Training Needs for Council Staff in Kiribati

One of the main aims of KiLGA when it was first set up by the Kiribati Mayors in 2012, is to ensure that all Mayors, Councillors and Council staff are given appropriate capacity building to allow them to serve their communities better.

Towards this end, KiLGA officials have visited several Councils to discuss the issue and come up with strategies to deal with this important issue. Council with the right capacity to deal with its roles and functions will be more effective service delivery organizations.

Based on the visits and discussion, it was found out that there is a great need for training and courses on areas such as Office Management for Clerks and Deputy Clerks, Accounting for Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers, Economics for  Island Project Officers, Computing for general staff to assist them work with computers and use the Internet, Security Training for Village Wardens, Pre-school education for Pre-schools teachers, Health Education for Nursing Aides, Mechanics for drivers and mechanics. 

It was also found out that there has been no training for staff and Councillors for a long time, the last set of training conducted by TTI (now KIT) ended in 1993.

Current workshops conducted for Council staff have been on technical skills  funded by projects. One example is the training workshop for Deputy Clerks on Births, Deaths and Marriages run by the Civil Registration Office and funded by UNICEF. Other are on Financial Management and Leadership funded by CLGF.

Funding has always been a hindrance to training courses for Council and recently KiLGA has received some good news on possible assistance from the Hunters Group of Australia, which has expressed its willingness to assist MISA and KiLGA in developing and seeking funding for the capacity building of Council leaders and staff. The proposal by Hunters is for KIT to deliver the courses. It is expected that when this project takes off, many of the Councils will benefit.


Council Staff of Nikunau Island Council

Council Staff of Nikunau Island Council

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