Backstopping Mandate “Support to the Water Task Force Project”, Kosovo
In order to develop the water sector in Kosovo, the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and donors initiated the Water Task Force (WTF) project approach. Since July 2009, Skat as backstopping consultant supports the Swiss Coordination Office in Kosovo in the steering and monitoring of the project and provides technical support to the local permanent advisors.
The Water Task Force (WTF) is an inter-ministerial body situated at the highest decision-making level of Kosovo supporting the water sector through the improvement of relevant policies, framework conditions and action plans. The WTF is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and gathers as permanent members the relevant Ministers (MESP, MED, MLGA and MFA) and two non-voting representatives of the donor community including Switzerland. The Swiss Government supports the WTF mainly by funding local long-term advisors (initially two but currently only one) as well as short-term experts. The respective Support to the WTF Project, managed by SECO through the Swiss Coordination Office (SCO) in Kosovo, started its implementation in April 2009 with a time horizon of 42 months. The goal of the Project is the establishment of a conducive legal framework, long term management structures and functional relationships between corporate entities, municipalities and the central government in the water sector to provide cost-effective, high quality services to all sectors of the population.
Since July 2009, Skat as backstopping consultant assists and supports the Swiss Coordination Office in Kosovo in the steering and monitoring of the project and provides technical support (advice, coaching and training) in relevant global and regional water sector issues and principles to the local permanent advisors. More precisely, the backstopping team: