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Public Service Leadership Careers

Apply now Agency: Public Service Leadership Programme
Job no.: 493436
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories: Policy Formulation, Public Service Leadership

Programme Overview

The Singapore Public Service offers an attractive career proposition for those who seek to make a difference in service of Singapore and Singaporeans. 

To navigate a more complex and fast-changing environment, the Public Service needs a diversity of strengths and perspectives in our leadership ranks. We therefore welcome leaders with different backgrounds, who wish to contribute their skills and perspectives in the Public Service to make a meaningful impact to Singapore and Singaporeans.

If you take up a public service leadership career, we will invest in your development so that you can lead effectively in the Public Service, for today and tomorrow. A key feature of pursuing a public service leadership career is the opportunity for you to undergo structured job postings across different public agencies, to expose you to critical job experiences and key issues facing Government. 

Regardless of where you are in your career journey, you can apply for the Public Service Leadership Careers through the “Apply Now” button below.  

Here are some areas you could contribute to, across the key sectors of Government:



Shape the ‘heartware’ of Singapore – cultivating a more cohesive, resilient, caring and inclusive society.

Economy Building

Contribute to Singapore’s growth, macro-economic stability, industry regulation and a conducive business environment.

Infrastructure & Environment

Contribute to making Singapore a vibrant, clean, liveable city with sustainable development, robust infrastructure and good connectivity.


Keep Singapore safe and secure through robust enforcement capabilities and sound security policies.

Central Administration

Ensure effective and efficient use of resources and help develop a consultative and customer-centric Public Service.

Info-Comm Technology & Smart Systems

Enable better use of data and harnessing of new technologies by the Government to build a digital economy and digital society, in support of Smart Nation.

Who We Are Looking For

An ideal candidate will be one who: 

  • Believes in and demonstrates the Public Service Values of Integrity, Service, Excellence.
  • Has the passion to serve and a commitment towards building a better Singapore and to improve the lives of current and future generations of Singaporeans.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership qualities, interpersonal skills and cognitive thinking capacities. More senior candidates should have a strong track record in demonstrating these key areas through past work experiences.
  • Is a Singapore Citizen.

Note: The above application route is for candidates who are not currently serving in the Public Service. If you are a public officer, you should contact your Ministry/Agency HR team for more details.

For new graduates, or individuals with 1-3 years of working experience, you can look forward to a structured development programme on the PSLP General Phase (GP) that will expose you to the key job roles in the Public Service (i.e. across roles in policy, operations, stakeholder management). This will support your foundational development as a young leader. You will also get to experience work in at least 2 sectors to support you in understanding your longer-term career preferences and aspirations.  

For individuals with more extensive working experience, please refer to the next section on the Mid-Career Leadership Track.

You can obtain updates on the status of your application through the same portal. For shortlisted candidates, PSD will contact you to provide details of the selection process. 


Mid-Career Leadership Track (MCLT)

The Public Service values the experiences of mid-career entrants outside of the Public Service and is interested to groom talents with the heart to serve. The Public Service will be introducing the “Mid-Career Leaders Track” - a central gateway for mid-career entrants with the potential and aspiration to serve in Public Service leadership.

Key Features of MCLT:

  • Central gateway for mid-career entrants to apply for Leadership Programmes in the Public Service

Candidates may be considered for the PSLP Sectoral Phase (SP) or the Administrative Service (AS), where they would be supported in deepening their competencies either within a sector (PSLP SP) or across 2-3 sectors (AS).

- Candidates can apply without needing to choose to join the AS/PSLP or any specific government agencies. Successful candidates will be placed onto the appropriate leadership programme, where their past work experiences will be taken into account when curating relevant postings / developmental opportunities, based on the assessed calibre, readiness and seniority.

- The AS aims to develop multi-sectoral leaders with whole-of-government perspectives and capabilities, to formulate and implement policies that will improve the lives of Singaporeans. The career path of the AS can be found here.

- The PSLP aims to develop sectoral leaders for key leadership positions within the Public Service. There are 2 phases in this talent development programme. You will go through structured rotations during the General Phase to explore and gain experience in at least two different sectors of the Public Service, while at the Sectoral Phase, you will focus your development within a sector, building deeper competencies and networks. The career path of the PSLP can be found here.

  • Structured job placement and onboarding support to support mid-career officers’ transition to the Public Service 

For their first one or two postings, officers on the MCLT will select from a list of curated jobs that provides developmental exposure while having adjacencies to their previous work experience. This allows officers to leverage their expertise and experiences in making substantive contributions, while supporting their learning and transition into the Public Service. Officers can look forward to a meaningful career journey across a variety of postings such as job roles in policy-operations as well as stakeholder mobilisation and engagement, which will tap on officers’ knowledge, skills and perspectives. 

- A tailored onboarding experience with structured and personalised onboarding process to support officers’ transition on the MCLT. This is especially for working professions without any prior experience working in the Public Service.


You can apply for the MCLT by clicking on the "Apply" button. 

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