How long does it take between your request and the arrival of the expert?

The arrival of the expert occurs usually within 16 weeks at a minimum, as detailed in paragraph III of the Guidelines for the Technical Assistance. The timing depends on different approvals by the EC and the ACP Secretariat, as well as on the different steps needed to know more and refine the activities to be developed - as to ensure their impact once the expert start her work. See below a detailed graphic of the process.

For this reason, if your request is approved by the ACP Secretariat and the EC, we launch a baseline assessment (see here an example) of the initial situation, which usually takes from 8 to 15 days to be completed. The Baseline Assessment helps in assessing whether or not the expected results can be achieved with the resources available; the risks and opportunities; as well as it identifies the stakeholders to be involved in the delivery of the services. It also maps the Non State Actors that are working in the country on that subject.

On the left-side of this page you will find all important documents related to the process of requesting technical assistance, including guidelines and formats on how to apply.