Foreign Ministry needs to better manage its workforce

As Israel faces “complicated and sensitive” diplomatic challenges, it would be better served if the Foreign Ministry more effectively managed its manpower both in Jerusalem and at the 106 Israel representations abroad, the Comptroller found.

Looking into the Foreign Ministry’s manpower situation, the Comptroller found that more ministry employees are leaving the service than being hired through the prestigious foreign service cadets course, something that has left the ministry short some 90 diplomatic employees in recent years.

To make matters worse, the report found, many of those in diplomatic positions both in the ministry in Jerusalem and abroad were not trained diplomats, rather administrative staff moved to those positions when the ministry implemented the government’s decision in the early 2000s to cut down on government workers.


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