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.



Strengthening demand for a skilled leadership in Brazil’s federal administration

This chapter assesses the demand for a senior civil service cadre with the skills needed to innovate. Governments can use the appointment system to send clear signals of skills demand if they search for, and appoint senior civil servants based on an objective assessment of those skills. This suggests value in implementing merit-based selection processes for senior civil service positions. Performance management systems also help to maintain demand after selection, by regularly assessing the leaders’ deployment of the demanded skills. This chapter looks at both of these in turn and recommends actions to enhance demand for innovation skills in the senior ranks of Brazil’s federal public administration.


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