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The names of new subscribers or subscribers who are cancelling their membership, or who are no longer paying premiums because of retirement/resignation, or who have been transferred to or from your respective Ministry/Department, Agency or School, should be set out on the Summary Form. The dates of the additions, cancellations or transfers should also be stated.

If there is a difference between the sum payable as calculated on the Summary Form and the amount on the cheque paid to Blue Cross of Jamaica, this should be explained in the Remarks section of the form.

The original copy of the Blue Cross Summary Form should be sent to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, 30 National Heroes Circle, Kingston 4, for the attention of the Director, Public Service. Accounts, by the last working day of the month in which deductions are made. The second copy should be sent to Blue Cross of Jamaica with the employee premium cheque and the third copy should be retained for your records.

Failure to submit the Blue Cross Summary Form will result in the non-payment of the government portion of the premium by the Ministry of Finance and Planning. This may lead to difficulties in claim settlement for subscribers or cancellation of health coverage.

Your fullest cooperation is expected in this matter.

Shirley Tyndall Financial Secretary

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Consequently, the Agency has had to become increasingly resourceful over the years in response to a growing need for adequate human resource capacity and capability, and physical space for satisfying classroom, social and administrative facilities, in response to its mandate to provide effective leadership development programmes and management training appropriate to all levels, and in line with the demands of a modern and competitive public service. The growing lack of adequate resources continue to threaten the levels of service, programmes and projects which have been planned for each strategic cycle, as the Agency extends and deepens its commitment to developing public sector human resource excellence and leadership.

The Government in its Cabinet Decision # 49/09, established its position in rationalizing the public service as a pathway to improved professionalism, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens’ needs. Along with the establishment of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division, a strategic review of the GoJ Modernisation Plan led to the establishment of a new Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) function with a mandate to provide strategic direction through policies and frameworks that support the development and management of the Public Service through the recruitment and retention of competent and motivated public officers at all levels, capable of delivering efficient, effective and responsive services to the public. It is against this background that a Public Sector Learning Framework Policy was established by MIND with the support of key public sector stakeholders, and with the endorsement of the Cabinet Secretary.

The PSLF proposes a more systematic approach to whole-of-government human resource development, and serves as the GoJs blueprint for building a culture of continuous learning and innovation within the public sector. It provides a coordinated approach to systematically map pathways towards building the required competencies and developing the necessary skill sets that will allow public officers to deliver the best value goods and services. Along with its overarching objective to provide a coherent policy structure for human resource development within the sector, so as to enable economic development and societal wellbeing through the delivery of efficient citizen services, the PSLF also seeks to:

1. Provide a coherent policy for human resource development within the sector. 2. Stimulate, guide and promote the development of a public sector that is genuinely committed to lifelong

learning. 3. Build a culture of innovation among public officers for better business outcomes. 4. Enhance the human resource capabilities needed to support the fulfilment of Vision 2030 Jamaica:

National Development Plan (NDP). 5. Develop a responsive public service, able to quickly adjust to the changing needs of government. 6. Integrate learning and development across the public sector. 7. Provide clarity and coherence to the matrices of learning focus areas across the different job levels in the

public sector. 8. Provide high quality, relevant and standardized training within the public service. 9. Facilitate access, mobility and progression in learning and professional development paths within the

sector. 10. Develop a source of evaluating or assessing investment in and impact of human resource development

within the sector. The implementation of the PSLF is being led by MIND, supported by a PSLF Programme Management Committee and governed by a PSLF Oversight Committee which is co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIND and the Deputy Financial Secretary, Strategic Human Resource Management, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. . In order to achieve all that has been envisaged for public sector transformation, a more streamlined approach, which brings together on-going and new public sector leadership development initiatives, within a common

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Non-Tax Revenue

Ministries, Departments and Agencies are reminded that non-tax revenue collections must be paid over promptly. This is especially critical towards the end of the financial year.

• Jamaican Dollar miscellaneous revenue collections must be lodged at Bank of Nova Scotia, Cm. Duke & Port Royal Streets, for credit to ale #631-18.

US Dollar miscellaneous revenue collections must be lodged at the National Commercial Bank, 54 King Street for credit to ale # 066002047.

Where it is difficult to lodge directly to the above-mentioned branch of Bank of Nova Scotia or National Commercial Bank, lodgments may be made at the branch nearest your office.

In all circumstances, lodqments must be made at the bank before the close of business on the last working day of March to allow time for clearing the funds to the main branches by year-end.

Copies of all lodgment slips and relevant lodgment summary forms must be forwarded simultaneously as soon as possible to the Accountant General so that the revenue can be brought to account promptly and accurately.

Expenditure Clearing Accounts 2005/2006

With regard to the Expenditure Clearing Accounts held in commercial banks and the surrender of the balances to the Consolidated Fund, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments are hereby reminded that:

(a) the accounts operated for the previous year will be reactivated for the next financial year;

(b) ministries and departments should already have remitted all balances in the bank accounts of the previous financial year to the Accountant General;

(c) in an effort to ensure a smooth change-over and prompt funding of the accounts, reconciliation of these balances must be effected and a copy of the reconciliation statement submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Public Expenditure Division no later than the end of the third week in March, following which a cheque should then be issued or the bank requested to issue a cheque for the full balance in each account made payable to the Accountant General for credit to the Consolidated Fund.

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Head HR Shared Services TIU. Reports will be approved by the Executive Director TIU on the recommendation of the Head of the HR Shared Services TIU. Progress reports as agreed are to be submitted to the Technical Coordinator Component III, SPSTP. Approval for payment will be under the signature of the Project Manager, SPSTP. 7.0. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONSULTANCY:

Type of Consultancy: Individual Duration of Contract 12 months Date Required November 2019 Supervisory Responsibility This position has no supervisory

responsibilities under the project. Place of Work: The Consultant will work from their

establishment and be required to utilise their own time, equipment and facilities in the performance of their role. The Consultant will however be required to attend meetings and consultation sessions at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service or other designated locations upon request.

Expected Contacts Project work stream Leads and project consultants; relevant staff within the MOF&PS as well as relevant contacts on the SPSTP as needed. Relevant Staff of MDAs; eGov, other stakeholders as the need arises.

Type of Contract: The nature of the contracting arrangement will be lump-sum payments based on scheduled delivery.

Payment Responsibility MOFPS, SPSTP+Project+Office">SPSTP Project Office; lump-sum payments based on scheduled delivery  

Travel Travel is anticipated to other Government entities within the Kingston Metropolitan Area normally and outside of the Kingston Metropolitan Area on occasion.

NB: The contract amount includes all costs related to undertaking the consultancy.

7.1. Variations

All proposed changes to the assigned functions and performance standards must be discussed with the Head HR Shared Services TIU and approved by the Executive Director, TIU as well as, endorsed by the Technical Coordinator Component III and accepted by the Project Manager SPSTP as advised by the Procurement Specialist, SPSTP.



The Consultant is required to be equipped with the tools & resources to undertake this assignment including office space; meeting rooms as needed may be provided. All materials and documents accessed during the conduct of this consultancy remains the property of the MOF&PS and is not authorized for use by the consultant for any other purpose than for the effective conduct of the assignment, unless expressly authorized in writing by the Financial Secretary. Terms of engagement shall be as detailed in the contract of engagement.

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The Budget Process

The major stages in the budget process are:

Figure 3 The Budget Process

FORMULATION • The Bank of Jamaica, the Planning

Institute of Jamaica and the Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service prepare the Medium Term Macroeconomic Framework (MTMF). The assumptions around the core macroeconomic variables contained in the MTMF are used to forecast the baseline revenue, which sets the level of expenditure that is consistent with the Government’s key fiscal policy targets - Debt to GDP and Wage to GDP ratios. Cabinet">Following Cabinet’s approval, the MTMF is tabled in Parliament as a key component of the Interim Fiscal Policy Paper by the end of September each year, as required by law;

• The Finance">Ministry of Finance allocates the expenditure ceiling to each MDA in a manner that will allow the Government to honour its commitments and in

conformity with the priority objectives as determined by Cabinet. The Ministry then issues a Budget Call Circular which informs MDAs of their expenditure ceilings and provides guidance on how to develop their budgets;

• The Finance">Ministry of Finance consults with individual MDA to agree on their budget. Following such consultations, the Minister of Finance presents the budget to Cabinet for sign-off after which it is tabled in the House of Representatives;

APPROVAL • Parliament’s Standing Finance

Committee deliberates on the budget two weeks after it is tabled. The Budget is approved by the House of Representatives after which it is referred to the Senate for discussion and approval;

EXECUTION • MDAs request funds form the

Consolidated Fund to implement the programmes and projects approved in the budget; during the budget execution stage, there may be adjustments required to the approved budget, which are submitted by the Minister of Finance to Cabinet and then to the Parliament for approval;

OVERSIGHT • The Public Administration and

Appropriations Committee (PAAC) provides oversight of the budget while it is being implemented by MDAs; the Auditor General audits and reports on the extent to which public resources have been used appropriately, effectively, and efficiently.

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