Municipal Training System Project (MTS)
As the institutions of government closest to the citizens, municipal and city administrations require skilled staff to deliver quality services and effectively manage development processes. The Municipal Training System project was created to meet this need through the development of a practice-oriented professional resource for demand-driven training of local government staff and elected officials.
The Project was set in motion in 2008, with the first project phase focusing on the establishment of critical operational and policy structures. Training support units have now been established within all partner institutions to plan, manage and evaluate training in accordance with strategy documents endorsed by entity governments. The operation of these units is overseen and guided by the newly-established entity training commissions. Nine regional training localities have also been created within host local governments to bring training closer to the beneficiaries and curb logistical cost.
The second project phase is now focused on strengthening and consolidating the newly created structures, and functions, of the Training System, as called for in the 2011 – 2015 strategy documents. The project will support the participatory design, affirmation and application of capacity development policies, complemented by relevant systemic tools such as E-learning. Efforts will be aimed at improving the enabling environment, credibility and visibility of the Training System, particularly in terms of support to development of the training market and promotion of the public training tool country-wide. Furthermore, support will be continually provided in the design and delivery of priority training programmes for local government employees and elected officials, within the framework of both entity Strategies and in line with the training needs of BiH local governments. Through its direct capacity building component, the Project, with its local partners, is expected to train more than 4000 local government employees by 2015.
The overarching objective of the Project is to improve local government performance through practical training targeting knowledge and skill gaps identified through regular training needs appraisal.
The objective will be pursued through:
Consolidation of newly created training structures and policies that make up the training system;
Support to direct capacity building through design and delivery of priority training;
Development of critical system tools, to include E-learning; and,
Further development of the system’s enabling environment, focusing on the training market, human resources management and partnerships with institutions in county and abroad.