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Strengthening Public Sector Human Resource Management
Capacities in Africa





Capacity Building Workshop on
Innovation and Performance Evaluation in Africas Public Service:
The Role of Human Resource Managers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
11-13 December 2013





Draft Aide-Memoire




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Innovation and Performance Evaluation in Africas Public Service:
The Role of Human Resource Managers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
11-13 December 2013


1. Background and Rationale

Innovation is not an exclusive phenomenon that is happening only in the private
sector. The public sector has also demonstrated capability to innovate in order to improve
delivering public services. To validate that one has just to look at the increasing rate of
nominations to the United Nations Public Service Award each year which has gone up from
81 in 2003 to 601 in 2013. However, most innovative practices so far nominated focus on
improving service delivery in the areas, such as: health, education, gender equality, etc. and
very few address the improvement of performance of the human resources that are delivering
the services. While it is critical that the services delivered become better, it is also important
that the capacities for innovation especially in terms of human resources should improve.

It is important to note that innovation in the public sector does not happen in a
vacuum, it would require knowledgeable and motivated professional civil servants. In turn,
motivated and professional civil servants require human resource managers that are
professionally competent to guide and lead such a work force. African countries need more
than ever capable human resources in the public sector to design and implement innovative
practices not only geared to improving service delivery but that is directly related to
improving the performance of the service deliverers themselves. As Africas Public Service
strategizes on how to build professionalism, the human resource managers in the public
service need to be taken as a strategic partner, adviser, and even coach in this endeavor. But
for this to be effective, the human resource managers must be equipped with knowledge,
skills, networks, attitude, and predisposition that enable them to play this role. Given the
opportunity, human resource managers could play an important role in promoting sustainable
development and implementing the various United Nations Development Agendas. This has
been recognized by world leaders who reiterated th e importance of human resource
development including training, the exchange of experiences and expertise, knowledge
transfer and technical assistance for capacity-building, which involves strengthening
institutional capacity, including planning, management and monitoring capacities. during
the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
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Cognizant of the effectiveness of the sharing of experiences and best practices among
developing countries when it comes to finding a viable and innovative solution to common
problems, UNDESA initiated the establishment of the Africa Public Sector Human Resource
Managers Network (APS-HRMnet), in collaboration wi th a group of African senior public
sector human resource managers, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
(UNECA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Conference of African
Ministers of Public Service (CAMPS), the African Association for Public Administration and
Management (AAPAM), the African Management Development Institutes Network
(AMDIN), and other partners. Consequently the APS-HRMnet was launched on 27 February
2009 in Arusha, Tanzania, during a UNDESA sponsored Workshop on Capacity Building
for Human Resource Development Policy and Strategy in the Public Service in Africa.
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Recognizing that a professional association of such a kind in the public sector is new
to Africa and its survival would depend on the support of its development partners, UNDESA
formulated a technical assistance project and obtained funding from the General Assembly of
the United Nations through its Development Account Project mechanism to strengthen the
newly established network. Implementation of the project started in 2010 and is expected to
end on 31 December 2013. Among other things, the project provided funding for (a) the
organization of four capacity building workshops, including this one; (b) two expert group
meetings; (c) the designing and populating of an interactive website of APS-HRMnet
(www.unpan.org/aps-hrment); (d) the designing of two on-line training workshops on human
resource management; (e) arranging study tours for human resource managers from the Least
Developed Countries of Africa; and (f) designing a survey on the status of human resource
management in the public sector in Africa. The wo rkshop on Innovation and Performance
Evaluation in Africas Public Service: The Role of Human Resource Managers to be held in
Addis Ababa in December 2013 is one of the collaborative efforts of UNDESA and its
partners to contribute to the capacity of human resource managers in Africas public sector.

2. Main Objectives of the Workshop

The main objectives of this workshop are twofold:

(a) The workshop is aimed at providing a platform for Ministers responsible for
Public Service, human resource managers in the public sector, and experts in
human resource management, to discuss how innovation in the public service
can be promoted and sustained and bring to the attention of human resource
managers the important role that they can play in this regard.
(b) To evaluate the various activities undertaken by the development account
project by reviewing it critically and prepare a road map for the way forward
with the ultimate aim of making APS-HRMnet an organization that is capable
of bringing together human resource managers in Africas public sector both
physically and virtually to exchange ideas and best practices and find
innovative ways of addressing challenges in the public sector.


3. Specific objectives

a) To discuss the role of human resource managers in promoting innovation and
performance evaluation.

b) To discuss how to maintain linkages, collaboration, partnerships, and networking
among human resource managers in ministries responsible for public service and
public sector institutions, their counterparts in Public Service Commissions and
other appointing authorities in the public sector, management development
institutes, and development partners working on capacity development in the
public service in Africa aimed at the transfer of innovative practices and
information sharing, peer learning and capacity enhancement for human resource
managers in the public service in Africa.

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c) To identify the various challenges related to promoting innovative practices and
the sharing of such innovation with others and come up with a strategy on the
how to address this challenge.

d) To evaluate the contribution of the development account project in strengthening
the capacity and professionalizing human resource managers and the APS-
HRMnet by reviewing the project activities in line with the expected output

e) Recommend a road map for the way forward with the ultimate aim of making
APS-HRMnet a self-sufficient organization and a hub for sharing knowledge, best
practices and innovation in the public sector.

4. Targeted Group

The Workshop is designed for human resource managers in the public sector in
Africa; Ministries especially those responsible for public service; Public Service
Commissions and other appointing authorities in the public sector; and representatives of
Management Development Institutes. Focal points of the APS-HRMnet in Africa, members
of the APS-HRMnet Executive Council and Advisory Committee will be invited to attend
and participate in organizing and facilitating the workshop. Ministers responsible for public
service especially those who are on the Committee of the Conference of African Ministers of
Public Service will be invited to participate in order to cultivate political commitment to the
development of professional competences for effective management and development of
human resources in the public sector in Africa. The participation of the Ministers will also
create an environment that is conducive to discuss the role of HRM in promoting innovation
in the public service, that require the attention of the political leadership in Africa.

African institutions such AAPAM, and the African Capacity Building Foundation
(ACBF), that are key players in human resource development in the public service in Africa,
will be requested to lend hand in facilitating the workshop.

Development partners with interest in supporting capacity building for human
resource development, professionalism and accountability in the public sector in Africa will
also be invited to attend. International organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, the
Commonwealth Secretariat, and the International Public Management Association for
Human Resources (IPMA-HR) will join UNDESA and UNECA to support and facilitate the
workshop.


5. Thematic Content of the Workshop
The workshop will be conducted around the following thematic areas:

(a) Linking human resource management innovation and performance in the
public service
(b) The role of human resource managers in promoting innovation in the public
sector.
(c) Country experience from the Government of Mozambique.
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6. Expected Outcome

The workshop will contribute to the development of the capacity of the participants in
terms of increasing knowledge, skills enhancement, attitude change, and strengthening
networking and collaboration for promoting innovation in the public sector in Africa. Their
appreciation of challenges facing Africas public services as they relate to innovation and
performance management will be explored and strategies for addressing them proposed. The
workshop will also create linkages between human resource managers and providers of
management training services as well as political leaders (Ministers responsible for public
service) and development partners. These linkages are necessary for harmonizing the
expectations of the government, the public servants, and development partners in terms of the
role of human resource managers in the public sector in designing and implementing
innovative practices in the public sector.

Finally, conducting this workshop in close partnership with APS-HRMnet will
greatly contribute to enhancing its institutional capacity and elevating its image and stature as
a body that can support professionalization of human resource management in the public
sector in Africa. The participation of the Ministers responsible for Public Service especially
those that are Members of the Bureau of the Pan African Conference of Ministers of Public
Service in Africa will further cultivate and strengthen the political commitment to the
promotion of innovation and performance management in the public sector in Africa.


7. Organizers, facilitators and Resource Persons

The Workshop will be organized by the Division of Public Administration and
Development Management (DPADM) of UNDESA in collaboration with the Governance
and Public Management Section of the Policy Division, United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa (UNECA); the Ministry of Civil Service of the Federal Democratic
Republic of Ethiopia and the Executive Council of the Africa Public Sector Human Resource
Managers Network (APS-HRMnet). Dr. John-Mary Kauz ya Chief of the Public
Administration Capacity Branch of DPADM/DESA will be the main facilitator of the
workshop in collaboration with Mr. Kaleb Demeksa, Officer-in-Charge of Governance and
Public Management Section of ECA; Mr. George Yambesi, President of the APS-HRMnet;
Ms. Adah Muwanga, Executive Secretary of the APS-HRMnet and the representative of the
Ministry of Civil Service of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

One international consultant will be hired to prepare and deliver a key substantive
paper while the rest of the substantive presentations, especially case studies will be prepared
by the host country and other selected African countries to enrich the sharing of experiences
and peer-to-peer learning. A regional consultant will present the final publication of the
project which summarizes the activities carried out between 2010 and 2013 by the
development account project for comment and approval by the participants. Another
regional consultant engaged by UNDESA to evaluate the development account project would
facilitate a session on the evaluation of the project and present his findings to the meeting for
discussion, review and recommendation. The final publication is expected to be published
electronically by the first quarter of 2014 and made available to all participants through the
APS-HRMnet website (
www.unpan.org/aps-hrmnet
). The evaluation report would also be
available at the same time.
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8. Process
The workshop will be conducted through short substantive presentations in plenary,
discussions in plenary, small working group discussions, small planning sessions and report
back sessions in plenary. The Executive Council of the APS-HRMnet will meet, take the
recommendations emerging from the workshop and plan for its future activities in promoting
and strengthening professionalism in the Public Service.

9 Languages:
The Workshop will be conducted in French and English


10. Venue and dates:
The workshop will be held at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, from 11 to 13 December 2013.


11. Contact Address:
For further information contact the following:

APS-HRMnet
(i) Mr. George Yambesi
President of the APS-HRMnet
Permanent Secretary
Presidents Office Public Service Management
Tanzania
Email:
georgeyambesi@estabs.go.tz

Tel.: +255.22.2118.531-4

(iii) Ms. Adah Kabarokole Muwanga
Interim Executive Secretary
Director Human Resource Management
Ministry of Public Service
Uganda
Email:
muwangadah@yahoo.com

Tel.: 256.414.251.007 (off.)
Cell: 256.772.419.959
Fax: 265.41.255.463

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
A. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
(i) Mr. Kaleb Demeksa

Officer-in-Charge


Governance & Public Management Section

Policy Division


United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)


Tel: 251 11 544 33 85


E Mail:
Kdemeksa@uneca.org

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(ii) Ms. Loule Balcha
Staff Assistant

Governance & Public Management Section

Policy Division


United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Tel. 251-11 544 32 26; cell phone: 251 (911) 01 86 85.
Email: Lbalcha@uneca.org


B. Ministry of Civil Service of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

(i) Dr. Misrak Mekonnen
State Minister of Public Service
Ministry of Civil Service
Mobile phone: + 251 911-526-297
E-mail:
mismek@gmail.com


(ii) Mr. Mesganaw Chane
Director of Human Recourses Development
Ministry of Civil Service
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mobile Tel.. + 251- 911-35-15-68
Email:
misteshale@gmail.com


(iii) Mr. Mohammed Seid
Director of International Relations and Communication Affairs
Ministry of Civil Service
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mobile Tel.: (251) 913-469-513
E-mail:
mosead35@yahoo.com


New York: UNDESA

(i) Dr. John-Mary Kauzya
Chief of Public Administration Capacity Branch
Division for Public Administration and Development management
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Tel.: + 212.963.1973
Fax: + 212.963.2916
E-mail:
Kauzya@un.org


(ii) Ms. Almaz Atnafu Woldekidane
Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer
Division for Public Administration and Development Management
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Tel: +917.367.9994
Fax: +212.963.2916
Email:
almaz@un.org


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(iii) Ms. Tiblet Kelmwork
Technical Cooperation Assistant
Public Administration Capacity Branch
Division for Public Administration and Development Management
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Tel: +212.963.1945
Fax: +212.963.2916
Email:
kelmwork@un.org



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The outcome document of the United Nations Confer ence on Sustainable Development, entitled The
Future we want, A/RES/66/288, page 52, para. 277