Secretary for Internal Affairs Anne Herman. 23082903
Ministry for Internal Affairs secretary Anne Herman’s job is up for grabs, while she has not yet indicated if she is keen to stay on.
Commissioner Carl Hunter confirmed the employment contract of the
Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will expire on February 13, 2024.
“Mindful that this is Ms Herman’s second term as Head of
Ministry for Internal Affairs, my office has commenced a recruitment process
for the said post,” Hunter said.
Hunter said the Public Service Act 2009 requires that a full
recruitment process is undertaken for any Head of Ministry (HOM) who has
completed two three-year terms as in the case of Herman.
“In saying that, however, Ms Herman is eligible to
apply for the post again if she is keen to take on this role for a third term.
“In saying that, however, Ms Herman’s application will be
processed and thoroughly considered by the selection panel, as with any other
applications for the post that are received by my office before the given
Cook Islands News reached out to Herman for comment.
Hunter said it had also been brought to his attention that
there are a number of HOMs who are nearing the completion of their second terms,
meaning that their posts will be advertised as per the Act.
The position has been advertised, stating the head of
Internal Affairs is responsible for leading and steering the provision of social
protection services in relation to the welfare of vulnerable members of the
population, promoting social development and inclusiveness, and regulating
commerce and employment in the Cook Islands.
The HOM is accountable for ensuring public service
excellence through the effective and efficient delivery of the Ministry’s
functions and government policies.
All applications must be addressed to the Public Service
Commissioner and include a cover letter and CV. Applications must be received
by 4pm Saturday November 18, 2023 (CI time).