Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: EU to Empower Salone Civil Service

An Italian firm, Agriconsultancy has assumed at the Human Resources Management Office (HRMO), George Street, where they will be providing technical support for a period of three years.They consultancy is part of the European Union team (EU) support to the Sierra Leone Civil Service Reform programme.

At the inaugural meeting held at the HRMO on 6th February, 2013, the office's Director General, Ernest Surrur, expressed gratitude to the EU for putting resources together to support a post-conflict country like Sierra Leone. He said "even though the country went through difficulties, it is now forging ahead and making meaningful reforms".

Mr. Surrur said Sierra Leone is now poised to making reforms in linewith the government's Agenda for Prosperity. He appreciated the timely assistance and assured that the resources will be used for their intended purpose.

Team leader of the consultants, DaryoushFarsimandan, gave a run-down of the terms of reference of their intervention in the Civil Service of Sierra Leone. He called on the leadership of the HRMO to cooperate in the entire exercise, while emphasizing that work should resume immediately and expected the full participation of all concern.

During their engagement in Sierra Leone, the team will focus on the training and development of staff, institutional support to the HRMO and oversight institutions mainstreaming corruption in civil service reforms, rightsizing the service, audit and external evaluation and visibility.

The overall objective of the project is "to support the government in building a transparent, accountable, performance-oriented and disciplined Civil Service," Mr. Farsimandan explained. It will also take into account raising the "standard of professionalism, and the necessary capacity to efficiently and effectively deliver quality services for the improvement of the lives of civil servants".

The project, according to Farsimandan, will support the HRMO and key MDAs in strengthening the pay administration, management and other human resource management functions.

Another important area the project will capture is the provision of technical assistance to the HRMO in the implementation of the EU support to the Civil Service Reform Project in accordance with EU regulations and rationalization and continuing staff development in the Sierra Leone Civil Service.

The expectation of the project is the achievement of a well-trained and efficient civil service. The HRMO will have a sufficient institutional capacity, a streamlined records management and personnel information exchange.

The programme will target staff of the middle and senior managerial level of the HRMO and professional/technical cadre including the 19 local councils.

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