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The EU support to Civil Service Reform

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The EU Support for Civil Service Reform Project

In June 2011 the GOSL enter into an agreement with the EU for support to Civil Service Reform to the tune of Euro 10 million. The EU to support civil service reforms, including support to staffing rationalization and institutional support to the key human resource management agencies in the public service and the HRMO was identified as a key beneficiary of the intervention.

It was within the above framework that, when the GoSL sought and received the support of the European Union (EU) to support civil service reforms, including support to staffing rationalization and institutional support to the key human resource management agencies in the public service, the HRMO was identified as a key beneficiary of the intervention.

The Delegation of the European Union therefore prepared a EUR 10.5 Million Support for Civil Service Reform Project – SCSRP - (FED/2012/022883) in context of the overall GoSL civil service reform programme.

The main problems the project seeks to address include the following:

  1. A mismatch between skills and function in the civil service which greatly hamper effective policy design and implementation for the efficient service delivery and poverty reduction;
  2. weaknesses in the human resource management structures and institutions of the civil service of Sierra Leone;
  3. low levels of integrity in the administration and management of the pay and compensation system of the public sector;
  4. low levels of morale and discipline in the public service due partly to weak institutional structures and partly to low pay and conditions of service; and
  5. The need to further strengthen democracy and the rule of law by ensuring effective separation of powers through enhanced independence of the judiciary

The overall objective of the project is:

To support the GoSL in building a transparent, accountable, performance-oriented and disciplined civil service with the highest standard of professionalism, and the necessary capacity to efficiently and effectively deliver quality services for the improvement of poor people’s lives.

The purpose of the project is:

To support the Government of Sierra Leone in actualizing it objective of right-sizing, rationalization and professionalization of the civil service, and in developing the necessary institutional capacity for attracting, retaining and motivating the required skills for policy formulation and implementation, and the efficient delivery of public services

The overall Goal and Purpose of the SCSRP are as follows:

Goal: A transparent, accountable, performance-oriented and disciplined civil service with the highest standard of professionalism, and the necessary capacity to efficiently and effectively deliver quality services for the improvement of poor people’s lives INCOMPLETE!!!

Purpose/Specific objective : To support the Government of Sierra Leone in actualizing it objective of right-sizing, rationalization and professionalization of the civil service, and in developing the necessary institutional capacity for attracting, retaining and motivating the required skills for policy formulation and implementation, and the efficient delivery of public services

The Project is composed of the following components:

The Project is composed of the following components:

Component 1: Training and Staff Development: This component aims to augment the government’s competitive recruitment, pay reforms and performance management efforts with an enhanced training and staff development programme.

Component 2: Institutional Support to Human Resource Management and Oversight Institutions: This is geared towards to strengthening the recruitment, staff selection and discipline functions in the civil service

Component 3: Mainstreaming Anti-Corruption into the Civil Service Reforms:

Component 4: Right-Sizing the Civil Service: It aims to support the Government’s policy on the rationalization of staff numbers and removal of dysfunctional positions and redundant staff from the Government payroll by providing the resources required to meet the financial implications of implementing the policy

Component 5: Audit and External Evaluation and Visibility: