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Ministry to receive feedback from public on new civil service regulations

By Hani Hazaimeh - Jan 31,2013 - Last updated at Jan 31,2013

AMMAN — The Ministry of Public Works and Housing is currently developing a new system to regulate the civil service and will publish it on its website to receive feedback from the public, according to the minister.

The legal framework governing recruitment in the public sector must be revised to ensure that the qualifications of candidates are the main reference to their appointment, Minister of Public Sector Development Khleef Al Khawaldeh told The Jordan Times on Wednesday.

Khawaldeh noted that the ministry is currently considering adding paternity leave to the annual leave of employees and introduce a new evaluation process, which will depend on an individual’s performance and productivity, to govern incentives and promotions.

The ministry’s development plans will also produce new terminologies in the civil service sector such as occupational planning, which aims to boost the effectiveness of human resource departments and the promotion mechanism, according to Khawaldeh.

He added that the ministry will soon launch a forum on government leadership, which will convene on a monthly basis, to enable senior government officials from different institutions to exchange views over best leadership practices.

In December, the Cabinet endorsed new regulations for appointments to senior government positions, which required the ministry and the Civil Service Bureau to prepare job descriptions for all senior positions.

Under the new system, a ministerial committee headed by the deputy prime minister will be formed to make appointments to leadership positions.

“Under the bylaw, the leadership position will be listed on the websites of the Prime Ministry and the concerned institution, and in a local daily newspaper for seven days to solicit applications, which will be examined by the committee,” Khawaldeh said in previous remarks to The Jordan Times. 

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