Local Capacity Development (LCD) advisor
USAID/Uganda manages a development and humanitarian portfolio valued at roughly $450 million annually. The Mission supports improvements in the health and education sectors; promotes economic growth; supports environmental conservation; and advances democracy, human rights and good governance. Special programs are focused in the post-conflict regions of northern Uganda and in communities hosting Uganda’s million plus refugee population.
The Mission is putting in place the activities intended to achieve the vision described in its 2017 to 2021 Country Development Strategy Statement (CDCS). The CDCS, which can be found at: https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1860/uganda-cdcd-2017-2021.pdf, significantly deepens USAID/Uganda’s commitment to self reliance https://www.usaid.gov/selfreliance. This is captured in the CDCS goal of “Uganda’s systems are accelerating inclusive education, health and economic development.” In addition, PEPFAR has launched a Local Partner initiative with the goal of 70% of all PEPFAR funds going to local partners by 2021.
Ranking 149th out of 180 countries, Uganda falls at the bottom on Transparency International’s (TI’s) Corruption Perceptions 2018 Index. Corruption in the country is both pervasive and well-entrenched. The GOU’s Inspectorate of Government characterizes it as “rampant.” Uganda’s Black Monday Movement, a coalition of anti-corruption civil society organizations, estimated that between 2000 and 2014, over $6.6 billion dollars was lost to the government due to corruption, “enough to finance the country’s 2015/2016 budget.” Over recent years, Uganda’s scores on TI’s, as well as other indices of accountability, have been on a downward slope. Organizational internal controls and other accountability mechanisms are weak and low levels of penalization for corruption perpetrators provide little incentive to respect controls that do exist.
The Mission has engaged a contractor to support Accountability, Risk Management and System Strengthening (ARMSS). The contract has three elements - Capacity Building, Third Party Monitoring and Risk Assessments. The support will cover all portfolios, local and international partners. Due to the number of activities that will be happening concurrently and the staffing shortage in USAID/Uganda’s Office of Financial Management (OFM), the Mission would like to engage a Local Capacity Development (LCD) advisor to manage our capacity building and monitoring activities. The LCD advisor, based in Kampala, will be part of a team supporting the design, implementation, monitoring and documentation of capacity development objectives that contribute to sustainable and adaptive local solutions. This includes working with a broad range of implementing partners and ARMSS contractors to assess, implement, and document achievement in policy, advocacy, finance, and governance results and sustainable, local capacity achievements. Specifically, he/she will work closely with OFM and other technical staff to ensure high-quality capacity strengthening approaches are implemented, learning materials are shared across the project, performance improvement is documented and reported, and successes are summarized and disseminated through the Uganda Learning Activity (ULA).
● Provide technical input and offer innovative approaches to the design and implementation of institutional capacity development for policy, advocacy, finance, and governance efforts that promote local sustainability and eventual transitioning from donor support.
● Work with the technical teams to understand the programmatic goals and objectives of the activity, review previous assessments to understand the context of the capacity development findings, and use these to help in drafting the SOW for capacity building by ARMSS contractors.
● Support the OFM-led team to update prior assessments to establish priorities or key areas to support development, adaptation and implementation of effective, innovative capacity strengthening approaches, tools, and methodologies within a given budget.
● Coordinate and oversee the engagement of capacity building support activities with the local partners being performed by ARMSS contractors to ensure project delivery goals are met with high-quality and in a timely manner.
● Create a monitoring system to determine the implementation, impact, and effectiveness of capacity building activities.
● Ensure the development or finalization of high-quality, standard capacity development materials for use and adaptation across the portfolio, as applicable, for instance in providing the implementing partners with uniform USAID guidance and procedures for financial management of USAID funds.
● Manage, implement, and document project activities through writing project reports, reporting results achieved, and present outcomes and lessons learned across the portfolio; and document and report performance improvement and successes.
Minimum Experience: At least 10 years of progressively responsible work with a donor organization preferably USAID. Strong background and work experience in either accounting, finance, contracting, or program management in the international development field. Preferably at least 3 years LCD-related experience.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate for this position is a former USAID employee - could be Program Officer, Controller, Financial Analyst (TCN), Acquisition/Assistance Officers who preferably has the following experience:
● USAID experience of at least 10 years
● Financial, programmatic, contracting background with a focus on management and implementation of USAID policies and procedures.
● Trainer and/or facilitator with exceptional skills in designing and conducting skills-building workshops and implementing other capacity strengthening approaches with a variety of stakeholders, from government officials, program managers, and implementers to civil society organizations, representatives of diverse community groups, and the private for-profit sector.
● Prefer experience conducting organizational capacity assessments and supporting organizations with various levels of performance to create and drive capacity strengthening and performance improvement plans
● Deep knowledge of best practices in sustainable capacity development design, methods, performance measurement.
● Excellent people skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible, clear, and respectful manner according to the stakeholder needs.
● Ability to manage data and summarize actions from data review
● Excellent written and oral communication skills.
● Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Experience working with diverse and multicultural teams necessary.
● Willingness and interest in travelling in the country up to 50% of the time.
Knowledge: Knowledge of USAID and other relevant laws and regulations for all aspects of Mission programs and operations, including ability to advise on transactions and projects involving bilateral and multilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding and other instruments as well as issues of local tax and customs, claims, ethics, and other internal operations and program issues.