The Institute has developed comparative strengths in a variety of learning and research products, consultancy assignments and policy advisory services, advocacy campaigns and training programmes that seek to promote sustainable and pro-poor urban development in Ghana. It has contributed to improving the competencies and capacities of various MMDAs to proactively handle their own service delivery responsibilities with enhanced levels of quality, effectiveness and efficiency.
Scheme of Service Training
The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) has made significant progress with respect to preparation and launch of the continuous professional development programmes (Scheme of Service Training) for staff of the Local Government Service (LGS). The following milestones have been possible because of the collaboration of the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
- Five (5) certificate training programmes have been designed to provide staff with a more coherent and career-oriented capacity that is responsive to the Scheme of Service. They are intended to equip and sharpen the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of the LGS staff for improved job performance.
- Ninety-Nine (99) courses have been developed under 10 broad themes (modules), tailored to the training needs of 16 professional staff classes. The professional classes have been further categorised into 7 professional staff clusters namely; administrators; human resource managers; environmental health and sanitation officers; finance, budget and rating officers; planners; engineers and; information and communication technology officers in consideration of the staff relativities and seamless programme administration.
- The calendar of events since 2020 has been published and some have commenced since July, 2020.
38 training events will be conducted at both the Accra and Tamale Campus of the ILGS in the first year of programme implementation with prospects for regional-based training thereafter, and it is estimated that about 1,340 professional staff of the LGS would benefit from the SoS Training programmes this year.
This will include:
- 18 Certificate programmes for career beginners (staff who have been recruited into the LGS in the last four years) 23
- 10 Senior Management programmes for professionals of the LGS who have been with the LGS for up to 12 years
- 10 Executive Courses for executives and senior executives of the LGS who have been with the Service beyond 12 years.