Considering that the task to modernize Liberia Public Service requires all hands on deck including partners, the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Laurine Wede Johnson. has lauded international development partners for adequately funding and providing technical support for the implementation of the Public Sector Modernization Project (PSMP).
In a statement issued yesterday, Madam Wede Johnson intimated, “we are extremely proud of how far we have come over the last four years as a country but especially over the last 12 months in providing the striving environment for continuity of reform initiatives and improving performance across the Civil Service”.
Madame Johnson spoke today at program marking the 5th Annual Multi-stakeholders’ Update Forum of the Civil Service Agency’s Public Sector Modernization Project (PSMP) Theme: “Achieving Prosperity Through Modern Civil Service Reforms, Capacity Strengthening, Decentralization & Digital Transformation Initiatives” Held At The C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium.
She mentioned “we aspire to be an exceptional Civil Service at every level and in every role: more relevant, more skilled, more professional and more modern in delivering the best for Liberia in alignment with the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (Building a Capable State) and during a time of need for wide-reaching reforms”.
“Importantly, over the past years, the CSA along with the Governance Commission and LIPA has successfully implemented some key components within the Public-Sector Modernization Program (PSMP). We have put in place the building blocks that take us closer to achieving our objectives”, she said.
For the first time since 2015, she said “the Civil Service instituted a Performance Management System in the Civil Service, continue to ensure that employee’s records/files are in order and currently coordinating the PSMP aimed at improving pay and performance and strengthening payroll systems. These building blocks have been a useful way to engineer change within the Civil Service”.
“The PSMP introduce a performance appraisal within the Civil Service. Under the performance annual circles of the PSMP, Professionals and Executive Grades Civil Servants from 7 ministries skills were assessed against the Civil Service Performance Management Appraisal System. At the same time, we want to operate this process digitally for improved service delivery to our MACs knowing that development of an organization’s capability takes time and there is still much to be done”, she said.
She added “we have put in place strategies to fundamentally transform the way CSA operates in the public sector and delivers services to citizens and offers strategies for the government Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) to accelerate the rate of the government’s progress; and to improve CSA business models’ operations that will increase the service-level standards, improve interactions with Civil Servants and MACs.”