Decentralization Policy Director - 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 Decentralization Policy Director 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).

Decentralization Policy Director

The Decentralization Policy Director will be charged with ensuring the project’s support of Georgia’s ongoing decentralization reform, alongside activities enhancing the effectiveness, accountability, and citizen-responsiveness of target local governments in Georgia.

Key job functions include:

· Providing analytical support and technical assistance to key decentralization stakeholders to inform the development of reforms in the implementation of decentralization or the policy framework around it;

· Supporting effective inter-government relations between target cities and relevant national government agencies;

· Streamlining or rationalizing planning processes to eliminate duplications and/or reduce the number of plans/reports that local governments must prepare;

· Increasing public awareness of, and opportunities to participate in, legislative processes or consultations related to decentralization reform;

· Developing comprehensive and coordinated strategic and change management plans if changes to the implementation of decentralization are planned.

· Identifying entry points for the promotion of good governance practices in the target municipalities.

· Supporting advocacy for good governance reforms and the replication of best practices in non-target municipalities.

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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