Human Resource Development Services

The Human Resource Development Division under the Office of the Public Service Commission is tasked with providing policy advise to the Commission, Ministries and other Stakeholders on all Human Resource Development activities. The HRD Division are also responsible for monitoring & evaluating human resource development activities that take place in the Public Service. PSC as a Non-Formal Education Provider (NFEP) enables the HRD division to deliver non-formal learning courses for all public servants that are recognized and quality assured under the Samoa Qualifications Framework. As a result of the 2017 Functional Analysis, the administration of Scholarships is an added function of the HRD Division, in line with its usual functions of developing, implementing and monitoring of human resource development practices. This new function positions PSC as the Secretary for the Staff Training & Scholarship Committee, a role that was previously performed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The HRD Division is divided into three (3) units that work inter-dependently to ensure effective service delivery is offered to the public.

Human Resource Planning & Coordination Unit

  • Develop, promote and review policies, systems for efficient and effective management of people under the PS Act 2004.
  • Facilitate and coordinate professional development programs across the Public Sector
  • Conduct research and analysis of HR planning approaches or frameworks for adoption for SPS use.

Training Unit

  • Design, deliver and facilitate local trainings and other staff development activities to support the Public Sector.

Scholarship Unit

  • Administer scholarship schemes to ensure alignment with National HRD Priorities, and National capacity development plans.

Press Releases

Scholarship Opportunities


The Melbourne Climate Action Scholarship is for postgraduate study for international students from Pacific Small Island Developing States in any field that relates to addressing the effects of climate change in the Pacific. Applications [...]