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Senior public service mobility, SIGMA webinar, 15 December 2020

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Senior public service (Assistant Secretary) mobility, David Cagney, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Civil Service, Ireland, SIGMA webinar, 15 December 2020

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Senior public service mobility, SIGMA webinar, 15 December 2020

  1. 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France mailto:sigmaweb@oecd.org Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 www.sigmaweb.org This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU). It should not be reported as representing the official views of the EU, the OECD or its member countries, or of partners participating in the SIGMA Programme. The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the authors. This document, as well as any data and any map included herein, are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. © OECD 2020 – The use of this material, whether digital or print, is governed by the Terms and Conditions to be found on the OECD website page http://www.oecd.org/termsandconditions. SENIOR PUBLIC SERVICE (ASSISTANT SECRETARY) MOBILITY David Cagney, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Civil Service, Ireland Why? What was the problem, what did not work? Why there was a need for such a solution? Mobility at senior (Assistant Secretary) levels was introduced in 2012 as a means of breaking down cultural silos at Management Board level and providing an opportunity for talent across the system to be deployed more effectively in pursuit of common Governmental and civil service goals and priorities. What? Description of a tool/solution Under the SPS Mobility Protocol, all vacancies at Assistant Secretary level must be considered for filling through Senior Civil Service mobility in the first instance. The protocol is overseen by a mobility subgroup, which comprises the Secretaries General of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (chair), the Department of the Taoiseach and one other member As Assistant Secretary and equivalent posts are approved, the mobility subgroup decides in each case, in consultation with the head of the Department in which the vacancy arises, whether the post is suitable for mobility. If it is decided that a post is suitable, it is advertised on the SPS website and Assistant Secretaries and equivalents are invited to apply. SPS Mobility Process • Filling of vacancy approved by DPER: Filling of vacancy sanctioned by Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) based on the business case from the Department in which the vacancy arises. • Open Competition or Mobility?: SPS Mobility Subgroup decides based on job description and views of SG in Department where vacancy arises. • Advertise post to SPS: If Mobility agreed, job description is advertised to SPS members via website and e-mail. 2 week deadline. Administered by SPS Secretariat, DPER. • Applications sent to SG and Subgroup: CV and letter of application submitted by applicants. Applications sent to SG and SPS Mobility Subgroup. SG meets applicants to discuss role. If no applications, post filled through open competition • Filling of Role: CV and letter of application submitted by applicants. Applications are also sent to SG of Department in which the vacancy arises and SPS Mobility Subgroup. SG meets applicants to
  2. 2. 2 discuss role. The SG makes his/her recommendation on the filling of the post to the SPS Mobility Subgroup. Timelines for the move are agreed between the giving and receiving organisations. • If there are no applications under the mobility process, the post is filled through open competition. What results: what were the benefits of the solution, how does it work in practice, lessons learnt To date there have been 96 posts advertised from across 23 organisations. Of these posts, 27 have been filled through mobility.

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