Innovation Skills and Leadership in Brazil's Public Sector

Towards a Senior Civil Service System

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In Brazil, as in other countries, innovation in the public sector is a core leadership challenge. Reflection is required on who these leaders are, what they should be able to do, and how they should be selected and held accountable to achieve results. This study establishes a new assessment framework for senior civil service (SCS) systems, based on the 2019 OECD Recommendation on Public Service Leadership and Capability. Using this framework, the study assesses Brazil’s current system and recommends specific actions to improve it. The report also contributes to a broader debate on public leadership competencies in public sector innovation, and the systems needed to appoint the most effective people and help them achieve results.



Contextualising leadership challenges in Brazil’s federal administration

This chapter assesses current leadership challenges in Brazil’s public service from a structural perspective, looking at the organisation of the workforce and the public service leadership. While Brazil’s federal public service has strong merit-based entry, the career system presents particular rigidities which make it difficult to lead innovation in the public sector. In contrast, the high levels of flexibility among management positions present few opportunities to consider innovation competencies in leadership appointments. This chapter also looks at the results of a recent survey conducted for this review, which aims to assess the current state of specific innovation skills and competencies in the broader workforce.


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