The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) in collaboration with the National Treasury & Economic Planning and Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) commissioned a survey to establish and document the capacity of supply chain practitioners in the public sector.
The survey was aimed at assessing the professionalization of the supply chain management function in the public sector, identify gaps, and make policy recommendations to improve performance.
Speaking during the workshop to develop the survey report. KISM Ag. CEO Serah Esendi Okumu says the survey findings will provide critical data to guide the Institute’s capacity building plans among its members;
“Through this survey, we were able to assess the capacity, compliance, technical knowledge, and competence levels of supply chain practitioners.”
“The findings from this report will inform policy direction, define capacity development strategy options, and optimize existing capacities.” Said Serah
Over four months in the making, the survey report highlights competency gaps identified at individual, profile and organization level. The gaps identified are in the areas of procurement strategy alignment with agency key result areas, governance and organization of the procurement function, use of technology processes and tools, knowledge and performance management- among others.
The survey targeted supply chain management practitioners from Ministries, Counties, agencies and departments.
“Having a comprehensive picture of skills requirements and responses from officers in different sectors in the public service is essential to effective skills systems” said the CEO.
KISM is a national body for professionals in the practice of procurement and supply chain management in Kenya. The Institute draws its mandate from the “Supplies Practitioners Management Act No.17 of 2007.”