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F) Reallocating public resources to growth-enhancing capital spending
G) Rebalancing our taxes from direct to indirect taxes
H) Bolstering the resilience of the financial system
I) Modernizing the monetary policy framework and building the foundation
for an eventual move to inflation targeting, while maintaining exchange
rate flexibility and continuing to build precautionary foreign reserves.
Mr. Speaker, we must do all of that while also
J) Reducing public debt to 60 percent of GDP by 2025/26 and
K) Maintaining a primary surplus at 7 percent of GDP for the duration of the
Mr. Speaker, this is a broad and ambitious, yet much-needed policy endeavor requiring
bringing all Jamaicans on board. It was with a desire to foster ownership and ensure the
accountability of our government that we, as a government, extended the monitoring of
the reform programme beyond the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC)
Economic Growth Council (EGC).
So far, Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to report that for the first review period which ended
December 2016, we have met all the quantitative performance criteria and structural
benchmarks. We are also well on track to meeting our targets for the Fiscal Year as a
whole. I am also pleased to inform this honorable House, that the Budget that I will
outline to you today for Fiscal Year 2017/18, has been discussed with the Fund, and will
be the key anchor for our macroeconomic programme for the upcoming fiscal year.
Mr. Speaker, permit me therefore to provide you with an overview of economic
performance and initiatives for 2016/17.
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It is against this background that a Public Sector Learning Framework Policy was established by MIND with the support of key public sector stakeholders1, 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.
3. SCOPE OF WORK Under the direct supervision of the CEO of MIND and Chair of the PSLF Oversight Committee, the Advisor/Consultant shall, in cooperation with other public sector stakeholders and officers of MIND where applicable, be accountable for the following:
o Providing strategic and technical guidance to MIND, PSLF Working Group and the PSLF Oversight Committee on all matters pertaining to the smooth implementation of the PSLF across the public sector and in accordance with the Government of Jamaica’s policies and procedures
o Providing managerial expertise to ensure the full implementation of the PSLF, the achievement of its objectives and delivery of its outputs.
integration of the PSLF into the Agency’s operations. o Driving/guiding the development of policies across the sector and within stakeholder organisations
to support the implementation of the PSLF. o Strengthening partnership and coordination with MIND and other stakeholders within the context of
the Public Sector Learning Framework implementation
1 Cabinet Office, Ministry of Finance and Public Service (MoFP), Office of the Services Commissions (OSC), Strategic Human Resource Management Division within the MoFP, Jamaica Civil Service Association, Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Public Sector Modernisation Division and the Public Sector Transformation Unit, which have been recently amalgamated to form the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme.
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# Key Deliverables Standard for Delivery Public Sector Consultation Code.
Work plan in Gant Chart format that include tasks, duration, and start and finish dates and resources.
These should be submitted 10 days after the signing of the contract
2. Research Methodology & Tools
A report documenting the methodology used and the tools developed for the Protocol on Communicating with Stakeholders inclusive of the media.
This should be submitted 20 days after the signing of the contract
3. Report with findings from assessment and research on Stakeholder Communication.
A Report detailing the findings from the research and consultation with key stakeholders on the Protocol Communicating with Stakeholders.
These should be submitted 40 days after the signing of the contract.
4. Presentation to the Implementation Steering Committee on findings from the assessment
PowerPoint presentation to the Implementation Oversight Committee on the findings and recommendations from the assessment which will outline details to the responses received from the research methodology used.
These should be submitted 50 days after the signing of the contract
5 Final Report and all consultancy materials related to the Protocol on Communicating with Stakeholders
Report that fully outlines the Communication Protocol for Public Bodies in relation to their Stakeholders inclusive of the Media. All materials developed and acquired during the Consultancy should be submitted along with the report.
These should be submitted 65 days after the signing of the contract
7.2 “Sign-off” procedure” The Implementation Oversight Committee will have responsibility for the review of deliverables and quality control of the consultancy. Deliverables will be considered approved when they are accepted by the Implementation Oversight Committee and the Project Manager, PED, and signed-off by the Deputy Financial Secretary, PED based on the defined and agreed performance standards for delivery.
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o Undertaking regular consultations with the MIND leadership team on the Project’s progress and related issues, and provide timely updates as requested by the team
stakeholders, inclusive of the Agency’s internal management team. o Managing other technical consultants assigned to the Project including, in the first instance, the
PSLF Competency Framework Consultant. o Ensuring the submission of the Competency Framework. o Undertaking a comprehensive whole of government learning needs analysis o Leading the design and development of a comprehensive GoJ Public Sector Orientation
Programme o Leading the acquisition and implementation of an appropriate ICT infrastructure to support the
4. KEY DELIVERABLES
MIND requires that the following standards be adhered to in the submission of documents:
a) Use language appropriate for a non-technical audience; b) Be comprehensive, properly formatted and well presented; c) Provide justifications d) A draft of all key deliverables is to be submitted and presented to the PSLF Working Group and
approved prior to the final deliverable being submitted to the CEO and the PSLF Oversight Committee. e) All submissions must show evidence of consultation
The deliverables under this project are as specified in the table below and should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic format
KEY DELIVERABLES STANDARDS FOR DELIVERY 1 Inception Report The Report should include:
a. Work Plan and implementation schedule b. Methodology c. Key Roles and Responsibilities d. Approach to Monitoring and Evaluating the Project e. Insights, Challenges and Recommendations f. Risk Management g. Preliminary research instruments
2 PSLF Implementation Plan The Plan should include: a. Validated competencies needed for all functional and
technical areas to perform functions or tasks successfully b. Descriptors for each requisite competency. c. Competency indicators that are observable and definable
actions and which show what performance should look like.
d. A competency rating scale, which allows for determining the level at which an incumbent has a specific competency in order to determine any gaps and possible
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7.3 Variations All proposed changes to the work plan and deliverables must be discussed with the Project Manager, PED and the Unit Director, PED and where necessary, will be submitted for approval to the Implementation Oversight Committee. Where such changes are not considered minor, they will have to be further authorised by the Deputy Financial Secretary, PED.
7.4 Project Management and Accountability In addition to the execution of work outlined under the section 4, the Consultant will also be required to submit reports on implementation progress.
The Consultant will be required to submit status reports on the work plan with any proposed changes at one month intervals up until the end of the consultancy. The Consultant’s(Firm) Progress Reports will contain, inter alia, the following:
a) Overall progress made in the assignment with reference to the TOR, with special reference to progress made in the month;
b) Difficulties, if any, encountered in carrying out the assignment and proposed solutions;
c) New areas and issues encountered and the proposed approach to dealing with them;
d) An update of the Work Plan and proposed changes, if any; e) Proposed activities for the following month; f) All advice given within the period.
8. TECHNICAL EXPERTISE REQUIRED
The Consultant will have the demonstrated capability of developing Communication Protocols and Corporate Social Responsibility Frameworks for Boards in the Private and Public Sectors. The Consultant will be expected to reside in Jamaica for the period of time during the project.
The Consultant will be required to provide evidence of successfully completing similar work and have the following minimum qualifications:
i) Graduate Degree in Communication Studies with a working knowledge of Stakeholder Engagement.
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