The Mobility Schemes Programme
ReSPA organizes targeted exchange programmes (in the line with short term internship up to two weeks), with a view to allowing public servants to gain experience from different contexts, in particular amongst the public administration in the region but also with EU Member States. These are mainly based on collaborations established with schools and institutes of public administration in ReSPA and EU Member States or other networks.
The Programme aims at contributing to a creation of accountable, effective and professional public administration in the region by offering tailor-made mobility schemes for interested civil servants who seek to learn from other country’s experiences and good practices. The entire programme is being developed by ReSPA based on the indicators and aims stipulated at the ReSPA’s EC Grant Contract as well as on the real needs of the civil servants identified recently.
This exercise provides good opportunities for the selected civil servants to learn and develop their skills by visiting similar public institutions of another country of the region. The opportunities will enable the participants to exchange experiences, learn by doing in a different context than the ones from their own national level, being coached and advised from an institution that has passed through a similar path and good and best practices could be shared on a location. It is perceived as a short term programme which gives great opportunity to participants to further network and receive direct insight how the respective Institution and specific organizational parts function.
Phases of Mobility scheme programmes
Mobility Schemes undergo 5 phases until the process is complete.
Call of Applications issued by ReSPA. The dissemination of the information and the necessary documentation is distributed through the Liaison Officers (LO) on ReSPA member countries and Kosovo*. The necessary information is posted on ReSPA website.
Application procedure and the selection of the participants. All interested civil servants have to notify their respective LO’s for their shown interest. The applicants fill in the part of their motivation with the application form. The motivation and the application form is evaluated and assessed by the LO’s and the most successful ones are accepted. If there is a need, ReSPA may re-evaluate or re-assess the applications in order that the most successful applicant is being accepted.
Induction of the candidates - ReSPA gets in touch with the selected candidates and shares with them additional instructions. All of them are invited for a one day induction session at the premises of ReSPA. This phase is crucial to match the needs of the candidates with the expected scheme at the country where they applied for;
Organization of stay at the regional institutions –ReSPA arranges and identifies all institutions who have expressed their interest to host and accept the candidates. Further on, ReSPA organizes their trips and other logistical matters for the candidates to attend the scheme at the institution they have applied for. If needed, ReSPA staff may accompany the candidates for the first day to their visiting institution and introduce the candidate and the persons in charge at the institution they have applied;
Obligations of the hosting institutions – ReSPA, prior to the mobility schemes are conducted, liaises with the hosting institutions on the steps that they should follow while hosting a civil servant.. The list of the institutions is the starting point on how they can contribute and assist their neighboring countries through hosting an interested civil servant. In addition, ReSPA may consider possibility of inviting the representatives of hosting institutions on a possible networking ein improving and expanding the collaboration efforts.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and it is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence