Executive Certificate in Local Government Administration

Decentralisation requires development of local capacities to perform the functions and responsibilities that have been transferred to local authorities. Managers of MMDAs must possess leadership qualities that will enable them to exercise competence, effectively manage resources, engage the local people and achieve high standards of service delivery. They must have a culture of commitment and creating opportunities for localities to prosper. To be able to do so Senior Executives of MMDAs must be provided with on-the-job training to enable them act as mentors to their staff.

The Executive Programme is tailored to address gaps and maintain currency with trends in local governance. It is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences to help top level executives to address emerging demands of the environment.

The programme emphasises team building and provides room for high quality discussion of comparative analysis of policies and practices in local governance. The programme is interactive, and allows facilitators and participants to work together on real-life cases and to learn from each other. The programme is not linked to any formal qualifications but designed to support Senior Executive Officers in their work practices.

1.1.1        Rationale

Local government senior executives face greater demands from a very sophisticated public today than any time in recent decades as result of emerging public demands for accelerated development and accountability. To exercise effective leadership in this difficult environment, local government top officials need the knowledge and skills to develop creative solutions under tight constraints and increased public scrutiny. Specifically, this programme is to enable participants to become more effective local government managers by:

  • Challenging assumptions about how to exercise leadership in MMDAs
  • Developing new conceptual frameworks for addressing policy issues
  • Examining innovative partnerships and new models of collaborative governance
  • Exploring the relationship between citizens and their government
  • Understanding the behavioural dimensions of decision making
  • Exchanging ideas with experienced resource persons and a diverse group of colleagues

1.1.2        The Learning Model

Participants will analyze and discuss cases selected to facilitate insight into a wide array of strategic management and leadership issues. Each case is real-life situation that stimulates participants to think through problem-solving methods and possible solutions. The programme encourages participants to work on their own and others’ cases based on critical issues in their localities. This activity serves to bridge the gap between conceptual learning and real-life experience.

1.1.3        Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the environment of local governance, attributes and roles of senior executives
  • Raise awareness of their strengths and development needs and act appropriately to improve work performance
  • Use the underpinning knowledge and skills to communicate behaviours required of them as leaders

Relate successfully to key leadership competencies for the effective performance of their jobs.