Provincial governor


Governors are the main legislators of a nation’s unit such as a state or province. They supervise staff, perform administrative and ceremonial duties, and function as the main representative for their governed region. They regulate local governments in their region.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to provincial governor:

state governor
provincial governor
regional governor

Minimum qualifications

Master’s degree is generally required to work as provincial governor. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Provincial governor is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Provincial governor career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to provincial governor.

member of parliament
government minister
city councillor

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of provincial governor. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of provincial governor with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of provincial governor.

Government policy implementation: The procedures related to the application of government policies at all levels of public administration.
Legislation procedure: The procedures involved in the making of laws and legislation, such as which organisations and individuals are involved, the process of how bills become laws, the proposal and reviewing process, and other steps in the legislation procedure.
Budgetary principles: Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.
Constitutional law: The regulations dealing with the fundamental principles or established precedents which govern a state or organisation.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of provincial governor.

Manage budgets: Plan, monitor and report on the budget.
Liaise with local authorities: Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.
Manage staff: Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.
Perform government ceremonies: Perform the ritual tasks and duties, according to traditions and regulations, as a representative of the government during an official government ceremonial event.
Perform debates: Construct and present arguments used in a constructive debate and discussion in order to convince the opposing party or a neutral third party of the debater’s stance.
Manage government policy implementation: Manage the operations of the implementation of new government policies or changes in existing policies on a national or regional level as well as the staff involved in the implementation procedure.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of provincial governor. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Political parties: The ideas and principles that political parties stand for and the politicians representing them.
Government representation: The legal and public representation methods and procedures of the government during trial cases or for communication purposes, and the specific aspects of the governmental bodies being represented in order to ensure accurate representation.
Political science: The systems of government, the methodology concerning the analysis of political activity and behaviour, and the theory and practice of influencing people and acquiring governance.
Public finance: The economic influence of the government, and the workings of government revenue and expenditures.
Political campaigning: The procedures involved in conducting a succesful political campaign, such as the specific research methods, promotional tools, liaising with the public, and other strategic aspects concerning the organising and conducting of political campaigns.
Diplomatic principles: The practices of facilitating agreements or international treaties with other countries by conducting negotiations and attempting to protect the interests of the home government, as well as facilitating compromise.
Rhetoric: The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.
Public law: The part of law which governs relationships between individuals and the government, and the relationships between individuals which concern society directly.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of provincial governor. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Apply diplomatic principles: Apply the processes involved in the creation of international treaties by conducting negotiations between representatives of different countries, protecting the home government’s interests, and facilitating compromise.
Apply conflict management: Take ownership of the handling of all complaints and disputes showing empathy and understanding to achieve resolution. To be fully aware of all Social Responsibility protocols and procedures, and to be able to deal with a problem gambling situation in a professional manner with maturity and empathy.
Inspect government expenditures: Inspect the financial procedures of a government organisation which deals with budget and resource allocation and spending to ensure that no faults are being made and no suspicious activity occurs in the handling of financial accounts, and that the expenditures are compliant with financial needs and forecasts.
Maintain relations with local representatives: Maintain good relations with representatives of the local scientific, economic and civil society.
Build community relations: Establish affectionate and long-lasting relationships with local communities, e.g. by organising special programms for kindergarden, schools and for dissabled and older people, raising awareness and receiving community appreciation in return.
Inspect government incomes: Inspect the resources available to a national or local government organisation, such as tax incomes, to ensure that the incomes are compliant with the income expectations, that no faults are being made and no suspicious activity is present in the handling of government finances.
Monitor political conflicts: Monitor the possibility and development of political conflicts in specific contexts, such as in or between political parties, governments, or between different countries, as well as identifying its potential impact on government operations, and public safety.
Represent national interests: Represent the national government’s and industries’ interests concerning various matters such as trade, human rights, development aid, environmental issues and other aspects of the political, economic or scientific cooperation.
Assess risk factors: Determine the influence of economical, political and cultural risk factors and additional issues.
Advise on legislative acts: Advise officials in a legislature on the propositioning of new bills and the consideration of items of legislation.
Perform political negotiation: Perform debate and argumentative dialogue in a political context, using negotiation techniques specific to political contexts in order to obtain the desired goal, ensure compromise, and maintain cooperative relations.

ISCO group and title

1111 – Legislators





  1. Provincial governor – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022