Profile of Hon. Augustus M. Zayzay Jr.
Hon. Augustus M. Zayzay Jr. is the current Deputy Minister for Research, Planning and Development at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He comes to this portfolio with considerable expertise in public policy analysis and emphasis in public financial management, social policy as well as program development and evaluation.
As Deputy Minister for Research, Planning and Development, Mr. Zayzay is responsible to coordinate all planning functions of the ministry, with the overarching goal of ensuring that these plans are in line with government development strategy. In addition to these planning functions, the minister is responsible to design a monitoring and evaluation framework in order to ensure the scrupulous implementation of all programs developed by the ministry and its partners. Additionally, I am responsible to conduct empirical research on evolving dynamics on local government administration in the region and globally, with the so purpose of replicating those best practices in our governance processes.
Over the years, minister Zayzay has worked both in the private and public domains at various administrative levels. In 2009, he served as the director of Internal Audit of the ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism where he help set-up that department. After the second term elections of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he was appointed Assistant Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management at the erstwhile Ministry of Finance. In that capacity, he provided direct supervision over the expenditure functions of the government as well as the debt management unit. He supervised all donor funding expenditure management with the authority of approving all payments by the Public Financial Management Unit-PFMU.
Mr. Zayzay has also been involved with youth and student leadership in Liberia for over a decade. He served as Secretary General and President of the African Methodist Episcopal University. He also Served as the President for the Private Universities Students Association and was one of the proponents of the resuscitation of the Liberia national Students Union after decades of dormancy. In 2008 and 2010 respectively, Mr. Zayzay served as the 1st Vice President and President respectively, of the Federation of Liberia Youth-FLY, the umbrella organization of all Youth and Students in Liberia.
Your humble servant comes to this job with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree-BBA (Magnu Cum laude) in Accounting, a Masters of Business Administration degree- MBA in Finance and a Masters of International Public Policy –MIPP in International Development and Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. He also has a graduate certificate in Public Financial Management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.