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Department of Public Administration

Department of Public Administration

Public administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil servants for working in the public service.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Public Administration’s mission is to sustain improved efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Public Sector by the introduction and maintenance of modern management systems and practices and the facilitation of the changes required to implement them.

VISION STATEMENT

DPA will be recognised for the leading role it plays in developing professionalism and effectiveness throughout the Public Sector. Its own management practices will be a model for the Public Service of Grenada to follow, in particular, through, mutual respect and support to colleagues and customers alike.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Public Administration
Office of the Prime Minister
: Botanical Gardens, Tanteen
St. George's, Grenada, W.I.
: (473) 440-3767 | 440-3789
: (473) 440-6609
: dhr@gov.gd

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WHY WE EXIST

DPA’s mandate today remains very similar to what it was when the Department was first established. The Department sees itself involved in introducing and sustaining modern human resource management practices in the Public Service, working with public service (and public sector) managers to facilitate change, and advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet on the management of the Public Service/sector.

Over the years, DPA has also performed a training and development role, not only for the Public Service, but for other nationals as well. While the Department accepts that it has a responsibility for developing public officers, it has always questioned its involvement in national training since this appears to be outside its mandate. There however appears to be some resolution to this question. In a recent meeting with officials of the Ministry of Education, it was agreed that the Ministry would take primary responsibility for national training with the necessary support from DPA, while DPA in turn would concentrate on training for the Public Service.

To adequately meet the needs of its stakeholders, the Department recognises that it must get itself out of the lethargic, reactive, unresponsive mode into which it has succumbed.  The Department wants to be seen as reliable, results-oriented, warm and friendly, caring and concerned for its staff, responsive and helpful. It wants to be recognised for the improvements it has made to the Public Service, and to be a good role model for the rest of the Public Service (and beyond). To achieve this, it recognises that it has to be proactive, visionary, and customer oriented. It has to operate with a high degree of professionalism, staffed by knowledgeable and analytical public officers.

The Department sees itself serving a very wide range of customers, from Ministries and Departments in the Public Service, to suppliers of goods and services to the Department. A full list of the Department’s customers is detailed hereunder.

Department’s customers

Public officers
Technical and professional staff
Public Service Commission (PSC)
General public
Suppliers of goods and services
Public sector bodies
Permanent Secretaries
Middle managers & operational staff
Trade unions
Donor agencies
Educational Institutions
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Heads of Department
Senior managers & new entrants
Political directorate
Ministries and Departments
Private sector institutions
DHR’s own staff

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