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Hirshabelle State of Somalia - CSC

The civil service commission is governed by the principles of compassion, transparency, community service, respect for administrative hierarchy, fidelity to the law, confidentiality, work ethics, efficiency, effectiveness, professionalism, fairness, equality and HR best practices.

Brief History of the Commission

HSS civil service commission has been established through a presidential decree in 10/03/2018 with the mandate to oversee the proper functioning and to regulate the activates of the civil service. The commission is expected to be efficient and effective in serving the public. the civil service commission (CSC) has an office based in Jowhar the headquarter of Hirshabelle state.

The commission is independent and is part of the executive branch of the government being directly responsible in the office of the president whose main task is to recruit, test, register, supervise, promote, and protect the welfare of the civil servants in Hirshabelle state of Somalia.

The commissioners are supported by secretariat comprises of two Departmental Directors, one in charge of recruitment and another responsible for policy & merit protection. There are also officers and clerks under their direction. They are responsible for the day to day running of the activities of the commission with the civil service decree and law as a guide. They discharge their duties in consultation with the commissioner and the two Deputies.

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Since its inception in 15/03/2018 the commission has continued to oversee recruitment and selection of civil servants of Hirshabelle state institutions on merit basis through fair and open competition. The commission also hears appeals arising from the recruitment procedures/processes and matters relating to disciplinary actions. As a result of many years of civil wars and political crises, Somalia’s human development indicators are among the lowest in the world and thus the country has serious challenges with its civil service and human resources capacity whereby the government institutions lack the capacity of planning, institutional policy, effective management mechanism and systems.
The civil service commission is governed by the principles of compassion, transparency, community service, respect for administrative hierarchy, fidelity to the law, confidentiality, work ethics, efficiency, effectiveness, professionalism, fairness, equality and HR best practices.
Hirshabelle civil service commission being none partisan in the execution of the CSC mandate it intends to embark on public sector reforms to enable it achieve its mission and vision of an effective government institutions that services its citizens with diligence, however limited revenue resources and budgetary constraints pose significant hitch to matching its ambitions.
On its part the commission is striving to live up to the expectations for good governance and public service delivery in particular civil service reform with a view to bringing about public service competence throughout all government level of institutions.
Establishment of a functioning and capable public service is one of the core priorities of Hirshabelle state of Somalia. A competent and politically neutral civil service does not only ensure the smooth running of the government operations but it is also the driving forces behind the socio-economic development of the Hirshabelle state.
Hirshabelle civil service commission has strived towards achieving a competitive and open recruitment processes anchored on the core values of impartiality, integrity, honesty and objectivity which are generally regarded as the hallmarks of a modern public service. The commission has inculcated a mindset shift amongst the leadership and citizens of Hirshabelle by restoring legitimacy in the selection process of civil m servants. The culture has initially been based on favoritism, nepotism and did not follow due process. The commission has stamped its authority as the guardian of these principles and, in particular, ensured that appointments are made solely on merit following fair and open competition.
In doing this, the commission was applying fidelity to the law because public service is a public trust, and it is what makes public service extra ordinarily unique. Fair and reliable public service inspires public trust. It was guided by the civil service law, which has all these as basic provisions. Secondly, it was a measure aimed at providing public confidence in government institutions. With the Collapse of government, closely about three decades ago, public confidence in government institutions has eroded this required a strong commitment from office bearers to restore that lost trust. The Hirshabelle CSC is today without any doubt, a government institution that fully enjoys the confidence of the public. Somalia more than any other nation is desperate for civil service reforms and improving the effectiveness of the civil service. Continued pressure to influence the work of the commission notwithstanding, the civil service commission has lived to serve the citizens of Hirshabelle without any fear or favor.