Human resource management training in the Ghanaian public sector
Two training programs were held late July and early August, in Accra, under the steering of Mrs Bridget KATSRIKU, chairperson of Public Services Commission, and thanks to the funding of the Embassy of France, entitled “Strengthening the accountability of Ghana’s central and local administration."
Mrs Bridget KATSRIKU identified two main issues in the public sector, reasons why she organized these training sessions. She emphasized it in her opening remarks: the quality of human resource in the development of Ghana, the need to monitor and evaluate the officials in order to improve the organization and effectiveness of public services.
The first training was held on the 26th and 27th of July 2016. It was dedicated to chief executives and directors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies. It aimed at deepening their knowledge in human resource management and to highlight the importance of their role in this field. In total, 84 participants benefited from the presentations and exchanges professionally crafted by leading experts, Mr John WILSON and Mr Kwadwo ASARE-BEDIAKO of the Institute of Human Resource Management and Practitioners (IHRMP).
The second training was held from the 3rd to the 5th of August 2016. This one targeted a smaller audience: the officials of Public Services Commission and Service Management. Mrs Bridget KATSRIKU wants more auditors trained; aiming at filling the shortage gap within the sector, which over the years has compelled the Government to seek external auditors at expensive costs. The objective was to therefore train public servants in the implementation of a policy aimed at evaluating human resource’s capacities and skills in the public sector. Methodology and tools to proceed to organizational audit were presented to the 25 participants. The facilitator Mr Samuel AGBENU knew how to animate the training in an interactive way, sharing his professional experience and exposing them to practical cases. The participants will be called for field work in the following weeks to apply the knowledge acquired from the training.