EAC council of ministers unlocks recruitment process

01Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
EAC council of ministers unlocks recruitment process

​​​​​​​THE East African Community council of ministers has unlocked the recruitment process for vacancies that was postponed in October this year.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for EAC and Regional Development, Adan Mohamed.

Making the announcement here yesterday, the chairperson of the council of ministers who is also Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for EAC and Regional Development, Adan Mohamed, said that shortlisted applicants from the EAC partner states would soon receive invitations from the Secretariat to participate in the interviews.

Mohamed further said that the Council during its deliberations found that the recruitment process had largely been above board, adding that the interviews were expected to begin in earnest to fill the slots that have been vacant for a long time.

To ensure equitability among partner states in the recruitment process, the CS disclosed that 11 of the vacant slots would be reserved for the Republic of South Sudan, the youngest member of the Community.

This is in accordance with the directive of the 41st Council held a day earlier to the Secretariat to ring-fence for the Republic of South Sudan eleven (11) vacant positions out of the fifteen (15) positions that are yet to be shortlisted as an affirmative action in the EAC recruitment process.

Adan was addressing media at the EAC headquarters shortly after he led Partner States’ delegations, EALA members and EAC members of staff in a tree planting ceremony to commemorate EAC Day, which is usually marked on 30th November every year.

Accompanying CS Mohamed to the tree planting ceremony were Burundi’s Minister for EAC Affairs,   Ezechiel Nibigira, EAC Secretary General   (Dr.) Peter Mathuki, EAC deputy secretary General in charge of the Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, the Counsel to the Community, Dr. Anthony Kafumbe, and EALA MPs.

The CS emphasised the importance of tree planting in mitigating the effects of climate change including drought and flooding that have ravaged the region in the recent past.

At its meeting held on 29th November, 2021, the council of ministers directed the Secretariat to re-advertise three positions in the Republic of Uganda, namely: Hansard Editor; Hansard Reporter, and; Senior Clerk Assistant. The meeting observed that there were errors in the adverts of for the three positions that excluded candidates from the Republic of Uganda and recommended that the Secretariat re-advertise the positions

The Council that was chaired by   Mohammed further directed the Secretariat to re-advertise positions where shortlisted candidates were all from one partner state.

The Council also directed the Secretariat to re-advertise positions where only one candidate had been shortlisted.

The ministers observed that for positions where only candidates from one partner state had been shortlisted, required to be reviewed with a view opening vacancy to competition. The meeting also noted that some of the adverts were too restrictive and required a review to enable many candidates apply for the jobs. The meeting noted that it was not tenable for a position to attract only one candidate that meets the requirement and the others could not be shortlisted.

The ministers directed the Secretariat to continue with the recruitment of all positions not affected by directives in (a), (b) and (c) from January 2022.

The Council reiterated the decision of its 39th meeting directing that the Republic of Burundi be given priority in subsequent/forthcoming staff recruitment.

On partner states contributions to EAC, the Council urged partner states to disburse the contribution for the FY’2021/2022 in accordance with the EAC Financial Rules and Regulations (2012), in order to facilitate the timely execution of the approved budget.

They also called upon partner states to remit arrears in accordance with the disbursement plans for arrears.