Nigeria—John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA)

Client: Edo State Government

Duration: 2022-2023

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Nigeria

Solutions: Governance

The Edo State Government has a vision of transforming Edo State into a high-performing, progressive, and self-sufficient state, and recognizes that civil service is the critical delivery engine of government for this process. The State Government established the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA), to serve as a platform to train its public service to deliver high-value services to citizens and accelerate other reforms.

DAI is operationalizing JOOPSA by developing procedures, programs, strategies, and a sustainability roadmap that meets the present and future needs of the state public service. We are providing technical assistance to identify and establish the Academy’s necessary building blocks—including service offerings, governance and organizational structure, standard operating procedures, credible faculty, competent staff, necessary infrastructure, linkages to key training institutions, and fit-for-purpose programs—and to design appropriate sustainability mechanisms.


Sample Activities

  • Develop procedures for startup operations, such as procedures for designing and delivering seminars that meet international standards.
  • Identify key partnerships for program offerings, operations, and uptake of products.
  • Seek other universities and higher institutions, vocational schools, and other public sector educational bodies to establish a credible faculty.
  • Review the competency framework and conduct a learning needs assessment to identify the minimum required programs for a public service academy.

Select Results

  • Developed the academy’s governance framework including board procedures and legal framework.
  • Designed programs and curriculums, with more than 100 courses specially tailored and targeted at equipping the public service.
  • Developed operational frameworks, protocols, and procedures to streamline organizational processes and operations.
  • Developed strategies, frameworks, and templates to strengthen the JOOPSA brand and positioning.
  • Established the Inter-ministerial Counterpart team to drive the Academy’s sustainability and learning reforms.


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