Civic Engagement Specialist - USAID/Georgia Local Self-Government Strengthening Activity

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 September 2020

Job Description

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) seeks a Civic Engagement Specialist to successfully and effectively implement the anticipated USAID/Georgia-funded Local Self-Government Strengthening Activity.

The Activity has four objectives, namely:

· Objective 1: National institutional capacities, legislative frameworks, and partnerships for meaningful decentralization strengthened;

· Objective 2: Subnational public administration and accountability systems improved;

· Objective 3: Subnational capacity to deliver inclusive, accessible, and citizen-responsive public services, in alignment with national standards, enhanced; and

· Objective 4: Communities engaged and empowered to hold subnational governments accountable.

The Activity has been designed to specifically (a) support central-level institutions to manage implementation of the Georgian Decentralization Strategy (Objective 1) and (b) strengthen accountability across the local governance ecosystem (including across branches of government and across governance functions) (Objectives 2, 3, & 4).

Civic Engagement Specialist

The Civic Engagement Specialist will be charged with ensuring the achievement of IR 2.1: civic participation catalyzed, by empowering citizens through increased participation in and oversight of local governance processes in ways that government both approves and supports. Activities under this will program component will strengthen the capacity of members of program communities, local CSOs, and sectorial representatives to effectively advocate reforms and hold local governments accountable.

Key job functions include:

· Developing the capacity of to CSOs and other stakeholders to increase their informed

engagement in local governance processes, possibly including those related to the

provision of basic services such as health, education, environment, economic

growth and disaster or emergency response;

· Bolstering understanding of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, especially in the context of decentralization;

· Introducing or strengthening citizen feedback mechanisms to gauge the effectiveness of

local governments in promoting democratic governance and delivering basic

services, possibly including sectors where USAID is presently providing

assistance such as health, education, environmental management, water, and

economic growth;

· Promoting greater understanding of local planning and budgeting processes and

support citizen engagement in these activities;

· Supporting networking, sharing of information, and coordination among CSOs and

other citizen groups in the participating cities;

· Strengthening civic participation of women, youth and other underrepresented groups;

· Supporting increased and accurate reporting on local governance processes and

issues of public interest; and

· Supporting citizen-driven initiatives that address specific community issues and that are implemented in collaboration with the local governments.

Preferred qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field (public administration, economics, business, law, social sciences).

· 8 to 10 years of experience working on international development programs with objectives related to decentralization, service delivery, civic engagement, local government enabling environments, and related topics.

· Experience managing and leading a team.

· Strong analytical, writing, and training skills, along with institutional analytical and development capabilities.

· Good interpersonal and diplomatic skills, along with cultural sensitivity and a commitment to addressing gender equality.

· Ability to lead and form constructive partnerships with and among local counterparts.

· Excellent communication skills in English and Georgian; fluency in Russian is a plus.

About the Organization

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which develops tools and resources that advance professional local governance in order to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. Since 1914, ICMA has implemented over 500 programs in more than 70 countries, delivering hands-on assistance by tapping into the knowledge and skillset of more than 13,000 members, who provide long-term learning, mentorship, and partnership opportunities for their counterparts in local government. ICMA performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and internationally, thanks to the support of federal government agencies, international foundations, and corporations.

For more information regarding ICMA’s programs and services, please visit

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