Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions throughout the government service. Please peruse the FAQs and feel free to contact us if your question hasn't been answered.
What you need to know about Private Work
A conflict of interest may be deemed to exist under any of the following circumstances:
- Engagement of private activity similar to official functions;
- Using information and/or any material gained from official position for private gain;
- Exploiting the status and privileges of one’s position for private gain;
- Soliciting and/or accepting payment and/or any other consideration relating to the performance of or neglect of official duties;
- Conducting private business during work hours and/or on Government property;
- Engaging in transactions with relatives or family members, or an organization in which relatives or family members have interest;
- Ownership of investment or shares in any company or undertaking;
- Acting as auditors or directors of companies or societies. Staff Orders No. 4.2.9 for the Public Service 2004.
Please note that this is by NO means an exhaustive list, but it gives an indication of the circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest.
The request should outline:
- The exact nature of the activities to be undertaken;
- The nature of the employee’s role in the organisation;
- The time when these activities will take place
What you need to know about Study Leave/ Day Release
- Government Mandated
- Job Related
- Future Advancement
- Personal Interest
Staff Orders No. 7.8.1 for the Public Service 2004.
Staff Orders No. 7.8.3 for the Public Service 2004.
Additional information can be obtained from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service’s website (http://www.mof.gov.jm/), regarding the period and cost associated with bonding agreements.
- An acceptance letter from the institution to support their application.
- A timetable is required for applicants seeking permission for Day Release.
- A transcript is required for applicants who have already started the course of study.
- To devote the full time required to the course;
- Not change their course without prior permission;
- To sit his/her examination or to write papers or reports as may be required by the training authorities;
- To provide progress reports at the end of each semester or at the end of short courses.
Upon completion of the course, the employee is required to resume duty immediately, after any approved period of leave (recreational). Staff Orders No. 5.8 and 7.8.6 for the Public Service 2004.
What you need to know about Delegation of Functions
These functions include Appointment, Separation, Discipline, and some aspects of Training. As it relates to training, the selection of persons for training where the subject matter is directly linked to the mandate of the ministry and/or where eligibility is restricted to only those public officers within the ministry.
Selection of candidates in circumstances that extend beyond the boundary of individual ministries, e.g. National training programs, scholarships, etc. will continue to be conducted by the Public Service Commission. In addition to this, approval for acceptance of scholarships remains the purview of the Public Service Commission.