Alphonse Mekolo BA, MA

Chief Adviser to ARH

With significant professional experience, Alphonse Mekolo offers guidance to ARH on matters of good governance and civil service reform; decentralization and institutional analysis; management and evaluation of development projects and programmes; strategic management policy and program formulation; training for top leaders; institutional capacity building and human resource development; evaluation of country cooperation program.

Profile

Upgraded to the rank of Professor in Management since 1987 for the the Cameroonian Centre of Administration and Magistracy (CENAM), Mekolo has been lecturing Management in Advanced Institute of Public Management (ISMP) and in National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in Cameroon. Before joining the United Nations, he occupied since 1977 management positions in Cameroon government services and worked with international organisations, and non-governmental organisations including the grassroots communities as trainer, manager, adviser, and consultant in the following areas: (i) public service reform and rationalisation of government services, (ii) decentralisation and institutional analysis, (iii) management and evaluation of development projects and programmes, (iv) strategic planning, structuring and restructuring institutions (v) human resource management, vi) leadership and top officials training, vii) institutional capacity building either for public sector or for NGOs, viii) environmental protection and natural resources sustainable management ix) multilateral economic and technical cooperation . He worked specifically with UNDP and Worldbank as consultant from 1992 to 2003 for sensitive and proeminent tasks related to institutional capacity building and reconstruction exercises in post-conflict countries such as Rwanda and Burundi, and for others related to UNDP country cooperation programmes evaluation in Cameroon(twice in 1986/1989), in Algeria(twice in 1999/2003) and in Morocco (once in 2000).

Area of specialization:

Good governance and civil service reform; decentralisation and institutional analysis; management and evaluation of development projects and programmes; strategic management policy and programme formulation; training for top leaders; institutional capacity building and human resource development; evaluation of country cooperation programmes.

Experience

2003 – present Team Leader, UNDP evaluation mission in Algeria subject to Country Co-operation Framework between UNDP and Algeria (CCF 1998-2001) – UNDP

1999 – 2003 Chief Technical Adviser, Capacity Building and Civil Service Reform, UNDP, Rwanda

2000 – 2000 Team Leader, UNDP evaluation mission in Morocco related to Country Co-operation Framework between UNDP and Morocco (CCF 1997-2001), UNDP

1999 – 1999 Team Leader, UNDP mid-term evaluation mission in Algeria subject to Country Co-operation Framework between UNDP and Algeria (CCF 1998-2000), UNDP

1997 – 1997 Team Leader for carrying out the strategic plan of PLAN INTERNATIONAL – Cameroon (1998- 2000), UNDP

1995 – 1995 Team Leader for carrying out the strategic plan of the Global Environment Fund Programme/Micro Funding in Cameroon (GEF/SGP 1996-2000), UNDP/World Bank Programme

1994 – 1994 Team Leader for carrying out the strategic plan of the Joint Environment Unit (JEU), UNDP Cameroon Project,

1989 – 1994 Deputy and Acting Director, Advanced Institute of Public Management of Cameroon (ISMP)

1993 – 1993 Consultant, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF)

1993 – 1993 Consultant to the Management Training Centre (CPF) of Burundi, UNDP

1993 – 1993 Consultant to build up the reconstruction plan for the provinces of Burundi (Great Lakes Region), World Bank/UNDP Project

1989 – 1989 Team Leader of Evaluation related to development institutions benefiting from UNDP assistance in Cameroon, namely: CAPME, ONDP and the Home-Ateliers Center, UNDP/UNIDO

1983 – 1987 Head of Service, Multilateral and International Economic and Technical Cooperation, specially responsible for relations with agencies of the UN system (UNDP, World Bank, FAO, UNFPA, ILO) and the European Development Fund, Ministry of the Plan and Territorial Development

1985 – 1985 Member of Evaluation team focusing on the National School of Social Welfare Workers (ENAAS), Cameroon – Switzerland / Cameroon Co-operation,

1984 – 1984 Acting Sub-director of International Multilateral Economic and Technical Co-operation in the Ministry of the Plan and Territorial Development of Cameroon.

Education

1989 – Diploma (Management consulting), Royal Institute of Public Management, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1987 – M.A. (Public management), University of Quebec, Canada

1983 – Certificate (Funding and analysis of development projects and programmes), Training Centre of the African Development Bank, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

1981 – Certificate (Analysis and management of development projects), École Internationale de Bordeaux, France

1976 – B.A. (History and geography), University of Yaounde, Cameroon

Publications

Advocacy for Separate Land Legislation for Rural Areas of Cameroon , PVO/NRMS – Cameroon, 1995

The 1994 Forestry Law and Natural Resources Management in Cameroon , PVO/NRMS – Cameroon, 1995

Networking in Natural Resources User Organisations in Cameroon: Field experiences , PVO/NRMS- Cameroon, 1995

Natural Resources Management Policies in Cameroon (Co-author) , PVO/NRMS Cameroon, 1995

GRN-DD Method: A Vision of Natural Resource Management in Cameroon , PVO/NRMS – Cameroon, 1995

Co-producer of project brochures for GEF/SGP-Cameroon, 1996.

The Challenges of the Cameroonian Public Administration in the 3rd Millennium (Douala, 1998)

Author of the article: “The Challenges of the Quebec administration in Africa (Montreal, 1986)

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