A job advertisement by the Nursing Council Of Kenya (NCK) calling for management trainee interviews is a hoax.  In the advert dated 10th November and shared through Whatsapp, the Nursing Council of Kenya calls on those shortlisted management trainees for an interview on 22nd November.

It promises jobs for successful candidates who, it assures, would start working within a period of one month. The advert offers a starting salary of Ksh50,000.

A fact-check on the document reveals that it did not originate from the Nursing Council of Kenya. The council, in fact, issued a statement on Twitter and Facebook disowning the advert and flagged it as fake.

 “@NCKenya wishes to notify the public to disregard a fake call for INTERVIEW FOR MANAGEMENT TRAINEES (REF: NCK/CDT/02),” the Nursing Council of Kenya said in the posts. “Adverts for vacant positions are done through dailies and/or the website. At no point in the recruitment process does the Council ask for money from applicants.”

Meanwhile, the advert also has obvious pointers that make it suspicious. First, it asks the candidates to send money (Ksh1,000) to a mobile number purportedly for interview processing, lunch and job placement. The Nursing Council of Kenya says, like many organisations in Kenya, it does not charge interview candidates.

Also, the author of the advert offers M-Pesa payment option through the short code *334# which takes someone through prompts that give it some feel of credibility as opposed to the direct transaction using the M-Pesa app. Besides, use of a mobile number for payment raises eyebrows at a time when organisations are using either Pay Bill or Till numbers to receive payments.

A Google search for Nursing Council of Kenya management trainee jobs doesn’t yield any advert related to management trainee recruitment except the one that is the subject of this fact-check.

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The council’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages do not have any such advert. The only jobs advertised in November are accountant and senior accountant. While the advert is signed by HR Manager a Mr Bernard Rotich, the council’s website shows the Human Resource and Administration Manager is Laura Mugo.

VERDICT: The advert calling for management trainee interviews at the Nursing Council of Kenya is a hoax as the council has clarified that no such exercise is being conducted.

[This story was produced by Business Today in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie ]

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