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 Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service in Zambia

This chapter uses empirical data based on interviews of key informants and document sources to examine the contract system of employment of senior public service officers in Zambia. The aim is to understand the Zambian public sector reforms and to gather evidence to ascertain the success or otherwise of the implementation of contract employment as part of the new public management experiment in developing countries. The chapter examines the background to the reform of the position and conditions of service of permanent secretaries, introduction of contracts of employment to the senior public service and conditions of service for permanent secretaries. It then analyses entitlements in the employment contracts for the permanent secretary, room for expression of leadership by the permanent secretary, management models and frameworks which have been used in the reform, value for money and lessons learned.


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