Office of Data Protection Commissioner Job at PSC Kenya

Office of Data Protection Commissioner Job at PSC Kenya” – The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is an office established by section 5 of the Data Protection Act, 2019. It is designated as a State Office in accordance with Article 260 of the Constitution.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 6 of the Data Protection Act, the Public Service Commission seeks to nominate persons to be considered for appointment to the post of Data Commissioner.

The Commission hereby invites applications from suitably qualified Kenyans who may wish to be considered for nomination.


For an appointment to this grade, a candidate must:
a.    hold a degree in any of the following fields from a university recognized in Kenya:-
(i)       Data Science;
(ii)      Law;
(iii)    Information Technology or
(iv)    any other related field;
b.    hold a Masters Degree;
c.    have the knowledge and relevant experience of not less then ten (10) years; and
d.    meet the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution

Duties and Responsibilities

The Functions of the Office of the Data Commissioner are provided in Section 8(1) of the Data Protection Act and shall include:
(i)         overseeing the implementation of and being responsible for enforcement of the Data
Protection Act;
(ii)        establishing and maintaining a register of data controllers and data processors;
(iii)      exercising oversight on data processing operations and verify whether the
processing of data is done in accordance with this Act;
(iv)      promoting self-regulation among data controllers and data processors;
(v)       conducting assessment for the purpose of ascertaining whether information is
processed according to the provisions of the Act or any other relevant law;
(vi)      receiving and investigating any complaint by any the person on infringements of the
rights under the Act;
(vii)     taking such measures as may be necessary to bring the provisions of the Act to the
knowledge of the general public;
(viii)   carrying out inspections of public and private entities with a view to evaluating
the processing of personal data;
(ix)      promoting international cooperation in matters relating to data protection and
ensure a country’s compliance on data protection obligations under international
conventions and agreements;
(x)        undertaking research on developments in data processing of personal data and
ensuring that there is no significant risk or adverse effect of any developments on
the privacy of individuals; and
(xi)      performing such other functions as may be prescribed by any other law or as
necessary for the promotion of the object of the Act.

The Data Commissioner shall be appointed for a single term of six (6) years and shall not be eligible for a re-appointment.

The Data Commissioner shall be paid a monthly gross of the remuneration package of Kshs.621,500.00 per month fixed for the term of office.

Medical and other benefits are as provided in the Gazette Notice No. 6516 of 7th July 2017.
1.      The names of shortlisted candidates shall be published on the Commission’s website;
2.      Shortlisted candidates will be required to present originals of the following documents during the interviews;

(a)               National Identity Card;
(b)               Academic and Professional Certificates and transcripts;
(c)               Any other supporting documents and testimonials; and
(d)              Clearances from the following bodies: (i)      Kenya Revenue Authority;
(ii)          Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission;
(iii)        Higher Education Loans Board;
(iv)        Any of the Registered Credit Reference Bureaus;
(v)         Directorate of Criminal Investigations (Police Clearance
Certificate); and
(e)     Recommendations from relevant professional bodies and associations (where applicable).
1.         Candidates may submit manual (hard copy) or electronic (online) applications.
2.         All applications should be submitted together with detailed curriculum vitae, a copy of ID/Passport, copies of academic certificates, testimonials and any other relevant supporting documents.
3.         Manual applications should be submitted in a sealed the envelope clearly marked:

“Application for the position of Data Commissioner” and delivered to:

THE SECRETARY/CEO Public Service Commission 4thFloor, Commission House Off Harambee Avenue P.O Box 30095-00100 NAIROBI.

4. Online applications maybe submitted via email to

All applications should reach the Public Service Commission on or before 14th April 2020 latest by 5.00 p.m. (East African Time)


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