The Local Government Analyst works within ENGINE Program Component 1 and provides support and liaison related to the strengthened business enabling environment resulting from the review and reform of district-level Local Government Authorities’ (LGA) policies, management and administrative procedures, systems and processes in mainland Tanzania and in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba).
Background: The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) Program is a four-year USAID-funded Feed the Future program awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational, and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in Zanzibar and the southern agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa. ENGINE is a four-year, $20 million activity.
ENGINE focuses at the district level, using a broad-based approach that works with district councils, private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions, and micro, small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components:
- Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively engage with LGAs through public/private dialogue (PPD) to set the policy reform agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies that strengthen the business enabling environment, leading to business viability, growth and investment.
- Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen BDSP capacity and foster the growth of a sustainable market for business development services (BDS) in Tanzania.
- Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains, to facilitate increased investment and growth.
The LG Analyst will coordinate the planning, reporting, budgeting and implementing of all ENGINE Component 1 activities in the Dar es Salaam and field offices. S/he will ensure quality and timely work products to inform/contribute to ENGINE Program objectives. S/he will support the Component 1 Team Lead in writing the quarterly and annual ENGINE Program reports, and any other reports and documents, as required.
The LG Analyst will support Component 1 activities, working with ENGINE LGAs on their policies, management/administrative systems, procedures and processes and analyzing all plans and reports received from Regional Representatives.
- Collaborate with the Policy Analyst and the Regional Representatives to advise the Component 1 Team Lead on Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar government policies regarding the decentralization by devolution process (D-by-D);
- Liaise between ENGINE and target LGAs to ensure that policies and management/administrative procedures, processes, systems, etc. at the district LGA level align with national policies with the objective of strengthening the local business enabling environment;
- Synchronize, aggregate and document work products and lessons learned from volunteer assignments;
- Support Component 1 communication (especially report writing), administration and logistics requirements;
- Support Regional Representatives’ weekly plans and reports, and track their progress, aligned to ENGINE’s Activity Plan / Gantt Chart and Indicator target results;
- Present periodic comparative analyses of all LGA policy reform processes to the Component 1 Team Lead to inform the best way to provide continued ENGINE support.
The LG Analyst reports to the Component 1 Team Lead and shall:
- Undertake the annual planning, reporting and execution of relevant Component 1 activities; and,
- Follow-up and report on Component 1 indicator target results, as outlined in the annual Work Plan and revised MEL Plan.
- Degree (master’s level is preferred) in Public Administration, International Development, International Relations/Affairs, Business, Law, Sociology, Economics, Agriculture, or a related field;
- Experience with national, regional and LGA level business policy formulation and implementation, and an understanding of the local government authority and private sector context;
- Be an exceptional thinker, administrator and strategist, assisting the program in its alignment with D-by-D;
- Experience facilitating and strengthening local government business enabling environments, with a strong background in agricultural and SME development;
- Demonstrated success in implementing programs that have reviewed and reformed policy, and that have involved women and youth.
- Self-motivated, proactive, detail-oriented, mature, easy-going, professional team player, who is a strong people person and communicator, with good inter-personal skills.
- Ability to address issues, questions, concerns, and problems in a professional, accurate and timely manner.
- Good descriptive, succinct and accurate writer of American English, with report writing and communication skills in English and Kiswahili;
- Fluent in both English and Kiswahili.
- Ability to work well in a multi-cultural setting.