November 22, 2014
With an aim of improving the capacity of JICA national staff in handling training programs in the overseas offices, from 10th to 22nd November, 2014, the Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department, JICA Headquarters organized an On the Job Training (OJT) for national staff in charge of training programs in 2014. Twenty national staff from overseas offices will attend this OJT within this 2014 fiscal year. These national staff were divided into four groups of five individuals in each group. This was the third group that comprised of participants from Training Sections in JICA Overseas Offices in five African Countries namely Malawi, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.
The purpose of this training was for the participants to have a hands-on experience of the training related processes, procedures and other training tasks that are carried out in Japan during the implementation of training programs. The participants had an opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, knowledge and skills with officials from JICA Headquarters, in domestic centers and among themselves. On the other hand, the participants were exposed to Japanese culture and history for their appreciation as they work with the Japanese in their respective overseas offices.
The OJT was divided into two phases in which the participants attended several session at JICA Headquarters and were later allocated to JICA training Centers for a period of one week. They had an opportunity to attend briefing and discussion sessions on JICA's Group and Region Focused Training Courses, Country Focused Training Courses, Long-Term Training Programs, Logistical arrangements for training participants and other training related issues. A session was also arranged on how the overseas offices can make best use of the JICA Training participant's alumni associations in their respective countries.
The participant from JICA Malawi, Mr Michael Malewezi was dispatched to JICA Kansai International Center in Kobe City from 12th to 18th November, 2014 where he joined field trips with JICA training participants to Hirogawa Town and in Hiroshima. The participants had an opportunity to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Museum in Kobe City to appreciate the Japanese history in relation to the disasters and catastrophes they have faced in the past and how they have quickly recovered from them and the new systems set to avoid further losses of lives and property that normally slows down economic development of the country.
An action plan has been developed by the Malawian participant. This is focusing on improving JICA Malawi's commitment in utilising Training Follow-up Cooperation Activities for JICA training ex-participants in Malawi and reviving and improving Japan Ex-Participants Association of Malawi (JEPAM).
The Training participants posing on a photo with JICA Vice President
The Malawian participant with JICA staff and staff from the training implementing organisation attending a lecture session during a field trip