Malawi government has started updating employment records of all civil servants in a comprehensive job evaluation to assess every employee’s suitability for positions they hold to end cronyism and political hand-clapping as a qualification for civil service.
The Department of Human Resources Management and Development has since asked all government ministries, department and agencies (MDAs0 to submit updated employment records and staff returns to update the database.
According to a letter dated July 16 addressed to all controlling officers, heads of departments an district commissioners (DCs), Secretary for Human Resources Management and Development Hilary Chimota demand that the MDAs should submit General Purpose (GP) 1 forms, letters of employment on probation, offer letters in absence of letters of appointment on probation, copies of confirmation letters and copies of promotion letters by August 7.
“The Department of Human Resources Management and Development (DHRMD) is in the process for updating its records for its staff in the human resources management and secretarial common services.
“In view of the above, I write to request that all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) should prepare an updated staff return for all staff in the human resources and secretarial common services attached hereto.”
The letter further asks the MDAs to submit copies of officers educational qualifications, copes of letter of transfers between posts if any and copies of letters of connection of service where applicable.
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