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USAID- MoH organizes three days workshops on strengthening the Human Resource Management system

USAID- MoH  organizes three days workshops on strengthening the Human Resource Management system

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 DILI, 19 october 2022 (TATOLI) – United State International Development Agency (USAID) supports the Minister of Health (MoH) in organizing three days discussion for 150 professionals across the country to strengthen the human resource management system in Timor-Leste.

The Acting USAID Mission Director Dinah Zeltser said the three days of workshops aimed to strengthen the Human Resource Management system in Timor-Leste, the focus is on job descriptions and performance evaluations for health professionals across the country.

“I hope that the three-day workshop can gather inputs, feedback, and recommendations from all the directors, heads of departments, stakeholders, professional associations, development partners, and civil societies to finalize the drafts,” Acting USAID Mission Director Dinah Zeltser said on her remarks, at Hotel Timor, wednesday.

She added the United States is committed to partnering with the Ministry of Health to establish a strong health workforce leadership, management systems, competencies, and skills that are crucial to ensure an accessible, available, acceptable, high-quality, and high-performing workforce in the health sector.

“Around 150 participants attended the event from national and municipal levels encompassing different cadres of health managers and health professionals. Participants discussed 41 different job descriptions and 41 performance evaluations, in documents co-developed by the Ministry of Health and USAID through the USAID Health System Sustainability activity to help Timor-Leste shape an effective, accountable, and transparent health sector,” she said.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Odete Maria Freitas Belo thanked all the health professionals for the hard work that has been done during the crucial situation, adding there is a need to have more improvement in the working performance to provide health assistance to the community at the municipality level and even in the rural area.

She said that the job descriptions and performance evaluations are foundational tools for the Ministry of Health to improve its ability to recruit and retain a qualified workforce and to allocate them across Timor-Leste.

“Once approved and implemented it will be the first time the Ministry of Health has proper job descriptions and performance evaluations for its staff and health professionals” she added.

Defining job descriptions and performance evaluations will strengthen policy and operational guidelines for better recruitment, retention, allocation, and employee performance.

Health workers will be compensated and evaluated in a standard, fair, and effective manner to help Timor-Leste provide its people with high-quality, equitable, and efficient health care in a manner that is accountable and responsive to the needs of its citizens.

The job description and performance evaluation criteria are planned for rollout next year. This will be the first time that Timor-Leste’s public health staff and health workers will have proper job descriptions and competency-based performance evaluations linked to results and indicators of the program and the duties they perform.

Meanwhile, The President of the Civil Service Commission, Faustino Cardoso Gomes said, “The Civil Service Commission was involved in the developments of these tools” and “I congratulate the Ministry of Health and USAID for taking these initiatives.”

It is a great opportunity to evaluate healthy working performance and also the challenge faced. The job description will guide everyone to work based on the Term of Reference (ToR) that has been provided by the Minister of Health.

It is known that the event is part of USAID Health System Sustainability Activity in Timor-Leste with total funding of $15.6 million for a period of four years (2020 – 2024) to strengthen governance and financing in the health sector, improving human resources for health, better advocacy by civil society organizations, and promoting healthy behaviors at the household and community levels.

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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