VACANT POSITION IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY .
STATE DEPARTMENT FOR BROADCASTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT
For appointment as Government Spokesperson, a candidate must:
(I) be a citizen of Kenya.
(ii) have served for a minimum period of ten (10) years as a media or communication practitioner, three (3) of which should have been in the grade of Deputy Director, CSG 6/1ob Group ‘R and above or in comparable and relevant position in the wider public service or private sector;
(iii) have a Bachelors Degree in any of the following fields:
- Public Relations,
- Communications and Media Studies,
- Political Science,
- Social Sciences or equivalent qualifications from a university rec ognised in Kenya;
(iv) Posses Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
(V) Demonstrate an indepth understanding of the National development goals, policies and objectives, including the Government’s transformation agenda;
(v) be fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili;
(vi) meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity; and
(vii) demonstrate ability to think strategically and respond effectively to changing circumstances.
Possession of a Masters Degree any of the following disciplines: Public Relations, Journalism, Communications and Media Studies, Education, Linguistics, Political Science, Social Sciences or equivalent qualifications from a university recognised in Kenya will be considered as an added advantage.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
The Government Spokesperson is responsible to the Principal Secretary for communicating government policies, programmes, and initiatives to the public through media channels. The role requires the individual to at all times represent the Government in a positive and professional manner to the media and the public. The main duties of the Spokesperson include:
(I)propagating Government policies and initiatives by providing timely and accurate dissemination of information;
(II) creating synergy, partnerships and collaborations with creators and consumers of government information including the media fraternity:
(iii) publicizing Government programmes and projects through media and community engagement;
(iv) responding to inquiries from journalists and media outlets about Government actions and decisions;
(V) drafting and distributing official statements, press releases, and other communications materials;
(vi) representing the Government at press conferences, media interviews, and other public events;
(vii) monitoring news coverage and tracking public perceptions of Govermment policies and initiatives;
(viii) collaborating with other Government agencies and departments to coordinate messaging and ensure consistent communication; and
(ix) advising Government officials and decision-makers on public relations and media strategies.
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