Policy Planning and Institutional Development

VISTAA has implemented a large number of project in policy planning and institutional development with both State agencies and private sector. VISTAA has recorded a successful experience in building a comprehensive strategic setting, developing management capacity and providing the legal framework for the effective development and implementation policies for its clients.

 

“Participatory Policies Sustainable Agriculture” Project Sub-Grant for “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” Project
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia EU May 2018 May 2019

Description of Project:


The project is implemented by a consortium of 6 member organizations of Agricultural Alliance of Armenia. The overall objective of the Project is sustainable development of agriculture in Armenia through improvement of the policies in the agricultural sector. During the project at least 7 packages of recommendations on improvement of agricultural policies will be developed and submitted, at least 2 out of which will be included in the agricultural development national agenda.

 

Institutional Development Studies for Irrigation System Modernization Project (ISMP), “Water Sector PIU” SA
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia “Water Sector PIU” SA Feb 2015 May 2015

Description of Project:

 

The main objective of the assignment is to design activities for the institutional development component of ISMP project aimed at strengthening WUAs in terms of managerial potential and technical upgrading. The institutional strengthening of WUAs will include measures targeted on: (i) improvement of irrigation fee collection; (ii) reduction of irrigation water cost; (iii) development of WUAs’ governance bodies, including representatives, administrative council, various committees; (iv) improvement of irrigation services; (v) promotion of new irrigation technologies; (vi) increasing awareness of water users about WUAs; etc.

 

Description of services provided by VISTAA staff within the assignment:

 

The following is the description of activities to be implemented by the Consultant:

 

  1. Review the legal framework regulating WUAs’ performance and provide recommendations for its improvement.
  2. Investigate fee collection arrangements and propose measures for enforcing high irrigation fee collection rate.
  3. Develop measures for increasing water users’ awareness by using all the possible modern communication means to develop institutional capacities of WUAs.
  4. Review the institutional capacities of WUAs and study the incentives and promotional arrangements to stimulate performance of WUAs’ governance bodies with proposals on future performance improvements in the irrigation sector.
  5. Prepare a draft concept and strategy on promoting Participatory Irrigation Management (it is proposed to present specific promotional steps, measures), analyze measures for increasing awareness level of water users and their representatives, prepare a draft strategy for establishment of a pilot federation of WUAs.
  6. Identify measures for increasing awareness level of water users on application of new irrigation technologies.
  7. Investigate measures aimed at improving the services provided to water users and recommend measures for their improvement.
  8. Elaborate procedures for establishment of reserves and writing off of losses on receivables generated by water users for the purposes of financial accounting (governing by the requirements of the standard 39 “Financial instruments, recognition and measurement”) including definition of the required concepts, tools, estimations and criteria.
  9. Review the legal framework regulating the procedures for writing off receivables and develop solutions for writing off receivables generated by water users within 2004-2008 without generating tax liabilities, or proposing amendments to the existing legislation.
  10. Investigate the actual electricity consumption by pumping stations operated by WUAs and provide recommendations on upgrading electrical equipment and analyze possibility and efficiency of implementing a SCADA data collection system.
  11. Develop a Training Program for relevant specialists of the Client and relevant staff of WUAs to be implemented under ISMP.
Technical Due-Diligence of Sevan Hrazdan Cascade, SEVAN HRAZDAN CASCADE HYDROPOWER SYSTEM REHABILITATION PROJECT, ADB/EBRD
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia ADB/EBRD November 2012 January 2013

Description of Project:

 

The Sevan Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System Rehabilitation Project is being considered for financing by a group of financial institutions consisting of Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The Project will be implemented by International Energy Corporation, which is sponsored byRusHydro.

 

Description of services provided by VISTAA staff within the assignment:

 

  1. To assess the technical design and other specifications of the existing Sevan Hrazdan Cascade
  2. Hydropower System and to confirm the extent to which it corresponds to a hydro project in line with the current international standards;
  3. To review the Company’s operation & maintenance (“O&M”) activities of the existing Sevan Hrazdan Cascade Hydropower System, to assess the Company’s O&M capacity, and to confirm the extent to which it is compatible with the prudent industry practice;
  4. To assess technical integrity and sustainability and expected operational improvement (including
  5. preventive benefits) by the proposed investment programme which is planned for 2012-2015 (Phase
  6. 1 which corresponds to the Project) and 2016-17 (Phase 2); and

 

To outline potential operational and safety risks, life of the assets and major maintenance requirements related to the facilities and equipment that will not be upgraded.

Sector Support Programme for Support to Poverty Reduction Strategy through Reforms in Vocational Education Training (VET) Technical Assistance to RA Ministry of Education and Science(Resident TA 2)
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia European Commission Delegation January, 2010 January, 2011

Narrative Description of the Project:

 

The global objective is to provide support for the implementation of the ENP AP 2007 SSP in VET. The Resident TA will support the MoES in monitoring the fulfilment of the sector conditionalities with the view of upcoming continuation of SSP in VET under ENP AP 2009. To implement reforms the technical assistance shall take into account VET modernisation and innovation activities carried out so far, as well as the institutional capacity and capability of the GoA.

 

The specific objective is to assist the MoES of Armenia to improve the design, management, delivery and effectiveness of state programmes and services in the area of VET through enhancement of its institutional capacity in continuing the process of VET modernisation and innovation via consolidation and development of the activities carried out so far.

 

Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

  • Support the operations of National VET Council
  • Support the operations of National Centre for VET Development
  • VET Centres and their Governing Boards
  • Support Regional networks establishment for the provision of VET led by the 12 Regional Multifunctional Centres
  • Support training organizations / provision, included in the active employment measures by 12 Regional Multifunctional VET Centres.
  • Support the establishment of the Training Fund on the basis of the feasibility analysis carried out under the SPSP 2007
  • Support MoES to consistently improve VET finance management
  • Miscellaneous support not envisage in Task 1 to 7
Armenia – ENP AP 2007, Sector Support Programme for “Support to Poverty Reduction Strategy through Reforms in Vocational Education Training (VET). Feasibility Study on Establishment of Training Fund for VET Skills Development”
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia European Commission Delegation May, 2009 December, 2009

Narrative Description of Project:

 

The global objective of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Education and Science in identification and formulation of policy options/legal requirements for establishment National Training Fund to support VET skills development in Armenia.

 

Specific objective(s) are (a) Conduct feasibility analysis of skills development financing by means of national training funds comprised of contributions from various stakeholders, such as employers and employees (b) Review current policy and legislation; identify policy options/ legislative requirements for establishment of a National VET Fund.

 

Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

The Consultant developed a strategic and comprehensive, integrated and participatory approach to the drafting of the legislation/policy options for National Training Fund establishment. The legislation/policy options drafted should seek to establish integrity, relevance and compliance with the policy/legal requirements of Armenia and at the same time represent international best practice in the area of national funds.

 

The Consultant, in collaboration with the Resident TA, conducted consultations with key stakeholders at the commencement of the consultancy in Armenia. Regular status meetings were held with the participation of the Consultant and the Resident TA. The Consultant carried out the following activities in order to meet the objectives stated above:

 

  • Undertake review and analysis of available policies/legislation relevant to establishment of National Training Fund
  • Elaborate policy proposals / recommendations for establishment and effective operation of National Training Fund
  • Based on the policy proposals and in consultation with the Resident TA Team, prepare various drafts of the legislative requirements for the smooth operations of the National Training Fund
  • Prepare the final draft of the legislation for the National Training Fund
“Technical Assistance to the Implementation of the TACIS AP 2006 Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP). Vocational Education Training, (VET) and Social Child Care”
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia European Commission Delegation May, 2007 May, 2008

Narrative Description of the Project:

 

The global objective is to support Vocational Education and Training Development (VETD) through the TACIS Action Programme 2006, which comprises a Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP), a new modality of EC assistance to Armenia. This type of assistance places greater onus on the beneficiary institution than the traditional project modality. The support to be provided accordingly aims to improve the institutional capacity of Ministry of Education and Science (MOES), particularly the VET Department.

 

The specific objective is to support MOES through enhancing its institutional capacity in continuing modernization and innovation of VET. The technical assistance will support MOES in monitoring the execution of SPSP policy and will submit proposals on reforms development to the Commission and the Government of Armenia (GOA).

 

Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

  • Support in establishment of Task Force and National Council for Vocational Development (NCVD)
  • Review and update the MPP AP review and update
  • Prepare functional review of VET Department and provide support for establishment of NCVETD
  • Task 4 Support in establishment and operation of NCVETD (on demand basis)
  • Task 5 Strengthen MOES capacity to justify increased funding for VET (to support other TACIS VET project as well)
  • Task 6 Support in documentation preparation for EC budget support programme for 2008-10, if required.
  • Task 7 Support to MOES for meeting conditionalities for EC budget support programme for 2008-10
Assistance to Development Educational Capabilities of Public Administration Academy of Armenia
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia TACIS Armenia January, 2005 July, 2005

Narrative Description of the Project:



The wider objective of the Project of which this contract will be a part are as follows:
To promote development of Civil service system in Armenia by improving training and re-training systems of civil servants


Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

The objectives of the contract are as follows:

 

  • Develop the system of uninterrupted in-service career development training (extern) in the Academy
  • Develop distance learning system in the Academy. This is particularly important due to the fact that 85% of Municipal Servants and 15% of the civil servants are located in the regions and there are no state financial means to decentralize the learning (training) centres
  • Enhance the system of entrance and qualifying examinations in Public Administration in the Academy. An additional responsibility has been added to the Academy’s scope of work, that is – to develop curricula for MA degree in Public Administration. Also, with the adoption of the draft law on Municipal Service, the Academy will have to develop graduate degree and trainings programs for the municipal servants
  • Introduce a course on EU-Armenia relations/cooperation and PCA (Partnership & Cooperation Agreement) of Armenia with the European Union
  • Develop managerial skills of the Academy personnel, establish Board of Professionals in the Academy
Support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for the Introduction and Development of Policy Alternatives to Institutionalized Childcare in Armenia
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia TACIS Armenia December, 2004 December, 2005

Narrative Description of the Project:

 

The global objective of this Project is to strengthen strategy development and management capacity in the MLSA and the office of the Supervisor of Orphanages.

 

The main directions of this strategy are the following:

 

  • Establishment of the position of the Supervisor of Orphanages and the redefinition of the responsibilities of the Department of Family, Women and Children of the MLSA-this was necessary to ensure a more effective involvement of the MLSA in the field of child protection and reduce the post-soviet heavy bias on administrative and legalistic considerations.
  • An action plan to establish a network for child protection comprised of a National Commission for Child Protection and Marz (regional administrative subdivision) Commissions. This network should be supported by regional Social Service Centres, operating in Armenia since September 1993. Social Service Centres, in their area of responsibility, are best resources in identifying the situation of vulnerable families.
  • Implementation of the Welfare Standards for childcare in childcare institutions developed in 2003 with very significant input by civil society, USAID/PADCO and UNICEF. A working group led by the Minister of LSA including all relevant GoA and civil society players was established in 2003 in order to draw, in a coherent manner, on all possible resources in the field of child protection in Armeni
  • Involvement of civil society in all facets of policy development as well as in the delivery of state social programmes. In addition to the experience described above the MLSA outsourced to a local NGO, as part of a pilot exercise, the implementation of a new programme in the 2003 state budget for providing support to graduates from orphanage

 

Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

The objectives of this contract are as follows:

 

  • Provide expertise, in the form of written guidelines, to the MLSA and the Supervisor of Orphanages for the development of alternative models of childcare suited to the Armenian environment
  • Advise the MLSA in the establishment of the National Commission and Marz Commissions for child protection
  • Identify any other deficiencies in existing policy especially with regard to the responsibilities of the MLSA in implementation of the PRSP
  • Assess the training needs in MLSA, regional Social Service Centres and local NGOs – implementers of state social programmes in child protection – with regards to implementing the new strategy for child protection.
  • Identify potential bottlenecks in the existing legislative framework that may cause problems to the GoA reform agenda in the field of child protection and propose relevant solution.
  • Provide recommendations and ToR for a TACIS programme to be implemented in 2005/2006
Support to the development of a strategic and legal framework for the implementation of the Vocational Educational Training Reform
Location Client/Donor Start End
Armenia TACIS Armenia November, 2003 April, 2004

Narrative Description of the Project:

 

The objective of this contract is as follows:
To put in place a comprehensive strategic setting for the reform of the Armenian VET system and to provide the legal framework for the effective development and implementation of the TACIS project on the “Support to the reform of the Armenian VET system”

 

One of the key aspects to be considered is the consultation process involved in the elaboration of the VET legislation. The experience in some partner countries has demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of the involvement of all the national key actors in the various drafting phases. The offering of the draft law to public debate with the involvement of national and international actors and representatives to provide comments and proposals has been shown to be a most effective way of preparing an acceptable new law.

 

Description of Services Provided by VISTAA Staff:

 

  • The national staff provided by VISTAA for this project is responsible to
  • Clarify the strategic components (‘building blocks’) for the reform of the Armenian VET system, including the necessary instruments for its implementation
  • Identify those components of the system, which have to be regulated in a VET law
  • Draft a VET law that fits the Armenian context while addressing key elements of a modern VET reform