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Vacancy: Here’s what you need to become next Government Spokesperson

The government through the Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced a vacancy in the office of the National Government Spokesperson.

The office became vacant following the appointment of former holder Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna as Chief of Staff of Siaya County Governor James Orengo.

Col Oguna had served as the Government’s Spokesperson from May 2019 under the former Head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta. Colonel Oguna took over the office from Mr Eric Kiraithe who had served since August 2018.

The commission has asked interested applicants candidates to submit their applications online through the PSC website by February 27, 2023.

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According to the commission, applicants must be Kenyan citizens and hold a bachelor’s degree in media-related fields from a recognized university. Applicants should also have worked as a media or communication practitioner for at least 15 years.

Other requirements include being fluent in both spoken and written Kiswahili and English, being a member of a relevant professional body, meet the requirement of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity and demonstrate the ability to think strategically.

Also, to qualify for the position, one must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the national development goals, policies, and objectives.

The applicant who will qualify for the position will earn a monthly salary of Sh970,000, which includes basic pay between Sh292,000 and Sh576,000.

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It also includes other numerous benefits like house and entertainment allowances, leave allowance, and medical cover. The terms of service can be permanent or local agreements.

The Government Spokesperson is responsible to the Principal Secretary for communicating government policies, programmes and initiatives to the public through media channels.

The main duties of the Spokesperson include propagating government policies and initiatives by providing timely and accurate dissemination of information, creating synergy, partnerships and collaborations with creators and consumers of government information including media fraternity, publicizing government programs and monitoring news coverage, among others.

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