Parliament is seeking to expand its work force as the country prepares to usher in a bicameral House in the next general election. Already, jobs have been advertised for various new posts that include clerk and deputy clerk of the Senate. Parliament has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out the recruitment exercise. The roles of the clerk will include supervising and coordinating all the directorates of the Senate as well as handling all policy and organisational matters.
Also being sought is the director legislative and procedural services, committee services of the Senate director, legal services director and Speaker's office of the Senate director. Those seeking these positions are required to have a bachelors degree in social sciences, humanities or a related field. The new constitution provides that the number of MPs be increased from the current 222 to 349 while the Senate will be composed of 67 senators and a speaker.
Last month, Parliament endorsed a budget of Sh1.7 billion specifically to establish the Senate between now and June next year. Additional Sh580 million was endorsed for improving and increasing office space and other facilities for senators and their staff. Another Sh 150 million was endorsed for buying a house for the Speaker of the Senate. The Senate will be holding its sessions in the Old Chambers at Parliament buildings. Also advertised are jobs for Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and Hansard editor. PWC will also be recruiting a new clerk for the National Assembly, a position currently held by Patrick Gichohi.