Functional readiness and competence of civil servants in Ukraine to exercise public administration in the context of democracy


The conformity criterion of the Ukrainian public service institute to the European standards is “the principle offunctionality” that permeates the organizational structure, authorities and activities of state officials, all aspects ofits personnel policies: selection, evaluation, placement, training and professional development. The functionalityprinciple in evaluation of civil servants professionalism means the need for reform of assessment procedures–transition from “external evaluation” (experts orby means of sociometry) to “internal self-evaluation” (with theuse of testing or self-evaluation). This is caused by fundamental changes that psychosocial human nature isexperiencing. Its former prevailing desire for the perception of the external formsof objects and things(extraversion) is changing to the predominant perception of the inner world (introversion). As a part of a pilot studythere was an assessment of the competence and operational readiness of government management personnel andauthorities of Ukraine, which by the end of 2014 amounted 12-19% of the required 36-87% for the productiveimplementation of management actions. The mechanism for further intensification and guaranteed development ofthe competence and operational readiness of civil servants and authorities can be discussed and adopted with theparticipation of the interested parties’ representatives, into a special system of measures by the National Agency oncivil service of Ukraine. This system will enable the intensification ofthe educational opportunities for the nationalsystem of education of civil servants, the introduction of national monitoring of functional competence of theUkrainian state government-administrative personnel and authorities, the reform of Institute’s annual assessment ofcivil servants as a tool for their career support from the state, making appropriate legislative norms of a special lawof Ukraine on public service.

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