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Meeting with French experts on “Regulations and status-quo on recruitment of civil servants and public employees in Vietnam at present”

          Within the framework of international scientific study exchange activities, on 02 October 2018, in response to the invitation of the French Embassy in Vietnam, the Institute for State Organizational Sciences of the Ministry of Home Affairs (ISOS – MOHA) sent a delegation of experts to come and work with Madam Mezin Laurence, Institutional Counselor of the French Embassy on the topic “Regulations and status-quo on recruitment of civil servants and public employees in Vietnam at present” at the Embassy’s headquater.

          Participation from the Embassy side included Madam Mezin Laurence, Counselor of the French Embassy and other experts of the Embassy. Madam Mezin Laurence chaired the meeting. Participation from the ISOS-MOHA included Mrs Nguyen Huyen Hanh, Deputy Director General, the head of ISOS Delegation, and other researchers of the Institute.


ISOS-MOHA Delegation in a memorial photo with
Madam Mezin Laurence, Institutional Consular of the French Embassy

          In her opening speech, Madam Mezin Laurence sincerely expressed her gratitude to the Institute for State Organizational Sciences for having accepted the invitation to the meeting and she also treasured the mutual cooperation in scientific exchange activities. Concurrently, Madam Mezin emphasized her attention to the recruitment of civil servants and public employees in Vietnam at present. Recruitment of civil servants, not only in Vietnam, but also in France, is the crucial step that determines the quality of the staff of civil servants, by whom civil service is implemented.

          On sharing the French experience on recruitment, as said by Madam Mezin, since the French Bourgeois Revolution in 1789, in order to secure objectivity in selecting civil servants for the State, the French government started to apply the examination-based selection and paper-based selection mode in recruitment. In the French civil service, in regards of whichever civil service branch, the State civil service, the medical civil service or in local civil service, and however the selection is made, by examination-based method or by paper-based method, one principle has been being applied, that is “completely anonymously codifying”. That means, despite in a written or in an oral examination, each candidates is assigned for a specific code, in regardless of his or her identity, status, family background. The core values lying deeply behind the legal document system on recruitment in particular and on management of civil servants and public employees in general in France are the trust, loyalty and competency… In France, civil servants are categorized into different types, which are A+, A , B and C. In which, civil servants typed A+ are high-ranked senior civil servants (normally passed the official training in the ENA). Civil servants typed A are required to hold academic training background from bachelor or higher.Civil servants typed B are those who executing public duties, they are required graduation of general education. Civil servants typed C are at lower rank, with minimum requirements of graduation of secondary education degree. Among all these, civil servants typed A+ are not assigned on the base of examination, they are assigned by the selection of Minister. In France, the Minister of Interior has the authority to assign the Chief of Province, the head person of the State deconcentrated agency in Province. The selection is mainly vested on competency criteria; although, in fact, the power of political parties have certain influences on. Together with appointment authority, the Minister of Interior also has the power to dismiss the Chief of Province, whose performance are evidently poor and failed to meet the practical requirement of the Province. About the civil service and civil servant regime, in France, the two regimes, tenure career civil service and contract-based civil servant, are both applied. Contract-based civil servants are recruited when specialized skills are inneed to perform civil service in a limited certain period of time. Contract-based civil servants are normally hired by local administration for specialized positions, i.e., (IT, archeology ect.), working in short term with high salary. As regulated by an EC Instruction on labor, labor contract for civil servants exist no more than 3 years for each time of signing, and in total, no signing more than twice consecutively.

          At the meeting, ISOS experts also depicted the overal issues on legal regulations and status-quo of recruiment of civil servants and public employees in Vietnam. Through which, French experts got to know and well separated the cadres, civil servants, and public employees in Vietnam as well as differences in recruitment process applying to these types.

          In her conclusion remarks, Madam Mezin Laurence highly appreciated the ISOS-MOHA for its the coooperative spirit and valuable scientific exchange information provided. Madam Mezin conveyed her gratitution to the the Leader and researchers in the ISOS and expected to further enhance cooperative scientific studies between the French Embassy in Vietnam and ISOS-MOHA in the coming time./.

News, photo and translated by: Quynh Giang