The Authority is governed by a Board consisting of a Chairperson and nine other members. The powers of the Board in line with Section 9 of the National Employment Act, 2016 are to:
- Advise the Cabinet Secretary on any matter deemed by the Authority to be necessary or expedient to be considered by the State in connection with the provisions of this Act or the application thereof and on any other matter relating to employment which has been referred by the Cabinet Secretary to the Authority for the advice and recommendations of the Authority;
- Conduct studies on any matter relating to its mandate;
- Obtain information relevant to the discharge of its function;
- Take the necessary steps to protect the unemployed against any form of abuse or exploitation;
- Subject to the provisions of this Act, cause its work to be performed by persons employed or appointed by it in its terms of this Act;
- Become a member of an association or organization which seeks to promote any matter in which the Authority has an interest;
- Establish relations with or enter into cooperation agreements with bodies or offices offering similar services in other countries;
- Vest in or delegate to any officer, any of its committees such functions of the Authority as the Authority may determine; and
- Appoint and or employ such officer, any of its committees such functions of the Authority to discharge as required under the National Employment Authority Act 2016.
The Board will discharge its responsibilities through the following three (3) Board Committees. These are: the Finance Human Resource and Governance Committee; Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy Committee; and Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
The Board works through three committees as follows:
- Finance, Human Resource and Governance committee
- Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy committee
- Audit & Risk Management committee
The Board delegates certain functions to the committees but without abdicating its own responsibilities. The Committees are appropriately constituted drawing membership from amongst the board members with appropriate skills and experience. The Board may co-opt into the membership of the committees established any person whose knowledge and expertise may be required.
The Finance, Human Resource and Governance committee assists the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for funds collection, sourcing of funds, allocation and disbursements, review of budgets and implementation of reports.
The Audit & Risk Management committee reviews the annual financial statements of the Authority, focusing particularly on; Compliance with Government Financial Regulations, International Accounting Standards, other legal requirements and best practice.
This committee is to ensure the implementation of national policies on employment; to approve strategies on formulation of Employment policies and strategies national and county governments; develop regulations to facilitate effective labour migration management; monitor Employment and placement of job seekers in formal and informal or any other form of employment locally and internationally; and , advice on Employment policy reviews.
The Authority collaborates with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry in charge of Immigration, Ministry in charge of Public Service, National Industrial Training Authority, The Youth Fund, World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES)) and other Government agencies to streamline the Employment and internships activities in the Country internationally and regionally. Further, the Authority collaborates with ILO, IOM, WAPES, APES, EAC in development, implementation and monitoring of conventions, Laws and Policies related to employment.
The Authority intends to reach out to other institutions and stakeholders in continuous development and modernization of the labour market information
Ms Winnie Pertet – Board Chair
BA Human Resource Management, B.Ed. Degree, Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academic of Executive Coaching (AEOC)
Winnie is currently in the employment of a leading Global African Financial Services company as the HR Director. She has 23 years of HR experience at various management and leadership levels in leading local and global multinational organizations. Her career includes over 10 years in the Banking Industry and a further 7 years in the manufacturing sector, (FMCG) at East African Breweries and Coca-Cola Sabco, (now Africa Beverages) as well as 3 years in Financial services that includes Insurance, Asset Management, Banking and Property. She is an HR Generalist but her experience spans across all the various facets of HR Practice. She has been instrumental in designing and implementing Culture and People Change strategies and practices in most of the organizations where she has worked for. She also has credible experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisition and related people practices. She is also a past Chairperson of the Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes (RBS) Council.
Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo – Member
Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.
She is a lawyer by profession and has spread her experience in Legal practice, human resource management and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Hons), from the University of Nairobi, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management.
Other national duties include: a Commissioner at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, a Trustee of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB). At the international level she is a titular member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), member of the Management Board of the International Organization of Employers (IOE).
Mrs. Mugo was the Chairperson of the East African Employers’ Organization (EAEO) and is also currently serving as the Secretary General of Business Africa – the voice of Employers on the African Continent and represents employers on various forums in the continent including the African Union and the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee on Economic Partnership Agreements and the Joint EU-Africa Parliamentary Assembly (JPA).
Mr. Ngecho Mark Lugwisa joined the National Employment Authority Board of Directors in November 2017 as the representative to the Cabinet Secretary – The National Treasury & Planning. He is currently the Senior Investment Officer/Government Investment and Public Enterprises at The National Treasury & Planning. He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration 2nd class Upper ( Accounting Option) from Bugema University, Uganda, and he is currently undertaking his professional training in CPA programmes. He has also attended short-term courses in Corporate Governance and Accounting Skills Management.
Mr. Ngecho has over 8 years’ experience in the public sector, having previously worked in the Directorate of Government Accounting and Quality Assurance – The National Treasury & Planning, Departments of National Sub County Treasuries where he served in Sub County Treasury for 8 years, 4 of which he served as The National Sub County Accountant, Loiyangalani National Sub County Treasury – Marsabit County. Prior to joining Public service, Mr. Ngecho worked in private sector as an Office Manager, Tax Credit Consulting Ltd (Management Consulting Firm with Bias in Tax Planning and Management) and more recently as customer advisor/Lead Generator in Barclays Bank of Kenya.
Mr. Jefferson Kariuki – Member
Masters of Business Administration Human Resource and Entrepreneurship
Senior Principal -Thika Technical Training Institute
BSc .Mechanical Engineering – University of Nairobi
Chair National Youth Council
PhD Civil Engineering Structural Engineering, MSc and BSc in Civil Engineering, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Certificate in Corporate Governance for Directors
He has served as Ag. Vice Chancellor/CEO of Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU), Principal/CEO of the then Multimedia University College, Ag. Principal of the pioneering College of Engineering & Technology (COETEC) at JKUAT, Director of a research Centre at JKUAT christened SMARTEC, and the Chairman of the Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering at JKUAT
Deputy Commission Secretary/Deputy CEO (Administration and Finance Commission for University Education (CUE) Kenya
Masters in Governance and Ethics,
Member of the Youth Council representing North Easter Region
Mrs. Winnie Karingithi – Member
Mrs. Rose Atieno Aduda – Member
Master of Business Administration, PGD Law, Kenya School of Law, LLB, Higher Diploma in Human Resource