The State Services Commission’s interim e-government unit head, Bethia Gibson, will have to stay on a while longer. Commissioner Michael Wintringham has decided that the post will be re-advertised, because the initial advertisements were poorly worded and attracted applicants lacking some of the desirable qualities.
“We described [the post] in terms of leading projects and programme management and managing government’s internet portal,” says SSC spokesman Ian Lineham.
There was insufficient emphasis on the strategic aspects of the job, looking at the application of technology to the future requirements of government in the long term.
So, although several people well-qualified for the more operational role applied, “we didn’t pick up many with that larger view,” Lineham says.
"I have not taken this decision lightly,” says Wintringham. “It was based on a reconsideration of the balance required of the appointee between technology leadership, business integration and transformation, and their application to the business of government."
“A fresh recruitment process with a new definition will be started “shortly”. Candidates who have already applied “will be welcome to reapply”, says an SSC statement.