The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) will today begin intensively to orient 24-newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector.
The intensive week-long orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 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.
Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.
The training runs from 8a.m. to 2p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission are expected to join in the training.
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 that besides the expected week-long training, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
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 groups: Departments 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 Planning, Development & Coordination.
Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.
It may be recalled that a program to kick-off the orientation of the newly recruited Directors was held last Tuesday at the MFDP building on Broad Street.