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Uganda Strengthening Systems and Public Accountability (SSPA) Activity
Accountability and Anti-Corruption Advisor/Component Lead – Location Uganda
Background: DAI seeks qualified candidates for a recently released USAID (in cooperation with UKAID)-funded activity to: improve the government of Uganda’s responsiveness to citizens, service delivery, and stewardship of resources through strengthened accountability, deepened public participation and oversight, and reduced corruption in Uganda’s public service sectors. SSPA will strengthen public sector leadership and accountability for results in targeted sectors, support citizen and civil society engagement on corruption, and support the rewards and sanctions standards under the Ministry of Public Service, norms, and behaviors that enable the abuse of public office for private gain. The projected start date of the program is April 2021 and employment is contingent upon award and decisions of the prime contractor.
The three main objectives of the SSPA Activity are:
Objective 1: Increased citizen voice, coalition building, and public engagement with government to reduce corruption and increase accountability
Objective 2: Strengthened local government and municipality systems and practices for improved public accountability
Objective 3: Improved key systems, practices, standards, and norms of target national anti-corruption and accountability institutions.
§ Strengthen the accountability role of the following potential actors: the Inspectorate of Government (IG), the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), the Public Procurement and Disposal Authority (PPDA), and the Parliament Public Accounts Committees (PACs) in coordination with other state bodies. Internal staff performance management, planning, budgeting, financial management, and monitoring for accountability are all crucial, underlying institutional capacities to consider.
§ Support strengthening of public administrative standards and sanctions within the Ministry of Public Service (MoPS) and/or various service commissions, along with mechanisms such as whistleblowing in the context of civil service.
§ Potentially, support institutions with the role of investigation and prosecution of corruption, including the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the judiciary.
§ Participate in Problem-Driven Iterative Analysis (PDIA) to select stakeholders, entry-points and priority activities in close consultation with the government
§ Lead Objective 3 inputs while working closely with other program objectives, including demand-side advocacy efforts and local level service delivery improvements to ensure mutually reinforcing efforts or coalitions around key themes or activities.
· Master’s degree or higher in political science, law, international studies, economics or a related field.
· Substantial technical expertise and successful track record in advising government officials on transparency and accountability systems and processes at the national level (and with their deconcentrated entities at subnational level).
· Technical understanding in at least one or more the following areas highly preferred: strengthening public administration to prevent, mitigate or sanction corruption within the public service; the role of accountability systems – such as through state auditing and inspectorate services – in reducing opportunities for corruption; and/or the role of judicial institutions in deterring or prosecuting corruption.
· At least five (5) years of experience as a Program Director, Team Leader, Senior Technical Advisor or equivalent leadership position in the implementation of USAID, UK or other international donor projects.
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively, responsively, and collaboratively with government counterparts, including one or more of the following: public/civil service ministries, commissions or directorates; inspectorate entities; audit authorities; procurement authorities; and parliament oversight committees.
· Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills with a demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively with a wide range of diverse staff and stakeholders
· Strong communication skills – both written and oral – in English required
· Knowledge of Problem-Driven Iterative Analysis approaches or related, including Thinking and Working Politically and/or applied Political Economy Analysis.
Qualified candidates should send their CV and cover letter to recruitment_UgandaSSPA@dai.com or via the DAI website. Only short-listed candidates will receive notice requesting additional information.