The Government of Solomon Islands and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are partnering to improve corporate functions in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology, with the long term view of delivering effective and efficient services for a more resilient Solomon Islands.
The Government and UNDP yesterday has formalised the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Management & Meteorology Capacity Development Project (SIMCAP) that will assist the Ministry to deliver on its mandate of promoting and ensuring safe, sustainable and resilient Solomon Islands communities.
The goal of this project is to improve the corporate planning, coordination, human resource management, and monitoring and evaluation functions of the Ministry. The Ministry is relatively young, having been amalgamated in 2007 and expanded in 2010, and it has identified the need for a systematic approach to developing its corporate processes in order to undertake its work more consistently and effectively over time.
Key activities under this project will include the development of the Ministry’s Corporate Plan for 2015-2017, and its Human Resource Development Plan. The project will also help to establish a Programme Management and Coordination Unit, and support the implementation of key components of the Human Resource Development Plan.
It is expected that through this project, the Ministry will perform more efficiently and effectively to deliver on its obligations, as well as working to strengthen coordination amongst its divisions and with other government line ministries.
At the signing of the project document, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr Melchior Mataki noted that the project will influence the way the Ministry works.
“This project will assist the Ministry in developing a strategic corporate plan through a consultative process that will guide its work for the coming years.” Dr Mataki also noted that it would support staff to hone not only their technical skills, but also skills in management, including planning, human resource management and monitoring and evaluation.