Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management

Transforming the Namibian Public Sector into a developmental and entrepreneurial system.

Welcome To NIPAM

The unprecedented growth that Namibia experienced since Independence has introduced new challenges. These include bottlenecks to transform the country into a knowledge based economy as highlighted by the National Development Plan III. In this regard, the biggest challenge involves the country’s skills base.

As a result, the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) was established by an Act of Parliament, the NIPAM Act 2010 (Act 10 of 2010), and was officially inaugurated on 25 February 2011 by His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, the former President of the Republic of Namibia.

The purpose of NIPAM is to transform the public service in Namibia through improving management, leadership and professional competencies. It also aims to foster a climate of purpose, values and professional traditions amongst public sector employees.

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14 Oct


Dates: September 30-September-2 October 2019; Venue: NIPAM
The first ever Public Sector Internal Auditors Conference was held in Windhoek from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October, spearheaded by NIPAM to respond to the growing needs of accountability within the public sector.
In the Namibian year of Accountability, which aligns with the public service charter, the Internal Audit function is at the forefront. This function (Internal Audit) is strategic in nature in that its functionaries are expected to adhere to professional code of ethics and therefore lead and exercise sound judgement by exercising internal controls and pointing out organizational risks without fear or favour to management and the leadership of Ministries Agencies and Its offices for findings to be addressed within scope and time.
Efficient public service delivery remains a challenge in Namibia, hence (NIPAM) through the establishment of the Public Sector Internal Auditors Forum organised this Conference bent on strengthening the foundation of the Namibian house in which all its residents have a sense of shared identity driven by the public sector values.

Currently out of 71, local authorities, village and regional councils only four have received unqualified (clean) audit opinions from the Auditor General, while the rest struggle with qualified audit opinions, adverse opinion and disclaimer of opinion.
According to Ms Maria Nangolo, NIPAM Executive Director, “NIPAM however holds the view that if the internal audit function is operationalized and capacitated within the set standards, the assumption is that there will be no qualified opinions. Thus, this conference provided internal auditors with guidance and the call to capacitate and empower the public sector internal auditors to execute their duties guided by the professional code of ethics, furthermore the Auditor General’s office which acts as the external auditors, their findings should receive the seriousness its deserves from the leadership of the Namibian house. We need to pull in unison and ought to hold each other accountable and sound a declarant loud and clear; that no more qualified audit opinions 2021/2022,” she said.

2.Establishing of a Public Sector Internal Auditors Forum:

The Conference closed off with the election of a first ever Public Sector Forum of Internal Auditors Executive Committee which will serve for a two year term.
The current Public Sector Interim Auditors Forum has been chaired by NIPAM Executive Director Ms Maria Nangolo, the Khomas Chief Regional Officer Mr. Clement Mafwila, representatives from the Public Accountants’ and Auditors Board (PAAB), representative from the Ministry of Finance, the Institute of Internal Auditors Namibia (IIA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN).

The new committee comprises of:
i.Kavii Tjivau: Kharas Regional Council
ii.Sebastian Munyaza: Zambezi Regional Council
iii.George Kake: Otjozondjupa Regional Council
iv.Kaino Kangoya: Omusati Regional Council
v.Endeline Iyambo: City of Windhoek

a)The objectives of the Public Sector Forum for Internal Auditors will include:
  • To provide best practices in internal audit within the regional and local authorities councils.
  • To share knowledge and information regarding the internal audit’s role, responsibility benefits of internal audit and different audit functions.
  • Providing a forum to discuss best practices in areas including quality control, auditing, independence, and training and continuing professional development;
3.NIPAM’s Role In Conference Deliverables
According to Ms Nangolo, a key component of the conference deliverables is for Namibia to have 60% unqualified audits by the 2021/2022 financial year from the current 8%. This will be realised through financial and leadership commitment from the different stakeholders at all levels.
NIPAM has committed to cooperating with the Auditor General’s Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development in spearheading capacity building initiatives within the Finance Departments of the Public Sector, provided there is a financial and leadership buy-in by the local authorities and regional councils themselves.
Targeted interventions on capacity building will be done among others, through;
Refresher courses of the internal audit and finance divisions
Coaching and mentorship of staff within finance departments
Seminars for exchange and learning
Exchange visits to best performing regional councils and local authorities
4.Attached are the speeches and well informed presentations of:
Hon Dr. Peya Mushelenga, Minister of Urban and Rural Development (MURD)
Mr Goms Menette, Deputy Auditor General, Namibia
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12 Jul


On 11 July 2019, Head of Mission-Designate of Singapore to Namibia, H.E. Chua Thai-Keong, paid a visit to NIPAM to discuss possible areas for bilateral cooperation on capacity building and exchange programmes between NIPAM and Singapore Civil Service College.
The relationship between the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and the Civil Service College has been a long-standing one dating as far back as 2010 although without a systematic approach to cement the relationship between the counterpart institutions responsible for delivering public sector capacity development initiatives.
The most recent training intervention given NIPAM’s role in facilitating governance, leadership and public administration was undertaken based on the broad bilateral agreement between Namibia and Singapore. This training took the form of the Singaporean government offering two five - day training courses on Governance and Public Administration for Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government Officials at the Civil Service College of Singapore (CSCS) in July and September 2017.

Specifically, the programme was aimed at providing key insights into Singapore’s experience through examining key areas such as governance, corruption control, budgetary and fiscal policies, economic development and public sector leadership. The delegation was sent to the Civil Service College of Singapore, which is considered as a world class service provider, to be exposed to good practices in order to assist the Namibian Government’s resolve to improve service delivery.

Through the support of the Office of Prime Minister, and in particular through the Secretary to the Cabinet as well as the Bilateral agreement between Namibia and Singapore a provisional action plan has been developed on the way forward.

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13 May

ISO 9001: 2015 Quality management systems training for NIPAM

NIPAM Employees were taken through a weeklong training programme on ISO 9001: 2015 quality management systems by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) from 6 to 10 May 2019.
The workshop was aimed at raising awareness on the ISO 9001:2015 Namibian Standards, improving staff competencies and technical know-how on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System as it relates to ISO 9001 Principles, Context of the Organisation, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operations, Performance Evaluation and Improvement and repositioning NIPAM towards its goal of accreditation.
NIPAM Executive Director, Ms. Maria N. Nangolo said, the ISO programme is a new journey NIPAM wish to embark upon to get a functional Quality Management System in place which will also support the envisaged Accreditation process. Establishment and implementation of a Quality Management System is one of the key quality requirements for accreditation with NQA since there is an outcry for NIPAM to produce programmes and courses that are not only relevant but also accredited.
“As the leader of the Academic Team, it is my view that we need to develop the short courses into Unit Standards. Such an approach will benefit us in the sense that different Unit Standards can lead to a qualification over a period of time. This will allow our clients to benefit from qualification articulation arrangements to enter into institutions of higher learning”, Ms. Nangolo highlighted.
It is the plan of the institute to have the ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System in place and revise learning programmes and courses in a form of Unit Standards and Qualifications so that by 2020 accredited training programmes are offered. The purpose of introducing ISO 9001 Quality Management System in our context are not only to secure accreditation status with the NQA but most importantly are as follows:
  • To consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;
  • Enhance customer satisfaction
  • Managing risks and opportunities and
  • Demonstrate conformity to specified QMS requirements.

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