Hapa sasa tusitegemee mabadiliko makubwa kwenye utendaji serikalini.
Govt recruitment policy overhauled
By Pascal Mayalla
It is now Government policy that staff recruitment in senior positions in the Civil Service will henceforth be only by appointment.
The practice now discarded was for all such vacant posts to be advertised so that people inside and outside the civil service with the requisite qualifications could apply.
Hawa Ghasia, Minister of State in the President`s Office overseeing the Civil Service Management portfolio, said in Dar es Salaam at the weekend that the Government would now be appointing people to the senior positions exclusively from the public service system.
She announced the landmark decision at a short ceremony to bid farewell to retired Chairman of Public Service Commission Justice Lameck Mfalila and a number of the agency`s commissioners and other staff.
`We will no longer be advertising vacancies in respect of senior positions as we have been used to doing until now. Under the new employment system, the Government will be appointing only staff currently working in the respective ministries and institutions to those senior positions,`` said the minister.
The Government had for years been announcing vacancies for senior officers and other positions, officially to allow room for competition among competent aspirants from both the civil service and outside it.
However, the employment model changed following the endorsement of amendments to Public Service Act No. 7 of 2002 to include a provision stipulating that senior civil service positions would not be subjected to competitive labour market terms and conditions.
`The aim is to make a saving on the costs the Government has been incurring in training newly employed staff from outside the Government systems,` explained minister Ghasia.
Promoting qualified senior officers with remarkable performance and competencies would be more advantageous to the Government than employing new members of staff whose performance is not known, she said.
`But that does not mean that other qualified Tanzanians would not be allowed to work in the civil service. It only means that they would be employed only when there are absolutely no qualified public servants to fill the respective vacant positions,` she quickly added.
In his remarks at the function, Justice Mfalila said the commission had recorded notable achievements mainly in helping public servants behave more responsibly, act more responsively and generally serve the people more efficiently than before it became really effective.
Public Service Commission Secretary Thecla Shangali chipped in by appealing to public servants to adhere to the code of conducts covering their operations `to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services to the people`.
Justice Mfalila apart, those bid farewell were five commissioners, deputy secretary Priscilla ole Kambainei and two other members of staff.