The Government of Sierra Leone over the yearshas been embarking on wide range of Public Sector Reform in order to address critical challenges in the implementation of programmes and activities towards improved service delivery.
The mandate of the Public Sector Reform Unit provides leadership, coordination and strategic guidance in the design, implementation and monitoring of Public Sector Reform Initiatives. The current status of the Unit has now been embedded within the Civil Service in the Office of the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service.The stride towards permanency cannot be overemphasized bearing in mind one of the current focus of the National Agenda – Strengthening and Repositioning the Civil Service. The focus on outcomes, efficiency, performance and a leaner workforce in the management of the Public/Civil Service environs.
The PSRU, however, continues to play a critical role in the implementation of the National Agenda of the Government of Sierra Leone. We will continue to work in close collaboration with our key partners to ensure good working relationship – the Cabinet Secretariat; the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and staff and Management of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Also our Development partners – the World Bank, the European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
We must hasten to mention some of our success stories over the past years, key amongst them include following:
- Forum for Ministers and Public servants
- Teachers’ Records Management Programme
- Led the design of a National Public Sector Reform Programme
- Management and Functional Reviews to assess the capacity needs of MDAs
- Pay and Performance Project
- The PSRU will continue it interface with the Public/Civil Service in the following areas to achieve its mandate
- Coordination and management of Public Sector Reforms
- Strategic and Structural alignment of MDAs-Management and Functional Reviews
- Rationalization of Staff pay and Incentive – Pay Reform –harmonization of salaries and wages
- Records Management
- Promoting ICT as a motivator and changer to improve efficiency and effectiveness
- Ensure greater coordination and communication between the Implementing Agencies/key reform ‘Champions’ including the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, PSC, HRMO, MOF/AGDetc.
- Create a platform to interface with donor partners in the support of Public Sector Reform initiatives.
We need to point out that the reform platform is challenging though not insurmountable one; the dire need for all concerned to move the process forward is very much paramount. We are very much optimistic that the political will for sustained support and cooperation is very much welcomed. United we can achieve our main objective for a performing, result-oriented Public Service.
Georgiana Kamara (Mrs.),