The objectives of this joint mission with both the CIP FGS and Puntland leadership teams in attendance was to discuss the project status, addressing the implementation challenges and the project’s future plans for the restructuring proposals beyond the project end date 2020.
The PS of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Ahmednur Mohamed praised the gains made so far having achieved the long awaited and first ever HR Audit headcount for the civil service. In addition, mentioned that all government institutions were re-organized and restructured with clear mandates and functional descriptions. He also mentioned that that the project laid the foundation for the formulation of basic civil service management policies and procedures to guide the relevant implementing institutions in order to get a more effective and efficient public administrating institutions.
The PS stated that the project is not only about capacity injection as the name suggests but it is also about capacity development. And as we are now aware of the new and improved reform agenda of this administration, the PS stated that any project objectives should be streamlined with the government’s reform objectives for the public administration and civil service management.
The CIP Project Coordinators Mohamed Abdullahi and Hassan Dirie had both made presentations on the Project’s Key Milestones Achievements from 2015/2016 to 2018 as well as the key challenges. The coordinators also projected the milestones and activities planned for 2019. [Summary-of-Project-Achievements ]
CIM Staff Management, their budget for 2020 and beyond
It was mentioned that the CIM recruitment had stopped due to lack of continuity budget by RCRF-II project and the Bank management advised the government to cover and manage its wage bill and expenditure as it is getting difficulty for the Bank to convince the donors to invest wage bill of the government.
HR Audit Outcomes and plans for Post-HR Audit activities such as establishment of HRMIS etc
It was acknowledged and commended that HR Audit head counted exercised was completed both at Puntland and FGS levels and it is also equally expressed the important of taking actions by the governments on the recommendations by the HR Auditing findings.
Puntland has made quite progressive in terms of complete concrete conclusion HR Audit report and further carrying out post-HR Audit activities such as payroll cleaning. The DG at Ministry of Labour (FGS) has informed the participants that the FGS had undergone an additional exercise of biometric comparison of the civil service with the biometric data of security forces and Banadir regional employees and the final cross-checking exercise has now been completed
The teams has expressed the importance of the finalization of the HR Audit report by MoLSA-FGS and sharing the final outputs of the HR Audit exercise with clear findings and recommendations so that this activity can be marked as complete for the FGS and move to focus the next post-HR Audit activities.
The HRMIS and SFMIS:
The ministries of labour and civil service commissions at FGS and Puntland level would like to have a comprehensive HTMIS system which is either connected to the SFIMS in order to be managed by ministries of labour and the civil service commissions of FGS and Puntland. It was proposed to clarify the division of labour between the PFM and CIP projects on how to make this a functioning and integrated system that works for all.
Emerging priority gaps in public administration institutions and civil service reforms at FGS & PL State suggestions & recommendations
During the discussions on this agenda for the possibility of a project extension into new MDAs, the Bank Task Team Leader, Gregory Kisunku recommended to sustain the current institutions and complete the most pressing remaining activities and gaps that may require a time extension beyond June 30th 2020 and such extension may be 12 to 18 months depending the justifications of the gaps and remaining activities requirement in terms of timeframe.
In closing, it was agreed that the government urges the Bank and the project teams to speed up the implementation of the project activities.