INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECTS
Creating a Sustainable Governance Structure in the Municipality of Fujairah, UAE. 2014
The Emirate of Fujairah recently completed a 25-year Urban Master Plan (Fujairah 2040) and a 25-year Strategic Economic Development Plan (also written by Crane Associates), however, the capacity of the government to implement these plans is significantly limited. Crane Associates was hired to identify the cause of the capacity limitations and create sustainable solutions to improve the government’s administrative ability to implement urban planning and economic development. Three analytical procedures including Capacity Mapping, administrative monitoring, and engaging a custom-built, Capacity Assessment Tool revealed the sources of their public administrative challenges. The sources included: limited human resources; inadequate technical training; internal procedures; administrative directives; and organizational behaviors and standards. Crane Associates completed a strategic plan entitled Sustainable Governance in the Municipality of Fujairah, which presents a series of interrelated long and short term strategies to correct these issues. The client has requested additional guidance from Crane Associates to help initiate these strategies. Client: Emirate of Fujairah, UAE.
Sustainable Governance of the Iraq Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, 2011
In Iraq, central government control from the previous regime is still operating under a new constitution and entirely different socio-political environment. This causes internal conflicts and extreme government inefficiency. Crane Associates served as Project Manager for the “Iraq-Public Sector Modernization Program,” a multilateral effort to increase administrative efficiency in several Iraqi Ministries. We coordinated a team of experts in water engineering, finance, Iraqi law, and economics to design long-term sustainability of municipal water and sewer services throughout Iraq by reforming government operations. The Work involved detailed policy discussions with a wide range of stakeholders from all ethic groups, civic organizations, and relevant government institutions. We secured agreements with the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works, Municipality of Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the correct model of governance. Project resulted in a more transparent structure of government; modernized administrative policies and procedures; a financial model that increases revenue and reduces costs; and a Strategic Plan (Road Map) to modernize government service delivery functions. Project won $38mUSD of implementation funding. Client: United Nations (Iraq)
Climate Change Advisor, Office of Governor of Salah ad Din Province, Iraq, 2010
Provided education and advice to policy makers at the regional level in Iraq on the benefits of complying with the Kyoto Protocol. Informed them of the role of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the technical assistance provided by the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Developed and managed a governmental panel Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Kyoto compliance.
Capacity Building in Municipal Governance & Urban Planning, Tikrit Iraq, 2010
Conducted skills review of the current administrative personnel of the Directorate. Based on the analysis and discussions with client, created training program in public administration and urban planning for the staff. The program is being implemented now at the Municipal Training Center in Tikrit by local Iraqi trainers.
Senior Governance Advisor, US Department of State, Tikrit, Iraq, 2009 – 2010
Hired by US Department of State to advise Executive level government officials in Tikrit including the Governor, Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs, Governorate Council leaders, and General Directors of several departments. Provided advice in public administration, budgeting, sustainability planning, and governance. Lived on US Army base (COB Speicher) and facilitated relationships between US military and Government officials in Salah ad Din Governorate.