PESHAWAR: If the traditional hassle of submitting resumes, waiting for hours before the interview begins, fishing for influential references or paying hefty bribes was keeping you from applying for a job in the public sector, it is time you reconsider employment prospects.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is all geared up to launch an e-recruitment system for government sector jobs. The project aims to further the ruling parties’ agenda of e-governance, and minimise favouritism and corruption within the government’s ranks.
Sharing the details of the project, Directorate of Information Technology Public Information Officer Waqarullah Khan told The Express Tribune a web portal has been set up where applicants can register themselves and select their sector of interest.
“Once a user is registered, he will receive job alerts regularly through email and SMS.” He said once an applicant selects a particular vacancy to apply for, he can complete the application online upon which he or she will be provided a tracking ID. “The system will automatically shortlist candidates who fulfil the criteria set for the positions. The selected applicants will also be notified about the interview and assessment online.”
The information officer added since the system worked transparently and as its tabulation cannot be doctored, applications would be filtered purely on merit.
Waqarullah said the selection committee will learn about the candidates through the same system. “The interviewer will have no knowledge of the interviewee’s application assessment results hence no candidate will have unfair preferential treatment.” He termed the system’s “game-changing efficiency crucial for putting nepotism and corruption to an end in the province.”
Once the interviews are taken, selection committee members turn in the mark sheets to be uploaded to the portal. “The computer will then total the marks and provide aggregate scores to the candidates. Successful candidates will then be communicated their joining dates.”
All systems go
Elaborating on the operational end of the portal, Khan said all tests were completed and the system was ready to be launched.
He said in the first phase, only those appointments that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission will be processed through the e-recruitment system. “Later it will be extended to all job openings,” he said. The public information officer said the project would be formally launched after Eidul Fitr.
“The much-trumpeted change will come through the increased use of information technology,” said Directorate Director Raza Shah. He added good and transparent governance was impossible without the use of technology.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.