Decentralization Technical Lead - USAID/Philippines Cities for Enhanced Engagement and Governance (CHANGE)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 June 2020

Job Description

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking a Decentralization 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 Decentralization Technical Lead will be charged with ensuring the achievement of component 1 of the CHANGE activity, namely a “strengthened enabling environment for decentralization” in the cities selected for program implementation. This component will provide USAID/Philippines with an independent informed analysis of the challenges and potential reforms in center-local relations and sub-national government units necessary to promote the merit and intent of decentralization in the Philippines. Tasked with overseeing the successful implementation of this component, the Decentralization Technical Lead will also be in charge of overseeing ICMA’s efforts to:

· Provide 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;

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

· Streamline or rationalize planning processes to eliminate duplications and/or reduce the number of plans/reports that LGUs must prepare;

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

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

· Identify entry points for the promotion of good governance practices in the target cities;

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


· 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.

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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