Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

The ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs has the following two State Departments. The State Department of Gender Affairs and the State Department of Public Service and Youth Affairs.

Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs –  State Department of Gender Affairs

The state department of Gender affairs was created from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in November 2015, to promote gender mainstreaming in national development processes and champion and socio-economic empowerment of women.

Gender rights and gender equality are entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, and the department has the responsibility of expanding credit financing to women for enterprise development and ensure equality in gender representation in all public appointments.

The Millennium Declaration signed by UN member States in the year 2000 brought gender issues into focus through Millennium Development Goal 3, which commits Kenya to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as an effective way to combat poverty, hunger and disease, and to stimulate development that is sustainable. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have further reaffirmed the importance of gender in international development in Goal 5, “Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls”.

Gender concerns are anchored in Article 27 (3) of the Constitution which states that ‘’women and men have the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres”, and Article 81 (b) which states that “not more than two thirds of the members of elective bodies shall be of the same gender”. The two thirds gender rule applies in the public service appointments as well.

The State Department of Gender is the technical lead with regard to gender mainstreaming in policies and programmes within the Government; it also monitors compliance with International conventions that Kenya is signatory to.

Functions of the State Department of Gender Affairs

The State Department of Gender Affairs is responsible for the following key functions;

  • Coordination of gender mainstreaming into national development
  • Formulation, review and management of gender related policies
  • Negotiations, domestication and reporting on gender related international and regional treaties and conventions
  • Promotion of equitable socio economic development between women and men
  • Implementation of Uwezo fund
  • Implementation of women enterprise fund
  • Monitoring of 30% access to government procurement opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities
  • Coordination and maintenance of sex disaggregated data
  • Establishment and implementation of gender management system
  • Coordination of activities on anti- FGM
  • Coordination of programmes for the reduction of gender based violence(GBV)

Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs – State Department of Public Service and Youth Affairs

Directorate of Public Service Management

In 1947, a Central Personnel Unit dealing with all the personnel matters was established in the Chief Secretary’s Office in Treasury. It was then known as the Establishment Office. Just before independence a Directorate of Personnel was created in the office of the Prime Minister vide circular No. 1 of 2nd April, 1963. The Directorate of Personnel was organized into two branches:

Service Branch – this was responsible for establishment needs of the Civil service
Africanisation and Training Branch – it was responsible for assessing the priorities for Africanisation of the Service.

The emphasis then was on localization on jobs and training of Civil Servants. At this time there was massive training for common cadre posts (Africanization of service).

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In 1969, the Management Services Branch of the Directorate of Personnel was established. It was responsible for management review, organizational analysis and staff studies and, optimum utilization of human resources.

In 1974, Directorate of Personnel was reconstituted and renamed Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM) through Sessional Paper No. 5 of 1974. This was as a result of the recommendations of the Ndegwa Commission of 1970-71. The Commission had recognized the important role that that the Directorate performed in relation to personnel and was of the view that the management of personnel roles be undertaken by the Office of the President.

In 1978, following the Ndegwa and Wamalwa Commission Reports, the Mandate of DPM was reviewed and expanded. It was then reorganized and restructured into four Divisions namely Personnel Administration, Manpower Development, Consultancy Services; and Administration Divisions. DPM was the Chief Advisor to the Head of Civil Service in all Personnel Management function in the Civil Service.

In 1993, Reform component was added to DPM, to create another Division, The Civil Service Reform Programme, with the aim of improving performance management in the Service with a view to improving service delivery in the Public Service to ensure an orderly growth and balance across the public service.

In 2003 the DPM became a fully pledged Ministry of State for Public Service (MSPS) through Presidential Circular No. 1 /2003. This was out of a political decision.

Mandate of the Directorate of Public Service Management

The Executive Order No. 2/2013 on Organization of Government of May 2013 mandated the Directorate of Public Service Management to provide strategic leadership and guidance to the Public service on the human resource management and development.

Functions of the Directorate of Public Service Management

The core functions of the Directorate are:

  1. Formulate human resource management and development policies, rules and regulations in the Public Service.
  2. Advise the Public Service on organizational structures, ministerial functions, staffing levels, develop and review schemes of service and career guidelines.
  3. Train and build capacity in the Public Service.
  4. Initiate and coordinate human resource management reforms in the Public Service.
  5. Coordinate human resource management information systems.
  6. Review, harmonize and update the terms and conditions of service for the Public Service.
  7. Provide guidelines and monitor payroll and human resource records in the Public Service.

Directorate of Youth Affairs

The former Ministry of State for Youth Affairs (MOYA) was established on 7th December, 2005 to represent and address youth concerns in Kenya. This was necessary against the reality that despite their numerical strength, youth were not well represented in the national, political and socio-economic development processes. Upon inception, the ministry coordinated and mainstreamed youth issues in the national development agenda. In order to integrate and harmonize issues affecting youth in Kenya, the government through the presidential circular no. 1 of 2008 reorganized the ministry to include the department of sports to become the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS).Under its strategic plan (2007-2012), MOYAS made significant achievements towards youth empowerment.

Through the executive order no. 2 of May 2013, the Government prioritized the implementation of youth empowerment functions through the Directorate of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. In November 2015, the President reorganized Government and State Organizations and placed the Directorate of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. The Directorate is now responsible for implementing transformative youth eight – point empowerment plan in the key focus areas of the new strategy.

Directorate of Youth Affairs Strategic Objectives

Integration and Mainstreaming of youth interventions in sectoral and macro policies at county and national levels.
Provision of strategic direction and a framework for coordinating and leveraging investments targeted at youth empowerment.
Consolidation of stakeholder efforts towards youth empowerment.
Promotion of transformative youth empowerment with focus on employability and life skills, talent and entrepreneurship development.
Promotion of youth participation in community service, peace building and leadership.

Mandate of the Directorate of Youth Affairs

The core mandate and responsibilities of the DYA include the following five broad areas.

  1. The National Youth Policy
  2. Youth Employment Policy
  3. Youth Mainstreaming in National Development
  4. Coordinating youth issues in national development
  5. Spearheading protection of youth from harmful cultural practices and exploitation.

Directorate of Youth Affairs Focus Areas – 8 Point plan

DYA aims to achieve transformative youth empowerment by pursuing the following eight focus areas:

  1. Policy and Legal Framework
  2. Leadership and Participation
  3. Skills Development and Employment
  4. Talent Identification and Development
  5. Agriculture, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
  6. Health, Crime and Security, Drug and Substance Abuse
  7. ICT Development
  8. Coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.

Divisions of Directorate of Youth Affairs

Youth Employment and Enterprice Development (YEED)

  • Youth capacity building through catalytic funds; YEDF, Uwezo
  • Youth SACCOs nurturing
  • Empowerment & Employment Programmes; KYEP & KYEOP
  • Youth internship
  • Youth labour export
  • Promotion of youth work ethics

Youth Social Development (YSD)

  • Youth programmes in health
  • Youth and Environmental programs
  • Youth Crime and drugs prevention
  • Youth leisure, recreation and community service
  • Youth peace and cultural exchange
  • Youth with special needs
  • Youth volunteerism programmes
  • Youth guidance and counselling
  • Youth and talent development

Youth Empowerment and Participation (YEP)

  • National Youth Policy & National Youth Council Act
  • Youth Civic education and training
  • Management and coordination of activities in Youth Empowerment Centres
  • Coordination and liaison with national, regional and international youth programmes
  • Formation and promotion of youth groups and youth organizations

Youth Mainstreaming and Field Services (YMFS)

The Directorate of Youth Affairs has offices throughout the country and provides support to youth through field services. The Field offices are headed by County Directors of Youth Development and Sub-County Directors of youth Affairs.

Functions of the County Directors of Youth Development

The following are the functions of the County Directors of Youth Development. They are

  1. In-charge of Youth development affairs at the County.
  2. Act as the administrator and technical head of youth development affairs at the County.
  3. Coordinate and supervise youth development programs and activities in the County.
  4. Initiate, plan and implement youth development programs and activities in the County
  5. Coordinate the implementation of the 30% preferential procurement of youth, women and persons with disability at the County.
  6. Monitor and evaluate youth and gender program and projects in the County.
  7. Coordinate the provision of secretariat services to Uwezo fund in all the constituencies in the County.
  8. Preparation of performance reports.
  9. Coordinate and supervise all the youth development officers
  10. Coordinate youth skills development in the County.

Functions of Sub –County/Constituency Youth Development Officers

  1. In-charge of Youth affairs at the Sub-County.
  2. Monitor and evaluate youth and gender program and projects in the Sub-County.
  3. Coordinate and supervise youth programs and activities in the Sub-County.
  4. Provision of secretariat services to Uwezo Fund in all the constituencies in the County.
  5. AIE holders for Uwezo Fund at the constituency.
  6. Coordinate youth skills development in the Sub- County.
  7. Mainstream issues of gender and youth at the Sub-County level.
  8. Coordinate the implementation of the 30% preferential procurement regulations for youth, women and persons with disability.

Management of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

Cabinet Secretary: Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki
Principal Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Mbogo Omollo (Public Service and Youth)
Principal Secretary: Mrs. Zeinab W. Hussein (Gender Affairs)

Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki - Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki – Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Contacts

The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs
Physical Location: Harambee House, Treasury Building, Uchumi House, Kencom House, Teleposta, KICC, and NHIF Building
Postal Address: P.o Box 30050 00100 Nairobi
Tel: 020 227411
Fax: 020 2243620
Telex: 23125

Website: www.psyg.go.ke

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