The State Department for Public Service, formerly the Directorate of Public Service Management in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender was created vide Executive Order No. 1 of June 2018.
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The Human Resource Management- Directorate will be headed by a Director General, Job Group ‘U’/CSG 3, responsibleto the Principal Secretary, State Department for Public Service for overall coordination of the Human Resource Management function in Ministries/Departments and Agencies(MDAs) in the mainstream Civil Service of the National Government. The Director-General, Human Resource Management Job Group ‘U’ will be the technical head of the State Department for Public Service responsible to the Principal Secretary for provision of professional and technical guidance and advisory to the Ministry leadership on formulation, review and interpretation of policies, regulations and procedures for strategic interventions in human resource matters in the Public Service. The Director-General, Human Resource Management will also provide advisory to Heads of HR function in MDAs and coordinate the HR function in the Civil Service. Specific functions for the Director-General, Human Resource Management will include the following among others:-
(i) Undertake research and initiate formulation, review, interpretation and implementation of HR policies ,Norms and Standards, Systems, Guidelinesand Procedures for effective and efficient management of human resource in the Public Service;
(ii) Provide technical support for implementation of Public Service Management components in the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service (CARPS) Programme for the National Government and County Governments;
(iii) Provide technical assistance and strategic advisories to MDACs to build their capacities and strengthen the HR function for an impactful Public Service Management;
(iv) Coordinate staff distribution and deploymentin the Civil Service through transfers/postings of seven(7) of the eight(8) cadres managed by the State Department for Public Servicenamely; Human Resource Management Officers/Assistants, Psychological Counselling Services Personnel, Office Administrators/Administrative Assistants (Secretarial personnel), Hospitality Personnel, Clerical Personnel, Drivers and Support Staff.
(v) Initiate development and review of terms and conditions of service for Civil Servants;
(vi) Advising on collective bargaining and negotiation agreements with trade unions;
(vii) Represent the Principal Secretary in the relevant Commissions; Boards, Councils and Committees to provide strategic advisory on human resource related issues;
(viii) Monitor evolving trends and undertake comparative studies regionally and internationally for best practices on Human Resource Management for continual improvement of the Public Service Management;
(ix) Coordinate administration of schemes of service for common cadre schemes managed by the State Department for Public Service;
(x) Provide linkage with Public Service Commission and Salaries and Remuneration Commission on compensation of Civil Servants;
(xi) Coordinate effective administration and implementation of the Comprehensive Medical Insurance Scheme for Civil Servants and Medical Insurance Scheme for Senior Officers in Job Group ‘U’ and above;
(xii) Coordinate administration of policies and operations for provision of psychological counselling services in the Public Service;
The Management Consultancy Services Department is mandated to advice the Public Service on appropriate organizational structures; review and introduce modern management techniques towards attaining the goals of Vision 2030; interpret provisions of the Constitution and translate them into functions, structures, operations and staffing norms; formulate business solutions appropriate for the Public Service; develop and review Career Progression Guidelines; and undertake research, innovation and reforms to promote modernization of the Public Service. The clients of the Management Consultancy Services Department include Ministries/Departments; County Governments; State Corporations; and Training Institutions including Universities, Polytechnic and public Schools and hospitals with the aim of enhancing service delivery. Further, the department is involved in the actualization of Executive Orders on Organization of Government to ensure that functions are unbundled and placed appropriately and Ministries/Departments are properly structured and staffed in order to optimize service delivery. In addition, the department is involved in quality assurance of the work of private consultants to ensure that the recommendations therein are implementable and are in line with Government policies, procedures and guidelines.
The Directorate will be responsible for overall policy coordination and direction on public service human resource development, capacity development, internship and volunteer policy for the Public Service. The functions of the Directorate will include:
(i) Providing leadership in Human Resource development function in the Public Service;
(ii) Identifying and developing suitable training and development programmes for the Public Service;
(iii) Resource Mobilization for training, development and capacity building for the Public Service;
(iv) Negotiating, concluding and implementing bilateral and multilateral agreements relating to Human resource Development in the Public Service;
(v) Focal point for Development Partner technical assistance to the Public Service;
(vi) Collaborating with the Government and private training institutions on the development training programmes for Public Service;
(vii) Identification and mainstreaming development of critical skills and competencies in the Public Service;
(viii) Development and maintenance of skills inventory in the Public Service;
(ix) Facilitating undertaking of Training Needs Assessment in the Public Service;
(x) Monitoring, evaluation and auditing of human resource development activities in the Public Service; and
(xi) Development and coordination of internship and volunteer policy in the Public Service.
The overall mandate of PSPMU vide Kenya Gazette No. 2431 of 8th April, 2005 and
the Executive Order No.6 is to facilitate institutionalization of efficient and effective
Performance Management in the public sector through performance contracting.
a) Co-ordinate Performance Contracting in the Public Service;
b) Develop the policy framework and advice on policy direction to facilitate Performance Contracting in the Public Service;
c) Advice Government on enabling legal and institutional framework to permit unfettered institutionalization of Performance Contracts in the Public Service;
d) Provide technical support to Performance Contracting parties;
e) Monitor performance to ensure that contracting parties are within the parameters of the agreed performance targets;
f) Sensitize/induct contracting parties into the process of Performance Contracting;
g) Provide logistical and technical support to Ad-Hoc Evaluation and Negotiation Task Forces;
h) Co-ordinate and work with other relevant departments both locally and internationally to ensure smooth development and implementation of Performance Contracting;
i) Submit quarterly progress reports on development and implementation of Performance Contracts in the Public Service to the Head of Public Service.
Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Strategic Objectives
a) Vision Statement To be a center of excellence in promoting quality and accessible public service for a globally competitive nation.
b) Mission Statement To support, coordinate and facilitate performance management and measurement for effective service delivery and efficient utilization of public resources.
c) Strategic Objectives i. To facilitate increased satisfaction with public services:
ii. To entrench a culture of accountability and transparency in public service management;
iii. To ensure sustainability of performance contracting in the Public Service.
In discharging its mandate, PSPMU undertakes to uphold the following core values:
a) Customer focus;
c) Innovativeness and creativity
e) Respect for national diversity