Executive Development Programme for the Public Sector
Brief Description
The Short Course in Executive Development Programme for the Public Sector provides you with a professional skills development course aligned with the Senior Management Service (SMS) Competency Framework in order to acquire the appropriate skills set at executive level.
The programme will equip you as senior manager in the public sector sphere with the requisite knowledge and skills to perform your day- to-day operations effectively in a democratic, developmental state.
The programme covers key points of the competency framework, including areas of strategic planning and management, human resource management, financial management and budgeting, programme and project management, as well as knowledge and information management.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this programme, you will be able to do the following:-
Module 1: Strategic Capability and Leadership
  • Develops and implements strategies for the organisation utilising in-depth knowledge of customers and clients, the conventions, changing trends, processes and constitutional framework of the Government
  • Holds self-accountable for executing the strategy
  • Builds and maintains a wide network of internal and external relationships to gain confidence, trust and respect from others
  • Institutional perspectives on strategic capability and leadership
  • Instructional imperatives towards a strategic capability
  • Leadership in a system perspective and strategic capability and thinking
  • Identify risks and mitigation strategies
  • Putting all together: Strategic Innovation and Leadership.
Module 2: Programme and Project Management
  • Manages multiple projects and balances priorities and conflicts between projects based on broader organisational goals
  • Manages risks across multiple projects by examining total resource requirements and assessing the impact of projects on the day-to-day operations
  • Modifies project approach and budget without compromising the quality of outcomes and the desired results
  • Involves top-level political authority and other relevant stakeholders in the buying process
  • Keeps abreast and applies international trends in project management
  • Motivates and coaches project teams to achieve the highest project results
  • Monitors policy implementation and puts in place procedures to manage risks.
Module 3: Public Finance Management and strategy
  • Takes ownership of key planning, budgeting and forecasting processes and answers questions related to topics within own responsibility
  • Manages financial planning, forecasting and reporting processes
  • Prepares budgets that are aligned to the strategic objectives of the organisation/department
  • Addresses complex budgeting and financial management issues
  • Formulates long term financial plans and resource allocations
  • Develops and implements systems, procedures and processes in order to improve financial management and advises on policies and procedures regarding asset control
  • Dynamically allocates resources according to internal and external objectives (broader government objectives), coaches and teaches others on key financial concepts
  • Develops expenditure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Succeeds in achieving maximum results with limited resources
  • Assists others with financial accounting/reporting tasks, analyses projections in reports.
Module 4: People Management
  • Contextualise people management in the public management environment
  • Strategic human resource management and the application thereof in the public service
  • Creation of a performance and learning culture in a specific department
  • Demonstrate comprehension of and ability to integrate talent management strategies and practices in a dynamic way, focused on building a strategic human resource capability in a specific department
  • Demonstrate comprehension of and ability to integrate people development strategies and practices in a dynamic way, focused on building a capable staff in a specific department
  • The role of compensation management in ensuring and maintaining a culture of high performance
  • Employee relationship management and the role of the line manager in ensuring good employee relationships
  • Demonstrating and integrating leadership competencies in a coherent and dynamic way that can assist in building a people management.
Module 5: Public Policy, Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Contextualisation of policy analysis and problem solving by applying relevant theories and research in the respective fields and apply competence in policy analysis as a process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in public policy analysis
  • Lead and manage change by applying policy analysis.
Course Content
The course covers the following:
Module 1: Strategic Capability and Leadership 
Module 2: Programme and Project Management
Module 3: Public Finance Management and strategy
Module 4: People Management
Module 5: Public Policy, Problem Solving and Analysis
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should at least have a National Senior Certificate/Matric. Applicants must be:
1. A manager in the South African public sector with a minimum of three years managerial experience;
2. In possession of at least a three year qualification; and
3. In possession of a B-degree in order to pursue admission into the Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) The successful completion as per set criteria of modules 1 - 5 will be credited towards the Course Work MPA at the University of Pretoria on conduction that the application reaches the University before the closing date.
Course Number:
Catalogue and Category:
Public Administration and Management
Who Should attend:
This programme is ideal for Senior Managers, Councillors, or a Local Government representative.
Delivery Mode:
Contact Sessions
Contact Days: