Liberia’s civil service agency has appointed broadcast journalist and development communications practitioner, Moses Owen Browne Jr., as its assistant director for public relations. Browne was selected from a competitive process that saw about 100 persons applying for the single vacant slot. Forty-two applicants were shortlisted and only four were cited for interviews – and Browne came out successful.
His preferment was announced in a letter dated April 24, 2017. In the communication, CSA’s Director-General, Dr. Puchu Leona Bernard expressed optimism in Browne’s performance. “Among the many candidates reviewed, Moses Owen Browne, Jr., stood out. He has a strong record at his previous posts. He already knew and understood Government and the Civil Service Agency. Moses is our topnotch candidate and his academic background will benefit the Civil Service’s efforts.
But more even than these important qualities, what distinguished Amb. Browne was his character: his outspoken nature, his wisdom, his ability to connect with other media practitioners and colleagues, his energy; and tenacity, evident desire and ability to bring people together.”
Dr. Bernard furthered that Moses will help the agency’s culture of diversity and mutual respect, and even more so build an inclusive civil service.
In his new post, Moses will promote the vision, mission and core values of that government agency. He is also expected to support the goal of attaining the agency’s overarching strategic communications and marketing plans, strategies and activities in an effort to rebrand the institution.
Browne will report directly to CSA’s director general and be part of the senior leadership team.
This is Browne’s second time in government. In 2012, he served the city government of Monrovia as communications specialist with Mary Broh as mayor.
“This is my second major job in the Government. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I don’t take lightly. I am grateful to God almighty for such privilege and opportunity to serve my country, Liberia in this capacity.
Many young people have worked in this government with proofs of excellence and impact. I am here to continue from where my predecessor, a great senior media colleague – the late Justin Lumeh stopped“, Browne asserted.
Browne promises to support the vision of CSA to deliver effectively for the people of Liberia. He thanks Dr. Puchu Leona Bernard, CSA director general for the opportunity and says his first priority will be to network with other public relations officers in various ministries and agencies in collectively developing a communications strategy for the Liberian government.
He also assured his employer to build mutually beneficial relationship with the mainstream media, which he describes as friends in progress. “The journalists will be our friends and we will leverage our contacts in mainstream media to communicate and create adequate awareness on the work of the CSA and the government of Liberia,” he noted.
Browne is a Global Youth Ambassador for Education, A World at School. He is an internationally acclaimed advocate for global education. He comes to the CSA with strong communications and media backgrounds - working with several international non-governmental organizations including the Global Fund, Plan International, Golden Veroleum Liberia, USAID and the Monrovia City Corporation.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and English with emphasis in telecommunications management and broadcasting (Cum Laude) from the United Methodist University in Liberia and an M.A. candidate for international relations, graduate school of arts and science, New York University.
Moses in January 2017 earned a post-graduate diploma in foreign policy, international relations, diplomacy and diplomatic practices (Cum Laude) from the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute, ministry of foreign affairs.