familiarizing themselves with Government operations as they get ready to start a six months management and mentorship trainee programme in different public offices in Nandi County.
The ICT, Communications and Public Relations management trainees who were recruited through the County Internship Programme (CIP) were taken through a one-day induction programme at the Kapsabet ICT Centre. The interns will go through a one-week Ajira Digital Training and orientation process in different Government offices, and thereafter be deployed to different Government offices across the county.
ICT & e-Government Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi addressing the interns
ICT and e-government Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi said the six months internship programme is aimed at getting ICT, Communications and Public Relations graduates from Nandi County ready for the job market. County Internship Programme, is also geared at deepening the use of ICT in Government operations with a view of enhancing service delivery.
This year, 400 applicants out of a total of 3,558, were shortlisted for interviews of which 200 applicants were selected to constitute the first cohort of the County Internship Programme for the 2018-2019 period.
The County Internship Programme (CIP) is a 6-month Management and Mentorship Trainee Programme for college and University graduates, and is implemented by the County Government of Nandi. Graduates get an opportunity to experience and understand government and public service, complemented with mentorship and professional certifications.
The county government of Nandi expects to double its revenue collection following the adoption of an upgraded revenue system being primed to offer solutions to a number of problems widely encountered in control of finances.
The Nandi County Automated Revenue System, provides a data base of all traders within the county, a mobile money transfer platform where residents are able to pay for business licenses and will receive invoices through email and a sms alert, parking, land rates, rent and other fees and other levies demanded by the government.
The system upgrade project is the brain child of the county’s department of Administration, Public Service, ICT and e-Government.
Chief Officer in charge of ICT Mr. Jonathan Misoi
A computer or an Android-based phone can be used by administrators to track the transactions. The system comes with an application which can help you monitor how much licensing has collected. Revenue from bus parks, markets and town parking are received and recorded using a digitized system hence increasing efficiency in service delivery.
A pilot of the automation of trader-mapping kicked off today in Kapsabet town, where a team of revenue officers carried the exercise led by the CEC Finance Alfred Lagat and Chief Officer Trade Feisal Mohammed.
CEC Member in charge of Administration, Public Service and E-Government Mrs. Teresa Morogo
Technical reasons for setting up this automated platform included need for a secure database for all revenue streams, embedded ticketing system with multi-platform accessibility (web & mobile), Support for cash & cashless transactions with real time reporting and improved monitoring and supervision and ease of integration with existing systems.
The setting up of the E- revenue platforms will not just have monitory gains to the county, it will impact positively on new business register which is up to date, and also accurate data with improved projections informing decision-making.
CEC Member in charge of Finance Mr. Alfred Lagat flags off the team
It also provides a wide variety of payment options for the business community to pick from. It will greatly reduce the cost of doing business related to compliance.
With its existence, there is increased access to government services and quality of service delivery. Clients do not have to queue since delay has been eradicated, enhanced transparency and predictability of government services.
A team of consultants from the Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) have reiterated the need to ensure prudent use of devolution-support funds.
The KDSP team comprising of Dennis Marube, Saleme Ooko and Janet Masese said counties are expected to invest proceeds from the grants on a range of eligible development projects as per their approved county plans.
They said performance assessment is done and Counties identified to have managed these grants prudently are expected to secure extra allocation. This is shared out using an index combining the equitable share formula and performance scores.
This regular assessment seeks to enhance appropriation of funds and implementation of projects as per the Annual Development Plan (ADP) and County Integrated Development plan (CIDP). All these are geared towards the development and transformation in the county.
KDSP’s role is to strengthen capacity of core national and county institutions to improve delivery of services. Others are economic expansion, good governance practices as well as supporting counties to be fully operational in key result areas including public financial management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and performance management, devolution and intergovernmental relations as well as civic education and public participation.
This team is in Nandi to assess the minimum performance conditions and measures, after the disbursement of the performance-based grants from the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL for the Financial Year 2017/18.
During their visit, the team will be assessing performance on areas pertaining financial statements, audit, annual planning, citizens complaint system, consolidated procurement plans, core staffing, social safeguard of functional and operational environment.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has officially inaugurated the Kapsabet Municipality Board that is expected to oversee provision of quality services to residents.
This comes after the County Assembly approved a motion for conferment of the status of Municipality on Kapsabet Town. This paved way for the grant of the Municipality Charter on September 24, 2018, during the launch of the Big Four Agenda graced by H.E Deputy President William Ruto.
The Board Members are Dr. Charles Lagat, Emily Sigot, Donald Koros who will represent Persons Living with Disabilities, Janet Jeruto (the Youth), Kasmir Sang (Informal Sector/Kiosk Operators Association), Aileen Laitobir (Local Urban Forum -Nandi), Ruth Koech (Neighborhood Association/ Land Owners Forum-Nandi), Geoffrey Koros ( Professional Association), and David Kiptoo Busienei( Private Sector/Chamber of Commerce).
David Sum was also inaugurated as the Municipality Manager and sits on the Board.
Kapsabet Municipality covers Kiminda, Kipture, Kabirirsang, Kipsigak, Kamobo,Chemundu,Chepterit and Kaptildil areas where the defucnt Kapsabet Municipal Council used to Cover.
Top County government employees have signed a performance contract that set performance targets for every employee in the line of duty.
According to the Governor, The performance contract will be a tool for monitoring and evaluating individual employee performance which is key in ensuring fulfillment of set County government development objectives.
“We want to place every employee on the track of our transformation agenda and by signing this contracts, we are calling for due diligence, commitment, personal responsibility and self sacrifice in offering service to the public”. sang said
“The collective achievement of these the set targets gives an opportunity for high level of service delivery and every public servant will be accountable for the results after assessment and evaluation”. He added
Kapsabet town residents will soon receive better services following the inauguration of Kapsabet Municipality Board members that will oversee the affairs of the urban areas.
The inauguration of the municipality board will be held on Monday November 12 at the county department of Sports grounds in a ceremony to be presided over by Nandi Governor Stephen Sang.
This will mark the beginning of a new era in the running of the municipality and towns in general.
Kapsabet Municipality boundary shall cover locations of Kaptildil, Chepterit, Chemundu, Kamobo, Kiminda, Kipture, Kipsigak and Kabirsang.
The objectives set to be achieved by the Municipality include promotion, regulation and provision of refuse collection and solid Waste Management Services, Promotion and Provision of water and sanitation services and infrastructure (in areas within the Municipality not served by a water and sanitation provider), Construction and Maintenance of urban roads and associated infrastructure, Construction and Maintenance of storm drainage and flood controls, Construction and Maintenance of walkways and other non-motorized transport infrastructure, construction and maintenance of recreational parks and green spaces, Construction and Maintenance of street lighting, Construction, Maintenance and Regulation of traffic controls and parking facilities, Construction and maintenance of bus stands and taxi stands and regulation of outdoor advertising and ensuring that the County Government of Nandi is provided with guidance and capacity building to enable it establish and operate urban Management Institutions for its urban areas.
The County government of Nandi has gazetted the ‘Nandi County Municipal Charter’. With this, there are great expectations geared towards transforming the Urban areas through proper Urban Planning and Management.
Nandi County has met the minimum conditions and qualifies for Urban Institutional Grant grants of 40 million and 177 million Urban Development Grant under the Kenya Urban Support Program. These are key enablers in achieving quality and affordable housing as a pillar in the big four agenda and therefore all efforts by the County Government of Nandi are put in place for its achievement.
In in order to improve performance in the public sector, the County Government of Nandi is consolidating its plans to implement performance management to all County government employees.
In a three day workshop hosted by AHADI Kenya with the County leadership in Naivasha last week, the county has developed guidelines in developing a framework, creating work plans, set targets, and later the signing of performance contract ahead of the roll out of the performance contracting exercise later this year.
The County government of Nandi will also establish a performance contracting unit, with a representative from every department to a steer and manage the whole process.
This will create a correlation between planning and implementation and even give room for appraisal and recognition of public servants who excel in service delivery.
Performance management is important in public service for the purpose of first tracking strategic plans, setting and achievement of targets; enhance accountability as well as creating fair and accurate impression on performance. Performance contracting (PC) is one of the tools for achieving efficient and effective performance management. It is a process with its stages starting from identification of targets, vetting and signing, implementation, monitoring and reporting and eventually evaluation and release of results.
All public processes ranging from policy making, legislative process and ultimate decision making require the participation of the people. Public participation therefore a constitutional mandate of the government and is a guaranteed process that promote democracy by providing the public with the opportunity to take part in decision making process as stated in Article 118 (1) (b) and 196(1) (b) of the constitution of Kenya.
H.E Dr Yulita Cheruiyot giving her remarks.
Public participation entails informing, consulting, involving, collaborating and empowering the public and therefore gives the citizens a meaningful opportunity to participate. The process of public participation with its main beneficiaries being the public, is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision making process. It strengthens democracy, good governance, promotes transparency, enhances legitimacy and improves quality of decisions and policies.
For effectiveness in the process of public participation and citizen engagement in the counties, the stakeholders need to be enlightened in all aspects of the process. Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Kenya is helping the counties in strengthening public participation through training and mentorship. Nandi County, being one of the 22 counties already benefiting from the AHADI capacity building programme, is putting in place better mechanisms for effective public participation.
This capacity building programme kicks off with the training of Sub County, Ward administrators and legal officers in a seminar which was officially opened by the Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot at Eden spring Hotel, Kapsabet. This seminar which commenced on 29th August is set to end on 31st August 2018 and some of the topics trained by AHADI Kenya are: reasons for public participation, public engagement and documentation, Public Expenditure Management (PEM), legal framework, stake holders analysis and mapping, county structure for managing public participation and public participation reporting. The training will also be extended to the directors, Chief Officers and the County Executive Committee Members (CECM) as part of the stakeholders.
A section of trainees during a session
The county government of Nandi shall put more emphasis on public participation, which is a legal threshold and good practice, by building participatory mechanisms for effective service delivery to the people of Nandi. #TugaTai
Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.
The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=”https://interns.nandi.go.ke”/> https://interns.nandi.go.ke .
The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here https://www.nandi.go.ke/downloads-2
Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.
On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.
The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.
Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.
ICT is a key enabler in the attainment of Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda. The County Government of Nandi is cognizant of this fact and has since partnered with the National Government through ICT Authority’s Ajira Digital Program to equip the youth with requisite skills they will enable them tap the online opportunities.
Ajira Digital Program is designed to instill the youth with digital skills that would enable them grasp job opportunities available in the digital world as an alternative source of income. This will address the high level of unemployment among the youth have basic internet skills since the youth will be given an opportunity to learn the skills that will allow them source for online jobs that will earn them income. They will also have opportunities to do their research, connect with other youth online and pursue online courses that can enhance their skills.
Closing of the Digital Ajira Program Training of Trainers
In order to achieve this, the Training of Trainers (ToT) by Ajira Digital Program that started on Monday 30th July came to a close today 3rd of August 2018 with 30 graduates ready to get to the field to train other youths all over the county.
Among the digital skills for online work acquired during training include content and article writing, digital marketing, virtual assistant, soft skills, bidding, online work security, web research and payment methods.
The ToTs also managed to create user accounts in different platforms, like ‘Guru’ and ‘Up work’ accounts, that will enable them get the online jobs. The ToTs are expected to impart the same knowledge to youth across the county so that they can work online and earn a living as a way of curbing unemployment.
Participants of the Ajira Digital Program
The County Secretary, Dr. Sang, who presided the closing of the training, pointed out that ICT is an essential tool in service delivery and people should be fast in grabbing and positively using the technology. Also CECM Administration, public service and E-Government Ms. Teresa Morogo; CO ICT and E-government, Mr. Jonathan Misoi and CO public service Ms. Grace Sugut.
Chief Officer in charge of ICT and E-Government, Jonathan Misoi
Mr. Misoi, being one of the online work beneficiary, stated that there are more ICT related training set to take place and will be of much benefit to the citizens especially the youth. Once the training programs are rolled out in the sub counties, the youth are encouraged to attend and acquire the skills as will address joblessness, reducing financial dependency and eventually improve the living standards of citizens of Nandi County.
The county government has further partnered with ICT Authority on the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) project that will connect sub county headquarters with fiber. This will enhance the penetration of internet connectivity in the county. Moreover, at least one ICT center will be established in all sub counties in the next five years. Two are set to kick off in the 2018/2019 financial year. Computer labs in all the 14 vocational training centers through a MoU with Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK) shall be equipped and will also act as training centers. More training on various aspects around ICT are lined up in partnership with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). These are among many other strategies that have been laid down for a technological revolution in Nandi County.