Thirty-five Ugandan civil service support officers arrive to provide mentoring and coaching to their South Sudanese counterpartsAug 11, 2015
11 August, Juba-Thirty five civil service support officers today arrived in Juba from Uganda to participate in the Republic of South Sudan/Intergovernmental Authority on Development (RSS/IGAD) regional initiative for capacity enhancement in South Sudan.
The RSS/IGAD initiative is a regional cooperation project through which the IGAD member states namely Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda deploy qualified and experienced civil service support officers to assist in the capacity development of South Sudan civil service. The civil service support officers will be seconded to government institutions at national and subnational levels to provide mentoring and coaching to their South Sudanese counterparts.
The cohort of civil service support officers from Uganda include medical specialists, economists, trade, commerce and industrial development experts, geologists, information communication and technology specialists, and laboratory technicians.
Some of the key areas being targeted include public health, public finance management and accounting, public administration, human resource management, local government administration and decentralization, trade and industry, and rule of law.
The recruitment of these civil service support officers is done in partnership by the Government of South Sudan (Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development) and the equivalent institutions in Republic of Uganda. These personnel remain on the payroll of their home governments. Their deployment to South Sudan represents significant financial as well as technical support to the Republic of South Sudan.
“The initiative will play a significant role in further increasing the capacity of South Sudan’s civil service,” said Balazs Horvath, UNDP Country Director in South Sudan, “and be instrumental in strengthening the provision of public services.”
The effects of prolonged years of conflict on government operations and education has created a large gap in skills and experience. However, sitting side by side with experts from neighbouring countries who can provide guidance and on-the-job training will help South Sudanese civil servants build their capacity.
The project will also deepen regional solidarity between South Sudan and its neighbours. This approach has been used in countries like Mozambique.
The RSS/IGAD regional initiative is funded by the Government of Norway and implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the RSS through the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.
Tabani Joseph, communications analyst Email: firstname.lastname@example.org