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.


Developing the supply of innovation leadership in Brazil’s federal administration

This chapter looks at how the supply of innovation skills can be further developed in the pool of current and potential leaders in Brazil’s federal administration. More specifically, it looks at the emergence of competency-based training across the federal administration, at the efforts to improve the administration’s knowledge about existing skills and subsequent gaps, and about the National School of Public Administration’s role in developing leadership skills and competencies. The second part of the chapter identifies some levers to improve the learning culture across the administration, such as the development of networks and partnerships and innovative ways of developing skills.


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