Support to SIFAP - training system for public administration

  • Executing agency: UN/DESA Division for Public Economics and Public Administration
  • Senior advisor: Mrs. Najet Karaborni
  • Start date: 1 June 1998
  • Partners: Cooperating Agency: National Execution (NEX); Government Coop. Agency: Ministry of State Administration
  • Total budget: USD 172,629

I. Brief description and Objectives of the project

The objective of the project is to support SIFAP in strengthening the capacity of public officials and public administrators to improve the quality of public services, and contribute to the development and consolidation of the current reform and modernisation programmes in the public sector. More specifically the project has to establish an adequate management organization for the preparation and implementation of SIFAP, basic professional, physical and operational prerequisites for formal (residential courses at basic and medium level) and non-formal (mainly short term courses and distance education) training in public administration (formulation of curricula and didactic materials, training of trainers etc). It has also to elaborate a detailed implementation plan to guarantee continuity after this preparatory phase.

II. Main activities undertaken and on-going

Establishment of an adequate project management and technical assistance organisation for the Preparatory an subsequent Implementation Project;
Establishment of a MAE technical assistance unit including an international training expert to support MAE project management and liaise with external consultants;
Initiation of tender process for external technical assistance;
Establishment of basic professional physical and operational prerequisites for formal and non-formal training in public administration;
Analysis of target groups and their trainings needs;
Elaboration of a main structure of public administration issues and of an integral modular framework for formal and non-formal training;
Establishment of basic integrated physical and operational conditions for formal and non-formal training;
Training of trainers of trainers from professional group to form a core professional group and civil servants trained to cater for decentralised and distance training;
Design of a main structure of study programmes, curricula, didactic material and testing mechanisms and other professional prerequisites for formal middle level and non-formal training;
Organisation of seminars for managers in public institutions and companies;
Elaboration of a final implementation project report
Formulation of recommendations for a next assistance phase for the Government of Mozambique

III. Project results/outcomes

Public officials and public administrators acquired a level of competence in general administrative matters and practical administrative skills, adequate for coping wit the demands of the public system and the population as a whole. 700 civil servants studied at middle level and 6000 politicians and civil servants concluded short non-formal courses. Population of Mozambique is receiving improved public services and enhanced economic opportunities.

IV. Implementing partners including donors, UNDP, and Government counterparts

UN organizations (UNDESA, UNDP)
Government of Mozambique