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KIPPRA staff went through a four-day culture development programme, which entailed eye-opening expert presentations on Performance Contracting, Results Based Management, Rapid Results Initiatives as well as team building activities and a celebration of KIPPRA’s notable achievement.
The staff arrived at the Flamingo Resort in Mombasa on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 12:30pm, in time for lunch and afterwards an afternoon session facilitated by KIPPRA’s Ag. Executive Director Dr Dickson Khainga.
In his opening remarks, Dr Khainga explained that the retreat’s main purpose was to enable every KIPPRA staff member internalize the institute’s core mandate, build synergy and acquire important performance knowledge to best deliver the institution’s mandate.
Dr Khainga then took the staff through KIPPRA’s vision, mission, strategic objectives as well as core values. Afterwards, every staff member got an opportunity to state what they expected to achieve or see at the end of the four days.
The second day of the retreat involved all matters performance contracting. Florence Wahome, the Public Service Director on Performance Contracting, explained that the lackluster performance of public sector employees over the years necessitated the introduction of performance contracting (PC) in 2013. She said since then, both the image and the performance of employees have tremendously improved.
PC ensures that all employees internalize their organization’s vision, mission and goals and work individually and corporately towards achieving them within set timelines. The main assumption is that every individual has the knowledge, skills and desire to grow for the betterment of the organization. Once the organization’s strategic objectives are defined, the management then cascades them to each individual, while clearly defining each person’s scope and performance expectations.
The PC structure should also provide for a periodic review of performance results and a reward of high performance. The importance of clear communication in performance management, team synergy, a concise performance appraisal tool and clear performance evaluation structures were also emphasized.
The day was punctuated by indoor teambuilding activities that enabled staff to interact and mingle freely.
On the third day, Dr Sylvester Odhiambo Obong’o, the Rapid Results Approach Coordinator in the Public Service Transformation Department, took KIPPRA staff through various aspects of Results-Based Management (RBM) in the Public Service.
He said as opposed to traditional management, which is measured by input process and activities conducted, results-based management focuses on outputs, results obtained and impacts.
According to Dr Obong’o, RBM is a strategy by which all actors ensure that their processes, products and services contribute to the achievement of desired results (outputs, outcomes, higher level goals and impact). RBM enables service delivery in the public sector to achieve greater efficiency and produce more responsive and flexible services. Rapid Results Approach (RRA), according to Dr Obong’o, entails momentum-building initiatives that lead to the large-scale goals. It promotes cross-sectional/departmental team-work, innovation and takes responsibility where it belongs.
Just like the previous day, staff members participated in team building activities, but this time outdoors. The activities ensured coordinated effort between teams in achieving certain tasks.
The Economic Planning Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Mr Joseph Mukui as well as KIPPRA board members joined the staff on the fourth day, which was all about motivation and celebration of KIPPRA’s naming as the leading think tank in Sub-Saharan Africa for the second year in a raw. To kick off the day’s programme, Dr Khainga welcomed all the board members as well as Mr Mukui, noting that KIPPRA’s excellent performance was a result of the ministry’s support as well as dedicated board and staff members. He then welcomed the head of the Trade and Foreign Policy Division Dr Augustus Muluvi to recap the activities and lessons from the previous days.
KIPPRA Board Vice Chair Ms Emma Mwongeli then took the podium to deliver the Chairman’s speech, noting that Prof. Mohammed Mukras was unable to attend the event due to other commitments. In his speech, Prof. Mukras congratulated KIPPRA staff for their hard work that lead to the notable achievement and recognition. Afterwards, Ms Mwongeli, together with the other board members, gave brief motivational speeches. They all were happy to be part of KIPPRA and encouraged the staff to work even harder not only to maintain the top position in Sub-Saharan Africa but also to strive to be top in the world.
Mr Mukui, who was the keynote speaker, said the favourable ranking was a recognition of the commendable research KIPPRA conducts and that he was proud to be associated with the institution.
He, however, encouraged the staff members to learn from world-famous think tanks such as Brookings and strive to lead worldwide.
“Kenyans are used to being number one in the world. We stopped thinking about Africa a long time ago,” said Mr Mukui.
While assuring KIPPRA of the ministry’s commitment and support, he urged researchers to do popular versions of all their researches to ensure the common mwananchi understands the findings. Mr Mukui also noted that although the institution was known for the KIPPRA-Treasury Macro Model (KTMM), it should strive to be part of important development strategies such as the 10 MTEP sectors.
This was followed by a group photo, cake cutting and a toast to KIPPRA’s excellent achievement.