“What needs to be done by top Leadership to Align Human Resource Capacity Development with the Development Vision of the Country?
- Capacity Development refers to the process of unleashing, strengthening and maintaining capacity.
- For any country to fast track its development there is a need to invest in its most important resource i.e. people. HRCD has become vital if governments must achieve their development objectives.
- Off necessity are accurate HRM Strategies that seeks out individuals with the right knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities required to drive any nation to its lofty development goals.
- HRM Strategies must be reviewed, adjusted and sometimes completely changed to provide an efficient and effective service delivery to citizens. This is achieved by placing the right people at the right place at the right time with the right skills.
- The development vision of every country must also be first straightened out. This means that for any vision to succeed it cannot be developed by government alone. The people for whom the vision is meant must be carried along.
- Government only lays the vision-template which points the direction of development but the final vision-document, must be generated through the involvement and participation of all sectors of the state i.e. citizens, private sector and civil society.
- This format ensures that the missions of the State will be understood and agreed by all actors. This creates an open society where each governance actor knows what others are doing and encourages collaboration and networking among them.
- The end product of this collective effort provides a document of reference for which government focuses on what it can and must do to move in the direction of its development vision.
- The next step will be to restructure the country’s public service. Public service is the human resource capital that is structured to provide public services according to people’s expectations, based on daily needs, challenges and peculiarities.
- The public service must be reoriented towards the community. It must become responsive to citizens.
- To achieve an efficient and effective public service institution, the government must develop a clear policy framework that will guide this drive.
- Policy refers to priorities, guidelines, and orientations deemed necessary to achieve common agreed objectives. It is developed and adopted to address major problems and vested interests of people including stakeholders who live or work in the same area, field, community, development sector, environment or country. Policy is governing actions to be undertaken in its sphere of influence.
- The sphere of influence here is the civil service, which is a key tool by which government can achieve its objectives.
- The policy must identify and develop the required human resources in the public sector for addressing the current and future challenges posed by the imperatives of development.
- These policy guidelines must be coherent and comprehensive and aimed at providing effective and efficient public service delivery. It must state the commitment of government playing the central role in ensuring the transformation and development of the country.” – Vincent Hope – Wudil, Nigeria