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New labor structure for public service targets high performance

Murekezi AnastaseStarting with the next fiscal year, Rwanda’s public ser­vants will be working under a new labor structure ensuring im­proved performance, officials of the ministry of public service and labor (MIFOTRA) have announced.

The officials made it clear that the current review consists of insti­tutional performance assessment, job analysis and further institu­tional restructuring of all public institutions and agencies so that they can establish new structures, job profile and required qualifica­tions for their that staff to deliver effectively and boost production.

“The analysis will help us to set up new and appropriate structures for public institutions, to harmo­nize job profile and job require­ments to improve public service delivery” explained Bonaventure Uwamahoro, the director of plan­ning, reform and capacity building at MIFOTRA.

Therefore, Uwamahoro is confi­dent that they will have effective institutions by establishing a clear description for each position and fitting requirements, a framework he said will be likely to lead the country to maximize the use of its resources.

“In the end, we really want to come up with effective institutions and reduce overlaps,” he pointed out, adding that the aim is to em­power local entities to be more able and to better serve the citizens by carrying out plan implementa­tion while the central government will only be making policies, coor­dination and monitoring.

“When people say that we are performing well, they are comparing us to some of our neighbors, but that should not be the right reference.”

The guidance during this reform process, the official mentioned, considers both sides being input namely human resources and mon­ey and output which is better pub­lic service delivery.

According to Uwamahoro, all public entities are invited to make their own performance assessment and come up with proposals on the way forward to increase their performance. The existing organi­zational structures will be evalu­ated and new proposals from the institutions will be submitted to the ministry of public service and labor for coordination and consoli­dation. There is also a national re­form steering committee that will be following up the process and cabinet will approve the whole re­sult before implementation.

Over the years, the government has been implementing a series of reforms and the current one is the third phase which coincides with the third phase of decentralization that seeks to reinforce effective­ness, efficiency, accountability and integration of the public service sector.

Due to these reforms, Rwanda has received praise due to steps already taken, but Uwamahoro thinks that there is still room for improvement since for him the tar­get is to look at “ how can we de­liver better than now” to attain the country’s vision.

“When people say that we are performing well, they are compar­ing us to some of our neighbors, but that should not be the right reference,” he said. “We would like to achieve a high level of per­formance so that we can meet our targets of Vision 2020 to be a mid­dle income country and deliver for the achievement of the EDPRS II targets.”

Recruitment stop

Apparently the existing struc­tures are not appropriate to serve to the country’s vision due to fact that many government institutions have been requesting for supple­mentary employees commonly known as “contractual staff” to complement those who are already in the existing structure.

As of last June 2012 for instance, the ministry had already regis­tered more than 5,000 contractors to complement existing fully em­ployed staff under public service general statute as recognized by the organizational structures.  The government was spending more than Frw 2 billion on this extra workforce, hence a need to analyze and review existing public service labor structure.

Anastase Murekezi, the Minis­ter of Public Service and Labor, re­cently confirmed that the govern­ment issued order provisionally stopping all public institutions to recruit new staff since the govern­ment first want the reform process to be concluded and show exactly which positions need to be provid­ed for a more productive public in­stitutions.

“New job opportunities will be offered after approving the new labor structure for public service” the minister said during a recent job fair, adding that the provision­al measure would not worry any­body since the public sector only absorbs about 3% of the Rwanda active population estimated at 5 million.

Since the objective of the cur­rent reform is all about making ef­fective institutions, it could be ex­pected that employees would be increased in an institution or re­duced in another, but Uwamahoro emphasized that the overall target is the sake of better performance of the public service.

“It’s not about reducing public servants,” he emphasized. “It’s all about improving performance having in mind that we have to achieve our vision.”

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