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Strengthening mechanisms for policy implementation in Mozambique's public service

Strengthening mechanisms for policy implementation in Mozambique's public service

CFTC assistance to the Ministry of State Administration and Public Service to achieve its five-year programme for the modernisation of public service.

Country: Mozambique
Host: Ministry of State Administration and Public Service
Start Date: 8 September 2016
End Date: 7 September 2017
Policy Area: Governance
Policy Expert: Omar Mowlana
Project Manager: Oluwatoyin Job

Background

The Government of Mozambique in trying to achieve its developmental strategic objectives as stated in its long term Strategy, the Agenda 2025; in its medium term planning instrument, the Five Year Government Program 2015-2019, all of which recognised the importance of the professionalization of public sector in improving service delivery to the citizen. Furthermore, the Government has developed the Reforms and Public Administration Development Strategy for 2012 – 2025 under the theme “The Civil Servants to serve better the Citizen”.

While a lot have been achieved; the Ministry of State Administration and Public Service has identified critical problems that will need to be addressed to ensure that the ongoing modernization of the Public Service can continue to support the needs of government to attain the National objects.

The Government of Mozambique has requested for technical assistance in Human Resource Capacity building to enhance the institutional capacity of the Ministry of State Administration and Public Service to deliver on the mandates and to provide the necessary support and guidance required across Government in order to achieve the current five-year programme for the modernisation of the public service.

The Ministry is eager to promote change, improve performance and policy coordination that would contribute towards an effective and efficient Public Service. To be able to achieve the following problems among others will need to be tackled effectively:

  • While there are several strategic policies and processes to improve performance in the public service the institutionalisation of these policies are still very weak e.g.
  • The process of planning and cascading into annual plan and activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) is not effective. Thereby affecting the coordination of planning and execution between sectors and within MDAs.
  • Alignment between the short term plan and the performance management system
  • Consolidation of the recruitment process.
  • Weak institutional capacity in the Ministry in evidence based policy or strategic decision making due to limited capacity in research methodology including hard data gathering and robust evidence for strategic decision making;
Goal

The goal of the project is to strengthen Public Policy mechanisms for implementation of the existing strategic policies and processes in the Ministry of State Administration and Public Service.

Impact

The successful implementation of the project will create a functional environment that enables the attainment of Government agenda to be achieved in a more coordinated manner with available resources optimised and channelled to priority areas; and required capacity built in a more systematic manner for improved performance from the public servants

Outputs

The intended outputs will be:

  • Institutionalisation of key policies enacted to modernise the public service;
  • A functioning performance management system in place;
  • Institutional capacity built in the Ministry in policy analysis including:
  • Training policy developed and approved for the Public service - through proper training need analysis and establishment of gaps in skills level.
  • Enhanced capacity with national training institutes to adequately fulfil the needs of today’s public service.
  • Strengthened data collection systems; and,
  • Creation of a functioning policy evaluation system.