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STUDENTS OF FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY EXPLORE THE CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AT REGIONAL AND LOCAL LEVELS IN AFRICA

From 5 to 10 March 2017, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), a flagship project of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and Florida International University (FIU) in the United States have organised a study visit to the Kingdom of Morocco for PhD and Master’s students.

This will be the third study trip organised by FIU for the benefit of its students with the first edition taking place in Bulgaria (2013), the second in the Kingdom of Morocco in 2014,  which inspired this 2017 edition in Morocco again.

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Third Call for Applications for the Staff of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA)

In the framework of the operationalization of the African Local Government  Academy (ALGA), the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) has launched two calls for candidacies concerning the Staff of this Academy, which have been able to collect only a limited number of candidates from the Francophone Region of Africa.

Based on its values as a Pan-African Organization serving all the 5 African Regions and in order to continue promoting and anchoring the cultural diversity that characterizes our continent, UCLG Africa decided to launch a third call for application to encourage and attract applications from all of these regions.

This is why, the UCLG-Africa is hiring staff for the following three positions:

  • •Officer in charge of Accreditation, Labelling and Quality Assurance.
  • •Officer in charge of African Local Human Resources Observatory.
  • •Officer in Charge of Training Engineering and Academic Affairs.

For all the needed information about the proposed positions, the missions, the tasks, the required skills,… interested candidates are invited to click on the document here and read it carefully.

 Please note that interested candidates for each position MUST include:

  1. A cover letter, specifying salary expectations; 
  2. A detailed CV;
  3. Certified copies of degrees and work certificates;
  4. Professional references;
  5. And a photo ID. 

 

A candidate can apply to only one of the three positions. 

Applications should be submitted to The Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa(UCLG-Africa) before Sunday 26 March 2017 at the following e-mail addresses: info@uclga.org and najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr or sent to the postal address :  The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), 22, Essaadyine Street, Hassan District, Zip Code 10020, Rabat- Morocco, with the mention in the object “ALGA RECRUITEMENT STAFF”.

Signing of Cooperation & Partnership Agreements between ALGA and its Academic Partners

The African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) will sign cooperation and partnership Agreements with its academic partners. In fact, the signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the International University of Rabat, Amphitheatre 7-Building III, Technopolis, Sala Al Jadida, Morocco.

The signing ceremony will be followed by a conference on the theme “How to Promote Quality and Excellence in Training and Capacity Building for Local Governments?” that Professor Mr. Allan Rosenbaum, President of International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA), will facilitate.

To know more on the signing ceremony and the conference, read the Press Release here.

Call for applications: Assistant to the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) Director

The Pan-African organization, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the representative organization of the African local authorities and the regional chapter of the World organization, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), is looking for an Assistant to its ALGA Director located in its headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

Under the supervision of the African Local Governments Academy Director, the Assistant will have the following functional responsibilities:

1) Provide general support to the Director of ALGA in the exercise of her responsibilities.

2) Prepare and organize the tasks and duties of the Director.

3) Run the work of the secretariat of the ALGA Department.

4) Ensure an interface between the Director, the Anchor Institutes of ALGA, the Regional offices, and the partners of UCLG Africa.

5) Ensure the secretariat of the coordination meetings of the ALGA Director, produce and disseminate the reports under the Director’s responsibility.

6) Carry all other tasks requested by the Director in connection with the activities of the ALGA and of UCLG Africa generally.

The Assistant to the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) Director must demonstrate the following required abilities and skills:

•Good command and use of computers and the usual standard, of the Internet, the social networks and their main applications.

•Excellent communication and good oral and written presentation skills.

•The ability to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment.

•A sense of initiative and responsibility.

•A strict ethical behavior.

•Networking skills.

•A sense of organization.

In addition, he/she have to:

•Be practical and professional.

•Be willing to learn.

•Be friendly.

•Be willing to travel frequently.

 

The position is open to African candidates who hold at least an undergraduate university degree in Political Science / Law / Economics / International Relations and have at least 3 years of relevant experience. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates must include a cover letter; a detailed CV, certified copies of the degrees; work certificates, professional references and a photo ID to their application file and send it to the addresses mentioned in the Terms of Reference attached here

 

The submission deadline is November 30, 2016, at 17:00 GMT

 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by UCLG Africa.

UCLG Africa & BIPA-MENAPAR sign Memorandum of Understanding

UCLG Africa participated to the EURO-MENA Dialogue in the Sultanate of Oman, from 24 to 27 October 2016 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Public Administration of Bahrain (BIPA) and the Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR).

The MoU was signed by Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General and by Dr. Raed Ben Shams, Director General of BIPA-MENAPAR.

The MoU shall provide a generic framework for UCLG Africa, BIPA and MENAPAR to promote joint activities, training programs, share lessons learnt and build communities of practice, exchange knowledge, experiences, tools and documentation, in the areas of Public Administration, Governance, Local Governance and capacity building.

The Memorandum shall govern joint activities between the parties and shall be largely focused on organizing joint activities, to the benefit of elected officials and civil servants.

The parties have first agreed to cooperate and collaborate in supporting the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) to set up and implement an E-Learning platform for its programs.

The Memorandum also aims at promoting collaboration and exchanges in programs, publications, training activities, study tours, peer learning, and in any other activities in the interest of both organizations.

A joint commission will be set up for follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the MoU provisions. This commission will be lead on behalf of UCLG Africa by the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), Dr. Najat ZARROUK.

The partnership was signed for a renewable period of 3 years.

The Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) was established in 2006 issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. The Institute seeks to achieve sustainable development.

The Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) network was incubated as an offshoot of the research activities of BIPA within the Capacity Development Facility (CDF); a joint project of BIPA and the UNDP. It was created on 23 April 2014 and will promote evidence-based policy and decision-making in public administration.

Human Resources in African Local Government: Time to act is now!

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa-UCLG Africa scored a successful participation in the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador. The highlight of this participation was the organization of a side event on the human resources challenge within the Local Governments of Africa.

This side event focused on UCLG Africa newly established programme, the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), which was created on the request of the organization members to address the challenges of capacity building and professionalism in local Africa.

The exchanges and discussions between the different panelists and the audience were summed up in ten recommendations. The first recommendations focused on the construction of a process around perpetuity and on the understanding of the complexity of the urbanization process of Africa. The participants in the side event also stressed the need of an entrepreneurial mind-set characterized by foresight.

You can read all the recommendations of the UCLG Africa side event, here.

Registration for UCLG Africa Side Event of in HABITAT III

On 18 October 2016, UCLG Africa will organize, in partenership with the European Union, a side event within the Habitat III Conference, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016.

The side event will focus on the challenge of human capital in local governments under the theme: “Human Resources in African Local Government: Time to Act is now!”

Aware of the importance of strengthening the capacity of local governments, UCLG Africa created the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) to help reinforce the managerial capacities of elected officials and improve the professionalism and skills of senior staff of African Local Governments.

The participants to Habitat III conference are requested to confirm their presence at this side event by sending an email to: secretariat@uclga.org  Attention: Ms. Fatima Razouki with a forward to Dr. Najat Zarrouk najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr  by Monday, 10 October 2016.

The panelists expected to take part are:

  • -Mr. Jean Pierre Elong-Mbassi,  Secretary General of the UCLG-A;
  • -Dr. Zarrouk Najat, Director of ALGA and member of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration – Morocco;
  • -Dr. Samson Kassahum, Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) – Ethiopia;
  • -Mr. Wahir Justin SOME, Director of the Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux of (CIFAL) Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso;
  • -Dr. Abdulai Darimani, Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) – Ghana;
  • -Mr. Mpilo Ngubane, Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE eThekwini Municipality) – Durban, South Africa;
  • -Mr. Aloysius Bongwa, Special Advisor of ALGA;
  • -Mr Mohammed ABDELLAOUI, Vice-President of the Internationale University of Rabat (UIR) – Morocco.

 

The presentation of the session and the agenda of the side event are available here.

IASIA & UCLG Africa sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 23 September 2016, in Chengdu (China), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the International Association of schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG Africa).

The MoU was signed for IASIA, by the new President Mr. Cavalcanti Bianor and the outgoing President, Mr. Michel De Vries. On behalf of UCLG-Africa, the document was signed by the Secretary General of the Organization, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The MoU shall provide a generic framework for the IASIA and the UCLG Africa to promote joint activities, training programs, share lessons learnt and build communities of practice, exchange knowledge, experiences, tools and documentation, in the areas of Public Administration, Governance, Local Governance and capacity building. These areas are important for UCLG Africa’ mission, which created the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), following the request of its members during the Africities Summit held in Marrakesh (Morocco) in 2009.

The Memorandum shall govern joint activities between the parties and shall be largely focused on organizing joint activities, to the benefit of elected officials and civil servants.

 

The Memorandum also aims at promoting collaboration and exchanges in programs, publications, training activities, study tours, peer learning, and in any other activities in the interest of both organizations.

A joint commission will be set up for follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the MoU provisions. This commission will be lead on behalf of UCLG Africa by the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA), Dr. Najat ZARROUK.

The partnership was signed for a renewable period of 3 years.

Note that, the International Association of schools and institutes of Administration (IASIA) is the specialized entity of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) established in 1961 and is located in Brussels.

Recruitment of Staff of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA)

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) has established the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and wants to strengthen the staff of this Academy by hiring these following profiles:

 Officer in Charge of Accreditation

– Officer in Charge of Standardization and Strategic Vision

 Officer in Charge of Educational Innovation

Candidates who are interested in applying for one of the positions listed above must send their applications before the 17 November 2016 at 17:00 (UT).

MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD OF THE AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY (ALGA) – PRESS RELEASE

The second meeting of the academic board of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) was held from the 7 to 8 June 2016 in the Golden Tulip Farah Hotel in Rabat (Morocco). ALGA is set up by the Pan-African organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

 

Participated in  this meeting: (a) the members of the Academic Board of ALGA; (b) the representatives of universities, institutes and training centers dedicated to local communities selected to be the first institutions to anchor the Academy at the level of the different regions of Africa, namely:  for the Region of southern Africa, the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) Durban, South Africa; for the Region of Eastern Africa, the Ethiopian Civil Service University, Addis Ababa; for the  the English-speaking Western Africa Region, Institute for Local Governments Studies (ILGS) in Accra, Ghana; for the francophone Western Africa Region, Centre International de formation des authorities local (CIFAL); for North Africa: Al Khawayne University of Ifrane and the International University of Rabat (UIR), Morocco; (c) AAPAM, African Association for Public Administration and Management, Nairobi, Kenya; (d) the representatives of the institutions in support of ALGA: Institute of Housing Studies (IHS) in the University of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Hague Academy; (e) representatives of the general secretariat of UCLG-A.

Read the Press Release here