NHIF Issues Clarification on 9,000-Slots Job Advert

  • National Health and Insurance Fund (NHIF) Offices Building in Nairobi. Monday, November 18, 2019.
    National Health and Insurance Fund (NHIF) Building in Nairobi. Monday, November 18, 2019.
    Simon Kiragu
  • The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has issued a clarification in a 9,910-slot jobs circulating on social media platforms.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a representative from the institution dismissed the advertisement as a fake project carried out by conmen to swindle unsuspecting Kenyans.

    The advertisement purported that the fund was looking for various employees ranging from interns to secretaries and public health officers.

    Our source at NHIF raised a number of red flags on the advertisement including the email addresses provided as well as the theme colours differing with those of the parastatal.

    Fake advertisement announcing NHIF jobs
    Fake advertisement announcing NHIF jobs

    "That document is fake. We are not hiring right now and even the colours on it are fake. Especially the mild blue," stated the representative.

    The advertisement, which went viral on various Whatsapp groups across the country, listed office secretaries, customer call service reps, accountants and public health officers as some of the jobs that were up for grabs.

    Other jobs included drivers, clerical officers, promotional assistants, event organisers and interns.

    The fake advertisement also indicated that the media and publicity as well as Finance and accounting recorded the highest vacancies requiring 1,312 interns each.

    The two were followed by the administration department which demanded 1,214 interns followed by strategy and planning which advertised for 980 positions.

    The red flag was also raised on the email addresses provided through which the interested individuals could make their applications. The addresses were not the same as those on the parastatal's official website.

    Previously, unsuspecting Kenyans have been swindled through fake job advertisements where they are asked to make payments after the fraudsters shortlist them for non-existent jobs.

    In 2019, Solar Africa Energy-Kenya, a company that was discovered by Nairobi police to be fake, advertised for drivers, electricians and solar panel distributors baiting the victims with payment and a three-year contract.

    According to the advertisement, the company would recruit 82 drivers, 96 electricians and 192 solar panel distributors.

    The applicants were, however, asked to part with Ksh1,000, a false application fee, before the three-day training in Nairobi.

    A hand holding a National Hospital Insurance Fund card
    A hand holding a National Hospital Insurance Fund card.