The executive director of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP), Hh Zaizay, has raised concern about the huge human capacity gap in the public sector.
Mr. Zaizay made the remark at the official launch of the PYPP 9th regular recruitment exercise, hosted in collaboration with the Civil Service Agency (CSA), with the intent to recruit 20 “exceptionally talented” recent university graduates in any discipline to form part of the program.
PYPP is a prestigious and competitive two-year program that recruits and places recent Liberian university graduates in important government roles, providing them with training and mentorship as they support the government’s top priorities.
Zaizay said the PYPP will continue to build the capacity of young people, mainly university graduates, to address the ongoing situation in the country.
“There will always be capacity gaps, taking into consideration the country’s years of civil unrest; but the PYPP will focus on the public sector, to ensure that young university graduates are mentored and placed in various ministries and agencies, to assist in addressing the problem,” he said.
Mr. Zaizay said the program will be decentralized, to give other Liberians the opportunity to contribute to the overall development of the country.
“We also intend to extend the program into the private sector in the upcoming years. The capacity gap is not only unique to the public sector but also to the private sector. This is one of the important ways to close the country’s human capacity gap,” he said.
According to Zaizay, the application for the recruitment of 20 university graduates began September 4, and will end on December 4, 2018.
“The program is, meanwhile, encouraging all recent [up to 5 years] college and university graduates, who meet the requirements, to take advantage of the opportunity, because the program seeks to recruit recent university and college graduates with a reasonable mix of history of service to community or school through extracurricular activities; must be a law abiding Liberian, punctual and reliable, with a commitment to learning but with self-improvement,” Zaizay said.
Meanwhile, Zaizay said there will be Open-house training on basic application requirements and technique on October 2, 3, & 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the President’s Young Professionals Program office.
He said applicants attending the Open-house will also get the opportunity to ask questions as well as acquire in-depth understanding on the recruitment process.
PYPP was launched in 2009 as Liberia’s premiere and most competitive initiative that promotes youth leadership in civil service.
The program recruits, trains and prepares promising and talented Liberian college graduates for future public service assignments.
The Program’s long-term goal is to create the next generation of qualified professionals who are able and committed to working for the government, thereby increasing public sector capacity and contributing to good governance and strong leadership.
Since 2009, the PYPP has recruited and placed 140 young professionals, who are being prepared to support the Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity of President George Weah, in more than 25 ministries and agencies.