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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.

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Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service in Uganda

This chapter analyses the third country case study – Uganda – on the contract system pertaining to the employment of permanent secretaries in the public service. The aim of this chapter is to investigate and understand how the contract system of employment in the public service is implemented under the public sector reforms in Uganda. The following areas are covered in the chapter: overview of public sector reform, contract system pertaining to the employment of permanent secretaries, autonomy and room for expression of leadership, and management models used in the civil service reforms. The poverty eradication action plan, promotion of competition in service provision, structure and implementation of results-oriented management, performance assessment and performance management of permanent secretaries are also captured in the chapter. Finally, entitlements given to permanent secretaries in the employment contract, value for money, conflict resolution mechanism, evaluation and lessons learned complete the chapter.

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