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Trinidad and Tobago

To Develop Human Resources Management Capacity in the Public Service (TT0002)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Strategic Human Resources Management Council

Support Institution(s): HR Units within ministries, Productivity Council, Human Resource Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NGO+Professional Association)

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Trinidad and Tobago End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

To develop a strategic planning document, a Change Management Plan, and an ICT Plan in 4 public agencies and to develop a Competency Framework policy and system.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

1.2 To Develop Human Resource Management Capacity in the Public Service

Commitment Text: To develop a strategic planning document, a Change Management Plan, and an ICT Plan in 4 public agencies and to develop a Competency Framework policy and system.

Milestones:

1. Bidding process to engage consultancy firm

2. Design phase (strategic planning and process redesign) concluded in four ministries

3. Transition Plan implemented

4. Competency Policy Framework and System documents delivered by consultant

5. Competency Policy Framework and System piloted in two agencies

Responsible Institution: Strategic Human Resources Management Council

Supporting Institutions: Localised Human Resource Units within various government ministries; Productivity Council; Human Resource Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NGO+ Professional Association)

Start Date: September 2014                                                                       End Date: March 2016

Commitment Aim

This commitment aims to improve the human resource processes and strategies in four public service agencies by developing a strategic planning document, a Change Management Plan, and an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Plan.

Status

Midterm: Limited

On 25 May 2011, the government of Trinidad and Tobago published a green paper titled Transforming the Civil Service: Renewal and modernisation.[Note 7: Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Green Paper: Transforming the civil service: Renewal and modernisation, http://bit.ly/2sN9y7F. ] It listed six key areas that should be strengthened in the civil service, including the renewal and strengthening of the human resource management (HRM) system. This report outlined the weaknesses in the civil service HRM systems, including human resource capacity, legal framework, policies and procedures, organisational operations, and civil service compensation. This commitment aligns to the reform initiatives of the green paper.

According to the public officials interviewed, five consultancies have been through the bidding process, and a review of the organisational structure of one agency is in progress. The last three milestones have not yet been executed. All original target dates were revised to reflect an end date of September 2017.

End of term: Limited

According to the public officials interviewed, there has been no update on this commitment since the midterm IRM progress report. The IRM researcher notes that this commitment is not relevant to OGP principles. The researcher also could not find supporting evidence demonstrating any change on this commitment. For further information, please see the midterm IRM report.[Note 8: Open Government Partnership, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Trinidad and Tobago progress report 2014–2015, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/TrinidadTobago_14-15_Final_0.pdf. ]

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Civic participation: Did not change

Public accountability: Did not change

This commitment aims to review the human resource capacity of the public sector so that it aligns with the needs of citizens. The commitment was not relevant to OGP principles. Its internal aim was to produce a policy document. The lack of progress in implementation and the inward aspect of this commitment resulted in no change in government openness in any OGP value area.

Carried forward?

At the time of writing of this report, the government has not engaged in consultation to develop the second action plan. The IRM researcher suggests, as did the midterm IRM report, that this commitment be discontinued and replaced with one that is relevant to OGP values.


Trinidad and Tobago's Commitments

  1. To Certify Public Agencies’ Service Quality

    TT0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  2. To Develop Human Resources Management Capacity in the Public Service

    TT0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  3. To Conduct a Pilot Project for the Development and Introduction of a “Easier Life for Citizens” Index

    TT0003, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  4. To Develop Interactive Media on Government Business Processes and Programs to Better Access Government Services

    TT0004, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  5. To Establish a Contact Centre to Address the Needs of National Scholars (Local and International) of Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0005, 2014, Education

  6. To Adopt a Policy on Data Standards and Classification Frameworks

    TT0006, 2014, Open Data

  7. To Increase the Number of Publicly Accessible Government Datasets in Open Formats

    TT0007, 2014, Open Data

  8. To Conduct a Diagnostic Review of Public Information Needs

    TT0008, 2014, Open Data

  9. To Create an Easily Accessible Open Government Portal , with a Platform/Repository for Open Data, as Well as an Interface to Allow for Feedback from the Public

    TT0009, 2014, Open Data

  10. To Create a Civil Society Board

    TT0010, 2014, Public Participation

  11. To Audit the Accounts of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs to International Standards

    TT0011, 2014, Audits and Controls

  12. To Make Publicly Available the Cadastre of Licenses and Contracts for the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas in Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0012, 2014, E-Government

  13. To Include the Mineral Sector (Starting with National Quarries Company Ltd) in the TTEITI Reporting Mechanism

    TT0013, 2014, E-Government