Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today, Tuesday 13 April 2010 committed themselves to effectively collaborating with the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) to ensure full implementation of Civil Service Reform initiatives.
This commitment was made during a meeting with officials of the PSRU in the on-going visitations to MDAs to assess the level of implementations of recommendations in the Management and Functional Review (MFR), as well as discuss and agree on the Way Forward in accelerating the reform agenda.
In her contribution Deputy Director-General Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Kadijatu Bashir stated that in line with the recommendations of the Management and Functional Reviews, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation has set up a Change Management Team consisting of Heads of Division to manage the reform process within the Ministry.
She expressed the hope that the PSRU will lead the debate on creating a “closed” Foreign Ministry, where career diplomats will be nurtured for the Ministry and “our overseas Missions”.
Director of PSRU, Dr. Julius Sandy, informed the meeting about the creation of new management structures like, Change Management Team, Service Charters, Internal Audit Units, Budget Committees and Policy and Planning Units, for transparency, accountability and information sharing.
On the issue of pay, he informed the meeting that Government was adopting a holistic approach, in order to avoid fragmentations with the Civil Service. He emphasized that Government was no longer in a position to have parallel structures in what is generally a unified Civil Services. He however indicated that the New Civil Service Code, Regulations and Rules make provision for allowances to staff in “our Foreign Service”.
He said generic Terms of Reference for the Policy and Planning Unit has been developed and will be sent to all Ministries to be adapted to their environment.