The Ministry of the Public Service, Governance Improvement and Elections & Boundaries functions under the leadership of the Minister for the Public Service and the management of a Chief Executive Officer. The Ministry derives its mandate from Section 106 (3) of the Belize Constitution, Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize. This includes responsibility for the formulation and execution of policies to govern:
• The recruitment and selection process
• Human Resource management and development
• The classification of positions
• Fixing of salaries and privileges
• General terms and conditions of employment
• Transfer, promotion and disciplinary measures
• Matters relating to the general management and control of the public service
The Ministry works in close partnership with the Ministry of Finance, advising on matters relating to the creation and re-classification of posts; human resource requirements of Ministries, in terms of numbers and levels, and other matters that impact the efficient conduct of Government business. Also important, is its relationship with other Ministries, whose interests and welfare the Ministry of the Public Service addresses within the wider framework of an efficient and productive Public Service.
The Ministry serves as Secretariat to the Public Services Commission, Joint Staff Relations Council, Administrative and Accounts Posts Panel, the Human Resource Development Committee, Council on Good Governance and the recently formed ICT Steering Committee. The Elections & Boundaries Department also serves as Secretariat to the Elections & Boundaries Commission.
Generally the Ministry has five major functional areas namely:
• Human Resource Development
• Human Resource Management
• Governance Improvement
• Human Resource Management Information System
• Elections & Boundaries
Human Resource Development and Management are responsible for development and management of all Human Resource within the Public Service. The responsibility of the Human Resource Management Information System is twofold. It is responsible for the automation of the Human Resource System, which is responsible for the generation of reports as well as the management and maintenance of the payroll system for all Public Officers. Governance Improvement is responsible for promoting and ensuring good governance practices while modernizing the public sector with ICT and e-government as drivers. The Elections & Boundaries Department functions are Electoral Administration, Voter Education and Boundary Redistricting.
The following six Key Result Areas (KRA) have been identified as the guidelines that will be used to chart the Ministry forward :
• Compliance Systems
• Public Sector Modernization
• Management of the Public Service
• Human Resource Management and Development
• Electoral Administration