National Employment Authority (NEA)

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:

  1. 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;
  2. Conduct studies on any matter relating to its mandate;
  3. Obtain information relevant to the discharge of its function;
  4. Take the necessary steps to protect the unemployed against any form of abuse or exploitation;
  5. 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;
  6. Become a member of an association or organization which seeks to promote any matter in which the Authority has an interest;
  7. Establish relations with or enter into cooperation agreements with bodies or offices offering similar services in other countries;
  8. Vest in or delegate to any officer, any of its committees such functions of the Authority as the Authority may determine; and
  9. 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.

Board Committees

The Board works through three committees as follows:

  1. Finance, Human Resource and Governance committee
  2. Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy committee
  3. 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.

Audit & Risk Management Committee

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.

Finance, Human Resource and Governance Committee

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.

Employment Promotion, Services and Strategy Committee

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

The NEA Board of Directors

Amb. Michael Oyugi –  Member

Amb.  Michael Adipo Okoth Oyugi is currently the Director for Diaspora & Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this appointment, he served as Kenya’s Ambassador to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations & International Organizations based in Vienna. During this time, he chaired or co-chaired various Committees or Working Groups of the UN Organizations based in Vienna. He was also a member of The Multilateral Committee of Ambassadors of The International Peace Institute, Vienna Chapter. Ambassador Oyugi has led numerous Kenya delegations to various UN conferences and has also served in various other capacities in the Kenyan Foreign Service.

Ambassador Oyugi is a career diplomat of longstanding in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya specializing in multilateral diplomacy. He has been on posting in Kenyan Embassies/Missions in France, Switzerland, Ethiopia and Austria. He holds a B.A. degree in International Relations and French language from the University of Nairobi, and post – graduate diploma of specialization in international relations and in multilateral diplomacy from the Geneva Institute of Graduate Studies. He also studied diplomacy and international relations at the Rio Branco Institute in Brasilia, Brazil.

Mrs Jacqueline Mugo – Member

Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Jacqueline Mugo, EBS, MBS, OGW is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Jacqueline plays a strong leadership role in the continent and represents employers and the private sector at the regional and international level including the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE), both based in Geneva, Switzerland The ACP-EU Follow-up Committee in Brussels and several public sector boards in Kenya.

Jacqueline is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB, Hons) degree, from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management and is also a graduate of Kenya School of Law. She has over 30 years experience acquired from serving in the public and private sector covering legal, human resource management, governance, advocacy and leadership

Prof. Walter Oyawa – Member

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

Mr Mark N. Lugwisa – Member

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 a 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.

Winnie Karingithi (MRS), OGW – Member

Mrs Karingithi holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Bachelors Degree in Economics both from the University of Nairobi (UON). She is a member of the Economics Association of Kenya. She joined the National Employment Board in 2018 as a representative of the Principal Secretary, State Department for Labour. She is currently the Chief Economist in the State Department for Labour. Mrs Karingithi has 30 years working experience in government in the area of economic policy, planning and budgeting. She is in charge of coordination of economic planning, formulation and implementation of the overall macro-economic policies related to Labour and Employment matters; budgeting; collection, production and compilation of statistical data; formulation and review of the Ministry’s policies; development and monitoring the implementation of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan, work plan and Performance Contract and Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry’s activities /programs/projects. Prior to joining the Ministry of Labour, Mrs Karingithi worked with Ministry of Planning for a period of 12 years where she was in charge of coordinating project design, Monitoring and Evaluation, reviewing of policies affecting the development of micro and small enterprises. She has attended several courses including Basic Training Course for Productivity Practitioners; Strategic Leadership Development Programme; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Course; Small and Medium Enterprise Development and a Diploma in Project Management.

Joan Andisi Machayo (Mrs.) – Member

Joan Machayo is the Alternate Director, representing the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Commission. She has Over 25 years’ experience in the public service in the area of human resource management and administration. Highly detailed, motivated, process driven and proactive person who embraces the opportunity to help grow an institution where innovation, creativity and inspiration meet.

Director Machayo started her career in 1990 as an Executive Officer, Ministry of Health. In 1999, she was Personnel and Administration Officer where she has rose through the ranks to the Director Human Resource Management and Development in 2017.

At PSC, she specializes in Overall Human Resource Management and development function including the human resource strategy for the public service, Policy formulation review monitoring and evaluation, Developing Human Resource in the public service including ensuring prudent management of training resources, Technical support and capacity building for the county public service and state agencies, Review of performance management and service improvement strategies for the public service, Development and review of the discipline and grievance management policies for the public service and Management of labor relations.

Director Joan Machayo holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi (1989) and Masters of Business Administration ( Human Resource Management(2006) and pursuing PhD in Business Administration (Strategic Management) since 2012 and is a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya(ICPSK) and a member of African Association of Public Administration.

Nafula Wafula (Ms.) – Member

Programs Director, Brydges Centre

Nafula Wafula is a fierce advocate for gender equality and human rights and is passionate about Pan-Africanism, youth empowerment and social justice. She is currently the Vice Chairperson for Policy and Advocacy at the Commonwealth Youth Council. She is also the Programs Director at Brydges Centre, an organization that provides child rescue and protection services, education and economic empowerment to at-risk youth and out-of-school girls. Nafula currently leads the centre’s skills development program which has successfully trained 227 young people in vocational skills, tech, entrepreneurship and employability skills. She is also a consultant with a focus on gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence prevention and intervention, advocacy and effective campaigning and meaningful youth engagement. She currently serves as on the board of International Youth Foundation (IYF) and is a board member of Siasa Place, a youth serving organization focused on meaningful youth engagement and participation in political leadership, as well as the Global Network of Women’s Shelters. She also serves on the Board of Kenya’s National Employment Authority, which provides for a comprehensive institutional framework for: employment management; enhancement of employment promotion interventions; and increasing access to employment by the youth, minorities and marginalized groups and for connected purposes.

Nafula was selected for the prestigious 2019 Future Leaders Connect program and is a Laureate Global Fellow (2015), an East Africa Acumen Fellow (2015), a Spark Kenya Changemaker (2015), and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is also a founding member of the Commonwealth Youth, Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) on which she previously served as an executive member addressing early and child marriage, and a member of the committee addressing issues affecting youth transitioning from education to employment. She holds a Law Degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Vincent C. Kigen (Mr.) – Member

Director and CEO, Smart County Enterprises Ltd and Subsidiary Companies

Mr Kigen is a currently pursuing his second degree – Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management (2019 – Ongoing) and he is a holder of Bachelor of Arts Public Administration, Political Science & Sociology (2008 – 2012), Advanced Diploma in Business Management (Aug 2007 – Aug 2008) and Diploma in Business Management (June 2006 – July 2007)

Mr. Kigen is an Administrative Professional with over five (5) years work experience in sensitive corporate and political environments. He is outgoing, detail-oriented, and proficient at building and maintaining professional relationships.

Kigen has been involved in youth affairs for over nine (9) years in various organizations including Kenya Future Leaders Programme (2014- 2016), Youth Bunge- Kericho County Chapter (June 2012- 2013) and Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) (May 2011- 2013) as the Vice Chair Administration and Finance.

Mr. Kigen is zealous in championing the rights and well- being of the youth, mentoring the youth in leadership, and spearheading capacity building of the youth through trainings.

Maren Omondi (Mrs.) – Member

1983 to 1987: Bachelor of Education (University of Eastern Africa – Baraton); 2002 to 2006: Masters of Education – Guidance and Counselling (Egerton University); 2012 to 2013: Diploma in Business Management (Kenya Institute of Management); PhD in Educational Psychology – ongoing (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology)

Maren Omondi has a wide experience in financial and human resource management having been a Principal of TVET institutions from 2009 to date:

  • 2019 to date: Principal, Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology.
  • 2015 to 2019: Principal, Shamberere Technical Training Institute
  • 2012 to 2015: Principal, Baringo Technical College
  • 2009 to 2012: Principal, Moi Institute of Technology
  • 1992 to 2009: Trainer, Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology

She completed Senior Leadership Development Program (Kenya School of Government) and has held key leadership positions in Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI).

  • 2019- Date: Secretary General KATTI.
  • 2018-2019: Chairperson, KATTI Western Region
  • 2016-2018: Secretary, KATTI Western Region.

Maren has participated in several workshops and seminars in auditing, financial management, procurement, governance, and management of institutions among others, and also in international workshops on TVET issues. She is also a Member of Kenya Guidance, Counselling and Psychological Association.

Edith Okoki (Mrs.) – Ag. Director General, Secretary to the Board

Master of Business Administration, PGD Law, Kenya School of Law, LLB, Higher Diploma in Human Resource