This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the 'new public management' programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experience highlights the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.
Dr Philip Osei is a Senior Fellow of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies in Jamaica. His main research interests are in public policy and management and he has advisory work experience in public service reform, local government, urban development, capacity development and poverty reduction. He was a Commonwealth Academic Fellow in 2005. Dr Joan Nwasike is Adviser, Caribbean in the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. She began her public sector career at the Guyana Development Corporation, and spent over a decade in academia as senior lecturer and post-graduate dean at Ahmadu Bello University and senior lecturer at the University of Guyana. She worked as vice president, human resources management in the private sector and has been a consultant in public sector development to the Government of Tanzania.
Foreword Preface Abbreviations and acronyms 1. Introduction 2. Study Framework and Methodology 3. Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Senior Public Service Officers in Botswana 4. Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Chief Directors in the Public Service in Ghana 5. Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service in Uganda 6.Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service in Zambia 7. Conclusion - A Comparative Assessment of the Findings References Appendices A. Country activity B. People consulted in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia