Role of public management is instrumental for ensuring good governance and achieve the development goals of the nation. Public service is considered a crucial vehicle for implementing transformation efforts led by the government using new approaches and techniques of public management. The role of public officials, thus, lies in recognizing and further expanding their role in the changed context to produce deliverables with available level of resources. Restructuring of state has gained momentum with successful election of government at all levels- local, province and federal level- as envisioned by the Constitution of Nepal. Now, the role of newly elected governments and their policies are expected to deliver public aspirations of peace, good governance, prosperity and development. This is possible with ethical, competent and efficient public officials in managing resources, relationships and results effectively. As major role bearers of public service, mid-level executives or Class-II (equivalent) officers of government have vital role in bridging policy level and operating level as change leaders to design and implement programs for effective service delivery.
Hence, capacity building of this level is critical for successful functioning of public sector and leading change effectively. In this connection, NASC has redesigned existing in-service training course on Management and Development targeted for the Class-II (equivalent) officers of government organizations. The redesign process is built on the premise of developing core competencies of the mid-level executives with identification of core competencies required to perform their role effectively.
Detailed learning needs assessment was conducted to identify competency framework for these officers and gaps were identified in required competencies by adopting widely accepted methodologies including individual questionnaires, supervisory assessment, expert opinions and workshops at different levels. Similarly, practices of similar course providing institutions in Asia and other countries were carefully reviewed and observed while designing the new course. This course has been peer reviewed by experts engaged in public sector capacity building.
The Course incorporates both perspective building as well as skill developing contents with practical innovative learning components like Connecting to Community (C2C) and Service Improvement Plan (SIP).