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

The arrival of the expert occured usually within 16 weeks after submission of the request, as detailed in paragraph III of the Guidelines for the Technical Assistance. The timing depended however on different steps by the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat, as well as on the  different steps needed to know more and refine the activities to be done, as to ensure their impact once the expert starts her work.

For this reason, if the request was approved by the ACP Secretariat and the EC, a baseline assessment (see here an example) of the initial situation was launched, which usually took from 8 to 15 days to be completed. The Baseline Assessment helped in assessing if the expected results can be achieved with the resources available; the risks and opportunities, as well as it identified the stakeholders to involve in the delivery of the services. It also maps the Non-State Actors that were 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.