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Introducing DigiTalent: The Presidential Digital Talent Programme

The Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) is a collaboration between the Public and Private sectors. The Program competitively recruits qualified ICT and Engineering graduates who have recently graduated. This is an internship programme designed to build their ICT capabilities, ready for the ICT market.

About DigiTalent

DigiTalent is the brand name for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP).This is an internship programme that develops the ICT talent pool in Kenya through a collaboration between the Public and Private sectors. The Program is being implemented by the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (MoICT) through The ICT Authority.

PDTP was borne out of the need for government to enhance its capacity to use ICT in effective public service delivery.  It also provides a training ground for potential employees and an affordable labour pool of freshly qualified individuals. Targeting recent graduates, PDTP offers participants an opportunity to understand government services.It also provides them with a chance to contribute towards improving service delivery to the Kenyan citizen.

PDTP focuses on two key aspects:

  • To enhance government’s ICT capacity in ICT strategic leadership.
  • To develop government’s ICT technical capacity.

Vision

A transformed country and an engaged citizenry through innovative and sustainable ICT skill development

 Mission

To build the next generation of globally competitive ICT, leadership and technology talent that will transform Kenya through world-class service delivery to the citizenry.

Programme Objectives

PDTP aims at developing an ICT talent pool by leveraging collaboration between the Public and Private sectors PDTP aims to provide an opportunity for on the job training to enhance capacity and employability of interns for a better professional future in ICT..  Specifically, its main objectives are:

  • To deliver a combination of structured training, coaching and mentoring.
  • To develop a pipeline of future talent for government with a passion for ethical and accountable public service delivery.
  • To train at least 400 interns over a revolving 12-month period.
  • To promote innovation in local ICT product offerings

Program Benefits

PDTP is beneficial in the following ways:

  • Increased ICT & Engineering graduates employability
  • Improved Public/Private sector collaboration
  • Accelerated economic impact through ICT effectiveness
  • Enhanced service delivery by leveraging on ICT

Support ICTA’s contribution to GDP projected to be 8% of GDP by 2017 as outlined in the ICT Masterplan.

  • How We Work

Application Process

The following steps describe the process towards being part of PDTP:

  •  Step 1: Look out for a call for applications  on this website
  •  Step 2: Make an application and submit before the given deadline
  •  Step 3: Shortlisting is carried out
  • Step 4: Shortlisted candidates are interviewed and successful candidates onboarded

PDTP Eligibility

In order to be considered for PDTP, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  •  Nationality: Kenyan
  • Level of Education: graduate from a university accredited by the Commission of Higher Education (CHE)
  • Qualification: Must have graduated with a First Class or Second Upper degree
  •  Field of study: BSc in Electrical Engineering degree programs and their equivalents (Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering)
  • Computer Science or equivalent degree programs (e.g. Computer Science, Applied Computer Science, Mathematics and Computer Science), Information Systems and Information Technology degree programs (e.g. Information systems, Information Technology and Computer Technology)
  • Have knowledge in Business Applications and Business Process Improvement (including Database Management Systems, Web and Systems Administration), Networks and Infrastructure, ICT Security and Project Management.
  • Should be ready to be anywhere within the country for their internship.

Programme Activities Schedule

The graduates who are chosen to be part of PDTP will participate in a 12 month internship programme working in different areas. Nine months of the programme will be in government ministries, while three months will be in the private sector. The schedule is divided into 4 quarters with specific activities for each period.

Quarter 1: Public Service and Private Sector Experience

Month 1: Role of ICT in Government Organisation and Framework

Description:  A five day Induction and Orientation programme to:

  1. equip and orient the interns into the public sector workings
  2. present the values and ethical conduct that the intern must adhere to during the period they are in government
  • introduce the interns to the team they will be part of during the internship
  1. introduction to ministry coaches, supervisors and private sector Mentors
  2. introduction to technologies that can facilitate service delivery by private sector partners
  3. fireside chats with motivational speakers from private sector and key government officials on dedicated service and Thinking Innovation as future leaders of government
  • Interns will then be allocated government ministries so as to:
  • appreciate the overall role of government, its objectives and how the Ministry function is aligned to those objectives
  1. understand the specific technologies implemented by the Ministry, the challenges and opportunities;
  2. understand the Ministry service delivery framework and how to effectively manage the ICT resources

Month 2 and 3: ICT Delivery Best Practices, Private Sector Experience

Description: Placement in Private Sector Organisations for Interns will:

  1. receive exposure to the private sector organisation and its operations
  2. explore best approaches and practices required in ICT service management
  • familiarize themselves with the different roles and responsibilities of ICT experts
  1. acquire and apply ICT skills for service delivery, skills to implement projects, manage enterprise system and wide area infrastructure;
  2. explore various ICT training roadmaps and career progression paths, and thinking innovation
  3. In the course of the quarter, there will be a project assignment being implemented by all interns across the ministries.

Quarter 2: Practical Integration of ICT in the Public Service

Description: Placement in Government Ministries

During this quarter, the interns will be exposed to day to day ICT operations in the public service including:

  1. dealing with day to day operations on government network infrastructure
  2. specific ministry applications
  • system administration, collaboration and communication management system in government
  1. exploring innovative applications such as mobile applications that can support citizen services and issues on user suppor

Interns will acquire skills in:

  1. acquisition, deployment and management of ICT elements
  2. activities, methods, procedures, and tools that are used in the operation, administration, maintenance of networked systems that result in efficient and effective provision of services on various platforms
  • how the government systems function and protocols around them
  • unified enterprise contact centre technology that can connect government offices
  1. innovative solutions that will improve quality services delivery and still maintain the functional procedures and process that are in place
  2. ICT Standard and guidelines, strategies, policy for public sector systems
  3. emerging issues and their impact on Government systems
  • Governance and management of Government websites
  • security threats and their impact government IT system and resources, securing of government assets, risk mitigation strategies, and security policies and standards
  • During the quarter, there will be a project assignment being implemented by all interns across the ministries.

Quarter 3: Government Shared Infrastructure and Services

Description: Placement in Government Ministries

In the third quarter, interns will gain experience and understanding in:

  1. the role and rationale of shared infrastructure, systems and services in the public sector and their role in facilitating service delivery at the National and County governments
  2. the current organization and management of shared systems in Government, their emerging issues, challenges and opportunities
  • issues of corporate licenses
  1. management of third-party software products
  2. the role of service level agreements
  3. management of Data Centres and value of cloud computing for government
  • innovative solutions for integrating systems that can facilitate services to citizens
  • security standards, procedures and guidelines in line with government applicable laws and regulations
  1. planning, budgeting, programme development, and information security incident management and response
  2. development of innovative solutions and ways to avoid the risk caused by security incidences and provide solutions to emerging security issues that affect government IT resources and people
  3. During the quarter, there will be a project assignment being implemented by all interns across the ministries.

Quarter 4: Government Shared Infrastructure and Services

Description: Placement in Government Ministries

  1. Interns are exposed to critical issues in management of ICT projects such as planning, monitoring, evaluation and control, risk factors and human resource requirements in a project. Interns will be required to support completion of ongoing initiatives in various ministries and sectors. Interns will also be expected to complete individual or group innovations which will be awarded.

Quarter 1-4: Industry Training and Certification

Description: Training

Interns are exposed to a culture of continuous learning through a combination of face to face and e-learning training methods. Specifically, the interns will acquire training on service delivery and certification on Network, Applications, security and project management.

Sample Certification

CISM,CISSP,CCNA Security ,CRISC, Software Modelling (UML), PMP, PRINCE or equivalent, CCNP , MCITP,IBM AIX, Java, J2ME, XML, .Net, C#, CFOT/ CFOD/S,CCNA security, ,CRISC., MCPD, Oracle security, MCSA, MCSD : SQL server 2012, Java programming, VMware Certified professional, Huawei Certified Datacom Associate (HCDA), (HCDA) ( HCNA (GSM/WCDMA/LTE),ITIL

Quarter 1-4: Performance Metric

Levels of Evaluation

The interns’ performance will be evaluated at the following levels:

  • – Coordination office
  • – Ministry supervisor through the ministry coach-mentor
  • – Private sector mentor

Performance Measurement

Performance is measured quarterly on various activities including: Project portfolios (plan, progress reports, project closure report with assessment of deliverables), Intern innovations, Quarter productivity criteria, Monthly operations reports, Customer satisfaction surveys, Quarterly presentations on service delivery innovations and evaluation defined criteria; Training and e-learning.

Awards and Certificate

The interns that meet all the requirements of the 12-month programme graduate and receive an Award and a Certificate.

Innovation Award

An Award is also presented to the intern or group of interns that have the best and easy-to-implement innovation.

Learning and Development

Throughout the internship programme, trainees are exposed to continuous learning through face-to-face trainings and e-learning. The interns will acquire training on service delivery and certification on Network, Applications, Security, and Project management. Some of the e-learning offerings for the trainees are:

  • CISCO Networking Certifications, CISCO, Cisco E-learning Platform
  • Database Management and Java Application Development, Oracle, Oracle Academy
  • Entrepreneurship, HP, Grow your own business
  • Google, Mobile programming and Digital marketing, Google, Google Digital Academy, Google Analytics E-learning
  • Information Storage Management, EMC, Education at EMC
  • Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft, Microsoft IT Academy, Microsoft Virtual Academy
  • SAP, Open Sap E-learning
  • Soulco Extreme Networking, Soulco, Extreme Networking

PDTP Governance Structure

In order to effectively achieve its mandate, the PDTP has a governance structure that consists of:

  • The Presidency: responsible for overseeing and supporting the program.
  • Ministry of ICT and the Talent Programme Advisory Council: composed of public and private sector players that provide consultative guidance in the implementation of the programme. The Advisory Council is composed of up to 12 ICT private sector players with the Chair of the Council being selected from the membership. The Secretary of the Advisory Council is also the Programme Manager.
  • Talent Programme Secretariat: located at the ICT Authority and is responsible for recruitment, coordination, and induction of interns, and general implementation of the programme.

TRAINEES

Testimonials

  • “Participating in PDTP gave me an insider perspective on the government, which helped me to know my country better. I now know the flagship projects that the government is working hard to accomplish and I am proud to have been part of the success that is being achieved.  I would like to encourage ladies who graduate from university to come out in large numbers and be a part of this programme as it gives great exposure and a lot of inspiration to do more in ICT.”
    Purity Joan Sitati, Beneficiary, PDTP 2015
  • “PDTP represents a change in government in rolling out ICT projects and frameworks and I wanted to be part of the change. Waking up in the morning and going to work in the government is the most exciting for me especially when citizens out there know that you are working for them.”
    Alfred Sumukwo Kiprop, Beneficiary, PDTP 2015
  • “I was honoured to be part of PDTP which gave me a chance to be in the bigger picture of transforming the government. I was able to see and experience what it takes to make government projects implementable and successful to make Kenya a better place. All graduates should want to take part in PDTP so that together we can transform government using our skills. “
    Saida Wangui Athman, Beneficiary, PDTP 2015
  • “Through PDTP, I have learnt a lot working for government and in the public sector especially in areas of user support and training. I am now able to fully appreciate the growth of ICT uptake and its effects, not only in government, but also to the common mwananchi. I encourage graduates to take up the PDTP opportunity because through it, I have seen that the possibilities in ICT in service delivery are infinite.”
    Nicholas Nthenge Babu, Beneficiary, PDTP 2015
     

PARTNERS:

As part of the programme local companies and global leading brands offer several components to the trainees including a 3-month internship, training opportunities, mentorship, innovation and serving in the advisory council.

Incorporating both private and public sector organisations gives a holistic experience to the trainees

  • Current Partners    ( List of partners to be linked with  the pdtp portal)
  • PDTP mentors are leading influencers in their ICT fields.
  • Apply to be a Partner  (Application form to be linked to the pdtp portal) 

MENTORSHIP

  • This is one of the major components of the Presidential Digital Talent Programme. Its goal is to pair the interns with an accomplished professional to guide their career growth. A mentor under the PDTP is a volunteer professional, who is experienced and willing to help and guide the intern’s professional/career growth and personal development.
  • The expertise, knowledge, insight, wisdom, perspective, experience of the mentor is the source of learning in the PDTP mentorship relationship.
  • We invite partners to support this programme by giving back to help in shaping the ICT careers of young, talented Kenyans through mentorship.
  • To become a mentor please read the Mentorship Guide and complete and submit the PDTP Mentor Application Form. The purpose of this form is to assist the Mentorship Office match you with the right intern and to develop your mentor profile.