April 2004 - December 2006
Civil Service Reform (Administrative Reform II)
Name of client:
Origin of funding:
Project value:
Name of partners:
Presidential Administration
European Commission, EuropeAid
€ 4.000.000
Ecole Nationale D'Administration, Ramboll Management, FBK (Russia) 

Services provided:
  • Project management and leadership of the consortium
  • Policy advice and assistance in legislative drafting
  • Development of recommendations to strengthen HR management structures in state executive bodies
  • Development of models, guidelines and draft regulations for implementing civil service reform
  • Organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Training 500 federal and regional civil servants
  • Development of material for five training modules
  • (Re-)training 100 federal and regional trainers
  • Development of distance learning approaches and techniques
  • Organisation of 12 one-week study tours for 120 civil servants, high-level
    officials,trainers and local experts
  • Pilot applications in ministries & regions
  • Development of distance learning approaches and techniques
Description of project
A major technical assistance project to support comprehensive public administration reform in Russia. This project will contribute to the creation of a professional, accountable and ethical civil service by assisting the Presidential Administration to improve civil service policy and management and develop programmes for the (re-)training of civil servants.

The project is organised in three components:
  • Best practice in HRM - to improve human resource policy andmanagement in the  civilservice, including the development of new legislation and regulations regarding the classification, compensation and ethics of civil servants
  • Training - to enhance the professional skills of civil servants in applying modern HRM practices by developing a relevant and up-to-date training modules for civil servants and trainers in co-operation with Russian training institutes
  • Pilot applications - to implement new HR management approaches and policies (such as job descriptions and performance management) in key ministries andelected regions (including Veliki Novgorod, Astrakhan and Tver)
Results achieved
  • Comparative studies, draft laws and regulations, models, guidelines and methodologies developed by 20 core groups, on topics including human resource management, functional analysis, performance management, performance budgeting, compensation of civil servants, management of the civil service and conflicts of interest in the civil service
  • Development and implementation of performance budgeting and management system with regional administrations in Astrakhan and Tver
  • Development and implementation of job descriptions across Moscow regional administration
  • Development and implementation of new civil service management system in Veliki Novgorod
  • Conferences, workshops and seminars at federal and regional levels
  • 15 study tours organised to 9 EU countries for 110 participants
  • Materials for five training distributed to regional training institutes
  • 506 federal and regional civil servants trained in civil service reform topics including functional analysis, performance management, human resource management and ethics
  • 77 federal and regional trainers trained  in five new training modules
  • 30 federal and regional trainers trained in distance learning techniques.
At the request of the Presidential Administration, the project has published a textbook on civil service reform in the Russian Federation, summarising progress to date in key areas, options for development based on EU best practice and examples of implementation in the RF regions. It also includes a preface by the Head of the EC Delegation, introductory and concluding chapters by the Presidential Administration and a Glossary of Technical Terms in Civil Service Reform.
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