Since its establishment, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs has undertaken the responsibility of achieving public objectives of administrative development, labour and employment affairs and social protection of citizens in State of Qatar. It is considered one of the service- providing ministries that seek to provide services to citizens and foreign residents.
According to Emiri Decree No. 4 of 2016 issued by HH Sheikh/ Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the country, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social affairs is competent to amend the provisions of Emiri Decree No. 16 of 2014 regarding the functions of the ministries to include supervision upon execution of law organizing government human resources, Labour law and development of public policy for human resources including Workforce Nationalization Policy, follow up its execution after approval, study the budget estimates of the first section and study and review organizational structures proposed by government authorities for approval. The Ministry is also competent to examine and develop the work systems in government authorities, provide technical assistance in the field of updating and simplifying procedures and applying the quality standards of institutional performance, manage the government human resources planning program and provide technical assistance. This is as well as developing a policy for secondment to governmental authorities in terms of the National Plan for the Localization and Implementation of Jobs in coordination with those authorities. The Ministry is also competent to develop the efficiency of the administrative apparatus of the State, study and plan for establishing service complexes in the State as well as supervising over them. Additionally, It is competent to train Qatari personnel and rehabilitate those who occupy jobs that are not commensurate with their qualifications, develop policies and plans to benefit from the labor force of the private sector and improve their skills, settle labor disputes, issue work permits and identify related violations in coordination with the competent authorities. This is in addition to monitoring and following up the procedures of occupational safety and health, inspecting companies and establishments to ensure the application of the provisions of the Labour Law, providing social security services to eligible persons, proposing and implementing national strategies, plans and policies related to family care. It is also responsible for licensing and supervising over kindergartens, the developing housing policies and following-up their implementation, and registration and publicizing of associations and private institutions”.
Amiri Decree No. (6)/2016 established the organizational structure of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The Ministry’s terms of reference mentioned in the Amiri Decree are as follows:
First: Administrative Development Affairs department- contributes to the preparation of the budget of the first section, development of human resources information systems, development of human resources planning and policies, employment of citizens, and regulation and quality.
Second: Business Affairs – follow-up of labour affairs, international labour relations, develop policies and employ of expatriate labour, study of labour complaints through labour relations administration and take a decision in their relation. This is in addition to labor, occupational safety and health inspection and creating a balance in the labour market.
Thirdly: Social affairs- contribute, through the departments of social security, family affairs, housing, associations and private institutions, in providing social welfare to citizens who are surrounded by social and economic problems which they cannot cope with and overcome and make them rely on their own potentials.
It also contributes to protecting the society from deviations, problems and negative social phenomena that impede its progress and work to transform its disabled manpower due to physical, psychological or mental disability or to compel social and economic conditions to productive energies through the care of the social care homes personnel. This is in addition to proposing and implementing policies related to the provision of adequate housing for citizens in coordination with the competent authorities.
Fourth: Institute of Public Administration – contributes to the development of human resources in the State through training departments and services.