Nataliia Aliushyna, Head of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service, met with representatives of the USAID project "Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions" (SACCI). They discussed the results of joint projects and activities under the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in April 2023.
Nataliia Aliushyna noted the successful cooperation with the SACCI project and expressed her gratitude for the expert assistance and support to many NAUCS initiatives. These include the development of a methodology for assessing the integrity of candidates for public service positions. Together with experts, an appropriate algorithm and tools for integrity assessment were developed and presented at a meeting of the NAUCS Human Resources Management Council. A training program for members of competition commissions and human resources departments based on the new methodology is also being developed.
Another area of cooperation with the SACCI project is the development of the NAUCS communication strategy and other communication products aimed at promoting integrity in the civil service and local self-government. The presentation of the developed document is planned for the end of this year.
In addition, this year, with the support of SACCI, the Integrity Forum was held as part of the annual Richelieu Forum of Public Service, the UP International Student Congress (Internship) on "Integrity in the Public Service: Myth or Reality?" and other events (lectures, training sessions, etc.).
With the active participation of the SACCI project experts, NAUCS also developed and approved a standard general professional training program (certificate) "Prevention of Corruption and Implementation of Integrity Standards in Civil Service and Local Self-Government".
Andrew Griminger, President of MSI, which implements the SACCI project, Sergiy Petukhov, Deputy SACCI Project Manager, and Robert Sivers, SACCI Project Expert, confirmed their readiness to continue fruitful cooperation in building a culture of integrity in public service.
In particular, joint efforts will be made to develop and implement training on whistleblower protection for employees of the Authorized Unit for the Prevention and Detection of Corruption (Authorized Persons), civil servants and local government officials, as well as to update the programs/modules of the Higher School of Public Administration's training courses on whistleblower protection.
It is also planned to develop a short online course for category A civil servants and a manual for trainers on the role of a leader-manager in creating an overall ethical climate and integrity environment in the organization.