Charles Sokile

Public Sector Adviser
U.K. Department for International Development
Focus Area(s): 
Civil Service
Critical Tasks: 
Payroll delivery
Salary structure reform
Civil service recruitment
Performance management system
Interviewers: 
Andrew Schalkwyk
Country of Reform: 
Tanzania
Town/City: 
Dar es Salaam
Country: 
Tanzania, United Republic of
Date of Interview: 
Friday, November 21, 2008
Abstract 
Charles Sokile recounts DFID’s role in financing and advising the Public Sector Reform Program in Tanzania. He describes some of the challenges faced in the first two phases of reform, including issues of harmonization, capacity, and linkages between the reforms and the President’s Office. He notes that the government made progress in attaining milestones it set for itself. Tanzania, in his opinion, was very successful in sustaining reforms. Sokile goes into detail about a number of elements of reform, including merit recruitment and promotions, performance and quality cycle management, and pay policy. He points out that the notion of pay policy has a lot to do with the compression and decompression of the pay ratios and challenges involved in getting these ratios correct. He discusses two major initiatives designed to use pay policy to attract civil servants to underserved areas and how the government has changed its policy with regard to allowances. He provides general thoughts on how the public has reacted to changes in pay for civil servants and details some of the pressures with regards to the total wage bill. He concludes by highlighting the importance of coordinating reforms and political awareness.
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At the time of this interview, Charles Sokile was the public sector adviser for the Tanzania office of the U.K.'s Department for International Development.

Language: 
English
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Keywords 
Patronage
Pay Reform
Merit Pay
Downsizing
Donor Relations
civil service commission
Capacity building
budgeting
presidential appointees
performance management
promotion
recruitment
Technical Assistance
training