Vanuatu PSC to re-advertise Director Generals positions shortly

PORT VILA, 24 AUGUST 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanuatu Public Service Commission (PSC) will be re-advertising the positions of Director Generals (DGs) shortly.

Daily Post understands the positions of DGs in nine ministries will be advertised this weekend.

These includes: DG in the Prime Minister’s Office, DG of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, DG of Lands and Natural Resources, DG of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, DG of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, DG of Foreign Affairs, DG of Education and Training and DG of Justice and Community Services.

In previous years, DGs are under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Just recently, the Public Service Act [CAP 246] was amended and gazetted. The Act now now has provisions for PSC to appoint, discipline and terminate DGs.

PSC chairman Martin Mahe has confirmed there had been two rounds of advertisements for the positions of eight DGs, the first round of advertisements was put out around mid-year in 2016 and the second for the same eight positions of DGs was advertised on the 7th of April last year.

He agreed that the positions of DGs has been occupied on acting capacities for some time but said the Commission has approved and authorised the third and final round of the re-advertising of these vacant positions.

Mahe said during the second round of advertising, the Commission saw some eligible candidates for the DG positions, however, the Commission was not satisfied after follow-ups and close monitorings of the candidates’ performances in their previous and current workplaces.

By December this year, the successful candidates are expected to sign their contracts. Their appointments should be effective as of January 1, 2019.

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