The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) in Afghanistan requests secondment

A senior research fellow from the Max Planck Foundation was seconded by the IARCSC for a period of 3 months

At the beginning of 2018 the Chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), Mr Nader Nadery, formally requested the Foundation to support the Commission with technical advice by seconding Dr Ilaria Vianello for a period of three months (from April to July 2018).

The agreement with the IARCSC foresaw two month-long stays of Dr Vianello at the Commission and a research phase in Germany. Her main focus was supporting the reform process of the Civil Service Appeal Board (CSAB) - the administrative review board of the IARCSC. The CSAB is responsible for reviewing complaints related to the appointment of civil servants and to the relationship between civil servants and the state as their employer (e.g. unjustified transfers, illegal disciplinary measures, etc.).

The main challenge faced by the CSAB - and more in general by the other administrative review boards present in the country - is the lack of clarity as to their role and function within the administrative legal structure. The Foundation cooperated closely with the IARCSC in 2017 for the completion of the Administrative Procedure Law and also in the process of drafting the Administrative Court Procedure Law. Both draft laws were completed by the end of the year and the German Federal Foreign Office funded the project. A report containing a legal assessment and a roadmap for reform of the CSAB is currently being drafted.

An article on the work of the IARCSC by Dr Ilaria Vianello is available here.

The secondment of Dr Ilaria Vianello was funded by the IARCSC through the Capacity Building for Results Facility Project of the World Bank.

Photo from IARCSC website © Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission