15 January 2016

Kenya: ICT Authority Seeks New CEO

The Information and Communications Technology Authority is seeking to employ a new chief executive on contract, after former CEO Mr Victor Kyalo was appointed Principle Secretary, in the ministry of ICT.

The high level position has been vacant since November last year following President Uhuru Kenyatta's cabinet reshuffle, raising fears that projects handled by the authority could be delayed.

The authority handles the school laptops project, which is to be implemented beginning this year. It is also responsible for all government ICT functions as well as the National Optic Fibre Broadband Infrastructure (NOFBI).

In a report in the dailies on Thursday, the authority's board announced the vacancy, opening it up for intense lobbying.

"For appointment to this position as the chief executive officer, a person shall have a degree from a recognised university and has at least seven years working experience in a senior position in matters relating to information and communication technology, law or finance," the report states.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru told Nation that, "already there is an acting CEO, Mr Robert Mugo because critical projects at the authority need attention, the new CEO should take office by end of February, and the recruitments on the other hand close on January 2016."

Enhance efficiency

The authority came into force in August 2014, after the State consolidated the Kenya ICT Board, Directorate of E-Government and the Government Information and Technology Services (GITS) under a new body in a bid to enhance efficiency.

Stringent measures have been put to ensure the successful applicant does not lapse on the set targets.

"The successful candidate will serve on a three years contract renewable once subject to satisfactory performance and delivery of set performance targets," sates the report.

Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK) CEO Kamotho Njenga who has been keen on the appointments said, "The ICT Authority Board is properly advised to enlist the services of a neutral agency like the Public Service Commission in the recruitment exercise."

The successful applicant will be the first to take over office after Victor Kyalo who worked hard to ensure the authority was at its best.

Under his helm, he ensured that all 47 counties began processes of adopting ICT by setting up individual roadmaps monitored by the authority. He also secured funding in billions to help in the digitisation of the programmes for ease of revenue collection.

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