Ugandan civil servants in Juba to coach South Sudanese counterparts

Aug 17, 2015

Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – are deploying qualified and experienced civil service support officers to assist in the capacity development of South Sudan’s civil service. (Photo: UNDP)

Thirty five civil service support officers have arrived in Juba from Uganda to train their South Sudanese counterparts as part of a regional initiative of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Thanks to the initiative, IGAD member states -- Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – are deploying qualified and experienced civil service support officers to assist in the capacity development of South Sudan’s civil service. The civil service support officers will be seconded to government institutions at national and subnational levels.

The initiative in partnership with the South Sudan’s Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.

The cohort of civil service support officers from Uganda include medical specialists, economists, trade, commerce and industrial development experts, geologists, information communication and technology  specialists, and laboratory technicians.

Key areas targeted include public health, public finance management and accounting, public administration, human resource management, local government administration and decentralization, trade and industry, and rule of law.

 “The initiative will play a significant role in further increasing the capacity of South Sudan’s civil service,” said Balazs Horvath, UNDP Country Director in South Sudan, “and be instrumental in strengthening the provision of public services.”

Government operations and education services have suffered tremendously, with huge gaps in skills and experience as a result of the violence in South Sudan.

The project will aim tore build the foundations of a functioning civil service and increase cooperation between South Sudan and its neighbours. This approach has been used in the past in countries such as Mozambique.

The regional initiative is funded by the Government of Norway and implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the RSS through the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.

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