Strategic Planning Department Implementation in Lebanon

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Implementing Strategic Planning in the Lebanese Public Administration OUTLINE
A-Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….3 I-Importance of introducing strategic planning in Lebanon’s public administration…..4 II-Missions of strategic planning in Lebanon’s public administration……………...…..5 III-Strategic planning department’s structure proposal……………………………...…...6 1)Organizational Structure…………………………………………………………..6 2)Positions……………………………………………………………………...…...7 3)Job Descriptions……………………………………………………………...…...9 IV-Training Programs…………………………………………………………………...15 V-Coordination…………………………………………………………………………16

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Our public sector lacks the concept of strategic planning. It is mandatory for each and every organization to maintain a clear long-term plan, of what it is trying to achieve and how it will achieve it, in order to be successful. Strategic planning could be used as a tool for increasing the country’s efficiency and easing the Lebanese public sector’s workflow. Therefore, a strategic planning unit should be created in every ministry for both development and implementation. Strategic planning is a mixture of long-term planning and tactical planning; it is an outside-in approach: it begins with the desired end objective and works its way backwards to the current status. It can thus be used as a guideline to ensure reaching the ministry’s mission. The existence of strategic planning will also fight corruption and establish transparency in the ministry and the government, making sure that missions are being attained and resources are being used effectively and efficiently.

I-Importance of introducing strategic planning in Lebanon’s public administration

Strategic planning is implemented in all kinds of institutions, from schools and universities to city councils and states. It has become a managerial way of planning goals and their realization, by securing organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Efficiency refers to increasing productivity with minimal waste, or sustainably, and effectiveness refers to working towards the achievement of a certain organizational goal. Just like corporate managers, government bodies need to evaluate their organizational behavior, to eventually prevent and control wasteful work activities. As a result, strategic planning will increase the ratio of a country’s productive ministries by providing them with a realistic path: workforce will be employed and trained to reach maximum effectiveness, and resources will be used efficiently, consequently reducing unnecessary consumption of resources will be done. By having a distinct purpose and by focusing on each factor that could affect achieving this objective (whether internal like employees or public pressure groups, or external like economic, socio-cultural or technological factors), institutions will avoid administrative failure by bringing positive modifications, through the setting of goals and objectives and the different ways they can be reached. Lebanon is a water-rich country with no national sanitation regulator but more than 15 rivers, from which 13 run into the Mediterranean Sea and are then useless for any possible utility. Moreover, earlier this year, important gas reserves (25 trillion cubic feet) were discovered in the Lebanese southwest shore, estimated to 40billions dollars by experts, according to the Daily Star (22ndof September, 2012). Lebanon is full of resources, but lacks management and smart usage, which is where strategic planning could come in handy.

II-Missions of strategic planning department in Lebanon’s public administration When introducing a completely new department, functions and missions should be precise and well set. This department’s functions will be divided into two categories: one related to the Ministry to which it is attached, and another related to institutions. The strategic planning department will obviously first affect its ministry by its: •Planning, budgeting...
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