This article focuses on the qualifications and roles of a ward administrator in Kenya. Section 51 of the County Governments Act establishes the office of a ward administrator in each ward. Ward administrators are responsible for coordinating, supervising and managing the general administrative functions in the ward unit.
Ward administrators are answerable to the sub-county administrator. Their jobs are permanent and pensionable and are remunerated as per the rates that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission prescribes.
Qualifications For A Ward Administrator
- Be a Kenyan citizen.
- Have a minimum of C+ in KCSE or its equivalent.
- Should have experience or served in a public or private organisation in administration or management before. Years of experience depends on the respective county governments.
- Have a minimum Diploma in any field from a recognised institution in Kenya. The educational requirements may vary depending on county governments.
- Have a clearance certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and any other relevant authorities.
Roles Of A Ward Administrator
- Provision of service delivery.
- Development of policies and plans.
- Provision and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities of public services.
- Run an efficient and effective citizen service delivery centre.
- Conduct developmental activities to empower the community.
- Enhance administrative capacity for effective governance at the local or ward level.
- Exercise functions and powers delegated by the public services board under Section 86 of the County Governments Act.
- Coordinate and facilitate citizen participation in the development of policies, plans and delivery of services.
- Account for movable and immovable assets of the county government.
- Manage all cross-cutting issues in the ward. This includes issues such as HIV and AIDS, integrity programmes, gender mainstreaming and many more.
- Implement an effective performance management system.
- Perform any other functions as may be delegated by the sub-county administrator or the county public service board under Section 86 of the County Governments Act.
Ward Administrator Salary in Kenya
A ward administrator in Kenya is paid between Ksh 82,000 and Ksh 98,000 per month inclusive of allowances.
Below is a salary of a job group ‘N’ ward administrator in Uasin Gishu County.
Basic Salary Scale: Ksh. 56,370 – 87,360 (CPSB 06)
House Allowance: Ksh.22, 000 pm
Commuter Allowance: KShs. 8, 000 p.m.