Government of Sierra Leone delegation off to Kenya on performance management tour

19 Jul 2011

A four-man delegation of senior government executives has arrived in Nairobi, on a week-long study tour on performance management and performance contracting in the Kenyan civil service.

The delegation consisting of Mr. Abdul-Rahman Sowa, Director of Operations, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Bockarie Momo Foh, Deputy Secretary, and Assistant to the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Civil service, Mr. Wilfred M. Mansaray, Director of Training and Career Development at the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), and Mr. Mohamed Gbandi Yoki, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU), will be seeking to learn from the experience of Kenya in implementing a system of performance management in the civil service that is widely acknowledged.

The Government of Sierra Leone has introduced performance management to bring about more results-oriented and accountable management in the public service. At the moment, all Ministers operate on the basis of annual Performance Contracts. Plans are also advanced to have another 66 senior government officials, consisting of Permanent Secretaries and heads of departments, sign performance contracts. Thus the urgency to learn more on how others have done it.

While in Nairobi, the Sierra Leone delegation will get an overview of performance management and performance contracting as practiced in the public service in Kenya. The issues to be examined include the policy and institutional framework; the procedures for performance evaluation and appraisal systems; the capacities needed to manage performance management; how performance management has been cascaded, among others.

They will also visit selected categories of public institutions that are on performance contracts including ministries, public universities and local authorities. Two other special activities in their itinerary include a chance to see a demonstration of a recently launched Government Open Data Portal as well as participation in a ‘live’ session of performance contracts sectoral negotiations.

According to public service sources, there are great expectations from the trip. The first-hand knowledge gained is expected to feed directly into Sierra Leone’s experience as she seeks to improve service delivery in the public sector. It is also expected that the study tour will foster bilateral co-operation in strengthening public sector management. The tour is facilitated and sponsored by UNDP.

Contact Information

Abdul Karim Bah, Communications Analyst, UNDP Sierra Leone. Tel: + 232 33 167 428. Email: abdul-karim.bah@undp.org