Chairman, Public Service Commission
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 Chairman for the Public Service Commission. The term of appointment will be for a period of one (1) year on a Part Time basis.
The Public Service Commission acts as the adviser to Government on the management of the Public Service and is further tasked with overseeing the development of guidelines, frameworks, policies and standards to ensure that the public service operates in a transparent, consistent and robust manner. It is also responsible for providing leadership in the strategic management of the public service workforce, oversight and evaluation of a continuing process of public service reform within the Kingdom.
The Chairman will be responsible for the provision of high quality strategic advice and counsel to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers on Public Service management matters, public sector reform, and emerging workforce management issues. This advice will also include overseeing the implementation of public employment policies, principles and performance of the Public Service. The position will also provide executive oversight and will oversee compliance with practices and procedures relating to the management of all aspects of Public Service employment. The role will be integral in overseeing a productive and sustainable Public Service as Tonga continues its path towards Public Sector Reform.
Interested applicants should have:-
- Leadership and Integrity
- Strategic Thinking
- Management Acumen
- Environmental and Organisational Astuteness
- Community and Service Focus
Experience and Qualification
A Tertiary educational qualification relevant to the position with relevant executive management experience in the Public Sector although applicants with executive management experience in the Private Sector will be considered OR Proven educational ability achieved through relevant executive management experience in the Public Sector with special knowledge/skills relevant to the functions of the Public Service Commission and the Tonga Public Service although applicants with executive management experience in the Private Sector will be considered.
Chief Executive Officer of the Commission
Office of the Public Service Commission
Applications close Friday 07 March, 2014.
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.
Centralization of Government public services in outer islands
Cabinet Decision No. 306 of 20 April, 2011 approved the following:
i. "That Government public services (except Health and Education) be centralized in the Outer Islands as follows:
ii. That the Public Service Commission Office and the Ministry of Finance be tasked with the implementation of (i) above with effect from the date of Cabinet Decision."
This refers to the centralization of all human resource matters and financial matters for the Public Services in the outer islands (except Health and Education) under the Governor's Office (or Government Representative's Office, whichever applies) and Sub Treasury respectively. The purpose of this consolidation exercise is to ensure that there is a centralized body which provides the daily supervision of all public servants in the outer islands with regards to leave management, personal files, Government vehicles etc.