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World Bank Supports Pay Reform, Recruitment & Staffing, Performance Mgmt. with $17M

World Bank Supports Pay Reform, Recruitment & Staffing, Performance Mgmt. with $17M

The World Bank has aided the President Ernest Bai Koroma Government with the sum of seventeen Million United States Dollars ($17M) to carry out the latter’s “Pay and Performance Project”.  (Photo:  Ambassador Bockari Stevens, Sergiy Kulyk seated, exchanging documents for counter signing purpose)

The World Bank represented by Country Program coordinator for Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia, Sergiy Kulyk  and the government of Sierra Leone represented by Ambassador accredited to the United States of America, Canada & other south American countries H.E. Bockari Kortu Stevens  on June 26, 2012 signed a seventeen Million United States Dollars ($17M) financing agreement at its 18th H. Street NW Washington D.C .20433, United States of America.

According to Sergiy Kulyk, the money is meant to execute a program of activities that will further the implementation of Sierra Leone’s Medium-Term Public Sector Reform (“MTPSR”) program of activities consisting  Pay Reform, Recruitment and Staffing and Performance Management. Pay Civil Servants according to the Pay Structure; develop and approve Recruitment Procedures; prioritize and fill vacancies in Grade 6, in accordance with the Annual Recruitment Plans coupled with integrating LTAs in accordance with an approved Mainstreaming Policy and Action Plan.

Ambassador Bockari K Stevens and Sergiy Kulyk (Country Program Coordinator Ghana, Sierra Leone & Liberia, seated back L Counsel Diala Makdissi Afram Vivek Srivastava

In addition, the money will also be used to  support designing and implementing an appropriate Performance Appraisal Process; designing and implementing a Performance Contract- Management Process for managers in the Civil Service; publishing the Performance Targets of all Ministries; and  evaluate the overall performance of said Ministries together with relevant non-state actors.

The World Bank Country program coordinator for Sierra Leone Africa Region also said the Government of Sierra Leone will have conditional access to the money: to meet fifteen bench marks in three years period.

According to him, five Million United States Dollars will be released to the Sierra Leone Government on an annual basis, based on meeting five bench marks, prescribed by the World Bank.

“If the recipient fails to meet the stated five bench marks, after receiving a tranche of Five Million United States Dollars, the government will cease having access to the remaining money, until the bench-mark is met.

Sergiy Kulyk thanked the government of Sierra Leone team for laying a “solid foundation” and the World Bank team members who used their expertise and worked with dedication to put this project together within a short period, and congratulated the Country for its success to get this funding.

A group photo of Sierra Leone's Ambassador Bockari K Stevens (L) and World Bank's Sergiy Kulyk and his other colleagues

Responding, Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens thanked the World Bank for the confidence it has in the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and its continuous support to the West African Country.

 “Any time I come to the World Bank to sign a document of this nature, it gives me great satisfaction that we(government)is doing the right thing; because, if we have been doing the wrong things, we would have found it very difficult to get approval and sponsorship from the world bank for a project like this.”

He assured the World Bank team that this project will help the Government of Sierra Leone to recruit and retain the best brains and strengthens its civil service to enable it become “more efficient and competitive”.

Early this year, a high powered delegation consisting Mr. Ernest Surrur- Head of Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Dr. Julius Sandy – Director, Public Sector Reform Unit(PSRU), Mr. Kebbe Koroma – Accountant General, Mr. Val Collier – Commissioner Public Service Commission(PSC), Mr. Kekura Bangura – Principal Legal Officer and Mr. Paul M. Kamara Financial attaché represented the Government of Sierra Leone at the World Bank Spring meeting in Washington D.C. to advance the deliberation of the Pay and Performance Project.

Since his appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America, Tuesday’s signing ceremony marked the fifth (5th).

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