This Advanced International Training Programme (ITP) is specially designed for people qualified to participate in major reform processes on different levels and employed in ministries and authorities with a mandate to run change processes.
It offers support to enhance, adapt and maintain capacity over time in order for organisations to define and achieve goals in both the short- and long-term. Participants will learn about the latest developments in their area of work under the supervision of skilled Swedish colleagues and experts, have the opportunity to develop a network of colleagues from other countries and enhance their knowledge of new working methods. The methodology used is based on the assumption that organisations wishes to make changes and is willing to invest its own resources to achieve these changes.
Chemicals are used in everyday life and contribute to our improved health and welfare. However, the use of hazardous chemicals without relevant knowledge and preventive measures causes severe problems in many countries both for humans and environment.
The aim of chemicals management is to build up a preventive system including the classification and labelling of chemical products, so action can be taken towards a non-toxic environment. In the programme, we focus on roles and responsibilities at the start of the supply chain in the country so users of chemicals can get relevant information from the suppliers.
The overall (long term) objective of the full set of programmes is to contribute to improved human health and evironmental quality, economic growth and poverty reduction by promoting preventive chemicals control for the sound management of chemicals. Key elements are development of legislation, institutional capacity, enforcement mechanisms and financing.
The mid-term objective (3–5 years) of the full set of programmes is that participating organisations have improved their practises by the use of new relevant methods and tools pertaining to an effective preventive chemicals control at the national level.
After each individual programme, the participants will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge and completed a change project which will contribute to the development of the national preventive chemicals control.
The focus of the programme is to give an overall perspective of chemicals management, including the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of organising roles and responsibilities through legislation. Key elements of preventive chemicals control are covered: legislation, enforcement and awareness raising data on current situation and trends in the production and use of chemicals, classification and labelling of chemicals, exposure assessment, risk assessment and methods for risk reduction. Relations between preventive chemicals control and the sustainable development goals as well as areas such as pollution control, occupational safety and health, waste management, product development and trade will also be addressed.
The participants’ individual change project is an important tool in the development of the national chemicals management. The project should be executed as an integrated part of the participants’ ordinary work, fully endorsed by the organisa-tion and completed before the project seminar.
The programme consists of four compulsory phases for the participants, including a change project, and a monitoring and evaluation phase. Participants are expected to actively work on their change projects during the entire training programme. Participants from the same countries are encouraged to cooperate on projects.
Phase 1: Preparatory phase
The training will start with a one-week digital introduction with a number of scheduled online meetings and workshops. This will be followed by preparatory work at the home institution during which the participant will continue developing the change project plan, which has to be endorsed by the nominating organisation and be in line with its’ overall objectives. Distance support will be offered by mentors at KemI. KemI will provide key reference material for mandatory reading.
The change project should be time-bound and realistic in scope (duration approximately seven months of full time or part time work) and may include issues such as revising current legislation, developing a local system for inspection, developing regional training programmes or a chemicals hazards awareness raising project for various stakeholders. It is vital that the project is fully endorsed, supported and financed by the participant’s home organisation throughout the duration of the programme. The project should be an integral part of the home organisation’s strategic plan and a prioritised task in order to reach sustainable results.
Phase 2: Training in Sweden
The second phase of the programme consists of three weeks of training at KemI in Stockholm, Sweden, including lectures, group discussions and study visits. The development of strategies for chemicals management internationally, in the European Union and in Sweden will be addressed. Different approaches (legislative and others), their benefits and disadvantages, will be discussed.
The following topics will be addressed:
- The needs, drivers and barriers of chemicals management
- Principles and basic elements in chemicals management
- Use and occurrence of chemicals
- Hazard assessment and hazard communication
- Exposure assessment and risk assessment
- Risk reduction
- Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders (authorities, industry and civil society) as well as financing options.
The change project plans will be further developed during the third week with the assistance of mentors from KemI. Before leaving Sweden, the participants will present their change project plan. The third week will also be used for elective in-depth seminars and study visits.
Phase 3: Interim period
Participants will work on their change projects in their countries as part of their ordinary work for approximately six months preceding Phase 4. The mentors will support and monitor the development of the change project during this phase. The project work needs to be finished and the results made available before Phase 4.
Phase 4: Project seminar
Phase 4 is a one week project seminar focusing on change project results, analyses and discussions. Place and approach will be decided during the training in Sweden.
Phase 5: Monitoring and evaluation
KemI will monitor and evaluate the results of the change projects, in cooperation with the participating organisations, in order to make full use of the results and enhance the capacity for chemicals management at the national level.
Albania, Moldova, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Laos are prioritized countries. Candidates from other countries, primarily in the regions, with the potential and the wish to develop chemicals management on a national level may also be considered.
The target group primarily includes persons employed by ministries or authorities with a mandate to initiate and run change processes according to the programme’s objectives. Candidates should have a relevant university degree in technical or natural sciences, or other relevant university education. Nomination of at least two candidates from the organisation or country is encouraged.
The training programme will be organised and conducted in English, without any translation.
Candidates from countries where English is not an official language should take a language test with an official body in their home country, if documentation supporting his/her proficiency in English cannot be provided. Proficiency in English shall be certified in the application.
It is recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form as the training programme includes travel and work away from home in a new environment.
The participants should be able to participate in all phases of the programme and all activities, including social activities. Basic computer skills and an email address are necessary for the training. Access to a stable Internet connection to be able to participate in the digital sessions and meetings during the programme is required. It is recommended to bring own computer for Phase 2. Family members are not allowed to accompany programme participants.
International travel to Sweden and to the project seminar, board and lodging, programme fee and literature are covered by Sida. Airline tickets will be booked by KemI and issued by a Swedish government travel agency. Tickets will be booked and issued in accordance with the dates of the training. Any changes to this booking due to personal preferences are the responsibility of the participant. The participants or their organisation need to cover costs for executing the project, personal expenses, domestic travel, visa fees, local airport taxes and departure fees.
The participants are responsible for obtaining all the necessary visas and for passport validity. As soon as possible after admission to the programme, visa inquiries should be directed to the respective Embassy/Consulate of Sweden or other Schengen representation entities.
More information is available on the Sweden Migration Board web-site www.migrationsverket.se
All participants will be accommodated at the same apartment hotel.
Participants are covered by a group insurance for emergency medical care in case of accident or severe acute illness during the training period in Sweden and during the project seminar. Medical and dental check-ups are not included. Participants are not covered during the project seminar, if it is held in his/her own country.
Participants who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Certificate of completion of training. The certificate will be issued when the change project report has been sub mitted.
For a complete description of the programme, click here to download the brochure for ITP320/7 2023 Developing Strategies for National Chemicals Management.
Note: The planning and implementation of the program may be affected by the development of the situation with COVID-19.
How to apply
Step by step application procedure:
- Open and fill in the editable Sida application form, found here. Please note that handwritten forms will not be accepted
- Save and print the completed Sida application form, attach a photo and sign the form
- Scan and save the signed Sida application form
- Fill in the mandatory fields in the electronic registration form in the session ITP320/7 2023 of this programme at the end of this webpage
- Attach the completed, signed and scanned, Sida application form in the electronic registration form in the session ITP320/7 2023 of this programme at the end of this webpage
- When your registration has been successfully submitted you will receive an automatic reply
Closing date for applications is 3 December 2022.
Selected candidates will be notified no later than 30 December 2022.
How to confirm
Selected candidates have to confirm their participation by completing, scanning and sending a Confirmation form no later than 15 January 2023. For the Confirmation form click here.
All queries and requests should be addressed to:
Swedish Chemicals Agency
Box 2, SE-172 13 Sundbyberg, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 519 41 100
Fax: +46 8 735 76 98