Selection for Kazakhstan’s presidential personnel reserve begins

NUR-SULTAN – Selection for the Presidential Personnel Reserve, which President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev talked about in his election programme, “Well-being for all! Continuity. Justice. Progress” will begin Sept. 1.

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For the first time, young Kazakh people, who have achieved significant success in areas such as innovative technologies, engineering, business, medicine, economics and culture have the opportunity to be selected and appointed to high government and management positions in the country.

“If you are an author of successful initiatives, are able to offer new projects and come up with realistic and practical ideas that would allow to improve the welfare of Kazakh people, and if you are capable to make decisions promptly and adapt quickly to innovations, fill out an application form online to take part in the Presidential Personnel Reserve project! Challenge yourself and be at the top of the young and successful future leaders, who will play a crucial role in the development of Kazakhstan and will be the driving force of progress,” reads an Agency for Civil Service Affairs press release.

The Agency has assured the public the selection process will be fair and transparent. People eligible to take part will have to be under 35, hold an academic degree and have at least five years of working experience.

Those wishing to be in the reserve will have to pass several stages. After passing a theoretical knowledge assessment, the candidates will be evaluated on their leadership skills, critical thinking level, strategic reasoning, motivation, and values. The candidates will be required to write an essay, present their projects, pass an interview and other evaluative assessments. If successful, the candidates will further have to pass an Expert Committee interview with the deputy head of the Presidential Administration. The final stage will be an interview with the National Commission of Personnel Policy under the supervision of the head of the Presidential Administration.

Three hundred young professionals will be selected on a competitive basis. Before being appointed to their positions for three years, the individuals will take part in training. As part of the training, reservists will undergo internships in government bodies and organisations to acquire the competencies necessary to work with the public, to work in conditions of uncertainty and to develop public speaking skills.

Improvements in the public administration system are expected with the employment of young, creative individuals.

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