Civil service reform overall plan

Country: Libya

ASI devised a masterplan for reform of the Libyan public service, which employs the bulk of the Libyan population. We analysed the strengths and weaknesses of the existing civil service system, devising a range of options for reform, and setting these within a strategic framework for transformation and renewal of the civil service. Among the areas that we worked on were:

  • alignment of structures and functions;
  • adequacy of salary & grading structures;
  • classification of civil servants (i.e. distinctions between policy and administrative staff of central ministries and teachers, doctors, state enterprise employees, etc.);
  • the extent of modern management and administrative skills and experience and the need for training;
  • the efficiency of administrative systems (including the extent of use of modern technology) and the need for training;
  • the impact of the working environment on productivity;
  • policy development capabilities;
  • personnel management systems utilising merit-based recruitment & promotion systems;
  • accountability for performance;
  • the legal framework underpinning the civil service;
  • finance and budgeting systems to ensure resources are appropriately and cost-effectively assigned and to provide transparency and control over expenditure; and
  • institutional arrangements to ensure that Civil Service management policies are implemented and kept up-to-date.

The result was a overall plan for reform that was then treated as phase 1 of a project to develop a detailed plan for reform across a range of areas.