Wednesday, 24 December, 2014
In 2013 the PSRU pursued its objective of strengthening management and administrative structures, systems and processes in the public service, by using a targeted joined-up approach to reform and consolidating the activities within the various reform components into streamlined and organised pathways. Having led the development of “Pillar 7- Governance and Public Sector Reforms” in the PRSP III (Agenda for Prosperity) in 2012, the PSRU focused on achieving the targets in the flagship Pay and Performance Project, providing technical backstopping to MDAs and strengthening engagement with the other policy environments within the public service, such as the Local Government and Parliament. This Report presents a summary of activities pursued in 2013 within key PSR components as articulated in the PSRU 2013 Annual Work Plan, namely: 1. Strategic and Structural Alignment of MDAs 2. Public Sector reform Co-ordination and Management 3. Improvement in Systems, Processes and Tools for improved Service Delivery 4. Capacity Building and Training The PSRU strengthened collaborations with reform ‘Drivers/Champions’ and Key Stakeholders, including the Secretary to the President, Cabinet Secretariat, Public Service Commission (PSC), Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Office of the Chief of Staff, Anti-Corruption Commission and Audit Service Sierra Leone, all of whom were more involved in the planning and implementation stages of our Workplans. These partnerships were especially useful in maintaining the pace of implementation in meeting the targets of the GoSL/World Bank Pay and Performance Project (Annexe 1). RESTRUCTURING PSRU 2013 was a year of significant change for the team. In March 2013 H.E the President appointed a new Director, Ms Sidratu Koroma. The team is grateful to the outgone Director, Dr Julius Sandy - now Secretary to the Vice President - for his leadership and guidance over the past 5 years. April saw the sudden passing away of Mr Ola Williams, Senior Management Analyst and long-serving consultant at PSRU. Various staff movements took place, particularly in the ICT postings, although these are now settled. The Mainstreaming exercise – mainstreaming Contract Staff into the Civil Service - has been challenging.