Government Spokesperson Job, Qualifications, Duties & Salary

The Public Service Commission (PCS), on Tuesday, May 16, advertised the vacancy for the position of Government Spokesperson, who will earn a maximum monthly salary of Ksh970,000.

In a notice, the Commission encouraged degree holders in select courses to apply for the position even as it was indicated that post-degree certificates will be considered an added advantage.

Degree holders in Education, Public Relations, Journalism, Communications and Media Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, and Social Sciences were targeted in the advert.

Former government Cyrus Oguna speaking during a road safety awareness campaign along Mombasa Road on Friday, February 25, 2022

The government is seeking to recruit a spokesperson following the exit of Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, who served under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

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Government Spokesperson Qualifications

Apart from being degree holders, applicants must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the national development goals, policies, and objectives, including the government’s transformation agenda.

One must also be fluent in both spoken and written Swahili and English.

“For appointment as Government Spokesperson, a candidate must 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/Job Group ‘R’ and above or in comparable and relevant.

“They should demonstrate an ability to think strategically and respond effectively to changing circumstances,” read the notice in part.

Government Spokesperson Responsibilities

The appointee will be expected to communicate government policies, programs, and initiatives to the public through media channels.

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“The role requires the individual to always represent the government positively and professionally to the media and the public. The main duties of the Spokesperson include propagating government policies and initiatives by providing timely and accurate dissemination of information.

President William Ruto speaking during a Media Engagement, at State House, Nairobi on May 14, 2023.

“He or she will represent the government at press conferences, media interviews, and other public events and monitor news coverage and track public perceptions of Government policies and initiatives,” read the notice in part.

Other roles include advising the government on media strategies.

How to Apply for Govt Spokesperson Position

PSC noted that the application would be done online with applicants directed to do so by visiting the Commission’s website – or the jobs portal – before June 5, 2023, at 5 pm.

Applicants were also advised to prepare their documentation if they got shortlisted. Some of the documentation required for the interviews are National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, and transcripts.

“A letter of recognition of qualifications from the Commission for University Education (CUE) for candidates who possess degrees from foreign universities shall be required,” read the notice in part.

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