The Efficiency Office brings together a team with diverse expertise to work towards the common goal of improving public services. We also work with and through a variety of partners and support teams of Management Services Officers in a number of other policy bureaux and departments. Embracing the idea of collaborating and co-developing with partners, we hire professionals, usually as non-civil service contract staff, commission contractors and consultants, engage focus groups, as well as enroll and coach interns to carry out specific duties. We are also supporting and working with the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) Task Force in adopting social innovation and promoting cross-sector collaboration as a new approach to tackle the problem of poverty and social exclusion.


The Internal Team

The Internal Team

Management Services Officers (MSOs) are the main members of the Efficiency Office. As management consultants, MSOs help policy bureaux and departments find opportunities for improvement, facilitate and implement change, and accelerate innovation and technology adoption for better services. Types of consultancies include business process re-engineering, departmental management reviews, organisational review, performance measurement, design thinking, knowledge management, shared services, public sector innovation, information technology application studies, streamlining of government services and review on business facilitation as well as market and financial analysis.

The Administration Team underpins the work of the Efficiency Office through managing people, finance, IT and records as well as general administration. The team also provides secretarial and administrative support to the Secretariat to the SIE Fund Task Force set up under the Commission on Poverty.

We run a number of our own services for the public and for the Government – 1823; Youth Portal; support to Business Facilitation Advisory Committee and its task forces, Business Liaison Groups, 'Be the Smart Regulator' Programme; General Management Consultancy Services Portal - and we hire a variety of professionals from designers and multi-media producers to marketers and public engagement experts. We learn from their experience and draw on it for other areas of work when needed.


MSO Deployment Outside Efficiency Office


MSOs may be posted to work in different policy bureaux and departments of the Government. They work in close partnership with colleagues of different grades in providing service in the areas of general consulting, resource management and other fields.

General Consulting

Conduct management consultancies (e.g. business process re-engineering studies, organisational reviews) on the services, operations or processes of the departments concerned.

Resource Management

Provide resource management support, assessing proposals for manpower, financial and accommodation resources.

Other Fields

Take up a variety of roles in policy bureaux/departments, such as assisting in the implementation and daily management of information technology systems and equipment, stakeholder engagement and publicity of certain government programmes.

The 1823 team

1823 provides round-the-clock contact centre service for the public by phone, e-mail, apps, web form and other channels, answering general public enquiries for over 20 departments and receiving complaints or reports from the public, directing them to the right agency for action and ensuring that response is made. Frontline customer service staff are backed by a team of professionals who assist in managing the information technology and telecommunication facilities as well as constantly updating the knowledge base that underpins the service.