Ministry of public service, youth and gender affairs had three departments. It is headed by CS Prof. Margaret Kobia, assisted by Chief Administrative Secretary and two Principal Secretaries.
The Vision 2030 states that Kenya wishes to have an efficient, motivated and well-trained public service
In 2003, the government formulated a five-year development strategy (Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation, 2003–2007). Within this period, a department for Youth Affairs was created and Kenya National Youth Policy (KNYP) (2007), was formulated (Republic of Kenya 2011), which saw the creation of the Fund. Youth bulges have become a global phenomenon and Kenya is no exception to this trend. In Kenya, the youth bulge presents a number of challenges for both the youth and the country. Youth represent the most abundant asset Kenya has or will have over the near future. Nonetheless, there have been a considerable number of surveys conducted and reports and studies published that invariably conclude that there are persistent risks and challenges faced by Kenyan youth. The youth are, and will remain, a significant share of Kenya's population for the foreseeable future. Developing and implementing appropriate strategies, policies and programmes to mitigate the risks and challenges they (the youth) face must be much more of a priority for the government than it currently is. Any failure to provide appropriate opportunities for this large segment of the population could have enormous economic, political, cultural, and social consequences. Engaging the youth population fully is therefore no longer a choice but an imperative in the development process.
The State Department of Gender Affairs in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs was established through Executive Order No. 1 of May 2016 with the overall mandate of promoting gender equality and women empowerment through specific functions. These assignments are in the following areas:
The Department is also responsible for key institutions in the country namely; The Women Enterprise Fund, UWEZO Fund, National Government Affirmative Action Funds, the Anti-FGM Board and Gender Violence Protection Centres. In carrying forward the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda, the Department recognizes that commendable progress has been made over the years in this journey. Today, Kenya has a Constitution that guarantees equality between women and men as well as progressive gender legislation and policies.
Governments have made major changes to the way they manage the public sector in the past two decades, privatising commercial activities such as telephone services, cutting red tape and making government more transparent and responsive to citizens.
Article 234 of the Constitution outlines the functions and powers of the Public Service Commission. According to the article the Commission is expected to;
The Constitution further bestows upon the Commission other functions which include the following:
Public Service and Youth Affairs- Directorate of Public Service Management provides strategic leadership and guidance to the Public service on the human resource management and development.
Department of Youth Affairs-The core mandate and responsibilities of the DYA include five broad areas. The National Youth Policy, Youth Employment Policy, Youth Mainstreaming in National Development, Coordinating youth issues in national development, Spearheading protection of youth from harmful cultural practices and exploitation.
Gender Affairs - The mandate of Gender Affairs department is to promote gender mainstreaming in national development processes and champion and socio-economic empowerment of women.
As a Ministry collaborate with others to address the following
Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs as a broad ministry should facilitate how the set policies are effected fully. It should be in the forefront of ensuring gender parity within all state departments is carried out as per stipulated in the 2010 constitution. Moreover, awareness and public education should be accessible to all Kenyans in their various regions throughout the year. The hiring process should ensure that not only are the right candidates hired for the right positions but also that there is adequate representation from all regions within Kenya.
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