Roles and Functioning of Regional Technical Offices – Assessment Report
Regional Technical Offices (RTOs) were established by UN-Habitat in 2007 in order to empower unions of municipalities (UoMs) in emergency responses, planning, and development, and specifically to support reconstruction and development in Lebanon. RTOs were established under the framework of Article 122 of Legislative Decree no. 118/1977, which states that “the engineering unit in the Union shall be in charge of certain tasks on behalf of member municipalities, including: assisting in the approval of applications for construction permits, preparing any required technical studies and consultations, preparing the specifications of the supplies, works and services, and developing plans.”
The aim of the RTO is to guide the union to move from emergency response to recovery planning by providing technical and engineering assistance in municipal projects, as well as by supporting decision-making processes, enhancing service delivery, and addressing governance issues at the regional level.
The purpose of the assessment was to propose recommendations to strengthen RTOs and to support the replication and sustainability of the model over the longer term, while also identifying measures and good practices to strengthen and enhance the RTO’s daily operations and functioning. Geographical focus of the assessment was on the RTOs of the UoM of Tyre and UCF. The assessment focused on the following aspects of the RTO:
- Organization and structure.
- Roles and responsibilities.
- Resources, capacity, and accountability.
- Internal and external coordination.
- Team values and staff motivation.
- Strengths and weaknesses.