USAID Supports Innovative Solutions to Address Post-Conflict Public Sector Workforce Challenge

January 30, 2013

President's Young Professionals Program Fills Critical Needs

 

Liberia’s civil war that ended in 2003 ravaged the human resources of the country. Educational institutions were unable to provide training and continuing education, and thousands of the country’s most skilled professionals fled the country. The country’s leaders and development partners have joined forces to create the skilled, motivated, and creative civil service that is necessary for improved governance.

 

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf welcomes graduates of the program who now assume permanent positions in the civil service.Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf welcomes graduates of the program who will assume permanent positions in the civil service.

With the end of hostilities, USAID stepped in to support the Government’s multi-tiered approach to rebuilding their human resources. In addition to technical assistance and training programs targeting the most pressing needs, the longer-term effort includes investments in rebuilding the civil service training institute and supporting the recruitment of Liberia’s brightest youth into public service via the highly competitive President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP). USAID is providing support for 14 participants to address staffing needs at the Ministry of Finance Department of Budget.

 

As of January 2013, 48 Young Professionals are supporting 13 ministries and 5 agencies.  To date, 100% of PYPP graduates have retained positions within the Government. Former graduates are serving in such influential roles as Special Assistant to Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations and National Training Professional Development Coordinator at the Ministry of Education’s Bureau of Early Childhood Education.

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