RSS/IGAD Project Board Members Meet to Discuss Achievements

Jul 12, 2017

The Board of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Initiative for capacity enhancement in South Sudan pose during their meeting in Juba on 12 July 2017. Photo: UNDP

The Board of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Initiative for capacity enhancement in South Sudan lauded the positive impact of the transfer of skills and knowledge to South Sudanese civil servants during the recent Project Executive Board meeting on July 12, 2017 in Juba. The Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development Hon. Gathoth Gathuoth said the government has benefited immensely from the work of civil service support officers (CSSOs) from IGAD countries of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

“The Ministry is glad to report to you that the CSSOs in-post are making significant contributions in the development of South Sudan civil service through training of their counterparts (twins) in daily operations as well as institutional development at national and state levels,” Hon. Gathuoth stated.

Adding that CSSOs continue to support “key areas of our government including the National Audit Chamber, Police, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and other Social Service institutions,” Hon. Gathuoth stated that CSSOs support “life-saving activities and pioneered the introduction and reinforcement of professional ethics, processes and procedures, [which] is clearly seen in hospitals and clinics in the country.”

UNDP Senior Advisor Lealem Berhanu Dinku praised the role played by project donor Norway and the three IGAD countries in “the restoration of core governance functions in public financial management, civil service, rule of law, and local governance.”

He reported that the project promoted post-conflict recovery and stabilisation in essential service delivery institutions, and that it is critically “strengthening government’s capacity in economic governance, building responsive and accountable institutions, undertaking transitional justice and promoting social cohesion and reconciliation, and resuscitating the economy.”

Mr. Dinku expressed UNDP’s appreciation for the generosity and long-standing support in assisting the young nation of South Sudan. UNDP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, has deployed 111 CSSOs in South Sudan out of 139 CSSOs for Phase II of the RSS/IGAD project, which is a unique South-South and Triangular Cooperation coaching and mentoring civil servants to enhance capacity for service delivery.

Learn more about the work CSSOs and their twins are doing in South Sudan: read about how national auditors are getting trained on international standards from CSSOs at the National Audit Chamber, and watch this video about CSSOs working to build community agriculture cooperatives with their twins in the Gubdue State Ministry of Agriculture.