Design and Management of EU Cohesion Policy Projects

ECTS Not Applicable Face-to-face Starting: September 2024, 08:30 - 11:45

EMCS Academy has designed the training programme in Design and Management of EU Cohesion Policy Projects for individuals seeking hands on knowledge, to improve skills and proficiencies.

The overall objective of this training programme is to prepare individuals so that they can translate a project idea into a project proposal and take it through the implementation cycle.

This training programme is designed to build and strengthen the capacity of stakeholders in the design, management, implementation, and control of EU Cohesion Policy Projects.  It aims to provide a good understanding of:

  • the new 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes, by also highlighting differences from the previous one
  • the structures within which these programmes operate
  • how to translate project ideas into project proposal through the adoption of the intervention logic approach
  • how to manage and implement successful EU Cohesion Policy projects, including important obligations, spot-checks and audits
  • how to navigate through the Structural Funds Database.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course, participants will gain knowledge on:  

  • Understanding the new 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy Programmes. 
  • Identifying who is who in European Structural and Investment Funds  
  • Identifying and naming the Intervention Logic 
  • Identifying and describing funding guidelines and procedures for implementation 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Public Administration officers engaged with the Managing Authority, Beneficiaries and other stakeholders within Cohesion Policy Framework, who are involved in project design, management and monitoring of EU funded projects and who wish to improve their skills in this field 
  • Officials from Voluntary Organization who would like to improve their skills in designing and implementing projects that are funded from EU Funds. 
  • Individuals wishing to pursue careers in EU funding.  

Course Dates

An introduction to Cohesion Policy

Session 1

The new multi-annual Framework 2021-2027

  • The priorities and corresponding Specific Objectives
  • Main differences with the 2014-2020 Programme
  • Understanding Malta’s new programmes

The role of the EU Institutions and local structures

  • Who is who in decision making processes at programme and project level
Translating a project idea into a project proposal

Session 2

Programme guidelines and call for applications

  • Understanding objectives, eligibilty of actions and costs, timeframes, understanding simplified cost options

Understanding the Intervention Logic

  • Linking policy, needs, objectives, expected results, activities, and output & result indicators


Project management and implementation

Session 3

Important Obligations

  • Public Procurement, Information and Publicity, and the Grant Agreement)
  • Payment and verification processes
  • Reporting obligation and retention of documents











Translating a project idea into a project proposal

Session 4

Completing a project proposal

  • Structuring a project proposal in line with the requirements of the call

Identifying the resources for the project

  • Internal resources, identification of partners and their role, time, financial resources


Session 5

On the spot checks, audits and irregularities

The Structural Funds Database



A mix of learning methodologies will be used to ensure that that participants are engaged in the learning process throughout the training programme. Various training methods will be adopted throughout the training sessions, including Presentations, Case studies, Group discussions and Workshops.


The course will be delivered over a 4-week period (part-time).

The training will be delivered in person which allows for the necessary direct interaction and presentation of the training material, facilitate queries and the ability of easily holding group work and discussions in separate breakout rooms/groups.

The course will be delivered in English.

  • 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications or minimum of 2 years working experience. O’Level/A’Level Certification or equivalent required.  
  • Good working knowledge of the English language.  
  • Basic level of digital competence is required.  

Participants’ CV will be requested to verify the above. A request for copies of certification and references will be made, if necessary. 


“I learnt a lot, especially as regards implications for my relatively new role as a Project Leader.”

C. Xuereb
Officer in Scale 5

“The course was very interesting and informative, and the method of delivery was very good and straightforward. I enjoyed that the course was open to people with different backgrounds and levels of understanding of EU funds. This very often made our discussions even more interesting.”

K. Cutajar
Professional - Projects & Support EU funds

“It was very informative. The tutors know the subject very very well and are very experienced. I wish we had more time to go into much more detail. Looking forward to more informative sessions like this in the future.”

L. Caruana
Finance Principal Officer - Heritage Malta, 2023

Total Learning Hours

Full course: 15 hours

Hours include contact hours, supervised practice hours, self-study hours and assesment hours.


Alison Mizzi

Alison is a Director at EMCS. She has worked in the field of Cohesion Policy since 2001 and has over the years acquired thorough knowledge of the funding programmes and their requirements, covering different aspects as programming, evaluation, monitoring and control. Before joining the private sector, she worked with the Managing Authority for 14 years, where she has also led the ESF Unit.

She has a Master of Arts (European Studies) and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Management, both from the University of Malta.

Edel Cassar

Edel spearheads the MCAST Strategy Implementation unit and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. She has worked with the Manging Authority for Cohesion Policy in Malta for 7 years, where she headed the ESF unit, has garnered extensive experience in the management of ERDF projects, and also worked on evaluation of the impact of Cohesion Policy in Malta and monitoring structures.

She is an educator by profession with an educational background in psychology, sociology, human resources and training. She is currently reading for a PhD.

Mariah Vella

Mariah holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from the University of Malta, with background knowledge in EU relations.

During her studies, Mariah concentrated on project management, geospatial information systems, EU and national environmental legislation, and impact assessments. She began her career as a Research Officer with Ambjent Malta in the GIS unit, where she refined her project management skills and gained proficiency in data entry and analysis. Subsequently, she took on the role of Assistant within the Sustainability unit in the SaT department at EY. There, Mariah applied her expertise to large-scale projects, collaborating on projects linked to the European Commission and various other clients.

In November 2023, Mariah joined EMCS as an Associate within the EU Advisory Team. She has since gained substantial experience in managing EU-funded projects, including the submission of application proposals. Her responsibilities encompass formulating and issuing tenders, managing reimbursement procedures, liaising with the relevant MA, scheduling, and evaluation.

Additionally, Mariah provides consultancy services to businesses, NGOs, and public entities, advising on suitable EU funding channels for proposed investment. She is involved in application writing, budgeting, research, and evaluation committees.

Stephen C Vella, BA (Hons), MA, Dip Forensic Studies

Director of Corporate Services & EU Projects within the Foundation for Social Welfare Services with over 30 years of services rendered in the social field. Held various managerial positions in social related services, including residential services and acted as advisor to various Ministries on EU Funded projects. Carried out his university degrees in Ireland, obtain his masters in Italy and post-graduate Forensic Studies in Malta. Proficiently trained in procurement procedures, project management, youth work and health & safety.

Project led various ESF projects focused on the following issues: Integration of Asylum Seekers (PASSI); Training of frontline workers assisting persons at risk of social exclusion; Training young people to find suitable employment (Embark for life); and training of persons with disability to integrate into the labour market (Me2); and setting up of Community based social services (LEAP) across Malta and Gozo, and recently the OK Project and Hiliet il-Komunita’ – an ERDF project in Valletta focusing on the social dimension of the inner harbour region. Mr Vella currently also coordinates two nationwide food distribution schemes: FEAD (EU Funded) and the State Funded Food Distribution scheme.

Currently submitting new EU projects proposals for the Foundation, and in the last 15 years collectively managed over Euro 20 million from EU funds in social related projects.

He is currently actively involved within the Community of Practice (COP) European Competence Centre for Social Innovation and participate in regular meetings and sit on one of its Steering Group Committees.

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