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The Contract System of Employment for Senior Government Officials

Experiences from the Pacific

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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 in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experiences highlight the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.

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Summary

This study is the third of its kind undertaken by the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD), concerning the issue of a contract system for permanent secretaries in Commonwealth countries. The study forms an integral part of the work of GIDD. In pursuing its mandate, GIDD mobilises a large percentage of its resources in strengthening institutions and practices that contribute to good governance and enhancing public sector capacity for effective and efficient public service delivery using appropriate strategies. This report discusses findings of the evaluation of the contract system for permanent secretaries in the Pacific region based on the experiences of Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Samoa.

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