FRA is a flagship of Government’s reform of the Public Service. It has been established as a stand-alone corporate entity governed by an appointed Board to implement best practice corporate governance.
In 2015 we were asked to take a step change in delivery with a budget increase of nearly 40% over 2014’s budget. Our 2016-17 budget is also ambitious, especially with the additional work for procurement under ADB finance.
As we go into this final year of the Transition from what used to be the DNR to FRA, we are planning to accelerate the ‘in-housing’ of functions from the Principal Professional Engineering Services provider. In order to make sure that FRA has the capacity to undertake these additional functions we have identified the need for additional technical and non-technical staff.
This will be a significant change in FRA and we look forward to welcoming new people into the organization. Our recruitment strategy will seek to ensure that as many of these positions as possible will be filled with Fijians. However we must recognize that a number of the positions will need to be filled by people from outside Fiji. We are hoping that these opportunities may attract back some of the Fijian talent currently working in other countries.
Something new for FRA is the cadetship programme that we have introduced with 2 new cadets now on board.
It is a knowledge transfer programme that exists in the technical field. The cadets are local engineers whose skill sets and knowledge will be developed with on the job training, mentoring and assigned tasks and responsibilities. They will work with Senior Engineers in their respective fields to gain the necessary experience.
This is FRA’s way of building up local capacity and capturing knowledge whilst we have expatriate expertise in the organization
Table 5 lists the values that we promote and expect all of our employees to respect and adhere to. Standing by these values will remain the continuing success factor for our delivery.
|Personal||Honesty and integrity – personal accountability|
|Productivity||An organisation focussed on getting things done|
|Safety||Public safety above all else|
|Environment||Protection (and where possible enhancement) of the local environment|
|Planning||Long term, inter-generational thinking – expedient short term decision making avoided|
|Customers||Road users and others comments and complaints treated seriously and with respect|
|Expenditure||Value for money in everything we do|
|Empowerment||Continually and consistently seeking to empower Fijians to upskill|
|Innovation||Constantly thinking about how to ‘do better’|
|Openness||‘Tell it as it really is’ – problems and mistakes confronted head on|
|Results Driven||It’s only the results against our targets that matter – and that must be our focus at all levels and at all times|