GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH – German Society for International Cooperation) is a German organization offering customised solutions to complex challenges. GIZ is an experienced service provider and assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is its main commissioning party, however, GIZ also works closely with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.
Under the framework GIZ project “Strengthening Provincial Health Systems”, in 2014, three hospitals developed comprehensive Human Resource Strategies. These hospitals can be used as good examples for the other hospitals to implement human resource strategies. The approach of using modern technologies in Human Resource Management (HRM) should be scaled up by using successful approaches. To achieve above objective, GIZ and the Ministry of Health (MoH) selected MCG to support all supported hospitals in the 5 provinces to develop a HR strategic plan with the main focus on staff survey and training plan.
MCG successfully provided training on Human Resource Management to HR managers and awareness raising workshop on HRM at provincial and hospital level. In addition, our consultant team, in collaboration with the Management Board of 26 selected hospitals, conducted the staff survey and propose recommendations for the improvement the working environment and the efficiency of job description at selected hospitals.
The ASEAN Secretariat and GIZ agreed on a joint implementation of the project “Capacity Building for the ASEAN Secretariat” commissioned by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since January 2014, the Project entered its fourth phase with two components of Support to Key Functional ASEC Units (Component 1) and Support to selected ASEC Technical Divisions (Component 2). Under the framework of Component 2, there are two modules including Regional Integration Monitoring (RIM) and Public-Private Sector Engagement & SME Development (PSD), of which, one of the activities in PSD Module is to assist in Improving the Regulatory Framework for Starting a Business in ASEAN (PSD 6). The starting point for this activity is the ASEAN SME Policy Index, developed by OECD and ERIA in collaboration with the ASEAN SMEWG and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), which was officially launched in June 2014.
The German-ASEAN capacity building project is therefore to follow-up on the findings in the SME Policy Index, and assist in establishing a policy exchange that ultimately aims at facilitating respective improvements in the regulations for starting a business in AMSs. The expected results of the activity are: (i) SMEWG has agreed on a benchmark for Business Registration processes in AMSs; (ii) Business Registration processes in selected AMSs have been ‘mapped’; and (iii) Recommendations how to reduce time/cost for business registrations have been discussed by SMEWG and decisions on further action have been taken. For this assignment, MCG’s consultant was assigned as one of three members of the Consulting team. Our consultants were actively involved in (i) Proposing a benchmark for the time/cost to register a business; (ii) Mapping Business Registration processes in selected AMSs; and (iii) Recommending how to reduce time/cost for business registrations for selected AMSs such as Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar.
The Government of Vietnam (GoV) and the German Government has agreed on a strategy for Vietnamese-German Development Cooperation in the Priority Area “Health”. The GIZ project “Strengthening Provincial Health Systems”, offers technical cooperation (TC) and assistance to the health care delivery system in the five provinces of Thanh Hoa, Yen Bai, Phu Yen, Nghe An and Thai Binh with the long-term objective: Improve the provision of quality health services for the population, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged in the selected provinces. The project is implemented under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and has 2 components: 1) Health system planning and management and 2) Quality of priority health services. The current human resources (HR) issue that many hospitals is facing includes the lack of doctors in numbers and nurses in qualifications. Though, it is impossible for hospitals to tackle the problem since it has to follow the guideline from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. Therefore, the appropriate solution is to make the best use of the HR available by increasing their satisfaction, commitment and enhancing their knowledge and skill. It is also important to look at the gender approach within the staff situation. Thus, a feasible strategic HR plan is an essential factor for the hospitals’ development.
With exclusive expertise in this field, MCG was contracted with GIZ to develop Strategic Human Resources Plan for Phu Yen General Hospital, Tay Bac Regional General Hospital and Nghia Lo Regional General Hospital. Within this assignment, our consultant team organised online survey and training on HRM (with key training contents on HR management, job description, performance appraisal and training plan) for hundreds of officials from three selected hospitals.