PSRU Meets Social Welfare

The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) continues its visitation to Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Friday 9 April with a meeting with top officials of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs to monitor the implementation of recommendations contained in the Management and Functional Review.

Director of PSRU Dr. Julius Sandy informed the meeting on the need for the establishment of new management structures such as Change Management Teams, the Policy and Planning Units that will drive the reform process in the Ministry as well as the development of Service Charters to inform the public about the activities of the Ministry consistent with the Open Government Initiative.

Dr Sandy spoke of the need to have an internal audit, a Human Resource Manager that will handle human resource issues, together with a Budget Committee that will not only prepare the Ministry’s budget but will ensure that they monitor its execution.

He spoke about the staff constraint in the Ministry and informed them that about 250 civil servants will soon benefit from training facilities to address the capacity gap in MDA’s.

On the issue of record keeping, Dr. Sandy said an effective records management system has been developed at the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), which will be cascaded to other MDA’s starting with five pilot Ministries.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and children’s Affairs, Mr. J.O. Wellington expressed grave concern over the weak staff strength in the Ministry and called on the PSRU to assist in that direction as well as training of staff and the provision of equipment.

He said they are assiduously working to house the Ministry under one roof but that vacant buildings need thorough facelift to make it habitable.

Mr. Wellington said a draft Disability Bill is now in place and will soon be sent to Parliament and that an Anti Trafficking Bill is in its completion stage.

He said whilst PSRU has plans to train about 250 civil servants in different disciplines, they have received support from UNIFEM to rehabilitate their training centre in Bo to provide short and long term training for their staff particularly social workers. UNICEF he said is developing the curriculum as part of their support to the Ministry.