Jomo Kenyatta University Procurement and Supplies Students Association (JKUPSSA) organized a day long mentorship program, Wednesday October 24, 2018, that brought together an interactive forum between procurement and supply chain professionals and students.
With the theme: Your Network is Equivalent to Your Net worth the program’s main thrust is to provide an avenue for students of procurement and supply chain at JKUAT to get tips and establish useful networks for the development of their future careers.
Mr. Bernard Mukundi, Kenya Airways Senior Supply Chain Manager, reminded participants procurement and supply chain was a strategic function that he said accounted for up to 80 percent of Kenya’s public and private sectors processes. The official called on students to embrace and promote a culture of integrity and ethics, describing the two as the main building blocks of a successful procurement career.
He advised that for a prolonged career in procurement, students should have the attribute of adaptability as the dynamics of procurement and supply chain are usually influenced by the unpredictable political and socio-economic changes.
On his part, Dr. Fred Ongisa, Examination Officer, Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM), spoke at length, outlining to students, requirements for advancing a professional career, citing the need for formal academic training, as a prerequisite for KISM accreditation. The certification, he said enabled procurement professionals to provide expert opinion in the tender evaluation sphere. Ongisa further appealed to the students to be conversant with the country’s constitutional and other legal regimes governing procurement practices.
“You should as well be familiar with Chapter 10 of the Constitution which spells out values and principles on good governance in Kenya. It is also important for students to join procurement associations as part of learning process.” he said.
In his closing remarks, William Thoya, Chairperson JKUPSSA, said plans were underway to hold the mentoring programme an annual event, and proposed the formation of an alumni association for graduating students.