The Public Service Commission will from next week scale down its operations in a move aimed at ensuring that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic does not spread on the commission.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the commission said it will operate at 50 percent capacity as half of the staff have been directed to work from home beginning Monday next week.
Commission Secretary/CEO, Simon Rotich, issued a raft of precautionary measures in a memo to all staff that will ensure uninterrupted delivery of critical services.
The staff will work on a one to two-weeks shift in which they will alternate between the workplace and home in order to reduce crowding and unnecessary human contact that has been blamed for the spread of the virus across the country.
During the period, physical visits to the Commission House will be restricted and visitors encouraged to make inquiries through telephone 0204865555, contact centre number 0204865000 and e-mail email@example.com.
Official mails to the Commission will be delivered at a designated desk at the entrance to the main reception lobby of the PSC building.
Staff who will be working from home will be required to remain within the duty station in Nairobi as they will be deemed to be on official duty.
Directorates that provide support to the board’s decision-making processes and that offer critical services such as conducting selection interviews and recruitment of qualified persons in the public service will be expected to adopt exceptional working arrangements to ensure uninterrupted functioning of the Commission and delivery of services.
Meetings will be conducted virtually through online platforms while in-person meetings will be restricted to not more than four persons, in line with the directives issued through the Head of Public Service Circular of 20th July 2020.
Critical supplies and services will continue, including daily cleaning and sanitizing of office furniture, equipment and surfaces.
Rotich clarified that owing to the strict adherence to the Covid-19 management and containment guidelines and protocols issued by the government, the Commission has not recorded any new cases of infection among staff other than those that were reported during the earlier wave that prompted a partial lockdown of the commission last year.
He encouraged staff to voluntarily present themselves for the free COVID 19 vaccination programme offered by the Ministry of Health.