Ghana: Office of the Head of Civil Service Evaluates Chief Directors

The Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) has begun the evaluation of the 2013 performance of Chief Directors of the various ministries in the country.

The evaluation exercise commenced on 18th February, and would end on 13th March, 2014.

This follows the service's signing of Performance Agreements with Chief Directors of the sector ministries last year.

The Acting Head of the Civil Service, Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena explained: "The evaluation would be executed by a three-members Team with a wealth of knowledge and experience in public sector management".

They are Dr. Robert Dodoo, the Chairman of the Civil Service Council (PSC) and Dr. Lawrence A. Kannae, the Vice Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Mr. Edwin P. D. Barnes , a retired Chief Director and Public Sector Consultant.

The evaluation process would entail interactions with Chief Directors and Sectors Ministers, the review of documents in support of the above-listed result areas, and feedback on the evaluation, according to him.

Mr. Dwamena explained: "The aim of this system is to strengthen performance management and inject an output and impact oriented culture in the Civil Service."

This exercise seeks to assess the level and quality of work done by Chief Directors for the period January - December, 2013; provide a transparent mechanism to reward recorgnise or sanction Chief Directors; stimulate healthy peer competition among Chief Directors; and increase transparent and accountability in the delivery of public services.

In a release issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the OHCS, Ebenezer Owusu-Ansah in Accra, it stated: "To round off the exercise, merit awards, including a French Government sponsored study tour to France, and would be given to the adjudged best performing Chief Director, while disciplinary action would be instituted against Chief Directors whose performance is found to be unsatisfactory".

The implementation of this Performance Agreements System for Chief Directors fits into the President's agenda of enhancing productivity by ensuring efficiency, transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services in Ghana, it added

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