download - Matra South Programme

Supporting democratic transition in the Arab region
Part I: 9 - 14 November 2014
The Hague, The Netherlands
Part II: 14 - 19 December 2014
Introduction Matra-South programme
The training Social Affairs 2014 will be organised as part of the Matra-South programme for Arab
Countries. The Matra-South programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The
Netherlands. Matra-South is a Dutch bilateral effort dedicated to contribute to the recent political
developments in the Arabic region. The programme intends to support a sustainable transition to
pluralistic and democratic societies governed by the rule of law in the Arabic region.
Core Information
Eligible countries:.
Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia
Application deadline:
14 September 2014, 12.00 CET
Training period part I:
Training period part II:
9 – 14 November 2014 (The Hague)
14 – 19 December 2014 (Tunisia )
English and Arabic, with simultaneous interpretation
Programme Costs:
The Netherlands Government will provide full fellowships to
selected participants. Each fellowship will cover the cost of
international travel (economy-class), board and lodging, visa
and insurance, tuition fees, lecture materials and excursions.
The Hague, The Netherlands & Tunisia
Training venue part I:
The Hague Academy for Local Governance
Nassaulaan 12, The Hague
Hotel accommodation part I:
Bilderberg Europe Hotel, The Hague
Training venue part II:
Tunisia (to be decided)
Hotel accommodation part II:
Tunisia (to be decided)
The training will cover 10 working days in total and is organised over two separate periods.
Participants are obliged to attend both parts (see cancellation regulation below).
Course content
What policies help to increase economic growth and job creation? How is the social security system
organised in The Netherlands? And what can be learned from experiences in the Middle East and
North Africa? These and many more questions will be discussed during a blended learning
programme offered by The Hague Academy in cooperation with ROI and CNV International.
The first part of the course will be organised in The Hague, The Netherlands, the second part in
Tunisia. In between there will be homework assignments and online coaching.
In this course, with the help of international experts and practical examples from The Netherlands,
participants will discuss how economic growth can go hand in hand with social security reforms in
their home countries. Employment strategies to reform the labour market and create more and
better jobs will be discussed. Other questions that will be addressed are how to increase coverage of
social security subsidies such as pensions, unemployment insurance and disability benefits, and how
to create more effective social safety nets for the poor and vulnerable.
Visits will be paid to relevant Ministries in The Netherlands and Tunisia, the Social and Economic
Council of The Netherlands and successful local projects in the field of employment and social
security. Expert contributions come from amongst others dr. Hein Roelfsema (Director of the
Utrecht Centre for Entrepreneurship), Petra Stienen (a former human rights diplomat in amongst
others Egypt and Syria), and the international department of the Dutch labour organisation CNV.
Learning objectives
The training course deepens the knowledge of civil servants from the four target countries in the
field of social affairs and employment policies. In addition, it strengthens their capacity to effectively
contribute to the development and implementation of such policies in their home countries. During
the course, the participants have many opportunities to share experiences with each other as well as
with their colleagues from The Netherlands so that international networks between civil servants will
be stimulated.
After the course the participants will have:
Increased theoretical knowledge on and understanding of social affairs and employment
policies, both at an international and at a national level (The Netherlands and the target
Enhanced the following practical skills:
- Analytical skills
- Working in teams
- (International) negotiation
- Change management
- Presentation skills
Increased knowledge of and insight in Dutch practice and best practices in the MENA-region;
Established sustainable relationships with colleagues from the target countries and The
Who may apply?
This training course is designed for senior civil servants and policy makers employed by a national
Ministry and charged with social and/or economic affairs in one of the following countries: Egypt,
Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan.
The maximum number of participants is 25. The total will represent a balance in the number of
participants from the individual countries. Please note that only people from the countries mentioned
above can apply for this course!
You need permission from your employer to attend this training course and you will have to provide
email address and phone number of your employer/supervisor.
Training costs
The Dutch government provides funding for of the costs related to the participation. For each
selected participant, the costs of international travel (flight in economy), board and lodging, visa and
insurance, tuition fee for the training, lecture materials and social programme will be covered.
Applicants are responsible for the organisation and costs of travelling to the airport in their own
Applicants who have been awarded a place are expected to fully attend both part 1 and 2 of the
training programme. In case of no-shows or cancellations within four weeks before the start of the
first part of the training, the organiser has the right to claim all costs incurred from the
participants’ employer.
The deadline for application is 14 September 2014 at 12:00 CET. In the online application form, you
will be asked to give information about your educational background, your professional experience,
your present position, the present state of affairs with respect to employment and social affairs in
your country and the main challenges you see. You will also have to include a convincing motivation
for participation in this course. In addition, you will be asked to explain how you will use the
things you learn during the programme for your professional development.
Online applications should be made through the website . To apply you first have to create an account which will enable
you to fill out the online application form.
Please note that the application instructions on the website need to be followed carefully. Failure to
do so may result in your application not being taken into consideration.
Selection process
After reception of your application, the selection procedure will start. The selection of
participants will be carried out by The Hague Academy for Local Governance together with PBLQ ROI.
Important points on which the selection of applicants will be based:
1. Administrative check of the application
Only complete applications received before the deadline will be considered.
2. Match of job position, learning goals with the topics of the respective module and motivation
The applicant should clearly demonstrate an immediate need for training in the field of social
affairs and employment. The applicant should be highly motivated and enthusiastic.
3. Competitive bases per country
Admission will be on a competitive basis. A balanced number of participants from each
country is aimed at, five for each country.
Upon receiving your acceptance letter, participants are expected to confirm their participation as
soon as possible to the organisers.
The selection procedure will be finalised by the end of September 2014. We will give you notice
immediately in case you have been selected. After we have received your written confirmation your
participation is final.
For more information, please contact:
The Hague Academy for Local Governance
Contact person:
Ms Suzanne Jansen / Ms Qazal Jamali
[email protected]
Implementing organisations
The Hague Academy for Local Governance
The Hague Academy for Local Governance is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims
at strengthening good (local) governance, public service delivery and socio-economic development in
developing and transitional countries by organising practice oriented training programmes. In
addition to that, the Academy supports young, talented civil servants in developing and transitional
countries by scholarships and an online network for young civil servants around the world.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance was established in 2006 by VNG International – the agency
for cooperation of The Netherlands Association of Local Governments - with the support of the
municipality of The Hague and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. Coming from the world
of local government, being part of a worldwide network of local government practitioners, The
Hague Academy offers training programmes that focus on real life situations and challenges that the
participants recognise from their daily work. They meet colleagues from abroad, learn from
experiences in other countries and relate what has been learned to the practice in their home
Training topics are: Democracy, Decentralisation and Development; Citizen Participation and
Accountability; Delivery of Services (Social Services, Water, Waste, Health and Infrastructure);
Peacebuilding and Local Governance; Regional Cooperation and Economic Growth; Climate Change
and Sustainable Local Development; Female Leadership; Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance.
Clients include, among others, Ministries, decentralised governments and training institutes in
developing and transitional countries, NGOs and international donor and development organizations
such as UNDP, UNCDF, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, GIZ, Danida, Irish Aid, SIDA, CARE, Cordaid and the
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information:
PBLQ ROI, Dutch Institute for Public Administration
PBLQ, the Dutch Institute for Public Administration, strengthens the core business of the public
sector through advice, education, research and innovation.
The public sector is in transition, affected by many internal and external factors. The European Union
adds new dimensions, as does the information and knowledge society. The public sector therefore
needs modernisation to ensure leaner and smarter organisations and more efficient processes to
meet today's societal challenges. PBLQ offers a unique mix of advice, education, and research and
innovation, making it the logical partner for the public sector to achieve this transformation
PBLQ employs more than 150 professionals who share common values and are committed to the
advancement of the public sector. Many PBLQ employees are former senior civil servants from the
national, provincial or municipal level.
PBLQ is the collaboration of three legal entities: PBLQ HEC (advice), PBLQ ROI (education) and PBLQ
Zenc (research and innovation). When referenced together, only the PBLQ title is used. PBLQ HEC
and PBLQ ROI were founded by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations to assist the
government on issues related to information management and large ICT projects and to undertake
the professional training and development of its staff. These three entities have a long-standing
tradition and track record of adding value to the public sector.
PBLQ adopts a not-for-profit approach. We invest by sharing our experiences and knowledge through
seminars, lectures and publications. PBLQ works closely with the academic world and hosts two
accredited master's programmes: a Master of Public Information Management and a Master of
Public Human Resource Strategy. PBLQ ROI was founded in 1973 by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior
and Kingdom Relations as the department responsible for the further development of the Dutch civil
service. In the early 1990s the Dutch government initiated a decentralisation process. It turned its
focus on a number of core tasks, which resulted in the privatisation of different parts of the
administration. In 1992, PBLQ ROI became an independent training foundation for the public
administration. It was created by law, with its core task still being the development and
implementation of training programs for civil servants and other public sector employees.
The organisation continues to have close ties with the Dutch public administration. The Ministry of
the Interior and Kingdom Relations is still represented on the governing board of PBLQ ROI and as a
mandated body it can act on behalf of the national administration to implement EC twinning projects.
PBLQ ROI has implemented various training and development programmes in European, African and
Asian countries related to public administration reform. Specific countries in the Arab world where
ROI has experience are Lebanon and Yemen. These projects are financed by either multilateral
donors (European Commission, UNDP, Inter-American Development Bank) or by bilateral donors.
Areas covered are, among others: Public policy making and implementation, Personal development,
Capacity building, Institutional strengthening, Setting up and institutional strengthening of sister
training institutes for the public sector, Enforcement, Compliance and policy instruments,
Governmental communication strategies, Public sector finances, Organisational reviews and
functional analysis, and Management and leadership.
ROI is one of the preferred suppliers for the Ministry of Social Affairs and has a framework contract
with UWV. Tailor-made programmes have been conducted for FNV, UWV and the Ministry of
Economic Affairs. For more information:
CNV Internationaal
CNV Internationaal is the department for international cooperation of the CNV, the National
Federation of Christian Trade Unions in The Netherlands. Based on the ILO ´Decent Work´-agenda,
CNV Internationaal supports national trade union organisations in developing and transition
countries to improve the situation of working women and men in their country.
By giving advice, training and financial resources, CNV professionals enable their colleagues to
promote decent work for their members, meaning: respecting human rights of labourers, creating
more and better work opportunities, increasing social protection and promoting social dialogue.
Following specially designed methods for planning, monitoring and evaluation applied to workers
organisations, they give advice on drafting work plans on capacity building or employment
promotion schemes. CNV Internationaal also carries out national and international publicity
campaigns and lobbying activities in order to support and enable these improvements.