Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ministry of Finance (MoF)

Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP)
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The CTAP Overview:


The Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is a National Capacity Development program of the government of Afghanistan, designed to strengthen the capacity of Tashkeel staff and key ministries within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, whereby assisting public agencies to effectively deliver services to the public while supporting towards the successful implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and their prioritized programs.

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CTAP II Management Structure

The management structure of CTAP II has been designed to ensure that GIROA agencies are fully supported to internalize the core functional systems in order to strengthen their capacity to increase budget execution and thereby, increase aid utilization and service delivery. Special consideration has also been given to issues of programme accountability and transparency and also equity in the allocation of quality technical assistance to GIROA agencies. The CTAP general management structure is as depicted in the figure below:

Program oversight and stewardship for CTAP II is the responsibility of the CTAP Advisory Board (CAB) comprising donors, CTAP management and the leadership of the Ministry of Finance.  The CAB continuously reviews the CTAP II performance on quarterly basis and is responsible for evaluating the allocation of CTAP technical assistances to GIROA agencies to ensure equity and transparency. From time to time CAB shall reviews CTAP II operating modalities to ensure that programme goals and objective are being met and where necessary, recommends modifications to the programme strategy to the CTAP Management. The senior administrative authority of CTAP II shall be the Deputy Minister of Finance (Policy) whose specific is considered to review and approve specific requests for assistance from GIROA agencies and also to provide high-level strategic guidance to CTAP II Secretariat.

The Program Secretariat is  responsible for mobilizing and engaging GIRoA agencies( to identify and prioritize their capacity needs), programme advocacy and outreach; results-based monitoring and evaluation of the capacity building projects; recruitment and supervision and of Technical Advisors and provision of administrative and financial support to the Technical Advisors and participating GIRoA agencies. At the client agency level, the capacity development initiatives will be supervised by the Agency Steering Committees who will report to the CTAP Secretariat on the progress and also suggest necessary modifications to ensure that skills are effectively transferred to the Tashkeel and new functional systems are developed and internalized. The establishment of the Steering Committees at the client agency level is also counted as a criterion for accessing CTAP II technical assistance.

Day-to-day management of CTAP II Secretariat will is mainly the responsibility of the CTAP II Programme Director and the Unit Managers. An International Deputy Director is responsible to cover and address the technical aspects of the capacity building processes and assist the Director by providing technical advices and inputs.  The CTAP Secretariat includes the following departments:

1. Human Resource Department(HRD)
2. Administration and Finance Department(AFD)
3. Capacity Building Department(CDD)
4. Communications and Outreach Department(COD)
5. Monitoring and Evaluation Department (MED).

The CTAP Director holds regular management meetings and the decision making on technical and strategic issues are conducted through a participatory process. All the Unit managers plus the Deputy Program Director is required to report and update the Director about their day to day work progress and the related challenges. Once all the problems are shared and discussed about from different technical aspects, the relevant department heads are assigned with specific action points and assignments to follow and report back.