Competitive Grant 2:

Training of Managers, Engineers and Members of AMAC

Moldova - Moldova National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (AMAC)

 

Description of the activity

The objective of this project was to retrain managers, chief engineers and technical staff of water supply and sanitation utilities in Moldova. Activities started in February 2014 and were finished in October 2015.

Implementation of the activity

In Moldova, there are 40 water supply and sanitation utilities, all of which are members of AMAC, the Moldova National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (Moldova Apa-Canal). The sector suffers from a lack of sufficient numbers of skilled managers and engineers. In 2011, the association and the Technical University of Moldova therefore established the Institute of Advanced Training for AMAC Members.

At the institute, a vocational training course titled “Operation of water supply and sewerage systems” was developed. The course is offered in two versions: a 12-month branch for persons with higher technical education, and an 18-month branch based on higher non-technical education. Both branches consist of lectures, seminars and laboratory work on topics such as chemistry and microbiology of water, fluid mechanics and wastewater collection systems. In 2012 and 2013, a first group of 13 individuals successfully completed the course.

IAWD supported AMAC and the Institute of Advanced Training in delivering the course to another 81 persons, with the aim being that they carry out a diploma project, pass the state exam, and meet the qualification requirements of the new Moldovan law on public services in water supply and sanitation. The target group consisted of 12 managers, 18 chief engineers and 51 technical staff from 28 utilities. The training course enables technical staff to move into the position of chief engineer, and chief engineers to become utility managers.

Of the 81 participants of the course, 35 enrolled in the branch for persons with a non-technical background. Their training started in two small groups in March 2014 and finished in September 2015. The 46 participants of the branch for persons with higher technical education were split in two groups, as well. Their course started in May 2014, and ended in April 2015.

Recommendations

Under this competitive grant, AMAC and the Technical University of Moldova carried out a national vocational training course. The project team and IAWD will now assess the course curriculum for completeness and for adaptability to see if it is suitable for other countries, as well.