Municipal Training System

What is the project about?

 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 Employees
The 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 participatory local development and the improvement of public services. These challenges can only be successfully addressed by a local administration staffed with qualified and motivated individuals.

All too frequently the performance of local governments is adversely affected by the absence of a structured approach towards in-service training, leading to fragmented and supply-driven capacity building. The country’s complex institutional structure has as well 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, in the framework of 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 be based on a set of clearly articulated objectives, will benefit from a modern training infrastructure and will be defined through policy instruments internalised by partner institutions. State and Entity ministries are partnered throughout the project along with the two Entity Civil Service Agencies and Entity local government associations, to ensure local ownership and sustainability of outcomes.

Project activities include:

• The establishment of training support facilities at entity and local government levels;

• Providing support to the development and adoption of local government training strategies;

• Identifying Defining the training needs of local governments;

• Design and delivery of priority training programmes;

• Development of web –based training management portals and learning management systems;

• Providing support to the development and adoption of standards for human resources management in local government;

• Providing other demand-driven technical support for priority issues.

What have we accomplished so far?



• While not an exclusively  training project in itself, the MTS nevertheless fulfils an immediate capacity development need of LSG in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Based on knowledge, skills and capacity gaps identified within the local government community, some 36,000 local government employees and elected officials have been trained so far and around 30 50 new training programmes have been created;

• Training support facilities have been established at both entity and local government levels with new organisational units/positions  created in both the Federal Civil Service Agency RS Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government, the Federal Civil Service Agency and the respective FBiH and RS and FBiH local government associations;

• Local government training strategies have been developed and endorsed by the two entity governments with local institutions gradually taking over the financing of the system. The strategy documents are based on a comprehensive training needs assessment exercise conducted in BiH in 2009;

• Minimum standards for human resources management (HRM) in local government have been developed and endorsed by both the FBiH RS and RS local government associations to enable the standardisation of HRM practices throughout the local government community;

• Web-based training management portals and learning management systems are expected to become operational by the end of  in July 20134, with 5 E-learning courses available to all local government employees.

Continued action

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 internalized 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.

Who finances it?

MTS is primarily funded by Sida with contributions from UNDP.
MTS I (2008-2011)

Donor Name

Amount Contributed per year

 

2008

Sida

$1,024,184.30

UNDP

$25,126.44

 

2009

UNDP

$10,030.11

 

2010

Sida

$1,173.617.70

 

2011

UNDP

$2,423.52

MTS II (2012-2015)

Donor Name

Amount Contributed per year

 

2012

Sida

$ 750,187.55

UNDP

$   62,255.45

 

2013

Sida

$ 765,228.04

UNDP

$   45,600

 

2014

Sida

$ 746,959.87

UNDP

$   21,842.55

DELIVERY IN 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
Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
03/31/2012
Estimated end date:
12/31/2015
Geographic coverage:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Focus Area:
Rural and Regional Development
Deputy Project Manager:
Vesna Efendić
Partners:
Ministry of Justice BiH, Ministry of Justice FBiH, Civil Service Agency of FBiH, RS Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government, RS Civil Service Agency, Association of Municipalities and Cities FBiH, and Association of Municipalities and Cities RS
Related Documents
  • Municipal Training System Project Document English | BHS