Parliamentary Management Training

A parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance of a state where the executive branch derives its democratic legitimacy from the legislature (parliament) and is also held accountable to that legislature

LEADERSHIP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES AND CHAIRPERSONS

COURSE OVERVIEW

Good leaders have always been expected to be able to solve new problems, capitalize on new opportunities and navigate through the ever-changing landscape of business.

Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. The leadership attributes – belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills – are all traits, which can be learned. This course provides the basis for understanding what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

At the end of this 2-week workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Define what leadership is and how it is applied at all levels of organizational management
  • Understand the basics of leadership and motivation
  • Determine what is necessary to lead teams and organizations, and how to integrate this with business management
  • Develop skills in communicating, influencing and negotiating with peers, subordinates and senior managers
  • Learn how to develop leadership in ourselves and others
  • Be able to recognize the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of parliamentary committees
  • Be able to appreciate the multiparty nature of committees and the importance of consensus building
  • Know the role of Parliamentary staff and their contribution to the effectiveness of committees
  • Understand the importance of meeting the basic information needs of committees for effectiveness.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Parliament officers
  • Staff serving Parliamentary
  • Committees
  • Chairpersons
  • Parliamentary Committees
  • Members of Parliament
PARLIAMENTARY ADMINISTRATION

COURSE OVERVIEW

The course seeks to:

  • Acquaint delegates from Parliaments around the world with operations and procedures
  • Familiarise participants with the trends and approaches in both houses so that they can see their own Parliament against that background
  • Invite participants to bring their problems to the course and present them directly house

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

Participants will benefit by:

  • Hearing first-hand from administrators and procedurals the latest thinking on the functioning of one the busiest and most demanding Parliaments in the world via film and Recording.
  • Seeing how, at the highest level administrators, managers and experts are keeping pace with the seemingly unstoppable and burgeoning demands and changes that are imposed upon them
  • Learning how your counterparts have solved problems

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Parliament officers
  • Staff serving Parliamentary
  • Committees
  • Chairpersons
  • Parliamentary Committees
  • Members of Parliament
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PARLIAMENTARY MANAGEMENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

This professional development certificate program is designed for mid-level parliamentary staff who have the potential to reach the highest levels of parliamentary management. The curriculum is based on international best practices focusing on their application to parliamentary settings within different political systems and cultures. Combining theory and practice, the program uses a blended learning methodology of face-to-face and online courses. By equipping parliamentary staff to become the ‘corporate memory’ of parliament, the program helps build the legislatures of tomorrow.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Upon completion of the intensive course, participants will be able to:
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  • Identify the essential elements of Democracy, as well as models of Democracy & Governance systems;
  • Appreciate modern challenges facing Democracy;
  • Understand the key concepts of Accountability;
  • Summarize principal differences between Parliamentary and Presidential systems of accountability;
  • Distinguish between high enforcement and low enforcement Accountability mechanisms;
  • Explain ‘who’ and ‘what’ elected representatives really represent;
  • Appreciate the importance of oversight as well as the differences in oversight in various legislative systems (i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential);
  • Present models/frameworks for analysing oversight and corruption;
  • Describe the nature of responsible government, its principal conventions and its changing arrangements;
  • Understand the reasons for and the impact of executive dominance over the legislature;
  • Discuss opportunities to improve Executive oversight;
  • Appreciate the need of good corporate governance in a parliamentary setting, as well as its impact on the general public (i.e. heightened expectations of probity, accountability and transparency);
  • Recognize the importance of research to Parliamentary Democracy;
  • Understand the differences between academic research and Parliamentary research and different models of research survey organization;
  • Understand key concepts: types of committees, powers, membership, chairperson, rules of procedure;
  • Representation, legislation and oversight committees;
  • Discuss the challenges of parliamentary committees, committee clerks and their managers;
  • Outline some of the difficulties in measuring parliamentary performance;
  • Summarize the two basic approaches used in self-assessment frameworks (minimum standards and codifying good practices);
  • Identify the areas of international consensus across all Parliamentary assessment frameworks/ standards;
  • Understand the ICT revolution and how to plan for IT in Parliament;
  • Understand how ICT can be applied to core legislative functions and used in outreach and transparency;
  • Provide extracts of the various assessment frameworks in use for legislatures;
  • Discuss the utility and practicality of such frameworks for participants’ own legislatures.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Parliament officers
  • Staff serving Parliamentary
  • Committees
  • Chairpersons
  • Parliamentary Committees
  • Members of Parliament