Mr. Paul Jiseve Mbuni

Department Profile

The Department of Administration and Coordination of County Affairs was established to implement specific County Government functions. The Fourth schedule, Part II of the Kenya Constitution, 2010, outlines the devolved functions to be performed by the Department.The County Department consists of two directorates namely; Human Resource Management and Public Administration. The county public sector is under continued pressure from the citizenry to demonstrate high levels of performance and results that give value for money. However, the department is faced with several challenges and emerging issues limiting its ability to deliver its functions effectively. The major challenges include lack of enabling policy, legislations, and institutional framework to guide the department in executing its mandate, lack of resource management tools, inadequate ICT infrastructure and weak coordination among the county government departments.

Mandate of the Department

The Mandate of the Department is provided for in Article 186 of the Kenya Constitution 2010 and in Part II section 5 of the County Government Act No.17 of 2012. The Department Mandate shall include;

  • Formulation and implementation of Public Administration, Human Resource and Information Communication Technology policies in collaboration with other departments and relevant institutions
  • Coordination of the preparation and presentation to the County assembly of the legal and institutional framework on Human Resource, Information Communication Technology and Public Administration
  • Enforcing staff discipline and code of ethics to ensure effective service delivery
  • Mobilizing resources and enhancing public participation through barazas and stakeholder fora
  • Administration of salary, pensions and compensation schemes for the county staff
  • Formulating guidelines on capacity building, training and performance monitoring of county civil servants.

The role of the Department in the County’s Development Agenda

This Department aspires to undertake a number of strategies to address the emerging issues in the county public service. One such agenda is Performance contracting of all County Government of Vihiga employees.
This agenda calls for a paradigm shift, from process to results-based operations of the public sector. Enhanced results orientation will promote participation, teamwork, improved program planning and management for the attainment of results.
The second agenda is to develop a Human Resource Management strategy to guide the management of human resource in service delivery to enhance prudent recruitment, staff training and development, staff welfare and salary management.
Another agenda is support for reforms and programs that seek to strengthen decentralized units; sub-counties, wards and villages;

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