About the Public Sector

A Special Thanks to the OSCE in Vienna Austria, host of ATP's seventh annual meeting of the ATP Special Interest Group (SIG) for the International Public Sector, which was held 9 and 10 September 2019. This year's conference theme was:

Using 21st Century Tools to Transform the Public Sector

View and Download the 2019 Agenda and Presentations Here


This year's 2019 keynoters:

Antoinette Oglethorpe on Career Development in International Organizations: A powerful tool for engaging, retaining and developing employees (morning). Antoinette is an award winning leadership development consultant, coach, facilitator, speaker and author.  She has over 25 years’ experience of developing leaders for the world’s most successful organisations – companies like P&G, Accenture and Avanade. She works with individual leaders, leadership teams and HR professionals. Antoinette uses a solution-focused approach to focus on the things that will have the greatest impact on performance. By helping make progress in those areas, she inspires her clients to operate more effectively and deliver better results. In the past few years, she has supported multiple career management programmes at international organization such as the United Nations Development Programme. She was a contributor to the UNDP’s Virtual Career Labs, which won two Fuel50 awards in 2017 as outstanding career management and Antoinette frequently provides free resources to HR practioners via her website.


Johnny Campbell will speak about the future of work place skills. Johnny spent 15 years working as an agency recruiter in Ireland and the Caribbean before co-founding Social Talent with business partner, Vincent O’Donoghue. Johnny’s expertise lie in identifying and delivering the benefits of a web 3.0 world to the recruitment industry. He prides himself on being able to provide recruiters with the tools to source directly form the internet, enabling them to build talent communities on social media and helping corporates to develop and market their employer brand online in the places where their target audience spend the most time, namely social media. When he’s not playing Sensei to thousands of Sourcing ninjas, speaking at conferences worldwide, and being awarded accolades and titles like LinkedIn PowerProfile 2015, Johnny is father to Aaron, Jake and Archie, husband to Jill, master to Toby the dog and man-servant to the staff at Social Talent. Social Talent is a talent acquisition training used in the private sector to upskill and re-skills their recruiters. The OSCE is currently licensing its recruiters to become certified ‘sourcing ninjas’ via Social Talent.     

 About the ATP Public Sector SIG Conference

Technology, gamification, privacy and security issues, social and political shifts are all changing the landscape of  how we actively recruit, assess, educate, and promote public sector employees.  The Internet, together with global shift, has significantly changed the way individuals work, engage with colleagues, and develop their careers – and these changes are taking place in all workplace settings. That is why ATP has dedicated part of its mission to creating communities, such as the Public Sector SIG, that transcend national and international borders – so that networks can be built, and the very best innovations and best practices can be shared among like-minded professionals. 

Therefore, this year’s conference, hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will bring together a community of international practitioners, academics and public sector professionals for a day and a half of programming.

This year’s Conference Committee invites presentations related to issues and concerns, innovations and advances, that may consider but are not limited to: Technology-driven candidate selection; Diversity analysis and reporting; Personalized learning; Performance Testing; Soft-skills assessment; Candidate experience software; Artificial Intelligence in assessments; Game-based assessment as well as Best Practices in: Computer adaptive testing; Accessibility and diversity; Proctoring; Workforce Credentialing; Ethics; Candidate Relationship Management.

The Public Sector Special Interest Group is a SIG created by the Association of Test Publishers to accommodate the needs of assessment professionals working in the Public Sector.  The Special Interest Group currently includes many international organisations' HR experts, including from NATO, the United Nations, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe, European Central Bank, UK Civil Service, Spain, Sweden and the Irish Public Appointments Service, and many other like-minded organisations.  This is a non-fee event for attendees and is open to public sector employees.


To learn more about past agendas, visit the Public Sector SIG archived presentations: