Young Professionals are KIPPRA’s Ambassadors and Permanent Partners
One of KIPPRA’s flagship capacity building initiatives is the Young Professionals (YPs) programme, which entails an annual recruitment and training of ten to twelve officers from the public and private sectors. During the one-year programme, the officers undergo rigorous training in public policy analysis and formulation through hands-on experience.
To celebrate the achievement of the YPs, KIPPRA held a graduation ceremony for three cohorts – 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 – where the graduates were awarded certificates. The graduation ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel on 28th September, 2017.
The speakers during the event were: The Economic Planning Secretary Mr Joseph Mukui, who represented the Devolution and Planning PS Mr Irungu Nyakera; Export Promotion Council (EPC) CEO Mr Peter Biwott and KIPPRA Board Director Dr Phoebe Josiah. Representatives of the graduating cohorts also addressed the forum.
In her opening remarks, KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi noted that the diversity of the three cohorts of YPs was an indication that KIPPRA was making inroads across board. Dr Ngugi added that YPs were KIPPRA’s ambassadors and permanent partners. She thanked African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), which was represented by Marjorie Moraa Okora, and other partners for supporting the programme. Dr Ngugi also thanked the government for the goodwill to take over the programme’s support following the ending of ACBF ‘s term.
Before delivering the PS’s speech, Mr Mukui asked KIPPRA to do a tracer survey to determine the impact of the YPs programme and to enable its repackaging to suit current market needs. In his speech, the PS congratulated the graduates for their achievement and thanked KIPPRA for playing the important role of building the capacity of young people.
Dr Josiah used her research experience at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to challenge young professionals to identify gaps and a niche to fill with practical and applicable skills.
To illustrate the role of the YP programme in equipping young professionals with invaluable skills to make an impact in the job market, EPC CEO Mr Biwott, who is a YP alumnus, enumerated the remarkable career strides he has made courtesy of the programme. Mr Biwott explained the tough experience of joining the competitive YP programme, the rigorous training he went through and the many doors his association with KIPPRA had opened.
Each of the YP representatives who spoke told of the daunting task of joining the programme, working with seasoned researchers and achieving so much in a short time.
The key message during the graduation ceremony was the importance of building and maintaining networks for career growth and impact to society.