THE Public Service Commission (PSC) reveres its role in ensuring all line ministries, their departments and agencies, come up with rational strategic initiatives that collectively lead to a fully functional public service, secretary to the service commission Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe has said.
Speaking at the new performance appraisal training of trainers’ workshop in Kadoma yesterday, which was attended by heads, general managers, directors, deputy directors, principals of training institutes, trainers and selected focal persons, Ambassador Wutawunashe said the PSC continues to search for and implement interventions that spur and sustain a public service culture that venerates high performance, among others.
“The new performance appraisal forms that we have come to get training on, is one such intervention meant to support the thrust towards an accountable, transparent and high performing public service, among other virtues,” he said.
“To this end, the new appraisal forms are a manifestation of this responsiveness as the Public Service Commission noted concerns raised by members of the civil service and stakeholders in respect of the current performance appraisal system.
“The concerns, among other issues, relate to the performance appraisal form as well as associated processes being cumbersome and difficult to comprehend.”
Ambassador Wutawunashe said the workshop was expected to produce cadres who are committed experts in terms of issues related to do with the appraisal forms.
They would be expected to assist members in their respective ministries and other agencies to understand and to fill-in the appraisal forms.
Ambassador Wutawunashe said it was expected that a “serious transformation” in the management of performance will take place in the civil service, courtesy of trainers’ efforts.
“I urge you, therefore, to maximise on this interaction so that you are effective in cascading the performance appraisal system, post this learning event,” he said.
The entire aim is to ensure a robust civil service full of knowledge and appreciation of how to use the tool effectively, hence the tripartite representation comprising the Office of the President and Cabinet, the PSC and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.