Public Sector Reform Unit

Office of the President, 8 Wesley Street, Freetown

Development of business plan to attract funding for the establishment of a new Sierra Leone Public Service Academy

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Reference: G/AFR/243
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Duration: 50 person days
Closing Date: 6 Apr 2012

Background

After a period of prolonged Civil War in the 1990’s, followed by reconstruction; the strategic priorities of Government now include measures to consolidate peace, ensure government effectiveness, promote good governance and develop an enabling environment for economic growth and a sustained human and institutional capacity development. These priorities are clearly articulated in the Government’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2008 – 2012): Agenda for Change, and form the basis of Sierra Leone’s new Public Sector Reform Framework/Programme, which among other matters, seeks to create efficient and responsive human resources as well as state institutions capable of successfully implementing the national development agenda.

However, the capacity of Government to bring about meaningful and lasting improvements in the public service delivery system is still severely constrained due to lack of adequate skills and capacity in essential areas. Improving human and institutional capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver goods and services to the people of Sierra Leone is therefore a strategic objective central to Government’s Agenda for Change strategy. This is reflected in the Public Sector Reform Programme, which aims to develop an efficient, service-oriented public service that is fit-for-purpose. Government’s ability to attract and retain a skilled and motivated work force, as well as build the requisite institutional capacity is a basic prerequisite for improving service delivery and ensuring government’s effectiveness. Undoubtedly, capacity development, particularly skills training, within the public service remains one of the critical components of the reform agenda. Therefore, in order to sustain and build on gains made with respect to partner support, there is need for a coordinated and institutionalised capacity building initiative in the public service. After a review of several options to tackle the issue, the Government’s preferred option is to have an institution with curricula devoted mainly to the training of public servants in Sierra Leone, but which can also become an internationally recognized Management Training Institute. This institution will meet both the short-to-medium and long-term needs of the Public Service; develop and implement sustained training programmes relevant to the peculiar needs of the Public/Civil Service. In order to achieve this, the Government of Sierra Leone intends:

Resuscitating the Civil Service Training College (short-to-medium term measure) with appropriate training modules targeting the special needs of the Civil Service Constructing a Public Service Academy (medium-to-Long-term measure) that will operate as a full-term Management Development Institute that will serve as a centre of excellence, providing training and consultancy services in a wide range of disciplines relating to Public Sector Management, including Corporate Governance and other related fields

While solution to the short term listed under (1) is on-going with support from development partners, the Government of Sierra Leone has approached the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide short-term consultant(s) to develop business plan for the construction and management of the Sierra Leone Public Service Academy

Purpose of the project

To assist the Government of Sierra Leone to develop a high quality business plan to put before international partners to support the establishment of a new Sierra Leone Public Service Academy.

Scope of Work

The consultancy is expected to be for a total of 50 days. We expect this to require initially up to 20 days in Sierra Leone, followed by a period at home station drafting the documents. A further period of up to 15 days will then be spent in-country to finalise the documents and assist the Government of Sierra Leone to present these documents to international partners.

During the consultancy it is expected that the consultant will undertake the following activities, inter alia

  • Assessment of the capacity needs of the public service, including local levels of government
  • Review of current training provision arrangements
  • Consultations with stakeholders regarding the requirements for a new Sierra Leone Public Service Academy
  • Consultation with international partners
  • Development of draft business plan, including cost estimates, for the establishment of a new Sierra Leone Public Service Academy
  • Presentation of final business plan to key government and international partners
  • Project Phase Outputs (Deliverables) It is expected that the above activities will result in the following outputs: Public sector capacity assessment and training needs report Agreed and accepted business plan (including cost estimates) for the establishment of new Sierra Leone Public Service Academy

    Implementation Arrangements

    The consultant will work closely with Commonwealth Secretariat Advisers in delivering this technical assistance. The consultant will be based at the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) in Sierra Leone for a period of up to 35 days in total (at different times) and will report to the Director of the PSRU. Required Expertise The Consultant(s) should possess the following:
  • Relevant skills in Project design and management
  • Expertise and experience in design and management of national Public Sector training institutions
  • Demonstrable knowledge of public service in Sub-Saharan Africa and /or developing countries
  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences
  • A minimum of a Masters Degree will be required in a relevant discipline You can find the advertisement details below on at the website link here: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/job/245270/g_afr_243.htm