In times of increasing budget constraints, effective budget and financial management systems are central to the successful operation of all public sector organisations. This certificate is aimed at public sector professionals with non-financial backgrounds who are seeking up-to-date methods to improve public sector finances and make effective decisions.
Participants become acquainted with issues such as fiscal challenges, budget flexibilisation, and performance budgeting. They are introduced to public financial management concepts and challenges, gain insight into ‘nudging’ and experimental policy evaluation, and learn techniques for improving public sector decision-making.
This certificate includes:
Three of the following seminars*
- Economics for non-economists: Micro- and macroeconomics (9-12 Jan 17)
- Smart decisions in government and business (16-18 Jan 17)
- Fiscal rules and budgeting: Examples from OECD countries (26-28 Jan 17)
- 'Nudging' and experimental policy evaluation (2-4 March 17)
- Public financial management: Challenges in emerging market contexts (30 March - 1 April 17)
- Workshop in London (15-18 May 17)
- Good governance and anti-corruption (22-24 May 17)
- Public sector budgeting and accounting (15-17 June 2017)
- Energy sustainability and climate change (3-5 July 17)
- Performance management - Management approaches for effectiveness and efficiency (not offered in 16/17)
- Tools for evaluating public policies (not offered in 16/17)
- Development policies (not offered in 16/17)
- When to trust the numbers: Informed consumption of quantitative research (not offered in 16/17)
One of the following skills trainings*
- Consulting skills (two available dates: 7-8 July 16 & 15-16 Sept 16)
- Cooperation and problem solving in the international context (19-20 Jan 17)
- Leadership for new leaders (7-8 Feb 17)
- Negotiation (14-15 March 17)
- Judgement under uncertainty - Decision support through foresight analysis (3-4 April 17)
- Conflict management (2-3 May 17)
- Argumentation (12-13 June 17)
*Participants make their choice.
Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)
- Higher education degree
- At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
- Good knowledge of English
- Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days
- Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments
- 11 ECTS credits are acquired
€ 6,900 if certificate programme includes a Workshop
Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.
Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated):
Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School of Governance cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.
Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.