NATO launches new HRM tool for the public sector

NATO BI released a new HRM toolkit that hopes to bridge the gap between principles and practices in the public sector.


The new Human Resource Management (HRM) toolkit for the public sector was released by the NATO Building Integrity (NATO BI) programme on October 24, 2022. Developed by the Norwegian Center for Integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS), the toolkit offers an interactive guide to integrity building in the public sector, including systematic planning guides for human resources personnel, questionnaires for employees, and hands-on assessments of managerial competencies.

HRM is critical to working towards transparent, accountable and democratic institutions. NATO BI works to support allies and partner countries to promote good governance and implement values of integrity, transparency and accountability in the defence and related service sectors.

NATO believes operationally viableHR management systems are crucial to a well functioning defence and security sector as they establish good leadership cultures that can be trusted and relied on. Integrity building is an essential part of any institution and should be incorporated into all its divisions, from job design, recruitment and selection to organisational culture.

The newly developed toolkit aims to build a bridge between principles and practices within the organisation in varied contexts. With the publication of the ‘Glossary of Human Resource Management in the Public Sector’, the HRM toolkit can be utilised in accordance with the principles of NATO BI. Its aim is to aid civil servants and public sector managers, as well as individuals from civil society organisations and the media in building institutional resilience in the public sector. The toolkit will be made available in NATO’s two official languages (English and French), as well as Arabic, Georgian, Ukrainian and Spanish.

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