Enabling Finance Officials as Trainers and Learning Facilitators

March 21 – 23, 2017ILjubljana, SloveniaILeadership for Managing Reforms

This learning initiative is part of the ’’Strengthening Financial Management Functions of Line Ministries’’ project funded through the Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment Trust Fund (SAFE).  Project’s overall objective is to assist line ministries strengthen capacities for efficient delivery of their financial management functions. 

About this learning event

To do their jobs successfully, finance officials require sound technical knowledge. However, ability to develop confidence, create a trusting environment, effectively communicate, and share knowledge are at least equally important.  

This Training-of-Trainers workshop will give experts a frame of reference for understanding how learning works and will aim to inspire them to design and deliver knowledge sharing (training and learning) activities.

To establish well-functioning macro-fiscal frameworks, ministries of finance need appropriate inputs from line ministries. Strengthening line ministries’ training capacities in public financial management would help beneficiary countries develop their own experts’ skills to become trainers.

This workshop supports one of the aims of the project to identify future change agents at line ministries who will be involved in sharing technical knowledge on financial management with their colleagues at finance ministries, line ministries, and at international forums such as CEF’s learning events.

We will take an experiential approach to the workshop where participants will engage in context-driven, real-life activities and collectively reflect on their performance and come away with “lessons learned”.  

What you will learn

This learning event will introduce participants to different theories of learning to help them identify and understand their disposition toward learning. Aspects, such as what makes the learning event meaningful and what does not, will be discussed. The course will also provide practical guidance on how to give a powerful and dynamic lecture. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills for developing the confidence and capability to give an engaging lecture.

How you will benefit

Workshop sessions will be highly interactive. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience, recognize and encompass different perspectives, and work in teams. There will be an online working space for developing a common understanding of the key concepts prior to their arrival to the face-to-face sessions.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Share a language about knowledge sharing through learning and training
  • Explore different ways to give a powerful and dynamic lecture
  • Develop the confidence to take a lead in a training or learning activity

Who should attend

The primary target audience is public finance officials at line ministries who have a leading role in sharing knowledge and facilitating learning in their respective institutions. Public officials from ministries of finance and other relevant budget users are also invited to apply. Project beneficiaries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Costs of travel and accommodation for selected participants will be covered by SAFE** trust fund.


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

** SAFE stands for ‘’Strengthening Accountability and the Fiduciary Environment’’. It is a Trust Fund program administered by the World Bank and was established by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the European Commission with the aim of improving public financial management in the Europe and Central Asia region. 


CEF staff

Robert Bauchmuller

Robert has been working with the CEF since December 2010. He heads the CEF’s Program Team, and leads the CEF’s effort in PFM – Budget Preparation and Execution thematic priority. From Maastricht University, Robert holds a PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis, and an MSc in International Economics. In his studies and research, he focused in particular on the role of human resource development.

Ajda Turk

Ajda is part of the Online Learning Team working on design, implementation, and evaluation of CEF's e-learning initiatives. She provides advice on strategic development of the e-learning program. She holds a BSc in Adult Education from the University of Ljubljana.

Maja Tomšič Pavlič

Maja is part of the CEF’s Program Team and currently works on PFM – Budget Preparation and Execution thematic priority. Her favorite part of the learning process is the implementation of face-to-face meetings therefore she explores ways of effective facilitation. She holds a BSc in Sociology and Geography from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

Luka Zupančič

Luka holds a degree in Political Science – International Relations. He works at the CEF from 2013 and is currently involved in CEF’s external communication activities, as with national coordinators from South East Europe, and he also manages CEF digital communications. He also makes value creation interviews on the impact of CEF learning initiatives on knowledge increase of beneficiaries. 

Kaja Jurtela

Her experience include designing and delivering regional workshops, developing a learning program, monitoring and evaluation learning events within auditing thematic area. Kaja joined the CEF in February 2013. She holds a MA in Finance and Banking and is a State Internal Auditor. 

Luka Jan

Program Director, Senior Training Consultant, Team Building Academy (TBA)

Luka leads TBA trainers section and represents an important part of the R&D. He is also one of the leading project managers at TBA, taking on big projects from assessment centres, team leadership, communication and teamwork developing programs, including innovative outdoor and indoor team bonding and social responsibility programs. 

He develops new programs and methods in the field of team focused development and implements modern educational approaches and technologies in the adult training and education.

He has a PhD in biological and biotechnological sciences, which gives him a wide range of understanding of the theoretical as well as practical methodologies and didactic approaches which he uses to maintain high level quality of the workshops and programs.  




This learning initiative was supported by:

Safe & WB & EC