(2019 – 2021)

Eastern Provincial Administration (EPA) is an extension of Central Government (Cabinet Office) at Provincial level. It is responsible for coordinating implementation of national programmes and policies in the Province. The mandate of Provincial Administration is provided for in the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act No. 2 of 2016. The EPA Strategic Plan and Balanced Scorecard for 2019 – 2021 highlights the strategic direction and key priorities relating to the mandate of the Provincial Administration as stipulated in the Constitution and the approved Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP). The process of formulating the Provincial Strategic Plan was spearheaded by a Core Team- representing all the
Departments in EPA with technical support from Management Development Division (MDD) Cabinet Office. The approach used to develop the Plan is called an Integrated Institutional Assessment (IA)/ Organisational Development (OD) / Balanced Score Card (BSC) Strategic Planning Process.

The Institutional Assessment involved conducting a management audit of the internal operations of EPA. The audit revealed a number of challenges that needed to be addressed if the Province was to realise its vision. The IAalso involved undertaking an Institutional Capability Assessment and this identified the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats which need to be
optimised and mitigated for the effective implementation of the Plan. Further, an analysis of the EPA’s external environment focused on Political, Economic, Social, Technological,Environmental and Legal (PESTEL) developments that may have an impact on the operations of the EPA.The IA facilitated generation of information for OD which involved the determination of the
strategic direction for the EPA for the period 2019 – 2021 as it relates to the Province’s Vision, Core Values, Strategic Themes, Strategic Results, Mission, Strategic Objectives, and Intended results, Key Performance Indicators , Targets and Strategies (Initiatives). The internal and external assessments revealed a number of challenges faced by the Province
including, : poor coordination of programme implementation and stakeholder engagement; poor financial management and inadequate financial resources; poor adherence to processes and procedures; inadequate infrastructure and operational tools; and inadequate and inappropriate structures, inadequate skills and inadequate staffing levels. On the premise of the findings, the Province has set out an operational framework to guide the execution of its mandate during the period 2019 – 2021.

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