The organization of an eight-month training cycle for seventy Haitian officials promises a tangible improvement of the public service’s functioning in the country
Author: Françoise Brugerolle
“Enhanced human resources to serve national development”, this is the main theme of the “UN Public Service Day” that will take place in June 2017.
This initiative is sponsored by the United Nations: “All countries and all people need a public service that is competent, equipped and well-resourced. Public service needs to be diverse and ethical. It needs to be dedicated to effectively serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.” Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).
This year, it has been decided to focus on human resources and their role in the development of a country, especially in the public sector.
Long time ago, Jean Bodin, born in 1530, French economist, philosopher and political theorist, expressed a quote which then became famous: “The only form of wealth is people”. This quote has been extracted from his publication « The six books of the Republic » published for the first time in 1576 in Paris. Through his statements, Bodin suggests a vision relatively humanist of politics and economy, stating that the true wealth is not only material and that the strength of a country can be found in its people.
Nowadays, especially in the human resources and management sector, this maxim is frequently used. This is why the public sector has often highlighted the training of public agents, since it contributes to the strengthening of institutions’ capacities.
The training of public agents contributes to the strengthening of institutions’ capacities.
The Programme of Institutional Support for the Strengthening of the Haitian State in the framework of the State Building Contract (SBC) funded by the EU (FED/2015/356-639), implemented by the consortium led by Eptisa, is in line with those principles; this is why a technical assistant has been provided to the Office of Management and Human Resources and a training cycle has been launched to support the senior managers belonging to the Haitian public service.
This activity is in line with the Framework Programme of the Reform of the State and with the decree 2005 about the Haiti’s Public Service Status.
The methodology implemented has been designed to maximize the use and practical application of knowledge from the participants.
This training cycle is addressed to 60 officials, heads or deputy-heads of central services and decentralized services of the State. They all received training, spread over 8 months (from November 2016 to June 2017) at a rate of 7 modules of one week each, addressing the following topics:
- Management, leadership and internal communication
- Human Resources Management
- Results based management
- Strategic planning
- Formulation, implementation and monitoring of public policies
- Institutional communication
Simultaneously, a personal work was asked to each participant and supervised by coaches. The purpose was to present and implement a project aimed to create an improvement, a modernization and a new tool to their professional environment, while taking advantage of all the knowledge and skills acquired during the training cycle.
This cycle will end in June 2017 and the assessments from institutions and participants are already positive. The implementation is ensured by a partnership between the Haitian National School of Administration and Public Policies and the French National School of Administration (École Nationale d’Administration).
Let’s hope that this cycle will be perpetuated and that the officials trained will serve as a springboard to implement the reforms required and expected by the Haitian Administration and Public Service.