Project: Merit Based Recruitment Review AFGHANISTAN
Client Organization: The World Bank
Donor: The World Bank
Description of the Assignment: The objective of the mission was to conduct a review of the merit-based recruitment system in the Government of Afghanistan Civil Service. This included a review of supervised appointments at all grade levels including compliance, training, reporting, resources and the overall quality of the process. A report was required identifying issues which detracted government appointment processes from becoming an effective, merit-based appointment system with a set of practical recommendations to improve the merit-based appointment system. This review was part of the broader objectives of the government’s public administration reform agenda.
My Contributions: Based on research, interviews, focus group and information collected from performance indicators, a report was submitted with findings, analysis and 19 recommendations clustered in one of 5 key elements: policy, governance, recruitment process, performance monitoring and appeals. A synopsis of achievements in recruitment and staffing was also provided to facilitate linkages to development plans.
Outcome: The findings and recommendations were provided in a report to the World Bank. The outcome of this review contributed to the development of a way forward to advance the application and institutionalization of merit-based recruitment in the Afghanistan Civil Service and to guide the next wave of civil service reform work.
From my Journal: This was my fifth assignment in Afghanistan. I had grown accustomed to the Afghanistan Civil Service. Green tea served with almonds became part of the work routine. I had built a solid network of government officials and technical experts that I could meet regularly to exchange notes. This network made it a comfortable and a very effective working environment – despite the daily security updates. Clearly, there are definite advantages to returning to countries once worked.