A Cost Benefit Analysis Workshop of newly developed Human Resource Policies for the States of Kayangel and Ngarchelong was held last week Tuesday with Governor Midas Ngiracheluolou and Governor Richard Ngiratrang, members of the states’ legislatures, key state staff, and partners.

The aim was to better understand implied costs for implementing the HR policies and weighing benefits to be realized once the policies are implemented.

The development of HR policies came about as the partnership in the Northern Reefs Fisheries Management Project acknowledged gaps in the project’s effort to build capacity at the states. There was a need to facilitate human resource support to state employees.

The partners together with the governors recognized the gap as critical if not addressed, would hinder the state’s ability to effectively implement management plans for sustainable fisheries and protected areas, thus making it hard to achieve the states goals for their important resources.

The new HR policies will establish procedures with emphasis on proper recruitment, retention, and reward for state employees.  Overtime the policies will help position to build professional and competitive workforces with homegrown, local talents.  The policies had been in development over the course of nearly two years in close consultation with the governors, state conservation employees, and partners. Assistance came from local human resource expert and Director of the Bureau of Public Service Systems Umerang Imetengel, as well as support from Minister Elbuchel Sadang, PAN Office and PAN Fund.

At the end of the workshop, several messages were conveyed by Minister Sadang, but first for states to be mindful and ready to implement the HR policies fully with necessary enactment of state legislation to support human resource policies.

Minister Sadang added the policies once in place and properly implemented will make the employee feel safe and protected.  Procedures will be in place for proper incentivizing, tracking of individual development, thereby eliminating unfair hiring practices, and increasing the ability of states to invest in and retain good employees.  This second phase of the NRFM project on capacity building had been led by Palau Conservation Society in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Koror Division of Conservation and Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Maritime Safety Fish & Wildlife Protection.  With strong partners, the project was able to assist the Northern Reef governors develop the human resource policies that was followed by the cost-benefit analysis workshop. (PR)