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Principal Secretaries(PS) Job Requirements, Roles & Salary/Month

Principal Secretaries

Article 155 of the Constitution tasks the President with nominating a person for appointment as Principal Secretaries from among persons recommended by the Public Service Commission. The names of the nominees will then be forwarded to the National Assembly for approval.

The current cohort of 44 Principal Secretaries will exit office along with President Uhuru Kenyatta once Ruto is sworn in on Tuesday, September 13.  Principal Secretaries serve as the accounting officers of various state departments.

They are tasked with implementing various government policies and strategic plans, facilitating the achievement of the goals of various government projects, and developing and implementing effective performance management systems.

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Principal Secretaries Qualifications required for applicants are;

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen
  2. Hold a degree from a university recognized in Kenya
  3. Have at least ten years of relevant professional experience, five years of which should have been in a leadership position or at a top management level in the public service or private sector
  4. Possess general knowledge of the organization and functions of government
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the goals, policies, and developmental objectives of the nation
  6. Have demonstrable leadership and management capacity including knowledge of financial management and strategic people management
  7. Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity

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How to Apply:

  1. Each Application should be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of relevant academic and professional certificates and transcripts, a National Identity Card or Passport, testimonials, and other relevant supporting documents. Scanned copies of these documents must accompany an online application.
  2. All applications should be clearly marked ‘Application for the Position of Principal Secretary’ and be submitted in any one of the following ways:
  • Manual applications should be hand-delivered to the Office of the Secretary/CEO situated on the fourth floor of Commission House, off Harambee Avenue.
  • Online applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to [email protected]
  • Posted applications should be addressed to:

The Secretary/CEO

Public Service Commission

Commission House

P.O Box 30095-00100

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Principal Secretaries’ Salary & Allowances

Permanent secretaries earn close to a million shillings in monthly salary and enjoy perks including an official car, a driver, a bodyguard, aides including two secretaries, and a personal assistant. The State also maintains its houses.

Principal Secretaries get a little lower monthly gross salary compared to Cabinet Secretaries. A Principal Secretary in Kenya earns a gross monthly salary of Ksh765,188.

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