By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
As Liberia’s decade old partnership with the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Executive Master Program is reaches noble heights, the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) Laurine Wede Johnson has beseeched visiting faculty members of the University to consider training for CSA staff.
Since 2009, CSA and NCCU have established an agreement for educational partnership, which entails promoting and facilitating international internship for NCCU Executive Masters students in Public Administration and the reciprocal use of their services to contribute to civil service institutional goals and missions by sharing their experiences and skills.
In her remarks at the formal meet and greet ceremony for new cohort of interns held in Monrovia, DG Johnson told the US Delegates that once civil servants are provided the opportunity through the partnership to be trained and equipped at the NCCU, their contributions towards the implementation of President George Weah’s Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) would be achieved.
“We would, in the future, hope to see public servants from Liberia improve their capacity by benefiting from the Executive Master’s Program at the North Carolina Central University. We should all begin thinking in that direction, even though it’s outside our MOU,” The CSA Director general said.
She reemphasized the need to train CSA staff in critically important public service leadership studies, and intimated, “the Government of Liberia, through the Civil Service Agency avails itself to continue this partnership, which is a unique opportunity for the human capacity development of our Civil Service.”
DG Wede hopes this partnership continues and blossoms to an even greater collaboration for building capacity than it is now.
The CSA-NCCU partnership internship program is designed to assign students to a particular ministry in line with their specialization for the duration of two weeks. During the two-week period, the students are expected to engage in whatever current project during their internship.
More than sixty graduate students have participated in this program and applied their skills in assisting and sharing their learning with staff of the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Gender, Health, Justice, Internal Affairs, Posts & Telecommunications, Education, Civil Service Agency, Liberia Institute Of Public Administration, National Investment Commission, JFK Medical Center, Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation, and Law Reform Commission