Municipal Administration & Finance

As part of its integral role in societal and national development, and within its scope of continuing education, the Muhanna Foundation, in conjunction with CEP@LAU is launching the Municipal Administration and Finance Diploma jointly with the Lebanese American University with the objective of building capacity in various municipal institutions across Lebanon. Proper financial and administrative training and education in line with key Governance and Strategic insight on the workings and the essence of the municipal work will contribute in opening on the modern financial administration tools and provide ways to finance projects and programs through empowering municipalities to gain direct access to the capital markets, also reassuring donors. 
 
Date and duration of the program
The program will be held every Wednesday from December 4th, 2013 to June 18th, 2014. Sessions will run simultaneously at the Lebanese American University campuses in both Beirut and Byblos.
 
Candidates
Candidates are employees and contractors who assume the functions of heads of departments and divisions within unions of municipalities and municipalities where the municipal council consists of at least 18 members. The program aims to invest in employees about to assume a managerial position, having at least 5 years experience in municipal work and not having attained the age of 60.
 
All municipalities and unions of municipalities wishing to join are requested to submit the related applications prior to the start of the program.
 
The Muhanna Foundation and the CEP@LAU will be considering the applications and reserves the right to respect the geographical distribution of municipalities, the number of admitted applications depending on availability as per the following basis:
 
One participant from each municipality with municipal council size of 18
Two participants from each municipality with municipal council size of 21
Three participants from each municipality with municipal council size of 24
 
The number of participants in each class shall be limited to 25 for the Beirut campus and 25 for the  Byblos campus.
 
Participation fees for each candidate: L.L. 2,500,000 per participant
Contact: mafd@muhanna.org   OR  munifinance@lau.edu.lb 
 
 
PROGRAM
 
Module 1: General and Legal Framework
This module presents the general and legal framework of the Lebanese Municipalities and Unions: The legal and institutional framework of state law, the meaning and attributes of the law, administrative decisions and the principle of legality. In addition to a general session on the importance of municipal work and public awareness, the participants will be introduced to the normative authority, the executive power, rules governing the civil servants and employees, the Municipalities Union body and its competence, as well as the Jurisdiction of the Union Council Chairman and the Geographic Information System. Last but not least, the module covers  sustainable procurement (environmental, economic and social) and its legal framework as well as the procurement cycle (identifying needs, preparing bidding documents, tender evaluation and contract management).
 
Module 2: Administration
This module deals with pure administration issues: Central and administrative decentralization; Administrative framework and powers of municipal bodies; Municipal unions and organized Administrative Control. In addition the module introduces the office of local development: its role, duties and competence; its relationship with the civil society, municipal commissions, staff and last but not least, the donors. Other important subjects include decentralized cooperation and the implementation of decentralized cooperation projects, Strategic planning and Strategic Framework, the pillars of good governance, and last but not least the Municipal Observatory.
 
Module 3: Finance
This module tackles the financial perspective of the municipal work: Financial framework of the general budget, how to prepare, implement and monitor it, municipal resources, fees and bonuses and the Independent Municipal Fund. Other important subjects include the taxes and contributions related to the work of municipalities, income tax on wages and salaries, and social security contributions. In addition, the module also addresses accounting issues like the principles of bookkeeping and the budget income statement. Last but not least, this module will cover all necessary points dealing with Pre & Post control issues in addition to Credit rating.
 
Instructors
The tuition material has been delivered based on international best practice and customized for Lebanon. The instructors are dedicated professionals who have been experts in their field of practice for at least 10 years each. 
 
-The Muhanna Foundation is a non-profit organization.
-The Muhanna Foundation and the CEP@LAU reserve the right to modify the program material
-The Muhanna Foundation and the CEP@LAU reserve the right to change the venue or cancel any session in the absence of the minimum number of participants.