Kenya Civil Service

The civil service of Kenya includes officials hired by government on professional merit to advise and assist in running departments, ministries and counties. The employees of Kenya’s civil service are referred to as civil servants.

Public Service Commission of Kenya

The mission of the Public Service Commission of Kenya is to enhance excellence in public service delivery by providing the required human resource in the most effective manner. It is mandated under the constitution of Kenya, citizen’s charter 2009.

Civil servants

Kenya has an estimated 700,000 workers in civil service. The government intends to retrench excess workforce up to a tune of 100,000 civil servants in order to contain it’s wage bill that currently stands at Sh458 billion per annum.

Civil Service structure

Kenya is divided into 47 counties. Counties are governed by county governments. The counties are led by a county governor and have a county assembly. At each of these levels of administration, there are professionals employed.


The information under the civil service of Kenya includes;

Functions of Public Service Commission in Kenya

  • Handles petitions for removal of Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions and advises on the appointment of a tribunal to look into complaints.
  • Proposes individuals to the Judicial Service Commission and Salaries and Remuneration Commission
  • Nominates Principal Secretaries
  • Recruitment for the public service and local authorities
  • Promotion and acting appointments of public officers
  • Disciplinary control in the public service and local authorities
  • Establishment of standards of ethical conduct of public officers
  • Issuance and administration of the Code of Conduct for public officers in accordance with the provisions of the Public Officer Ethics Act 2003
  • Civil service examinations and occupational tests

Challenges in CIvil Service Kenya

  • Public servants involvement in both design and implementation is weak
  • Monitoring, controlling and evaluation systems in the public sector are deficient
  • Lack of contact between the various communities that the colonial government which was also responsible for differential development in the country civil service
  • Change in attitudes that is the delivery of public services is still largely characterized by a poor understanding of the fundamental principle of the public service to serve rather than dictate to citizens.
  • Service delivery orientation that is public service delivery is more process-based than it is results based
  • Low levels of pension awareness
  • Corruption and poor leadership are the major reasons why Kenya still weak in the civil service
  • Political influence in recruitment process