Cooperation with Local Government Associations

What is the School of local self-governance? 
The School of local self-governance for the heads of the local self-governments of different levels was created within the framework of the Complex training program developed by DESPRO. It offers a set of hands-on practical measures aimed at: 
Ø forming viable and highly professional local self-governments in Ukraine in compliance with the European chart of local self-governance; 
Ø empowering the local self-governance leaders and enhancing the role of the local self-governments Associations; 
Ø providing the leaders and staff of the executive bodies and active Associations’ members with efficient instruments for the development of the institutional capacities among the local self-governance associations and for the support of efficient performance of the local self-governments’ function;   
Ø forming up viable professional active core within associations.

The heads of the local self-governments – active members of all-Ukrainian organizations e.g. all-Ukrainian associations of the village and settlements councils, small towns associations as an individual unit of the Ukrainian cities Association, Ukrainian association of raion and oblast’ councils, the first persons (heads of the associations’ boards and their deputies), high officials of the executive bodies ( executive directors and their deputies) will become target audience for the School of local self-governance.  

The students for the School of local self-governance are selected with the goal of providing high quality staff for the local self-governance bodies in mind, and as a final outcome, more complete realization of DESPRO tasks in the area of decentralization and reforming of local self-governments in Ukraine. 

What are the main tasks of the School of local self-governance? 
The goal of the School of local self-governance is: 
1) upgrading professional skills and qualifications of the local self-governance bodies’ leaders, fulfilling their competences;  enhancing their capacity in fulfilling their functions;
2) making the local self-governments’ leaders aware of the necessity, aim and contents of joining their effort through participation in the all-Ukrainian associations, payment of membership fees, active involvement in the associations’ operation;   
3) ensure local self-governments’ leaders readiness to improve the local self-governance system, to devise and implement in practice social reforms and to participate in the process under the new conditions.

The main task of School of local self-governance is contributing to the formation of properly qualified active members of each of the three all-Ukrainian associations of the local self-governance bodies. 

Who are the potential students of the school? 
Only elected heads of the local self-governance bodies (village or settlement councils’ heads, city mayors, heads of raion or oblast’ councils) who are members of one of all-Ukrainian associations of the local self-governance bodies can apply. 
Village or settlement councils’ heads, city mayors, heads of raion councils from24 regions (with exception of Crimea, Kiev and Sebastopol cities) can be considered for selection process.  
Selection is being done at each local self-governance level, i.e.; in three categories of one of the three all-Ukrainian associations of the local self-governance bodies – up to 30 participants in each:
1.Village or settlement councils’ heads, (members of all-Ukrainian associations of the village and settlements councils 
2. Head of raion councils (members of Ukrainian association of raion and oblast’ councils,);
3. Small towns mayors (members of small towns association). 

How does the School work?
DESPRO project announces competition for  those willing to study at School of local self-governance. Schools of local self-governance offer 3 years’ programs.   
Year 2014 ― the School course was completed by 50 officials of the local self-governments; 15 employees were selected as potential trainers to teach in the School in the future;  
Year 2015   ― second selection round will be closed at the end of April 2015;
Year 2016   ― third selection round. 
The School offers theoretical and practical training on decentralization topics – two sessions of full-time studies and two long-distance on-line courses on the issues of decentralization and management of the local development projects. Training modules and materials can be accessed free on-line in the library of the School of local self-governance on  DESPRO site and on the platform “Common practices – innovations and best practices of the local self-governments. 
Besides, future trainers will be chosen from the entire body of participants to share their best practices at the meetings organized by DESPRO.
After the graduation all the students are issued a Diploma of the School of local self-governance graduates and Certificates for completing the on-line course on decentralization and management of the local development projects. 


How can one get enrolled to the School?
After competition is posted by the School of local self-governance on DESPRO site, candidates  are required to submit the following documents:
1.      The attached questionnaire is available on-line only; 
2.      Letters of references (up to three references from colleagues, local self-governments’ associations, from community organizations) shall be sent by fax or by –e-mail (scanned copies).
All the required papers shall be sent by fax, regular mail or e-mail with the headline “application for the training in the School of local self-governance” at the address: 
DESPRO
B.Hrynchenko str. 2, # 2
Kiev, 01001 Ukraine
fax (+380 44) 279 67 27
t.siryk@despro.org.ua


How are candidates evaluated and selected?
Selection criteria are established to identify the applicants with the best incentives, of good moral standing and appropriate professional knowledge. Respectively, the criteria can be divided into three categories: motivation (0-40 points), good standing (0-35 points) and qualification (0-25 points).
To evaluate whether an applicant meets the selection criteria the analysis of the responses to the questionnaire is conducted. In the questionnaire the greatest attention is paid to the practical experience confirmed by the evidence (documents, recommendation letters, and references). The points are given on the basis of the applicant’s responses to the questions).  
The participants are selected by the special board composed of 5-7 persons. All the board decisions are to be approved by the majority of votes of all those present. Each board member assesses each questionnaire separately, and the final grade of the applicant is drawn as a mean arithmetical value of the grades put by each of the board members (maximum sum total of the points – 100).
Each region representative is chosen as competition winner in each category if his/her rating is higher than that of the other pretenders. Then come 6 other participants with the highest rating among those remaining regardless of the region.  If some regions failed to send representatives, the best of those present are added to the total number, irrespective of their regions. Altogether up to 30 persons are selected in each category to the School of local self-governance: 
а)  up to 30 village/settlement council heads (one from each of 24 regions and additionally 6 with highest rating);
b) up to 30 small towns mayors (one from each of 24 regions and additionally 6 with highest rating); 
c) up to 30 raion councils’ heads (one from each of 24 regions and additionally 6 with highest rating). 


All are welcome to our annual School of the local self-governance!