Two years ago I placed small advertisement in the newspaper to fill a secretarial vacancy. Twice after that, the job holders found better jobs, so I had to do it again - a year ago, and also this February. Within a week of each advert, almost twenty applications were received.
Two years ago, almost all applicants were university graduates; for the second ad, about 2/3 who responded were graduates and this time - of the 20 applicants received in the first week, only half were university graduates. Does this mean that there are better opportunities for graduates? Or they feel better about their prospects that they won't accept an entry-level job these days. Good times and more opportunities I hope for them
The results of this were a quick experiment. But a caution here; if you apply to a job at high profile company, it may take up to two months (or never) to be called in for an interview or sent a regret e-mail.
from the daily papers
African development bank (ADB) (Nairobi): Macroeconomist, agriculture expert, infrastructure specialist, procurement assistant, disbursement assistant, IT & telecommunications assistant, administrative & financial assistant. Apply to the resident representative, Kenya country office 4861-00200 Nairobi
Alliance for a green revolution in Africa (AGRA) [ supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller foundations]: - which will be headquartered in Nairobi, and program operations will be implemented by a supporting organization - program for a green revolution Africa (ProGRA) - also to be based in Nairobi
Executive director, evaluation & learning officer, program officer(for education & training for crop improvement), director for strategy & learning, program officer (for crop genetic improvement & farmer variety adoption), program officer for (agro-dealer development) [2 positions], policy officer, communications officer, program officer (financing seed production systems) apply through KPMG Kenya at email@example.com by 23/3
Software developers at credit reference bureau Africa (CRB Africa) . Apply online by 31/3
Senior program officer Kenya at DFID. Apply through adept systems firstname.lastname@example.org by 14/3
Kenya Anti Corruption Commission: Accountant, forensic investigator III (tax expert), forensic investigator III (audit expert). Apply to the director 61130-00200 by 16/3
Related - the Kenya Revenue Authority is hiring detector dog instructors and detector dog handlers. D/L is 23/3
Nairobi Java House limited: general manager, coffee division manager, and HR manager. Apply to email@example.com by 14/3
Safaricom: Simu Ya Jamii Area Manager, Simu Ya Jamii Administrator, Network Monitoring Centre (Nmc) Shift Technician, Senior Tax Accountant, Principal ERP Developer, Principal Business Analyst, Data Services Planning Technician, NMC SSS Senior Engineer-OM Senior CRM System Developer. Apply online
Serena hotels: marketing manager, e-Commerce Manager, sales executive, IS Manager (Kigali) and sous chefs. Apply though Hawkins associates - firstname.lastname@example.org by 14/3
other bits of news
advertising Capital FM (98.4) are for the second year running their Image plus promotion that offers medium size companies 120 30 second radio advertisements over the course of one year for about 1.4 million shillings – inclusive of production costs.
affirmative action: In public procurement & disposal, preference will be given to local contractors & suppliers exclusively for goods/supply contracts of less than 50 million shillings ($710,000)shillings and Kshs. 200 million ($2.85 million) for works procurement.
- Bidders will also enjoy a margin of preference of 15% if supplies used are sourced in Kenya
- Bidders will also enjoy a margin of preference of 6% where local shareholding is less than 20% and 5% for shareholding between 20% and 50%
aviation tourism revival continues with airline licenses renewed for air Italy, Neos, Livingston, (Italy - Mombasa / Zanzibar), Fischer (Poland - Mombasa), Malav (Hungary - Mombasa), and Edelweiss (Switzerland - Mombasa)
coffee: An expo will be held on March 8th at Serena - facilitated by the export promotion council
housing: the government will put up 400 mixed housing units in Mlolongo - Athi river Kenya slum upgrading network in conjunction with UN Habitat (Mavoko for middle and low income housing)
investor seminar: Strathmore University – SIFE Team will hold an investment conference dubbed Smart NSE Investments 2007 on Saturday, 3rd March 2007 from 8:30am – 4pm at the university auditorium. Charges are KSh.100 (Exclusive of Lunch)
media training: The 5th Eastern Africa Media Training conducted the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) will take place in Nairobi between March 14 - 16
security: serious stuff on the Somalia Coast where another ship (MV Rozen) was hijacked by pirates this week
- Kenya to buy patrol boats to secure the waters of Kenya and the port of Mombasa
- (kizingiti, siyu, mokowe, kiwayu) patrol bases in Lamu have been upgraded to be police stations