Municipal Training System

Function of the project

 The Municipal Training System Project (MTS II) organized and delivered a four-day practical training programme on “Training of Trainers”, a two-day training for each group, one in Zenica and one in Doboj, during April 2013. The focus of this training was interactive learning in compliance with training principals stipulated in the FBiH and RS Training Strategies for Local Self-Government EmployeesThe Municipal Training System Project (MTS II) organized and delivered a four-day practical “Training of Trainers”, a two-day training for each group, one in Zenica and one in Doboj, during April 2013.

Local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) face a number of challenges posed by a constantly changing regulatory framework and increasing demands for participation in local development and improved public services. Successfully addressing these challenges will require a local administration staffed with qualified and motivated individuals.  

All too frequently the efficacy of local governments declines as the absence of a structured approach to in-service training leads to capacity building that is fragmented and highly dependent upon supply. The country’s complex institutional structure has also hindered previous attempts at a holistic approach to training. With an overall decrease in public spending, training suffers from a lack of investment, highlighting the need to spend limited training funds wisely and in line with recognised public priorities.

What we do

Since 2008, under the Municipal Training System (MTS) project, UNDP has worked with its local partners at all levels to institute an in–service training system for local governments in BiH. The system, once fully operational, will benefit from a modern training structure and will operate in accordance with policy internalised by its partner institutions. To ensure local ownership and sustainability of outcomes and cooperation, State and Entity ministries involved are partnered with two Entity-level Civil Service Agencies and Entity-level local government associations.

Project activities include:

  • Establishment of training support facilities at entity and local government levels;
  • Support of the construction and adoption of local government training strategies;
  • Identifying the training needs of local governments;
  • Design and delivery of priority training programmes;
  • Development of web–based portals for managing the training programmes;
  • Support in instituting a human resources program up to standard in local government;
  • Providing other demand-driven technical support for priority issues.

Success thus far

  • While not exclusively a training project in itself, the MTS nevertheless fills an immediate gap in capacity development by local self-governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Based on knowledge and skills, and geared towards identified areas in need of improvement within the local government community, training of 36,000 local government employees and elected officials has been completed and 30-50 new training programmes are in progress;
  • Training support facilities are now present at both entity and local government levels, with new organisational units/positions created in the Federal Civil Service Agency, Republika Srpska (RS) Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government, and the relevant FBiH and RS local government associations;
  • Local institutions are gradually assuming control of financing the nearly sustainable training strategies, as endorsed by the two entity governments. The strategy documents are based on a comprehensive training needs assessment exercise conducted in BiH in 2009;
  • Both Entity governments and the RS local government associations developed and endorsed minimum standards for human resources management (HRM) that are now standard throughout in the local government community;
  • Web-based training management portals and learning management systems are expected to become operational by the end of  in July 2014, with 5 E-learning courses available to all local government employees.

Goals moving forward

In order for the training system to develop into a fully-fledged, locally owned, in-service training platform, local stakeholders are expected to incrementally assume all of the functions as well as the costs associated with operating the system. This entails:

  • Fully internalizing the system’s standard operating procedures;
  • Introducing and implementing a decentralized system for the financing of training costs and system maintenance;
  • Adopting legal and sub-legal acts to safeguard the sustainability of the system’s structures and processes;
  • Maintaining the operational integrity of both structures and processes introduced under the MTS umbrella.

Financial contributors

MTS is primarily funded by Sida with contributions from UNDP.

MTS I (2008-2011)

Donor Name

Amount Contributed per year



















MTS II (2012-2015)

Donor Name

Amount Contributed per year




$ 750,187.55


$   62,255.45




$ 765,228.04


$   45,600




$ 746,959.87


$   21,842.55

Delivery in the previous fiscal year

DEC 2008

$ 410,327.10

DEC 2009

$ 608,225.01

DEC 2010

$ 481,701.95

DEC 2011

$ 713,813.29

DEC 2012

$ 499,352.54

DEC 2013 $ 779,032.22