The Contract System of Employment for Senior Government Officials

Experiences from Africa

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This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the ‘new public management’ programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experience highlights the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.



Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Chief Directors in the Public Service in Ghana

This chapter examines the second country case study – Ghana. It looks at how the contract system regarding the employment of chief directors in the public service has operated in Ghana. The chapter starts with an overview of public service reform and the introduction of contract of employment and performance agreement. It also investigates the management approaches adopted in the reform and used in the contract system. The remaining sections of the chapter look at the entitlement to benefits under performance agreements, such as remuneration and pension, the scope of and potential for expression of leadership by the permanent secretary/chief director under contract, as well as how the contract system impinges on the independence and influence of the permanent secretary/chief director. It also considers how conflict is mediated in the evolving contract system of employment, the value-formoney of the new contract system of employment and, finally, the lessons that can be learned from the experience of the contract system.


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