Govt workers to sign performance based contracts

Albert Chavhunduka

Government is making strides in upping the notch on performance management across all ministries and departments as Chief Directors and Directors in all its 21 ministries will publicly sign performance based contracts tomorrow.

In a media advisory statement by the Public Service Commission (PSC), government is making efforts to improve the service delivery to citizens.

“Government continues to raise the bar on performance management in Ministries and Departments by requiring senior officials to sign Performance Contracts in order to strengthen service delivery to citizens. In a ceremony to be held on Thursday 31 March 2022, Chief Directors and Directors in all 21 Government ministries will publicly sign Performance Contracts at Harare International Conference Centre at the Rainbow Towers,” read the statement.

“At the ceremony, 84 Chief Directors and Directors are scheduled to sign contracts as a representative sample on behalf of a total population of 463 Chief Directors and Directors, the rest of whom will sign their contracts in their Ministries and Departments.”

The PSC further said the event is evidence of the high performance work culture being championed by president Emerson Mnangagwa under the Second Republic.

“This event signals the cascading to all levels of the high performance Work Culture which government in the Second Republic is championing and which was demonstrated in February at a ceremony graced by His Excellency President Emerson Mnangagwa where Ministers, Permanent Secretaries of Government as well as CEOs of parastatals and leaders of Local Government Authorities signed their own Performance Contracts.”

Last year, government introduced annual performance contracts for all 21 permanent secretaries in line ministries, a system which has now been extended to the top echelon of public service, along with an expectation to keep the public informed about who exceeded their contractual expectations and who fell short.

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