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Jobs at Kenya Red Cross? No, ads are a scam

A job advert repeatedly posted online claims the Kenya Red Cross has hundreds of jobs available in each of the country’s 47 counties.

The advert posted on Facebook links to a Google Form, where applicants are asked to apply. 

But there’s a catch. Anyone wanting to apply must pay KSh350 as a registration fee to stand a chance of being considered.

A different advert leads to a website that also claims the humanitarian organisation is recruiting more than 200 people per constituency in every county, on a “first come first serve basis”.

This ad claims that they will be paid KSh2,500 per day, and those in “hardship areas” will be paid an extra KSh1,000 per day.

(Note: Hardship areas in Kenya are officially recognised as having unfavourable conditions for residents to fully participate in the social and economic life of Kenya, because of cultural or geographical isolation. Civil servants working in these areas are paid “hardship allowances”, on top of their salaries.)

Available positions allegedly include data entry clerks, accountants, secretaries, field officers, drivers and supervisors.

Jobs only advertised on official Red Cross website, in newspapers

But the positions advertised do not appear on the Kenya Red Cross official website or its Facebook or Twitter pages.

The organisation has also said, on Facebook and Twitter, that it does not charge any registration fee for job applications and that it only advertises jobs on its official platforms and in daily newspapers.

Kenya Red Cross said the adverts linking to unofficial websites were fake. – Dancan Bwire


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