1. Vision
  2. Mission Statement
  3. Core Values
  4. Mandate and Core Business
A Public Service that is productive, professional, results oriented, affordable and highly motivated.

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) derives its mandate from the Constitution of Malawi, the Public Service Act and other legal instruments in order to achieve the following:

 

  • Provide advice to the President on policy matters

  • Provide support to the Cabinet

  • Ensure effective administration, change management and capacity development of the Public Service

  • Provide strategic leadership in development of Government policies and programmes and ensure implementation through monitoring and evaluation

  • Guide public entities in developing/formulating Government strategic priorities, practices and implementation of programmes.

Integrity

OPC shall put the interests of the public above our own and shall conduct ourselves in the manner that is above reproach.

 

Transparency and Accountability

OPC shall discharge our duties and responsibilities openly while observing Government’s and our customers’ confidentiality and rights, and we shall be responsible and accountable for our decisions and actions.

 

Professionalism

OPC shall discharge our duties with high degree of expertise, skill and competence while maintaining high ethical standards.

 

Flexibility and Responsiveness

OPC shall be prepared for to listen to suggestions on changes in the process and delivery of services and respond to quickly within the laws and regulations of the Public Service.

 

Civic Involvement

OPC shall at all times, where practical ensure that the public is constantly involved in the formulation and implementation of Government policies and programmes.

 

 Commitment

We shall be prepared to work to the best of our abilities and within the available resources.

 

 Equity and Equality

OPC shall be fair and just in all our decisions without exercising discrimination based on race, creed, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliation, and social and health status. 

 

Partnership

We shall take a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach in carrying out its duties.  We believe that the capacity and comparative strength of partnership is essential for success.

 

Innovativeness

OPC shall always seek knowledge and best practices in order to continuously improve public service delivery to serve her clients and stakeholders.

Mandate

The mandate of OPC, as derived from the Constitution of Malawi (1994); and the Public Service Act No. 19 of 1994 is to take charge of the Cabinet Office and be responsible for the overall management and administration of the public service. These legal instruments provide for the office of the Secretary to the President and Cabinet here in referred to as the Chief Secretary to Government.

 Functions of OPC

The functions of OPC are derived from the mandate of the Secretary to the Cabinet. In fulfilling its mandate OPC shall be responsible for:

1.  Advising the President on policy, management and administrative Matters;

 2.  Providing secretarial services to the Cabinet;

 3.  Facilitating the formulation, directing and coordinating the overall national development policy;

 4.Administering  the Terms and Conditions of Service for Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers;

 5.Providing leadership on all matters pertaining to the public service management including a positive public image of the public service and high integrity and morale, and excellence in the performance of duty by the public service

  6.Developing specific public service goals and priorities, to be achieved within a medium and long term time frame’

  7.Providing strategic leadership in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Government policies and programmes;

 8.Undertaking policy research to ensure consistency, coherence, and efficacy of public policies in line with the existing national development agenda;

  9.Facilitating and coordinating the formulation of policies and programmes of line Ministries;

  10. Liaising with stakeholders on progress made regarding the implementation of Government policies and Cabinet decisions; and

 11. Monitoring and Evaluation of general performance of the public service.

 

The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi

The Republic Constitution of Malawi provides for the office of the Secretary to Cabinet ( Chief Secretary to Government)  whose head is appointed by President  as a public officer to manage the Cabinet Office publicly known as the Office of the President and Cabinet - OPC ( Republic Constitution: 13 of 2001). The Cabinet Office subject to the Cabinet directions is mandated by the Constitution to arrange the business and keep the minutes of the Cabinet; convey the decisions of the cabinet to the appropriate authorities or persons. Such authorities include such Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The Constitution provides for the Office of Secretary to Cabinet to take charge of Cabinet operations and by that the facilitation of implementation of Cabinet decisions that include the promotion of the welfare of the people of Malawi. The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi provides for the existence of a public service, comprising the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. Chapter III of the Constitution provides for Fundamental Principles which include the need to introduce measures which will guarantee accountability, transparency, personal integrity and financial probity and which by virtue of their effectiveness and transparency will strengthen confidence in public institutions. This obligation includes long-term investment in health, education, economy and social development programmes (Constitution of Malawi: Section 13 {n}) and the active promotion of the welfare and development of the people of Malawi by progressively adopting appropriate sector-specific policies and legislation as well as lawful and procedurally fair administrative systems and actions.

 

Public Service Act (PSA) - 1994

The PSA (1994) places the leadership and management of the Public Service in the Secretary to the Cabinet (Chief Secretary to the Government). The Public Service Act (1994) Section 16 further provides that the Secretary to Cabinet shall be the head of the Public Service. The Secretary to Cabinet therefore is responsible, subject to the PSA (1994), for the overall management and administration of the public service. This responsibility includes;

Formulating, directing and coordinating the overall national policy in relation to the public service taking into account principles and criteria for recruitment, retention, advancement and termination of service, deployment utilisation and performance evaluation;

Providing leadership on all matters pertaining to the public service including the development of a positive image of the public service; and

Developing specific public service goals and priorities, to be achieved within a medium and long term time frame among others.

The PSA (1994) makes provision for the  management and administration of the Public Service and for matters ancillary thereto. Subject to the Constitution and various provision of the PSA Act (1994), the management of the public service shall be based on modern and appropriate management concepts and techniques within the framework which meets the basic requirements for efficient and effective delivery of services to the public, concern for the welfare of public officers, as employees; and adhere to law.

The Part II of the PSA (1994) provides for fundamental principles for the administration of the public service. Section III outlines the character of the Public Service and key among these are that the public service shall:

  • Aim to deliver services to the public in an efficient and effective manner;
  • Be an instrument for generating and maintaining public confidence in the Government;
  • Be guided by the concerns of the public interest and of the welfare of the public in the delivery of services and the formulation and implementation of development projects; and
  • Aim to achieve and maintain the highest degree of integrity and proper conduct amongst the personnel.

The following other legal instruments while do not specify the mandates of OPC, they are critical in creating a framework for effective public service management in areas of financial prudence, public accountability and integrity.

 

The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2003

The PFMA 2003 provides the framer on how public finances shall be generated and appropriated for the good of the public. The PFMA 2003 vests the responsibility and accountability of public resources in the Controlling Officers.

 

The Public Audit Act (2003)

The mandate for the Central Internal Audit Unit is through section 10 of the Public Financial Management Act 2003 which makes controlling officers responsible for the internal control framework and for an effective internal audit function.

 

The Corrupt Practices Act (2004)

Corruption is a major threat to the socio-economic development of Malawi. To deal with challenges corruption possess, the Government of Malawi passed the Corrupt Practices Act in 2004. This Act is critical in providing a framework that will ensure that that integrity, transparency and accountability in delivery of public services are upheld. OPC has subsequently spearheaded in the fight against corruption through providing leadership in establishing Institutional Integrity Committees, review and development of relevant public service management rules and regulations, for example the Malawi Public Service Regulations and the Code of Ethics and Conduct.

 

Legal Frameworks for Public Service Management

Public Service management in Malawi is guided by a number of legal instruments. Key among these are the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi (1994); the Public Service Act (1994); the Public Service Finance Management Act (2003); the Public Audit Act (2004); the Public Procurement Act (2003); and the Corrupt Practices Act (2004). There are a number of Sector specific legal instruments.

The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi (1994) and the Public Service Act (1994) give mandate to the Secretary to Cabinet to provide the overall management and administration of the public service.

Contact Us

Office of the President and Cabinet,

Private Bag 301, Lilongwe 3.

Telephone: +2651789311 / +2651789 411

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