Brainstorming towards a Competency Framework for India’s Civil Services

Jan 11, 2013

Members of the core and consultative group for the UNDP-Government of India project ‘Pathways for an Inclusive Indian Administration (PIIA)’ participated in a day-long brainstorming session in New Delhi on 11 January 2013 aimed at providing crucial inputs to a draft competency framework for the Civil Services. They were joined by representatives of Cadre Controlling Authorities to debate a framework within which to understand and define competency in the Indian Civil Services.

The draft framework, a first step towards creating a common competency dictionary for the Indian Civil Services, involved data collection with a cross section of civil servants to understand the behaviours and competencies that have helped civil servants be effective in their roles. This analysis also included benchmarking of the extensive database of Competencies of Civil Servants across the globe.

The draft competency framework has been developed as part of the PIIA project, a joint collaboration between UNDP and the Government of India is being implemented by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions (MoP). A key objective is to support the shift towards the Competency-based Human Resource Management of the Indian Civil Services. 

The finalized competency framework will then be piloted in two government departments in which competency requirements will be identified for each role/ position in those departments.

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