Matra Pre-Accession Training on Rule of Law (MATRA PATROL)
Strengthening government institutional capacity in the area of „the Rule of Law”
10 day- training programme on the subject
Public Finance Management
Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
9 – 19 March, 2014
The Hague, the Netherlands
Developed and delivered by: Ecorys Academy
Financed by: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This training programme is one of a series of eight individual training programmes being delivered per year in the period 2012-2015
This training on Public Finance Management is intended for:
Senior civil servants of the Ministries of Finance, the Court of Audit, financial departments of line ministries, etcetera.
The maximum number of participants is 25. The total will represent a balance in the number of participants from the individual countries.
The general aim of this training programme is to stimulate and support the government of the Netherlands’ policy on European integration by aiding and promoting institutional capacity building in the fields of Rule of Law within the government organisation in the target countries by sharing the necessary knowledge and skills with policy advisors, members of the judiciary and other civil servants working in the justice sector and helping them to lead and inspire the modernisation of the judicial systems of their home countries building from the Dutch experience (strict and fair).
The secondary objective of the training is the creation of networks among the participants and between the participants and the (guest) lecturers and relevant government departments in order to promote the transfer of knowledge and the strengthening of local expertise in the various areas of policy; to stimulate collaboration amongst participants and participants and lecturers; to promote the development of sustainable, transnational and transnational networks of experts, enabling the local exports, possibly together with consortium partners, to train new experts in the region (Train the trainer).
Eligible countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Application deadline: 12 January, 2014
Training period: 9 – 19 March. 2014
Programme Costs: The Netherlands Government will provide full fellowships to selected participants. Each fellowship will cover the cost of international travel (economy), board and lodging, visa and insurance, tuition fees, lecture materials and excursions.
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Training venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
R.J. Schimmelpenninklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague
Hotel accommodation: Hotel Court Garden, The Hague
Training programme goal
The training course aims to give participants an understanding of public finance management in all its aspects. The course focuses on public finance management in-depth and step by step builds up knowledge on all aspects of PFM, highlighting the inter-linkages between the different elements. This enables participants to gain insight into all aspects of PFM – both on the expenditure and on the revenue side – and how to apply their knowledge to the reform agendas in their own countries. It emphasises the objectives of PFM: promoting macroeconomic stability by achieving aggregate fiscal discipline; enabling that policy priorities are implemented in an effective way (allocative efficiency); and contributing to an efficient implementation of government services (operational efficiency). The International ‘ good practice’ combined with the Dutch practice and the practices in target countries are the starting point throughout the training course. Besides technical ‘ good practice’ , attention is given to institutional and cultural aspects.
“Effective public finance management, including the management of aid flows, is crucial to countries making progress in reducing poverty. Weaknesses in public financial management often reflect underlying interests and incentives, and the reform and strengthening of public financial management requires high-level political leadership and support as well as technical skills. For all these reasons, public financial management is likely to remain at the centre of dialogue between aid agencies and partner country governments. At the same time, donors have both a developmental and a fiduciary interest in the quality of their partners’ public financial management.”
Source: Foreword “OECD/DAC Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery”
The training programme will have a practical and interactive character. This is in line with the objective to share knowledge and strengthen the co-operation between the civil servants of the participating countries.
Training programme structure
The programme will stimulate much participant interaction and is built around three balanced, mutually supportive and integrated components, namely:
Study visits/Social programme
On completion of the training, participants will:
Have insight in the best practices for public procurement
Know how Dutch public procurement system works in practice
Be able to use the acquired knowledge and best practices as a source of inspiration for dealing with challenges related to improving the public procurement in their own countries
Be trained in the practical application of specific subjects and in a number of needed practical skills
Have had the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences
Have had the opportunity to create new professional cross-border networking relations.
All programme lecturers are carefully selected and have, broad European experience, particularly in the target countries, with respect to the many aspects of Public Finance Management. They have an open eye for differences in national systems and have a thorough understanding for and practical experience in the problems the participants face at home.
Important points on which the selection of participants will largely be based are:
The participant must be a professional working at a (semi) governmental organization
The participant should clearly demonstrate an immediate need for training in the field of PFM
The participant should have experience with the current PFM practice and the many aspects of PFM reform in his/her country
The participant should command a good level of spoken and written English
The participant should be highly motivated and enthusiastic
The participant should be comfortable sharing his/her knowledge with fellow participants (solo presentations during the programme and regular knowledge sharing in the digital learning environment will be required)
The participant should have at least 3 years of working experience and preferably be in a decision-making function.
Signed employer’s statement of recommendation is required.
How to Apply
Please read the admission requirements carefully. Candidates who satisfy all of the requirements may proceed to complete the application form which is available at www.asser.nl/matrapatrol
Qualified applicants must obtain permission to attend this training programme and a letter of recommendation from their employer/superior.
Applications (duly signed by the applicant and his/her employer) should be submitted before 12 January, 2014.
Only fully documented applications will be considered. Admission will be on a merit and competitive basis. The participants will be selected by staff at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the applicants ‘country. Staff at the Embassy will also assist with visa requirements where applicable.
Successfully uploaded applications will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation.
Candidates will be informed of the result of their application three to four weeks before commencement of the training programme.
The Ecorys Academy is the specialized training institute of Ecorys. Under the umbrella of the Ecorys Academy, our experts and specialists from our extensive international network, deliver training courses worldwide. Our training offer, that can be delivered as open subscription, embedded and tailor made, consists of courses about amongst others: Public Procurement, Cost Benefit Analysis, Instrument for pre-Accession (IPA), Structural Funds, Impact Assessment, Scenario-Analysis, Public Finance Management, Evaluation methods, EU funds management, European Public Affairs and European/International negotiation techniques.
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