USAID and MSH Collaborate with Liberian Ministry of Health on HR Management Workshop

the Liberian Ministry of Health human resources staff at the conclusion of the Strategic HR Management and HR Records Management workshop.Photo Credit: MSH Staff

The USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program in Liberia and the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) conducted a human resources training for Liberia Ministry of Health staff January 11-15.

The five-day training, designed and implemented by CSH and LIPA, focused on strategic human resource management and HR record management. Forty human resources staff members from the central Ministry of Health, county health offices, and major referral hospitals attended. The CSH Program in Liberia is implemented by MSH.

CSH and LIPA developed 10 Strategic HR modules to respond to the current needs of the Ministry of Health’s HR Unit, which is the process of a strategic restructuring. The Ministry of Health has adopted a fit-for-purpose health workforce strategy as a key priority toward achieving Universal Health Coverage in the country. Thus, HR staff that can support quality services is a core USAID Liberia and Ministry of Health priority.

The workshop used team-based approaches to enhance learning and provide participants with opportunities to develop competencies through hands-on and practical experiential learning exercises, role-playing, group discussions, and sharing of on-the-job experiences. The strategic HR management training encouraged participants to produce individual performance improvement plans, which CSH program advisors and mentors will use to coach and mentor participants at their job locations. Sustained on-the-job follow-up aims to reinforce the training and enable staff members to achieve the Ministry of Health’s ambitious HR goals.  The LIPA and CSH collaboration is an example of the program’s emphasis on partnering with Liberian institutions.

 “I take this time to extend my special thanks and appreciation to you and your entire workforce at CSH for such a successful training with LIPA in Ganta, Nimba County,” Ministry of Health Officer Eric Doupah told Edward Nyambawaro, who led the activity for CSH, in a letter. “In realizing the dreams of the Ministry, we need your support in this direction in achieving our goals. I hope this should not be the end as we look forward to your organization for more training.’’