The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) have Thursday approved the National Government Administrative Officers’ Field Service Allowance.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the authorization of the extraneous allowance has come after extensive deliberations on recompensing the administrators – from the Assistant Chief all the way up to the Regional Commissioner – commensurate with the nature of their work and the risks that they face in the field.
The deliberations revolved around the employment terms of administrative officers in the Ministry’s headquarters as well as those in the field.
In determining the allowances, PSC and SRC had also taken into account the extra responsibilities, extraneous nature of their roles, fairness and equity relative to all other public servants, and broad implications on the fiscal sustainability of the wage bill in the entire public sector.
The Principal Secretary, Dr. (Eng.) Karanja Kibicho also took the opportunity to thank both PSC and SRC for approving the allowance.
“The Ministry gladly acknowledges this pertinent move geared towards motivating the officers with a view to improving service delivery,” said Kibicho.
The Interior Ministry at the same time also met with PSC to discuss succession management and filling vacancies within the established structures in the Ministry using internal capacity.
Kibicho said that besides routine coordination of security services across the country, the mandate of the administrators had in the recent past been expanded through executive orders No. 3/2014, No. 1/2016, and No. 1/2018 (revised).
“This is in addition to executive orders No. 1 of 2019 and No. 2 of 2020, which contain presidential directives aimed at strengthening service delivery up to the grassroots level, he added.
In conclusion, Kibicho defended the move by noting that available human resource capacity within the NGAOs structure had been stretched, compelling the administrators to shoulder almost double the usual responsibilities.