As Myanmar is undergoing democratic transition, the country is witnessing an increasing demand for a civil service that is people-centered, ethical, responsive and merit-based. Pressure is building on the existing 1 million civil servants to effectively deliver for the people of Myanmar.
In partnership with Australia, Sweden & New Zealand, UNDP is supporting Myanmar to modernize its civil service. With their generous support UNDP has been implementing a project since July 2018 - Leadership, Effectiveness, Adaptability and Professionalism in Myanmar’s Civil Service (LEAP).
The project supports Myanmar’s Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) to review and modernize civil service regulations and systems; introduce results-based management practices that promote meritocracy, ethics, transparency, accountability and inclusivity; improve civil servants’ performance through enhanced leadership and motivation; and foster public service delivery and accountability at national and sub-national levels. UCSB adopted a new competency framework for selecting and promoting civil servants and is currently re-designing job descriptions and performance evaluation systems. This was followed-up by tailored trainings for over 150 civil servants on performance management and leadership, and to 40+ civil service professors on delivering modern, competency-based curricula, and to key institutions on use of data from end-users of government services to policy makers.
In what was a major milestone, in October 2019, UNDP and UCSB jointly launched a new senior and executive leadership development program including a toolkit for modern recruitment and selection, promotion, performance evaluation, and HR planning at the Board in Naypiytaw. “We have set the stage for a professional and transparent process of selection of the senior leaders in UCSB, which means that it will expand throughout the civil service of the Government of Myanmar,” said John Vong upon launching the pilot program at UCSB in Naypiytaw.