Mombasa, 31st July 2021
Nairobi City County top management met in Mombasa for a five day workshop for 2021/2022 Performance Contract targets validation and signing exercise.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Jairus Musumba, the Acting County Secretary and Head of Public Service said that Performance contracting is a tool to fast track implementation of key County policies and priorities. He mentioned that every financial year sectors set targets and prioritize the ones that would positively impact on the culture of doing things in the county.
Said Dr. Musumba,”H.E, the Deputy Governor and Acting Governors’ priority is to ensure all sectors and staff embrace Performance contracting as a tool of accountability and enhancing service delivery. Performance contracting in the public service, has been proven to drive most organization’s goals and set priorities. Therefore, I hereby call upon everyone to support this initiative and feel free to consult and apply seriousness for its success. Similarly, performance contracting as a top level driven process adherence to stipulated timelines is crucial so as to ensure timely feedback and decisions are made to enhance what we do as a County.”
Dr. Musumba added that Performance management should be an instrument of innovation and continual improvement and not an instrument of control and compliance. It should integrate the needs of Nairobians. He remarked, “It is worth noting that resident’s trust is the ultimate measure of good government and good governance. This is the result that counts the most.”
The Director County Performance Management, Mr. Festus Macharia said that the validation exercise is very important because the top management need to confirm and own the Performance contract targets to drive the objectives and visions of their sectors.
Said Mr. Macharia, “This exercise is also aimed at enlightening the County management on mandates of each sector in order to avoid silo working mentality. Performance Contracting Cycle requires Identification of the performance targets, Pre-negotiate, Negotiate and vet the performance contracts and Signing them and Implement, monitor and evaluate to inform the management on the progress and for continual improvement.”
H.E the Deputy Governor and Acting Governor, Ann Kananu has in the past pointed out that the management of performance must be repositioned, where clarity of purpose and its goal should be to improve service delivery at all levels to enable Nairobi County achieve better public results and enhance the net public value of those results.