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Departmental Manpower

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, whether his Department’s director of human resources is an employee of his Department; and what the (a) salary and (b) other employment costs of the director of human resources are. (263725)

The current Human Resources Director is a full-time employee of the Department for International Development (DFID). He receives a salary within the range prescribed by the Cabinet Office (£81,600 pa to £160,000 pa) for staff filling posts at director level.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, for what reason his Department hired an interim human resources manager from 7 April to 31 October 2008; and if he will make a statement. (263726)

The appointment of an Interim HR Manager, using a professional agency, meant that the appointment could be made at very short notice. It provided professional leadership during a period of restructuring, and also allowed the Department time to make a permanent appointment through a high quality search and selection process.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 17W, on departmental personnel, what the career background and experience of the interim human resources manager hired from 7 April to 31 October 2008 was; and if he will make a statement. (263727)

The interim human resources (HR) manager had extensive professional experience in a range of senior positions in private sector organisations, including financial services, retail and pharmaceutical companies.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) location of employment, (b) dates of employment, (c) total days worked, (d) salary and (e) other costs of employment were for the commercial development and growth specialist employed by his Department via the Enterprise Partnership Ltd. in 2007. (263973)

The Commercial Development and Growth Specialist (CDGS) was not an employee of DFID. A contract for this work was awarded to Enterprise Partnership Ltd. for the period 1 May 2007 to 31 October 2008. The CDGS worked 156 days in 2007 at a cost of £65,470, which includes fees and reimbursable expenses.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the Economic Adviser to the EC Delegation in Kigali, Rwanda funded by his Department in August 2007 were. (263974)

The Economic Adviser to the EC was a consultant funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and located in the EC Delegation Rwanda.

(a) The dates of the contract were July 2007 to December 2008.

(b) The total fees for the full 17-month contract were £103,563.

(c) Other total costs for the contract period were £23,139.

(d) The job description was to contribute to the effective implementation of EC budgetary support and related economic programmes and to the sustainable creation of capacity to manage these programmes in future.

(e) The work outputs related to budget support management, policy dialogue, economic management, and aid harmonisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the project manager—DFID laptop refresh funded by his Department in August 2007 were. (263975)

The Department for International Development (DFID) contracted Allegis to provide a project manager for the Laptop Refresh project from 6 August 2007 to the 31 March 2008.

DFID cannot comment on salary costs as the project manager was not an employee. The value of the contract was £72,000 plus £5,000 expenses.

The Terms of Reference for this engagement included management of the project to replace DFID's existing laptops.

The project manager produced standard project management documentation which included project brief, project initiation document, project plan and regular progress reports. Other outputs included a fully tested laptop that represented value for money.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other costs of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of the Business Analyst 2007 funded by his Department via Allegis Group Ltd. in August 2007 were. (263976)

The Department for International Development (DFID) contracted Allegis to provide an interim Business Analyst from 13 August 2007 to 30 September 2008.

DFID cannot comment on salary costs as the Business Analyst was not an employee. The initial contract value was £46,750. A further extension took the total value to £105,226 inclusive of management service fees. There were no other costs of employment payable under this contract.

The Terms of Reference for this engagement included business analysis, benefits realisation, information needs analysis, business process definition, requirements capture and promotion of industry best practice.

The Business Analyst produced a range of outputs which included Requirements documentation, Use Case and Workflow Diagrams, Test Scripts and associated project management documentation.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) dates of employment, (b) salary, (c) other cost of employment, (d) job description and (e) work outputs of Alexander Bohr were for the duration of the funding by the Department of his work on information on EU development assistance in Nicaragua. (263986)

Mr. Bohr was contracted by the Department for International Development (DFID) for the period 15 September 2007 to 2 May 2008 to carry out work on the project titled "Information on EU Development Assistance". The total cost of this contract was £46,229. The key objectives were to produce an EU Blue Book, accompanying CD Rom and an interactive, online tool to collect data on EU development assistance.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) permanent, (b) agency and (c) temporary staff on contracts of (i) up to three months, (ii) between three and six months, (iii) between six and 12 months and (iv) 12 months or more there are in each directorate of his Department. (264298)

Details of staff employment at the Department for International Development are published in the Department’s Annual Report which is available in the Library of the House and online:

www.dfid.gov.uk