The Management of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has taken the lead in the implementation of the university’s performance contracting targets for the year 2020/2021 contract cycle by signing contract with the University Council.
This signing of the performance contracts ceremony was presided over by the Chairman of Council, Amb. Mahboub Maalim Mohamed, who signed performance contract on behalf of the University Council with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, on behalf of Management, February, 18, 2021.
The Vice Chancellor on her part, entered into a performance contract with Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Robert Kinyua (Academic Affairs Division), Prof. Benard Ikua (Administration Division) and Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production and Extension Division). The Deputy Vice Chancellors are expected to cascade the performance contracts to all the staff members under their respective divisions.
The Chairman of Council, Amb. Mahboub Mohamed lauded the efforts made by the University Management in fulfilling the university’s service delivery obligations to the State through performance targets.
Amb. Maalim while appreciating the Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal (DiPCA), led by Dr. Charles Gaya and his Deputy, Mr. Edward Miringu for their commitment in preparing the documentation and guiding the university through the exercise.
He further noted that the Performance Contract is not a tool for witch-hunting but something that all staff should be encouraged to embrace because it is meant to ensure the university delivers on its set targets.
He reiterated observations made earlier by Council Member, Dr. Salome Gichura who drew from her Civil Service experience to underscore the significance of performance contracts by noting that targets are important in demonstrating performance in service delivery.
“Performance Contracts is the best thing that can happen to everyone. Every day one is able to move towards a specific goal. JKUAT is one of the best universities in the country, and the little work we do plays an important role in making that fact a reality,” she stated.
Dr. Gichura said the targets make one a better worker, because one wakes up looking forward to something that they have purposed to achieve.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor appraised the Council on the journey leading to the signing ceremony, noting the university had negotiated the Performance Contract in 2020 and had been given the greenlight to cascade to all staff by the Education Ministry.
Prof. Ngumi noted that the signing exercise at the national level had been delayed by challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, but she was quick to add, the implementation of the performance contracts was already on course at various levels at the University.
The Vice Chancellor further said, “ the Deputy Vice Chancellors will now cascade the contracts further to all staff members using an agreed schedule” and urged them to “oversee what the university is doing to meet the Performance Contract targets for the contract year.”
The brief ceremony was also attended by Registrars: Dr. Patrick Mbindyo (RPE) and Dr. Esther Muoria (Academic Affairs), Human Resource Manager, Symon Otieno, Finance Officer, Mary Ngugi, Legal Officer, Richard Wokabi, as well as representatives from the Council Secretariat and Corporate Communications Office.