Local Governance Specialist
Location: Arlington, VA
ECODIT is seeking a mid-level Local Governance Specialist (LGS) to support the international project implementation and business development teams in the company’s local governance and natural resources management (NRM) practice areas. The LGS will lead or assist with new business development and provide technical and management support to ECODIT projects related to urban and local government public service delivery; autonomy, transparency, responsiveness and accountability of urban and local governments; ability of urban and local governments to adapt to climate change; urban and local government environmental management practices and pollution control systems, disaster preparedness, response and recovery; urban and local government finance, creditworthiness and borrowing; and securing resource rights and improving resource governance.
The LGS will work collaboratively with other ECODIT home office (HO) and field office (FO) staff, and will report to ECODIT’s Governance Lead. The LGS will play a key role in expanding ECODIT’s urban and local governance development portfolio and technical capabilities. S/he also will provide technical support in such closely related areas as urban planning, land tenure and resource rights.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Serve as staff technical expert on matters related to urban and local governance in developing countries/emerging economies such as, strengthening democratic accountability, rule of law and security, building policy, legal and administrative capacity for development management and service delivery, encouraging development cooperation among and within territories, enhancing fiscal resources and empowerment, and accelerating social capital formation;
- Provide HO management support to project staff, including identifying and mobilizing staff and consultants, monitoring subcontractors, tracking budgets and developing budget realignments, helping to ensure overall contract compliance, and resolving administrative, technical, and personnel issues as they arise during project implementation;
- Provide administration/backstopping support to project implementation and business development, including organizing logistics for and attending meetings, preparing and disseminating meeting notes, developing information materials, and reviewing expense reports from consultants and subcontractors;
- Review, edit and comment on project deliverables and ensure quality control and adherence to deadlines;
- Oversee the development and dissemination of success stories and best practices from ECODIT’s urban and local governance, land tenure and resource rights projects;
- Liaise with US-based and overseas clients on behalf of ECODIT, when required;
- Conduct field visits to project sites when needed to monitor progress, provide technical support and meet with the client;
- Collaborate with other program and technical specialists at ECODIT to facilitate linkages across the firm’s core practices;
- Stay abreast of country development needs, challenges, and opportunities in urban and local governance, land tenure, and resource rights, and network or serve as a technical expert at various events (conferences, panels, etc.) to expand awareness of ECODIT and further build its brand;
- Identify and research new business opportunities related to urban and local governance and conduct analysis to inform ECODIT’s bid/no-bid decisions;
- Conduct field visits for upcoming business development opportunities to carry out advance intelligence gathering, develop local partnering and recruit host-country staff and technical experts;
- Participate in the preparation of technical and cost proposals, including leading or contributing to the development of technical approaches, teaming arrangements, recruitment and staffing, etc.; and
- Other duties, as assigned.
The roles and responsibilities described above may be reviewed and fine-tuned to support ECODIT’s growing needs and requirements, and the career path aspirations of the LGS.
- Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, city management, economic development, or other related field. Master’s degree in government and/or public policy (MPA, MPP, etc.) desirable;
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in designing, managing, and/or implementing local governance, urban planning and management and/or related projects (e.g., decentralization, land tenure);
- Experience in project monitoring and evaluation and/or knowledge management is a plus;
- Familiarity with USAID strategies, policies, tools, and rules and regulations;
- Excellent organizational and time management abilities;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; and
- Fluency in at least one relevant language other than English (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic) is a plus.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV under the “Jobs” tab at www.ecodit.com. Only select candidates will be contacted; no phone calls please.
About the Organization
ECODIT LLC is a leading international development firm with 24 years of experience working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. A U.S. small business, the firm currently holds five USAID Global Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts (IDIQs) in natural resources management (REPLACE), water (WADI), energy (Clean Energy IDIQ for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs) and non-CPCs), and urban and local governance (MCW IDIQ). Since 1997, ECODIT has managed multiple complex, multi-year multi-million dollar USAID-funded projects in the clean energy, water, environment and rural tourism sectors, as well as dozens of short-term, rapid-turnaround assignments in nearly 50 developing countries in all regions of the world. More information is available at www.ecodit.com.