to Electoral Administration were conducted 12-15 October, 19-22 October, 26-29 October, and 2-5 November, 2015 in Amman, Jordan at Geneva Hotel. In total, 89 participants (out of which 36 were female) from the CSOs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipalities, and Ministry of Interior attended the four workshops.
The facilitation team consisted of IFES and IEC facilitators, namely: from the IFES – Natia Kashakashvili (expert) and Katia Madanat (accrediting) and from the IEC – Qais Irshaidat (workshop) and Suheir Rahhal (semi-accredited).
Expert and accrediting level facilitators closely mentored and guided workshop and semi-accredited facilitators to prepare their sessions, to understand the role during the co-facilitation and to create a strong team-spirit within the facilitation team. The team quickly created a very positive atmosphere and worked very successfully to prepare all the sessions content. As a result of fulfilling all the learning outcomes of the TtF, Suheir Rahhal was moved to the next level category and was accredited as the workshop level facilitator on October 29, 2015.
The facilitation team delivered the sessions according to the Facilitators’ Notes, though some sessions were modified during the workshop progress to meet participants’ interest. The sessions were tailored to Jordanian context and comparative examples from other countries were presented. The participants actively contributed to all activities and showed interest in almost all the topics presented.
Throughout the evaluation participants noted the smooth conduct of session and good division of roles between the facilitation team. In addition, participants expressed their appreciation for the methodology used in the workshop, especially involvement of all participants which is very different from the classic style of the workshops that the ministry employees are used to. Some comments from the written evaluations:
Participants have ascertained importance of such electoral workshops and expressed willingness to participate in the upcoming specialized BRIDGE workshops. At the end of the training, participants received certificates of completion 25 hours of the workshop.
By conducting a total of seventeen workshops since the launch of the long term capacity building program, the total number of participants reaches 366 persons representing the IEC staff, trainers from the IEC pool, officials from the different Ministries and CSOs.