2014 UN Public Service Awards

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2014 UN Public
Service Awards
GUIDELINES
TARGET GROUPS
1) What was the situation before the initiative? (The problem)
• Begin with a brief (no more than two or three sentences)
introduction of the department or facility. Use statistics or figures to
give a greater impact.
• Begin with the external issues that you faced. Then lead into the
internal issues which occurred because of this. Again, use statistics
or numbers to give more detail and make the information easier to
understand.
• Which social groups were affected by the problems?
4d) What resources were used for the initiative and
what were its key benefits? What were the financial,
technical and human resources costs associated with
this initiative? Describe how resources were
mobilized.
5) Is the initiative sustainable and
transferable?
• This is maybe the most difficult question to answer, as the
impact of most of the initiatives will only be felt in the
long-term.
• How is the initiative being sustained (financial, social,
cultural, environmental, institutional and regulatory
sustainability)?
• Is the initiative being used as a model for other provinces
or government departments? If so, give more information
as to how this will benefit the public/country in the longterm.
• Could the initiative be rolled out internationally to other
countries in the region?
• How can the initiative be copied or adapted by others?
6) What is the impact of your
initiative and the lessons learned?
• What were the key elements that made the
initiative a success?
• What would you do differently with the
benefit of hindsight?
• This question will serve as a conclusion to the
report. Try to conclude the report in a
narrative form with a finality to the last
paragraph.
General Points
• Begin in note form, then try to link points
to create a narrative flow.
• Use statistical data, but not too much.
• Avoid using bullet points.
• Write from the perspective of the public,
not the government.
• Keep the language simple.
• Use charts or diagrams to display data.
• Indicate that the initiative affects as many
people as possible.
• 500 words is a maximum, not a target.
• Do not repeat the same information or points in
multiple answers.
• Indicate that the initiative will have a long-lasting
impact, that will benefit large sections of society.
• Use as much statistical data or figures as
possible.
• Try to avoid opinion and instead use factual data.
2014 UNPSA Timeline
December 2013
FIRST ROUND
February/March 2014
SECOND ROUND
• Send the final
draft to OPDC
no later than 2nd
December 2013.
• Submit the
application at
the UNPSA
website before
23rd December
2013.
• As soon as you
are aware of
passing through
to the second
round, please
notify OPDC
immediately.
• Prepare two
recommendation
letters, your video
presentation and
other supporting
documents.
April 2014
FINAL ROUND
• Committee of
Experts
Approval
Questions and queries
email: [email protected]
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