Fiji Rolls Out New Civil Service Recruitment Guidelines

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Policy ‘incorporates internationally recognized standards and best practices’

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 8, 2016) – Attorney General and Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today announced the roll out of the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection Guideline (OMRS Guideline) which will apply across all Government Ministries and Departments.

Sayed-Khaiyum said the OMRS Guideline has been developed taking into account the provisions of the Constitution and with the assistance of overseas experts and it incorporates internationally recognized standards and best practices.

"The OMRS Guideline promotes fairness, transparency and accountability in regards to the recruitment, selection and even training processes in Government."

"The focus of this guideline is to recruit the best and brightest people into the civil service and that involves providing a framework that also encourages applications from outside the civil service and fosters open competition for all positions. The OMRS Guideline is also available online on the Fijian Government website," he said.

"The implementation of the OMRS Guideline plays a critical role in the Civil Service Reform Programme as the Government looks to strengthen and modernize human resource capabilities and processes in all Government agencies. The OMRS Guideline engages a training methodology to upgrade the skills for those already in the service."

"An expression of interest has been called which is open to all civil servants to become core facilitators of this change within their own ministries and involves an intensive six month secondment and training."

"This will be one of several guidelines issued by the Civil Service Reform Management Unit with the endorsement of the Public Service Commission to ensure consistency and fairness across the board. The next key initiative will be the finalization of the Training and Disciplinary Guidelines," he added.

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