Radica Koceva holds MSc in Economics obtained at the Faculty of Economics, “University Ss Cyril and Methodius” Skopje. She has over 20 years of a professional career in the Ministry of Finance, during which she acquired profound experience in public finance management, EU integration processes, and managing foreign financed projects, including designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects/programmes financed by external bilateral/multilateral donors such as EU, IMF, EBRD, EIB and CEB.
Since her appointment as Head of Central Financing and Contracting Department (CFCD) in the Ministry of Finance in December 2007, she was the key figure in preparing the national structures to meet the European Commission accreditation criteria for the indirect management of IPA funds until EC granted the Conferral of Management Power in 2009, for three IPA Components i.e. TAIB, Regional Development Component, and Human Resource Component. While she was heading CFCD in 2007-2020, under her responsibility, within the EU Financial Perspective 2007-2013 and EU Financial Perspective 2014-2020, a huge portfolio of more than 400 single projects worth more than EUR 500 million, was completed with success. She was the responsible Program Authorizing Officer for several National TAIB Programmes and Multi-Annual Programmes, and she was Head of Operating Structure for IPA I and IPA II Programmes. Also, she was responsible for managing the Operational Programme for Regional Development 2007-2013, flagged by the European Commission as one of the most successfully implemented IPA pre-accession programmes, which Programme included an extensive portfolio of infrastructure and technical assistance projects in the Environment.
In her post, she invested great efforts to improve the working culture among employees by introducing the IPA management’s best practices, such as internal control mechanisms, human resource management tools, high ethics, and integrity standards. Since she was dealing with a lot of challenges, she is well known for her problem-solving and decision-making approach in the implementation of the IPA funded projects in the Republic of North Macedonia and wider in the Region. She has excellent knowledge of the European rules for project management, the PRAG procurement rules and the criteria for establishing internal control framework for the indirect management systems of EU funds.
She left the Ministry of Finance in September 2020. Since then, she also has valuable experience in providing consultancy services in managing EU funds and implementing best practices in the pre-accession countries in the Balkan Region, as well in performing costs’ assessment and benefit analysis of policies and projects.