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NIPAM launches 2018/19 calendar

The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) launched the 2018/19 training calendar on 8 May 2018. The event was attended by about 60 training officials from central government, regional councils, local authorities and public enterprises. The unveiling was characterised by presentations from NIPAM officials on their three main training programmes namely; Flagship training programmes, Functional training courses, and Information and Communication Technology courses Presentation on the Flagship courses emphasised five distinctive management development programmes; Executive Development Programme, Senior Management Development Programme, Middle Management Development Programme, Supervisory Development Programme and the Foundation Programme. Apart from the Flagship Development Programmes, NIPAM also delivers ICT courses such as ITIL foundation, cobit 5 foundation, cobit 5 implementation, business process re-engineering, computer literacy for executives, computer literacy (windows 10), microsoft word basic, microsoft word intermediate microsoft word advanced, microsoft excel basic, microsoft excel intermediate, miscrosoft powerpoint basic, microsoft powerpoint advanced, microsoft outlook basic and microsoft outlook advcanced. The Director of the Information Management Business Centre, Mr. Dennis Shindume indicated that COBIT 5 is the only business framework for the governance and management of enterprises on Information Technology while the business process re-engineering training programme is becoming popular due to the practice of rethinking and redesigning the way work is done to better support an organization's mission and reduce costs. Other courses offered by NIPAM are functional courses such as corporate governance programme, councillor development programme, customer care, finance for non-finance managers, leadership & change management, business writing skills, secretarial skills, monitoring and evaluation, project management, protocol & etiquette, record management, strategic management, disciplinary procedure, hr for non-hr managers, fraud prevention & ethics, enterprise risk management, standing rules & orders for regional councils, understanding decentralisation, basic health & safety, quality management systems.

NIPAM / NSI MoU Agreement

The Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) and the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The NSI will collaborate with NIPAM on the development and adoption of standards relevant to the mandate of NIPAM towards the provision of services to the public sector benchmarked regionally and internationally. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Windhoek, NIPAM’s Executive Director Andrew Ndishishi stated that NIPAM intends to become a certified ISO 9001:2015 institution with the assistance of the NSI. “ISO 9001 Certification will assist NIPAM to operate on quality management systems and the foundation of our operations to improve customer service levels, staff motivation and continuous improvement.” The NSI’s CEO Chie Wasserfall stated that quality is only possible if institutions, businesses and governments apply standards as a basis, and conduct certification to ensure compliance to the standards applied. “The NSI has relevant Namibian and international standards that NIPAM can have access to, therefore through this cooperation agreement NSI will offer discounted rates to NIPAM on generic ISO 9001 training, standards and certification services’’. The two institutions will develop an action plan to ensure the implementation of the MOU. The cooperation agreement will be valid from the 8 March 2018 for a period of five (5) years. The main motive for establishing Professional Norms and Standards is to provide a good level of quality training and development for all Facilitators, Trainers and Learners; to meet the need of skills development in the public service; and to provide more attention to issues of training management, leadership and governance at NIPAM.

Mass Training for Judiciary Officials

MASS TRAINING FOR JUDICIARY OFFICIALSAbout 78 officials from the Office of the Judiciary recently underwent training on a weeklong Supervisory Development Programme.The Supervisory Development Programme was designed to give public sector supervisors a deep understanding of leadership, management and supervision concepts and equip them to play a firm, fair and effective role in quality service delivery in the public sector.The modules embark on during the training programmes were; public sector practices, management, communication & information technology, and performance management for effective service delivery.After undertaking the training, participants are expected to be able to explain the levels of Government: Central, Regional and Local Government and the placement of Public Enterprises in that structure. Participants shall further be expected to interpret policies, rules and regulations to transfer knowledge to peers and apply basic legal rules and procedures at a supervisory level amongst others.The integrated Supervisory Development training Program was revamped last year and has thus far trained a total of 150 supervisors .


The Namibia institute of Public Administration and Management conducted a successful week-long training workshop for newly appointed 55 Resource Persons on 12 – 16 February 2018. The workshop inducted highly qualified experts from various professions and sectors on their roles as strategic partners in delivering specialised training programmes to employees in the public sector. The workshop featured aspects such as NIPAM’s Philosophy, and Training Methodology, Public Service Competency Framework as well as training norms and standards. Other traits deliberated upon were; planning and preparing for facilitation, developing assessment guides, quality management systems, effectiveness, and certification amongst others. NIPAM’s Executive Director, Mr. Andrew Ndishishi, said, it was deemed beneficial to source the resource pool of persons from a wide range of professionals such as the public servants serving and retired, corporate world, academics, researchers and those from the private sector. “Our approach is to ensure enhancement of synergy between the public sector and the private sector, through the blending of resource pools from both backgrounds, and this will help diffuse knowledge and familiarize the private sector about how the Namibian public sector operates” Mr Ndishishi. Services offered through NIPAM ensures homegrown pool of resources, so that, the budget is retained in Namibia enabling participants to gain skills about how the Namibian Government operates and so they will be in a good position to generate relevant solutions to Namibia’s socio-economic development challenges. Resource persons will benefit from knowledge and skills that will come through the engagement of public servants from all levels (Central Government, Regional Councils, and Local Authorities). The partnership shall further be of their advantage by understanding Government policies, norms, and processes for work, personal and possible business future endeavours. NIPAM’s training is delivered with a view on the work environment and practical experience with the aim of improving productivity at workplace.