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Women leadership skills program launched

Institute of Public Administration (IPA)
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AMMAN — The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) launched a program expected to bolster women leadership in the public sector, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Petra said the program, the first of its kind in Jordan, is in cooperation with the Democracy, Rights, and Governance Office at USAID Jordan.

Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Chairman Sameh Al-Nasser stressed the government’s commitment and continued support to empower women.

Speaking at a meeting that launched the program, Nasser referred to the participation of 60 government female employees, who were selected out of 100 candidates from public sector institutions after passing an integrated assessment process under follow-up from a specialized committee.

Jordan’s public administration is “rich in women leaders with successful and distinguished experiences,” who have proven their capability to overcome challenges and make achievements, Nasser said.

The government, he noted, has sought to increase the number of women in leadership positions at the director-general level.

During the last period, a relatively large number of women were appointed to leadership positions, accounting for 70 percent of the total applicants, Nasser said. He said that was a “clear” indication of Jordan’s interest in empowering women and women’s “distinguished” capabilities and competencies, he said.

On related statistics, he pointed out that the percentage of women working in the civil service sector is estimated at 48 percent of the total workforce, adding that regulations in place forbid gender identification in vacancy applications, unless the job requires otherwise.

Lyla Bashan, a deputy director of the Democracy, Rights, and Governance Office at USAID Jordan, said the joint “collaborative” effort with the IPA and other government agencies, will enhance the capabilities of civil employees.

The program will prepare women in various sectors to become leaders in the public sector, which would contribute to enhancing their overall competencies by building their leadership skills in strategic planning, policy-making and decision-making, Bashan pointed out.

This cooperation, she said, is a testament to the continued Jordan-US  partnership and the continuous support for the Kingdom to achieve “a more effective and accountable” public sector, which makes the IPA a catalyst for Jordan’s public sector reform, by holding serious innovative programs.

The ceremony also saw graduation of 11 participants from the first cohort of the government leaders program from various civil service departments.

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