Challenges facing Kenyan diplomats returning from posting abroad
Owade, Philip Richard Okanda
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The study focused on the challenges experienced by returning Kenyan diplomats. They return with new skills and international experience but lace problems of adjusting to home cultures. It is important to develop and retain returning diplomats/diplomats who possess global knowledge and experience in international business. This study focused on diplomats who have returned to Kenya over the last IOycars since their last tour of duty and especially between 2008-2013. it covers all categories of diplomats, diplomatic staffs and their families. A descriptive research design will be adopted [or this study. The content analysis will be used to analyse the respondents' views on the strategic planning practices that the ministry has adopted. The data will then be coded to enable the responses to be grouped into categories. Descriptive statistics will be used mainly to summarize the data. This will include percentages and frequencies. A r.ickert scale and the use of Statistical Package [or Social Sciences (SPSS version 12.0) will be employed. Tables, Pie charts and other graphs will be used as appropriate to present the data collected [or ease of understanding and analysis. Measures of central tendency will be applied (mean, median, mode and percentages) for quantitative variables. The study found out that it is not only the work environment that changes but also the society and the diplomats during the international assignment. Cultural identity changes and demographic factors in particular have a direct effect on the returning diplomats' experience. Returning diplomats and their families have to deal with all the problems connected with housing, work for the spouse and schooling [or the children upon return home; cultural changes come slowly and therefore returning diplomats are not always aware of the changes that have taken place over time; there are some financial di fficultics that the diplomats encounter; returning diplomats loose the morale to perform because of deprived authority, status and control offered by their international assignment. The study also established that lack of returning diplomats' adjustment programmes including that for family members arc the leading causes of failure of the foreign policy. Therefore success CuI implementation of the Kenyan foreign policy framework calls Cor adequate Funding and strengthening of the Ministry. These should be reviewed with a view to human resource policies that create good international relations with other countries but also motivates its diplomats so as [0 enhance their performance. The study recommends open communication with diplomats and their families to be deployed in relevant departments in the ministry. The socio- resettlement should also be addressed to enhance their effectiveness and performance .liconornic challenges pertaining to their resettlement should also be addressed to enhance their effectiveness and performance.