Capacity Development

We adopt a comprehensive approach to capacity development, using a wide range of tools to build human capital, not limiting ourselves to training and mentoring techniques. We believe that each person possesses innate potentials that can be harnessed, leading to positive change and personal growth. We measure success based on the learners’ capability and motivation to perform to their utmost.

Examples of Past Projects:

Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan — Human Resource Management Training

ATR collaborated with Expertise France and the French Government’s Department of Cooperation and Culture to support the development of autonomous training capabilities for the Administrative Office of the President. ATR assisted with the reorganization of the Human Resource Directorate and guided the development of new Tashkeel and staff Terms of Reference. ATR also worked to develop the capacity of the Human Resource Directorate staff to manage human resources, particularly through establishing the ability to conceive and deliver effective training services.

Independent Directorate of Local Governance — Capacity Building Plan Design and Curriculum Development

ATR prepared and implemented a Municipal Governance Capacity Index to measure the performance of Afghan municipalities in five essential areas: financial management, strategic planning, engineering and project management, administrative reform and community outreach. ATR then developed tailored capacity building plans to address the particular needs of each municipality and provided support and guidance to DAI staff in the transfer of relevant skills over the course of the three-year project. ATR also produced a series of training curricula and modules to build capacity of municipality staff and members of the municipal advisory board on topics such as citizens’ engagement and gender equality.

Ministry of Interior Affairs — Workforce Analysis

ATR supported the civilianization of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA). This involved: analyzing the MoIA’s organizational design, including its management structure, to improve efficiency, accountability and effectiveness; identifying the human resource skill sets the MoIA required to support police operations; codifying mandates for each organizational unit as needed to clarify the roles and responsibilities of each unit; and proposing a transitional mechanism to facilitate the smooth transfer of duties from uniformed personnel to civilian staff.

Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation Program — National and Subnational Capacity Assessment

ATR provided recommendations for targeted capacity building interventions to strengthen the managerial, administrative and technical capacities of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in managing UNICEF’s Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation Program.

Stability in Key Areas–North — Capacity Building for Local Government and Governance Entities

ATR designed and implemented a capacity building strategy for the district staff and governance bodies in several provinces in northern Afghanistan. The capacity building strategy was informed by previous research and a capacity gap assessment and the project featured extensive monitoring and evaluation.