Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 10:06 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) commenced execution of a transition plan that will see the organization implement a new operational framework.
Following amendments to the PACT Act in 2015, an Institutional Assessment and Strategic Planning process was completed in April 2017 followed by a Change Management exercise during July-December 2017.
These independent reviews highlight the need for PACT to be re-designed to a more efficient institution in order to reduce and contain administrative costs and at the same time effectively achieve its mandate of financing the national protected areas system. As a result, a new operational framework that streamlines all aspects of PACT’s operations has been adopted.
This includes an updated organogram that reflects modified job functions which make better use of technological and human resources to increase operational efficiency. Additionally, it also includes a modified compensation program that responds to the recommendations for PACT to reasonably reduce overhead costs as part of its long-term financial planning. The migration to the new systems necessitates a discontinuation of the status quo inclusive of the current employment conditions. Consequently, and in accordance with all legal requirements for reform of this nature, employees will be transitioned over a period of one week to facilitate this transition swiftly and minimize any disruptions to daily operations, PACT’s office will be closed during the one-week period.
PACT began its evolution back in January 2016 with the establishment of a new governance structure following the passing of the PACT Amendment Act of 2015. Since then, it has also commenced other strategic changes such as a revision of its grant investment program which has been introduced and welcomed by beneficiaries as a new Conservation Investment Strategy. This operational change marks the last phase of PACT’s reform, reflecting its commitment to stakeholders to make PACT a more impactful and efficient organization.
The Board of Directors expresses its gratitude to the non-governmental organizations and protected area co-managers who have been supportive of these processes providing their input and recommendations.
It is also grateful to the PACT employees for their understanding and cooperation during this time.
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