Department of Technical Services

The Department of Technical Services like its Administration counterpart is headed by a Deputy Minister who is assisted by four Assistant Ministers manning various bureaus structurally positioned under the Department.


The department is responsible for the execution of all technical programs of the Ministry. The objectives of the Department are identified as follow:

 

  • Provide professional and technical services required to support the programs of the Ministry and other Agencies of Government in the area of construction.
  • Provide architectural and engineering services including site surveys, testing, design, contract management and project control for the Government.
  • Undertakes execution of transport sector surveys, analysis of investment priorities and overall planning of the transport network of the country.
  • Develop standards for design and construction; maintenance and operation of Government’s real property
  • Execute construction of highways, secondary, rural and feeder roads
  • The Deputy Minister for Technical Services as head of the department supervises and coordinates the functions of its (4) bureaus, namely; Operations, Construction, Design and Supervision, and Planning and Programming.


Bureaus:


I. BUREAU OF OPERATIONS:

 

The bureau of Operation is the largest of the several Bureaus of the Ministry of Public Works in terms of number of employees, equipment fleet and resource allocation and consumption. This bureau commands over sixty percent of the entire workforce and equipment fleet of the Ministry.  This Bureau is charged with the statutory mandate, under the Ministry to rehabilitate all Public Highways, Bridges and City Streets.  The Bureau of Operations under the Department of Technical Services includes:

 

  • Highway Maintenance Division
  • Mobile Equipment Division

 

These two Divisions carry out separate functions, which culminate into the overall function of the Bureau. 


The Mobile Equipment Division is the Mechanical arm of the Bureau of Operations within the Ministry.  This Division is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all vehicles and equipment assigned to the Ministry of Public Works by Central Government, for its operations.  The Division also serves as custodian of the Ministry’s vehicles and equipment and all tools. It is headed by a Chief of Mobile and has a workforce that includes Mechanics, Drivers, Welders, Operators, Auto Electricians, etc. 


II. BUREAU OF TECHNICAL SERVICES:

 

The Technical Services Bureau is the internal consultant of the Ministry of Public Works. The Bureau provides all aspects of engineering and architecture design services.  The Bureau is also responsible for supervision and technical monitoring of all engineering and architectural works under national and international contracts between INGO’s and international donors in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry. Additional responsibilities include bids evaluation, contracts negotiation and monitoring of contractors’ performances. The bureau is sub-divided into four Divisions; each of which is headed by a Chief of Division. These Divisions include:

 

 

  • Engineering, Architecture,
  • Soils & Materials Testing and Research,
  • Electro-Mechanical

 

III. BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION:

 

The Construction Bureau is the implementing arm of the Ministry of Public Works for all Government of Liberia construction activities. This Bureau is responsible for constructing all new roads, bridges, public buildings and implement special presidential projects. Thus, the bureau comprises the following Divisions:

 

 

  • Highway Construction
  • Public Buildings Construction and Maintenance
  • Fine Arts and Sculpture Section



IV. BUREAU OF PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING:

 

The Bureau of Planning and Programming is responsible for planning and programming the nation’s highways and streets. The bureau is responsible for the following:

 

  • Plan and budget the nation’s highways infrastructures; by executing transport sector planning and analysis of the transport investment priorities; and by instituting cost benefit analysis
  • Conduct highway engineering and traffic studies, as well as economic and pre-feasibility studies of existing and future highway facilities; thereby ensuring that transportation investment decisions are appropriate in size, timing and financing
  • Administer Zoning Laws; regulate and enforce zoning regulations as land use and planning
  • Manage training and manpower development requirements of the Ministry of Public Works
  • Installations of road safety and pavement markings
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of development activities provide various stakeholders in these activities with better means for learning from past experience, improving service delivery, planning and allocating resources, and demonstrating results as part of accountability to key stakeholders. A comprehensive multi-level, multi-tool system of Monitoring and Evaluation of the policy and implementation environments of the programmes of the Ministry has evolved over the years but as part of on-going reforms, has been further prioritized and strengthened through additional qualified manpower and other kinds of resources including the availability of appropriate tools as well as logistical supports. In view of the vastness of the Ministry’s programmes and activities, the monitoring of various programmes is taken up at various levels but with overall strategic direction and guidance provided by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Aid Coordination Division
  • Hence, the overall monitoring of all the programmes nationwide is carried out by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Aid Coordination Division of the Ministry of Public Works

 

These functions are carried out through the below listed divisions:

 

  • Transport Engineering
  • Transport Economics & Project Evaluation
  • Land Use (Physical) Planning and Zoning
  • Manpower Training and Development
  • Office of the GoL/FMRD Coordinator
  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Aid Coordination