Some of Fiji’s civil servants who are doing the MG453 Public Policy Analysis and Leadership course.
Twenty Five (25) public servants from the Fijian Public Service are undergoing a programme of training, leading to attainment of a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration organised and sponsored by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Service.
These civil servants are largely from the middle to senior management ranks from nine (9) different Ministries.
Director of PICPA Mr Parmesh Chand said that Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is offered as “on the job education programme” aimed at improving the management capacity of Pacific Islands civil servants.
The course provides an understanding of public policy analysis concepts in relation to their practical applications on a country by country basis.
He said that PICPA was pleased to collaborate with the Fijian Ministry of Civil Service to offer this programme of training. The Course MG453 Public Policy Analysis and Leadership, is one of the two courses which eligible public servants need to successfully complete to be able to qualify for a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.
It is being taught by Dr Desmond Amosa, Advisor Training and Capacity Development of PICPA.
Lectures, assignments and exams are being conducted after hours, keeping in mind the work commitments of civil servants. The Course requires a minimum of 40 hours of teaching and learning instructions.
PICPA is a specialist centre which responds to the identified needs and plans of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for strengthened public administration to enable improved service delivery and faster economic growth.
The Centre is headed by a Director, with two Advisors, a Programme Manager and three support staff. It is perfectly positioned within USP to network and utilise the resource capabilities of the University for training and capacity building in project preparation, monitoring and evaluation, public finance management, procurement, governance and leadership development etc.
PICPA is funded by the Government of Australia.
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