Office of The Commissioner For Public Relations
The Government of Tonga’s strategic vision for the future delivery of public services is aimed at streamlining its organizational platform to better deliver more efficient and effective public services for the people of Tonga. To help achieve this aim, the Government of Tonga seeks to appoint a Chief Executive Officer for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Relations.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who possess outstanding strategic thinking capacity, demonstrated leadership capability and superior management skills. Government CEOs are integral in supporting a productive and sustainable Public Service as Tonga continues its path to embed the constitutional reform and ongoing public sector reform.
The Government CEO role under advertisement is particularly suited to individuals who have excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills with a demonstrated track record of effective resource management. The individual will work closely with the Commissioner and other stakeholders for implementing government policies and decisions, for managing the administrative and operational activities of the Office, and to investigate, review and inspect the administrative conduct of government ministries and agencies and provide advice and guidance in order to ensure people are treated fairly.
Essential skills required of the advertised CEO role will be to:
- Provide the Commissioner with high quality policy and program development advice
- Drive strategic planning and resource management accountabilities
- Provide executive direction to professional, technical and operational teams
- Identify improvements in service delivery and efficiencies in cost to government
- Lead implementation of organizational & system changes to improve productivity
- Model cross-Ministry and whole of government collaboration to ensure high standards of public administration and service delivery
- Ensure compliance of the Office with its regulatory obligation.
Term of appointment: Contract term of up to four (4) years.
Remuneration: Based on the Government of Tonga, CEO Remuneration package.
CEO - Public Relations
Job Reference: CEO - Public Relations
The Public Relations Office is responsible for implementing government policies and decisions and to investigate, review and inspect the administrative conduct of government ministries and agencies; and provide advice and guidance in order to ensure people are treated fairly.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the strategic planning and diligent administration of the Public Relations Office. The position will provide the executive direction to professional, technical and operational teams in its delivery of the Government's obligations to ensure sound and prudent ministry/department or government corporation/authority performance. In addition the incumbent will assume responsibility as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Public Relations Office including managing the administrative, operational and broader functions and activities of the Office.
Specifically, the purpose of the role is to:
- provide executive direction and professional leadership to professional and administrative staff in delivery of a full range of services for and on behalf of Government
- Provide leadership in compliance with the Commissioner for Public Relations Act 2001 and the continued reform of Public Relations system.
- Perform any other duties as directed by the Commissioner for Public Relations or Cabinet from time to time.
Experience and Qualification
- Tertiary educational qualification relevant to the position and proven operational management experience of at least 7 years in a senior management position in a comparable organization, with proven management experience in the relevant field.Legal qualification is desirable.
How to Apply:-
- Applications should be forwarded to the following address by 4:30pm on Friday 12 September, 2014.
Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 46
- Candidates should refer to the Application Information Kit in preparing an application, ensuring that all requirements are satisfied. Incomplete documentation may prevent proper consideration of the application.
(Updated: 16 July, 2014)
Output 5 of the PSC Office pertaining to the Performance Management System reads as follows:
"Facilitate a government wide understanding of the use of Performance Management System (PMS) and its competencies for decision making and development in the public service"
In light of the above, the PSC Office forwarded a submission to the Public Service Commission proposing activities to facilitate implementation of the Performance Management System across the Public Service. The Commission's direction was approved through Public Service Commission Decision (PSCD) No. 61 of 14 February 2014.
In accordance with the above stated PSCD, the PSC Office carried out the following:
(1) Set up of a PMS Sub-Committee consisting of senior manager(s) from line Ministries who were nominated by their respective CEO;
(2) Scheduled a recapitulation of PMS Awareness Trainings to be provided to all government ministries and agencies.
The Public Service (Amendment) Bill 2010 was gazetted and effective from 27 September, 2010. Further reviews were undertaken which resulted in Cabinet approving the following on 8 December, 2010:
1. Public Service (Disciplinary Procedures) (Amendment) Regulations, 2010;
2. Public Service (Grievance and Dispute Procedures) (Amendment) Regulations, 2010;
3. Code of Ethics and Conduct for the Public Service, 2010;
4. Public Service Policy 2010;
The Public Service Policy Instructions, 2010 was approved by the Public Service Commission on 17 January, 2011 and became effective on the same date.