Public Service Commission (PSC) Constitutional Function under section 140 of the constitution and the PSC Act highlight the functions of the commission to formulate and implement policies to sets the parameters within which government departments and other organisations operate.
Most policies that are initiated stems from two sources. One being a "proactive" measure and the other is a "reactive" precaution. Both are results of pressures from Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, HODs or by the rest of the service. These determine policies.
Policies results not only from those highlighted in the policy statement but also as a result of market forces and the ever changing terms and conditions of employment.
IDENTIFICATION OFTHE ISSUE/PROBLEM --> INITIATE AND DESIGN POLICY --> ANALYSE POLICY
- Identify options
- Determine consequences for each option
- Predict the outcome of these options
- Make a set of value judgments from the options identified
- Looking at objectives, activities, indicators, etc.
- Whether it's a SMART policy
- Whether the policy is in line with the country's national objectives, Civil Service Reform, Strategic Planning, etc.
FORMULATE POLICY --> CONSULT VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS
- Public service unions
- Other relevant government departments
- Permanent Secretaries forum
- DS & HODs forum
- NGOs if need be
- Whether it's in full or in phases
- Adequate financial resources to support the policy
- Liaise with Min. of Finance & National Planning
- Training of implementers
- Ministries/Departments to claim ownership
MONITORING & EVALUATION OF POLICY
- Phone survey
- PS, DS/HODs meeting
- Just talking to people
Please note that the above policy formulation style may be different for other organisation. Please contact us on our email help desk regarding any contribution on the above policy formulation.