County Public Service Board

Adhan Nuri, Chairman - County Public Service Board

Adhan Nuri Berhe,
Chairman – County Public Service Board

1.0 Introduction

The County Public Service Board is established under section 56 (1) of the County Government Act as a body corporate with perpetual succession and a seal, capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name. The Tana River County Public Service Board consists of the chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and four other members all appointed by the Governor with the approval of the County Assembly. The Board is supported by a Secretariat headed by the Board Secretary. The Secretariat facilitates the Board to deliver on its mandate and is divided into four technical departments and two support units.
The Board secretariat is organized into four departments namely; performance management & discipline, Administration of Board Agenda, Promotion of & Compliance with National Values & Principles and lastly the Recruitment , Selection, Career Management, Human Resource Audit & Policy. It is an independent constitutional body whose mandate covers appointment of persons to hold or act in offices in the county public service including in the boards of cities and urban areas within the county and the power to confirm in appointments. In addition, the power to exercise disciplinary control, removal and protection of pension benefits is vested in the Board. Further, the Public Officer’s Ethics Act, 2003 bestows the Board additional responsibilities concerning setting and enforcement of ethical standards in the County public service. The County Government Act also mandates the County Public Service Board to report regularly to the County Assembly on the on the execution of the functions of the Board.
The Board by virtue of being located in Tana River County covers a very wide geographical area. The county has a total area of 38,862.2 Kilo metres composed of 15 electoral wards, three sub-counties and three constituencies. Currently the county has about 700 hundred employees though the approved establishment is about 1500 employees.

2.0 Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives

Vision:

To be a world class constitutional body in the provision of a globally competitive human resource that serves the needs of the county government of Tana River and Kenya.

Mission:

To enhance excellence in the county public service delivery by providing the required human resource in the most effective manner
Strategic Objectives:
• To provide for evaluation and reporting on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution are complied with in Tana River County.
• To provide for the efficient, quality and productive organization, staffing, and functioning of the county public service.
• To ensure consistency in public service management.
• To promote the values and principles of article 10 and 232 in the county public service
• To provide for human resource management and development.
• To promote professionalism and ethical conduct in County public service.
• To provide support for the Board and enhance its capacity to undertake its Constitutional mandate.

3.0 Current Range of Functions Performed

The County Government Act section 59 (1) Provides that the functions of the County Public Service Board shall be, on behalf of the county government, to;
• Establish and abolish offices in the county public service;
• Appoint persons to hold or act in offices of the county public service including in the Boards of cities and urban areas within the county and to confirm appointments;
• exercise disciplinary control over, and remove, persons holding or acting in those offices as provided for under this Part;
• prepare regular reports for submission to the county assembly on the execution of the functions of the Board;
• Promote in the county public service the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232;
• Evaluate and report to the county assembly on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 are complied with in the county public service;
• Facilitate the development of coherent, integrated human resource planning and budgeting for personnel emoluments in counties;
• Advise the county government on human resource management and development;
• advise county government on implementation and monitoring of the national performance management system in counties;
• make recommendations to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, on behalf of the county government, on the remuneration, pensions and gratuities for county public service employees.

Current Major Programmes and Projects Under Implementation by the Board

ProgrammesRemarks
Development of the 2014-2018 Strategic PlanThe county has no strategic plan and the Board is coordinating development.
Customizing County Human Resource Manual to the Tana River ContextThough the transition authority has devolved a generic county human resource manual it is not conclusive as not all human resource aspects are covered. The Board is in the process of customizing the manual.
Developing
Performance Appraisal systems in the county public service
So far the county has not developed a performance Appraisal system
in the county
Rationalisation of defunct county council staffThe defunct county council staffs across the country were engaged on terms higher than what other staff were offered. The Board intends to come up with a policy to rationalise this officers to ensure
that the terms and service of all employees is uniform across the
county.
Job EvaluationThe Board is in the process of establishing the job profiles of each
job in the county a process that will inform SRC the net worth of
each job
Development of training planThe County public service board is in the process of conducting a training needs assessment of the staff across the county so as to develop a need based training plan for the county employees
Recruitment of Village administratorsThe county Assembly is in the process of establishing the number of
villages in the county after which the Board will recruit the village
administrators for each village created
Customizing the Career progression guidelinesTana River county has been marginalised for a very long time a scenario that has together with other inherent limitations of pastoralist communities jeopardised the education level of the residents of Tana river. Adopting the scheme of service as it will therefore not only jeopardise the locals but will also pose challenges to the Board in exercise of its mandate especially the provision for
considering marginal communities and equitable distribution of vacancies across the County. The Board in light of this intends to review the national government schemes of services to customize it to the context of Tana River County.

County Public Service Board Members

NoNamePosition
1Adhan Nuri BerehChairman
2Milka Hankola KarhayuVice Chairman
3Eunice JumaSecretary
4Ali Abbas AliMember
5Rehana Gobu ButeMember
6Abbas Kunyo GuyoMember
7Issack Hajir AbdiMember