The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) will today begin to intensively orient twenty-four newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector as well as the civil service standing order, amongst others.
The intensive week-long orientation training is part of the newly recruit 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP as well as a way to formally school them in the public sector reforms of the country.
LIPA is the government’s center of excellence in capacity building for sustained quality service delivery. It was founded in 1969 to transform the minds of public servants and the institutions.
The training runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Reform are expected to join the proficient staff of LIPA.
“Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration,” the Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah told newsmen yesterday in Monrovia.
Besides the expected week-long training, Mr. Nyemah has disclosed that amidst the declination of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the BIN.
However, the newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.
They have been classified into four (4) groups; Department of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.
The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to include, Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services.
The Department of Budget &Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring &Evaluation and Plan Development &Coordination.
Others include the directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity under the Department of Administration, while the directors of Aid Management, Economy Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.
It can be recalled that a program to kick-off the orientation of the newly recruit directors was held on Tuesday, October 29, at the MFDP building on Broad Street.