UNDP and National Institute of Administrative Research Sign Agreement on Leadership Development for the Civil Services

Apr 25, 2012

Date: 25 April, 2012
Venue: New Delhi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), Government of India, have signed a letter of agreement to enable the implementation of activities under the Pathways for an Inclusive Indian Administration (PIIA) project. Under this agreement, NIAR will establish a Leadership Development Cell which will undertake research to gather best practices from India and abroad, develop training materials and elaborate policy recommendations that will complement the National Training Policy. This initiative is one component of a wide-ranging partnership between UNDP and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions which aims at developing capacities for an inclusive and results-oriented civil service.

Given the importance of leadership competencies for civil servants at all levels, NIAR, DoPT and UNDP have joined hands to study the leadership challenges faced and the best possible responses that have shown results in India’s public sector, including PSUs, private sector and by other Governments and civil service academies across the globe. Based on the findings, NIAR – which is an autonomous society constituted under the aegis of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) – will develop content for training at LBSNAA which is provided to officers at the beginning and throughout their career. New methodologies and tools to assess the leadership potential, styles and training needs will be also developed and piloted, promising new pathways for talent management and career development of civil servants.

Responding to new priorities in the National Training Policy (DoPT, 2012), the NIAR Leadership Cell will be developing a specific Competency Framework for Leadership – an effort which will go in tandem with other PIIA project activities that support the development of a Competency Framework for the Civil Services to be used in Human Resource Management (HRM). A shift to Competency-based HRM is expected to generate better and more inclusive service delivery as individual competencies would be aligned with organizational performance targets, breaking them down into realistic and achievable results.

NIAR’s Leadership Development Cell is supported with human resources and a budget to carry out research, organize knowledge sharing and to hold consultations that will inform Leadership Development efforts for India’s civil servants. It will be located at the NIAR campus in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.