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Training Course in Consultancy Skills in International Cooperation in Health

18 November - 6 December, 2002
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

organised by
Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health

Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences
University of Dar es Salaam 

and the
German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Part 1: Evaluation of Health Projects and Programmes
Part 2: Proposal Development targeting international donors 


In international development co-operation there is an increasing de-
mand for regional experts and consultants to conduct formal evalua-
tions and write comprehensive consultancy reports. Despite the ex-
pert?s professional competence, reports and documents often do not 
satisfy the expected quality standards of international agencies. 
These weaknesses result from lack of familiarity with formal expecta-
tions and 'unwritten' rules of international agencies.

Furthermore, the context of health service evaluations has changed 
over the last 10 years. Many countries have introduced health sector 
reforms and quality assurance programmes. Some countries have em-
barked on sector-wide approaches. These changes have increased the 
need for consultants who are conversant with changes which have taken 
place in the health sector and the demand such changes have created 
for evaluation of interventions taking place with funding from dif-
ferent funding agencies.


This course intends to improve knowledge and skills in planning, 
writing, editing as well as how to assess the quality of consultancy 
reports in the field of international public health. The course will 
use real case studies from Tanzania using health information gener-
ated from the government, NGO, bilateral, multilateral as well as UN 
agencies. The second component of the course will focus on how to 
write proposals targeting various agencies which fund health related 
research/interventions. Focus for this second component will be on 
rules and regulations of different donors particularly the importance 
of use of the right data and information in order to convince donors 
(proposals to be submitted to Global Fund for AIDS/Tuberculosis and 
Malaria will be given special attention). 

Course Contents
* Instruments for planning
* Assessment tools and techniques
* Quality management techniques
* Project Cycle Management
* Logical framework/objectives-oriented project planning methodology
* Evaluation techniques, procedures and approaches
* Monitoring techniques
* Evaluation, report writing and review
* Proposal writing

Target Group

This course is primarily aimed at experienced public health profes-
sionals working in African and other low-income countries. The course 
is also open to other qualified professionals working in the field of 
public health in different contexts. Participants should bring a lap-
top with a CD-ROM Drive to do the course work!

Methodology and Facilitators

A mix of modern adult education methods will be employed throughout 
the seminar, i.e. input lectures, group work, individual reading and 
writing, peer review, plenary discussions, and individual tutoring. 
The language of instructions will be English.

The courses will be facilitated by senior teaching staff of the De-
partment of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health of Heidelberg Univer-
sity, by GTZ consultants and by counterparts from the Institute of 
Public Health of Muhimbili University.

Course Duration

The course duration will be three weeks. Participants can however opt 
for part one only whose duration is two weeks or part two which will 
last for one week.

Additionally the participants are expected to use some of their eve-
nings and the weekend for report writing and peer review.

Registration and Location

Your mandatory registration should be received by the department of 
Public Health in Heidelberg not later than 30 September. The courses 
will be held in Tanzania after the Global Forum for Health Research 
Meeting in Arusha (12-15 November) at a location to be specified.

Course Fees

Participants for the whole course will pay US$ 2,000. Those opting 
for part one of the course will pay US$ 1,500. While participants in-
terested in the second component of the course will pay a fee of US$ 

A non-refundable registration fee of US$ 100, which will be credited 
towards the tuition fee, is due not later than 4 weeks prior to the 
start of the course. This fee will not be refunded for participants 
who withdraw from the course 4 weeks before its starts.

The fees include course work, printed and electronic materials. 
Travel, insurance and other personal living expenses during the 
course are not covered.

For further information and registration:

Ms. M. Schmitt
ATHOEG, University of Heidelberg
Ringstrasse 19
69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49-6221-138-230
Fax: +49-6221-138-2320


Ms. A. Kapella
Institute of Public Health
Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences
P.O. Box 65015
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255-22-215-1883
Fax: +255-22-215-1238


GTZ Office Dar es Salaam
Fax: +255-22-215-2420

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