Ministry of Justice
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 Ministry of Justice.
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 towards constitutional reform. The CEO role is particularly suited to individuals who are commercially focused, skilled in supporting innovation and providing direction to substantial change management initiatives at the policy, systems and process levels.
The role will work closely with the responsible Minister and central agencies, not only as Chief Executive Officer, but also in defining and developing major organizational reforms aimed at optimizing the return on Government’s investment in services and programs. High orders of communication, negotiation and influencing skills are essential, as is a demonstrated track record of effective resource management.
Essential skills required of the advertised CEO role will be to:
- Provide the Minister 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 communication and customer service
Term of appointment: Contract term of up to four (4) years.
Remuneration: Based on the Government of Tonga, CEO Remuneration package.
Mr. Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield of Neiafu, Vava’u has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Revenue and Customs. Mr. Bloomfield shall be employed by the Government for a period of three (3) years with effect from 30 March, 2015.
Mr. Bloomfield holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics (2009) and a Bachelor of Science (1992) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He has extensive knowledge and work experience in International and Regional Trade organizations. In 2006, he was the Head of the Oceania Customs Organisation Secretariat, based in Suva, Fiji. He has had professional affiliations with renowned Trade Organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and PICTA. Mr. Bloomfield has been with the Government before, working as a senior official for over 20 years, particularly at the Ministry of Revenue and Customs prior to his engagements with other regional/international organisations.
The Public Service Commission welcomes Mr. Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield’s appointment as the new CEO for the Ministry of Revenue and Customs and wishes him success in his term in Office.
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 Based Systems and its competencies for decision making and development of a performance based Public Service”
The Public Service Commission approved the Performance Management System to be implemented across all government ministries and agencies with effect from 01 July, 2014 and to be reviewed after six (6) months.
An implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting schedule was also approved by the Commission to guide line ministries with PMS implementation.
All Chief Executive Officers were further directed to provide a quarterly report to the Public Service Commission on the status of PMS implementation during the first (1st) year of implementation as follows;
- 10 October, 2014
- 23 January, 2015
- 10 April, 2015
- 22 June, 2015;
(i) PMS Implementation Status Check:
The PSC Office sent a PMS Implementation status report to line Ministries in August, 2014 and further followed up in January 2015, advising their progress since 01 July, 2014 in accordance with the PMS Implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting schedule. A meeting with individual line Ministries/Agencies was held during the third and fourth week of January, 2015. Each Ministry provided an update on the current progress of their PMS Implementation efforts and the proposed way forward.
(ii) Job Descriptions, PMS Forms & One-to-one Consultations
From the initial status report provided to line Ministries from the PSC Office, it was clear that not all the processes in the Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting schedule had been followed by line ministries to ensure successful implementation.
Ministries/Agencies were reminded to make an effort to hold one-to-one consultations between the Supervisor & Employee on the JDs and PMS Forms. This is to ensure that all the relevant information is disseminated to the employee so that a common understanding can be reached.
(iii) Internal PMS Implementation Plan
The PSC Office developed an Internal PMS Implementation Plan to assist line Ministries/Agencies with planning/refining their Implementation phase. Each Ministry plotted the dates for the relevant PMS Implementation processes (i.e. finalizing JDs, filling in PMS Forms, one-to-one consultations etc) to ensure they are on track with their implementation. The PSC Office continues to provide assistance to line Ministries/Agencies to ensure compliance with the Implementation deadlines.
(iv) Random Employee, Supervisor & CEO Interviews
As part of the PMS implementation status check, the PSC Office randomly selected employees in line Ministries/Agencies to be interviewed in order to assess the level of understanding of the employee with regards to their Job Description and the PMS Form. Supervisors in line Ministries/Agencies were also randomly selected to assess the level of understanding of supervisors with regards to their supervisory roles in terms of monitoring progress and performance of subordinates.
Outcome reports were provided (for Ministries completed) on the feedback obtained from both employee and supervisor interviews which also provided recommendations on gaps in the Ministry’s implementation process. Line Ministries/Agencies are recommended to address these gaps prior to scheduling CEO interviews.
CEO interviews are designed to confirm support and commitment for PMS Implementation and to determine how far they strive to achieve full PMS Implementation in the Ministry through communication and close management. The outcome of CEO interviews will assist in the provision of the final report to the Public Service Commission and relevant authorities.
(v) WAY FORWARD - Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting
The way forward for the PSC Office is to continue to provide assistance and support to line Ministries/Agencies to ensure all the processes in the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting schedule has been followed. We any new project implemented across the Public Service, the first two (2) to three (3) years are critical for the sustainability and effective implementation of the project. Trainings are anticipated to be rolled out focusing on ways to assist supervisors in monitoring performance of subordinate staff. This is anticipated to be held across all line Ministries/Agencies in March/April, 2015.
Prior to the completion of three (3) months of implementation, the PSC Office will provide additional training to all line Ministry/Agency employees to assist them in conducting the evaluation. This is to assist both employees and supervisors with the evaluation of individual employee performance as it relates to their JD and progress in delivering results and achieving Outputs in the Corporate Plan. Line Ministries/Agencies are still required to provide their quarterly reports to the PSC Office by 10 April, 2015 & 22 June, 2015 as per PSCD No. 240 of 02 July, 2014 for monitoring purposes.
The PSC Office will continue to monitor the progress of line Ministries/Agencies and to provide relevant assistance, where necessary, to ensure the Public Service moves forward in line with the decision of the Commission for PMS implementation.