Section 96 of the Constitution provides that: “Where any Minister has been charged with responsibility for any department of government, he/she shall exercise general direction and control over that department and, subject to such direction and control, every department of government shall be under the supervision of the Principal Secretary whose office shall be an office in the public service.”
The Principal Secretary is the chief accounting and overall supervising officer of a Ministry under his or her supervision. The Principal Secretary is responsible for – (a) Setting directions, objectives and appropriate guideline and strategies for the Ministry under the Principal Secretary’s supervision, in accordance with the performance agreement entered into with the Government Secretary; (b) Annually setting and agreeing with officers under the Principal Secretary’s supervision about their individual workplans and to supervise and monitor their performance; (c) Assisting in the initiation, formulation and implementation of the policies of the Ministry or Department under the Principal Secretary’s supervision; (d) Ensuring that the services which the Ministry or Department under the Principal Secretary’s supervision provides to the public and to other areas of government are delivered in accordance with the principles and object of this Act; (e) Transferring and rotating public officers from one department to another within and reorganising the Ministry under the Principal’s Secretary’s supervision. The Principal Secretary shall exercise the powers under this section subject to the general direction and control of the Minister responsible for the Ministry concerned.
Subsequent to the transformation of Lesotho Government Personnel Management Cadre to the Human Resources Cadre, the following Human Resources functions were adopted: Recruitment and Selection Training and Development Performance Management Remuneration and Benefits Employee Relations Records Management Organizational Development
To co-ordinate the receiving and opening stages of tender documents. To maintain and safeguard procurement and disposal document and records. To conduct periodic and annual stock-taking. To certify invoices and payment vouchers to suppliers. To approve extension of tenders validity period. To prepare consolidated procurement and plans. To prepare contract document in-line with award decision. To propose membership of Evaluation Committee to accounting officer for approval.
Support Ministerial programmes to effectively implement their activities Advise PS and management on financial issues Distribute and Allocate warrant to the programmes through quarterly cash plans. Assists ministry programmes on proper spending by giving advises on availability of funds and using correct votes. Effect payments to suppliers on time as soon as invoices are received from the procurement for goods and services rendered. Effect payments on time for contracted services e.g security services, rent Collection of revenue Prepare reports for Public Accounts Committee Reconcile payroll with HR budget and staff list
The Transport Department is a support unit mandated with the management of the ministerial fleet, preparation of local and international travel for the ministry's staff and dealing with the coordination of the ministry’s budget
The Legal section is responsible for providing legal services and advice to the Ministry on matters of law and to take necessary legal measures for the protection of the Ministry.