The Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU), in the Office of the President has concluded a week long Project assessment with the World Bank 8th Implementation Support Mission for the Sierra Leone Pay and Performance Project (P&PP).
The Mission included meetings with Implementing Agencies including, inter alia, the Director General, Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), the Chairman, Public Service Commission (PSC), the Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service and the Ministry of Finance. The Mission also held meetings with KPMG, the Consultant conducting the Job Evaluation & Labour Market Survey for the Sierra Leone Civil Service. The overarching objective of these meetings was to discuss in detail the progress of the Project.
The Pay &Performance Project supports the implementation of the Government’s Flagship Public Sector Reform Programme, including three key components for the Civil Service, namely (i) Pay Reform (ii) Recruitment & Staffing and (iii) Performance Management and Accountability.
The USD $17 Million Project has so far contributed USD $7.5 Million to the Government’s Consolidated Fund through the achievement of Disbursement Linked Indicators.
During the Mission, a presentation ceremony was held at PSRU, at which the Project donated office equipment – comprising 1 desktop computer, 1 printer with cartridges, 1UPS printer – to twenty-six MDAs for their Monitoring and Evaluation, Human Resource and/or Communications functions. Beneficiaries included all the Line Ministries and the 3 Provincial Secretaries offices. The significance of this donation is to support planning and communications in MDAs to provide effective and efficient service delivery of their mandates. Heads of the Key Implementing Agencies (IAs) including the Chairman, PSC; the Accountant- General, and the World Bank -Project Task Team Leader were all present to grace this astonishing occasion at the PSRU Conference room. Heads of other IAs were also well -represented. Keynote Statements were made, calling on MDAs to use their equipment judiciously.
The World Bank Support Mission, led by Task Team Leader Mr Roberto Panzardi, commenced with a meeting at PSRU, Chaired by the Director, Ms Sidratu Koroma. The meeting confirmed Mission objectives and included a review of the Aide Memoire from the last Mission and summary updates of all aspects of the Project. Discussions also centred on possible extension of the Pay and Performance Project.