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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Project

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation worked through mid-2007 on a new program for management modernization, and specifically in personnel systems, within Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Foundation was notified in December 2005 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved its proposal to the Fund for Democracy and Development (FDD) to support a Program for Management Modernization within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Grant funds provided by FDD for this program were derived from the monetization of agricultural commodities donated to FDD by the USDA. The amount of the grant to USUF is $731,400.

The Foundation's proposal presented the view that upgrading Ukraine's governmental systems is critical for the country's development. This perspective has been strongly reinforced in the Foundation's U.S.-Ukraine Policy Dialogue Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The need for change in the way that the public sector functions and is managed has been a recurrent theme in the dialogue of U.S. and Ukrainian policymakers.

An initial assessment team, composed of Nadia K. McConnell, USUF President, Jack Heller, FDD Senior Vice President, and George Nesterczuk, Senior Advisor to the Director for the Department of Defense at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, traveled to Kyiv in February 2006 to meet with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A project report is currently being composed that will set out the project's objectives and the benchmarks needed to measure the progress of the project.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Civil Service Reform Program

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Civil Service Reform Program

 

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Project to Assist Ukraine’s Civil Service Reform

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Program for Management Modernization is designed to assist the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in its stated goals of improving its personnel management systems. 

More specifically, the project supports efforts within Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to design and install more effective systems for rotating personnel between domestic and foreign assignments, the recruitment and placement of foreign service professionals, training, managing the performance of personnel, and strategic planning.  The Ministry has already instituted changes to move towards a more merit based foreign service system.

The principal work of the project will be conducted by dedicated task forces established within the Ministry to develop concrete solutions to the problems identified jointly by Ministry officials and US project specialists.  Members of the task forces visited Washington (and possibly other capitals) to observe how their problems are addressed by the U.S. and other governments.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister has designated Volodymyr Ogryzko, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to lead this work within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.  Since the Government of Ukraine is undertaking a government-wide review of the civil service system, this project will be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Main Department of the Civil Service of Ukraine. 

The eighteen month program seeks to engage the participation of senior officials of U.S. Government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Government Ethics, and the Office of Special Counsel. 

This project is being funded by the Fund for Democracy and Development (FDD).  An initial assessment team, comprised of Nadia K. McConnell, USUF President, Jack Heller, Fund for Democracy and Development Senior Vice President, and George Nesterczuk, Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, traveled to Kyiv in February 2006 to meet with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the central civil service agency of Ukraine. The visit resulted in the initial scope of effort for this project.   

A delegation of senior Ukrainian officials with key roles in this project visited Washington, DC from June 12-16, 2006 to meet with a broad range of US experts and senior officials.  The visitors included Tymofiy Motrenko, Head of the Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine, Andriy Vyshnevsky, Director of the Center for Support of Civil Service Institutional Development at the Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine, and Oleksandr Demyanyuk, Director of the Personnel Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

For further program information, please contact Oksana Yakovenko in DC at oksana@usukraine.org(202) 223-2228, or Christina Redko in Kyiv at credko@usukraine.org (+380-44)537-6230.


 

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