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Beware! Fake job ad for Kenya's national insurer circulating on social media

IN SHORT: Jobs at Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund are often sought after. But an announcement of vacancies circulating on social media, using the fund’s name, is fake and probably a scam.

A job advert posted on Facebook claims that Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is looking for people to fill numerous positions.

The “Vacancies Announcement” lists 26 “permanent and pensionable” vacancies, including information and communications technology officers, human resource managers, nutritionists, drivers and village representatives.

A pensionable job means the employee is a member of a pension scheme, pays a certain amount towards it and will receive that money when they retire.

The ad, posted on 5 September 2023, includes the NHIF logo and slogan, and lists the organisation’s website and toll free number. Those interested are told to submit their applications by 4pm on 8 September.

But is this ad legit? We checked.

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NHIF posts career opportunities on official website

There are a couple of red flags that hint the ad is not from the government institution.

These include grammatical and sentence structure errors like “only shortlisted candidate will be contacted” and “via Mail Only”.

Additionally, we could not find the email address provided – [email protected] – in any genuine job ads issued by the NHIF. The use of a Gmail email address is another red flag.

We found seven vacancies on the careers section of the NHIF website: one for chief executive officer and six senior management positions. Applications for these positions closed on 18 July. None of the vacancies from the ad were listed.

On 4 September, the NHIF posted the ad on their official Facebook and Twitter accounts with the words “fake” printed in red across it.

“Please be advised of the FAKE vacancies poster going round on social media. NHIF posts its career opportunities at https://nhif.or.ke/careers/,” reads the post.

Africa Check previously exposed a similar fake ad, claiming there were vacancies at the NHIF. The circulating ad is also fake and should be ignored.

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