The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking a Civic Engagement Technical Lead to successfully and effectively assist the implementation of the anticipated USAID/Philippines-funded program titled: Cities for Enhanced Engagement and Governance (CHANGE) Activity.
CHANGE will pursue three expected results, namely:
· Objective 1: Strengthening the enabling environment for decentralization;
· Objective 2: Enhancing service delivery capacity, legitimacy, transparency and accountability of participating local governments; and
· Objective 3: Empowering citizens by increasing their participation in and oversight of local governance processes.
USAID/Philippines’ CHANGE activity will utilize a flexible and adaptive two-phased implementing mechanism that will support the priority thrust of the Government of the Philippines to support people-centered, clean and efficient governance. ICMA is well-positioned to achieve CHANGE’s goal of providing more transparent, accountable and responsive local governance, thanks to over 100 years of organizational experience strengthening local governments worldwide through over 500 programs in over 70 countries.
The Civic Engagement Technical Lead will be charged with ensuring the achievement of component 3 of the CHANGE activity, namely “empowering citizens through increased participation in and oversight of local governance processes in ways that government both approves and supports. This component will strengthen the capacity of members of program communities, local CSOs, and sectorial representatives to effectively advocate reforms and hold local governments accountable. Tasked with overseeing the successful implementation of this component, the Civic Engagement Technical Lead will also be in charge of overseeing ICMA’s efforts to:
· Develop 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;
· Bolster understanding of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, especially in the context of decentralization;
· Introduce or strengthen 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;
· Promote greater understanding of local planning and budgeting processes and support citizen engagement in these activities;
· Support networking, sharing of information, and coordination among CSOs and other citizen groups in the participating cities;
· Strengthen the civic participation of women, youth, and other underrepresented sectors;
· Support increased and accurate reporting on local governance processes and issues of public interest; and
· Support citizen-driven initiatives that address specific community issues and that are implemented in collaboration with the local governments.
· 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 oral and written communication in English; fluency in Filipino is a plus.
· Philippine nationals are encouraged to apply.