Kakamega County government has started setting performance targets (performance contracts) for all its senior staff for the 2020/21 financial year.
The performance contracting tool, introduced in the county during in 2015/16 has since then been used to measure the performance of government officers, effectively boosting service delivery.
The exercise that will last for one week targets CECMs, chief officers and heads of departments; who will cascade it down to their (departmental) officers.
Henry Wati, an independent external expert on performance contracts, who is leading this, said it is aimed at improving service delivery, focusing resources on the identified priority projects and increasing revenue generation and collection.
“We want to ensure that targets are in line with set priorities and are aligned to CIDPs and approved budget,” said Wati.
In addition, the targets set should also be aligned to the Annual Development Plan (ADP), the Big Four Agenda, the Governor’s manifesto and the SDGs among other essential documents.
Rose Omondi, senior county administrator in charge of performance management (Public Service and Administration), said performance vetting ensures compliance and growth of the departments in terms of performance.
“The exercise is in line with Section 47 of the County Governments Act. The main objective is to measure performance of each department and also ensure the targets are time bound. It will determine the actions to be taken by the Governor including rewarding highly performing officers,” said Omondi.