Advancing Mongolia’s civil service reform: Professional and citizen centered civil service

November 1, 2023
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Ulaanbaatar, 2 November 2023 – Representatives from the Embassy of Canada, UNDP, Civil Service Council, and Cabinet Secretariat visited the Immigration Agency of Mongolia, a government agency which championed  a range of initiatives for Human Resource Management, Gender Equality, and Ethics. These efforts were undertaken as part of the  "Towards a Professional and Citizen-Centered Civil Service in Mongolia" project, generously funded by the Government of Canada and implemented with the Civil Service Council of Mongolia.

The project, which has been successfully implemented from 2018 to 2023, was designed to provide vital support for Mongolia's civil service reform and the implementation of the 2017 Civil Service Law; particularly on strengthening of the legal and policy framework, capacity of civil servants, gender equality and monitoring of public administration performance. 

Mr. Baatarsaikhan Doljin, a Member of the Civil Service Council, emphasized the integral role this project played in achieving the primary objective of civil service reform, which is to cultivate a specialized and stable civil service built upon merit-based principles.

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Over the project duration, number of substantial and concrete impacts were achieved including establishment and strengthening of national level human resource management system to support the merit principle, implementation of the Civil Service Law (2017) and development of the 12 procedures that regulate HR functions, development and endorsement of a competency framework, increased gender parity in senior administrative posts, establishment and integration of women’s leadership programme among others. 

During the visit, Her Excellency Sandra Choufani, Ambassador-designate of Canada to Mongolia, stated: "We are pleased to see the encouraging results achieved by the project. With our support to the Government of Mongolia’s efforts in reforming the public sector, we hope that this successful pilot initiative will act as a catalyst to reinforce Mongolia's civil service nationwide”.

Ms. Matilda Dimovska, UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia, wholeheartedly concurred with Ambassador Choufani, reaffirming UNDP's commitment to continuing its support for Mongolia's civil service and said “We are confident that these pilots will be integral for Mongolia’s civil service in increasing its resilience and readiness for shocks, to prepare next generation of women leaders, and to further modernize human resource management.”

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Erdenesukh Otgonbayar | Communications Analyst | UNDP in Mongolia | 

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