The Executive Director of the President Young Professionals Program or PYPP Mr. Hh K. Zaizay says here that the PYPP in collaboration with the Civil Service Agency will graduate 23 young professionals from class VI, who were recruited through a rigorous and meritocratic process and subsequently posted across 10 ministries and agencies.
According to him, the graduation ceremony is slated for December 13, 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia. Addressing the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing on Thursday, 23 November he explains that the 23 young professionals will join over 70 young professionals, already working across more than 20 government ministries and agencies.
“These young professionals have supported an upward shift in effective service delivery at their various ministries and agencies, the graduate PYPs currently serve in strategic positions in the following areas like: Liberia Revenue Authority, Gender Ministry, Ministry of Justice amongst others”, Mr. Zaizay says.
The PYPP executive director discloses that the program targets about 500 young professionals to be placed in the Civil Service by 2022. He adds that over 150 candidates applied and they are required to go through vetting process, including writing Civil Service Agency test, essay composition, two interviews one in group and the other individually after which each professional is paired with a mentor.
The President’s Young Professionals Program was launched in 2009 and stands as a proven model for developing excellence in Public Service leadership.
PYPP is a registered Liberian non-profit, non-governmental and non-partisan organization that is filling a critical capacity and leadership gap and creating a new generation of professionals, who will promote good governance, increase delivery of services and sustain democratic gains.
Zaizay describes the program as a prestigious two-year fellowship that recruits, selects and places Liberian college graduates in important government roles, providing them mentorship and training.
As Liberia prepares for a change in political leadership, the PYPP anticipates that the next elected government would build on the gains achieved. “We are grateful for the support from our many mentors of these Young Professionals, our many trainers and partners who continue to support us, head of various Ministries and agencies.”
By Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne