Ref N° 250

Support to the National Coordinating Unit in Azerbaijan

Overall project value (EUR)
€ 929 160
Origin of funding
Proportion carried out by legal entity
Consortium members
Hifab International AB, Planet Consultants, TMS International
Start date
August 2005
End date
December 2007
Number of staff provided
3 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

The immediate objective of the project is to improve and strengthen the planning and co-ordination capacities of the Azeri government in relation to EU support and related external assistance programmes.Project counterparts (NCUs) are those public administrations responsible for EU and other external aid planning and management.

The support seeks to address the following:

  • Human resource constraints at senior and middle management levels responsible for planning and co-ordination of EU support and of related external assistance;
  • The continuing need to improve the coherence and co-ordination of the EU programme and other external development assistance in partner countries, within an agreed framework of national and international priorities and objectives.

Components include:

Component 1: Institutional Strengthening

  • Support to the institutional setting of the NCU;
  • Advice on EU aid programming;
  • External aid coordination;
  • Promotion of wider stakeholder consultation.

Component 2: Human Resource Development and Management

  • Strengthening of NCU’s internal work organisation, development of appropriate management systems and tools;
  • Reinforcing Human Resource Development processes;
  • Skills development (training).

Component 3: The project aims at promoting the active participation of the Azeri national and regional Authorities in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Programmes.

Type of services provided

Key services provided include:

  • Overall policy development with respect to EU aid planning and programming, inclusive the link with overall external aid co-ordination;
  • Support to the formulation of national strategy papers; sectoral and thematic papers and national inputs into the preparation of Indicative Programmes and Action Programmes;
  • HRD: training strategy development; training needs analysis; design and development of training materials,; seminars; study tours (target group: NCU, relevant line Ministries and other Government administrations).

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