Local Government Finance Expert

Apply by 4 August 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 5 July 2018

Job Description


CowaterSogema is excited to announce the opening of a Local Government Finance Expert position for the upcoming Decentralisation for Development (D4D) in Zambia III module of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GiZ) Decentralisation and Local Governance programme in Zambia. The objective of the project is to improve service delivery and political participation at the local level. The objective of module III is to support national and local authorities as they implement the decentralisation process, especially fiscal decentralisation, in a more efficient, transparent, coordinated, citizen-oriented and pro-poor manner.

The Local Government Finance Expert will be based in Zambia, providing technical advice on demand on issues related to local government finance.


The Local Government Finance Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:

Provide technical advice to relevant staff from Department of Local Government Administration, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Finance (Budget Office; through Good Financial Governance TC project) on questions related to accounting and budgeting of local government finance;
Provide technical advice on financial management software to be used by local authorities as well as the revision of national standards for accounting and budgeting of local authorities;
Provide backstopping services to the two German Financial Corporation (KfW) experts on local government finance and liaise between them and the national level;
Contribute to providing evidence from local level for decision making at national level (including data collection tools and procedures as well as the treatment of financial and other data); and
Design and implement relevant training measures and contribute to the implementation of the capacity development strategy.



Master’s Degree in Local Government Finance, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Planning or any other relevant field.

Minimum Experience:

Minimum of 5-years experience providing technical advice on demand on issues related to local government finance;
Minimum of 3-years experience in a management role in the area of local government finance; and
Regional experience working with local governments in Southern Africa, preferably in Zambia.

Essential Skills:

Outstanding verbal and written communication skills (speaking, writing and oral) in English;
Strong interpersonal and sociocultural skills;
Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills; and
Prior training in GiZ’s Capacity WORKS management model or commitment to undergo training by a GIZ-accredited multiplier before the commencement of the project.

Project’s specific conditions:

This position is based in Zambia (28 person-months).
Must be a Zambian national.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with CowaterSogema.

About the Organization

CowaterSogema is a global leader in management consulting services, focusing on developing and emerging economies. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. As Canada’s largest international development consulting firm, CowaterSogema has developed a reputation of excellence for our strong ability to work with clients and stakeholders to provide leading-edge solutions and services tailored to the needs and challenges faced by developing and transitional countries. Our firm possesses internationally recognized and award-winning experience at the policy, program and project levels, developing and managing major projects as well as undertaking studies, sector reviews, evaluations, and training and communications activities.

CowaterSogema is a global company with its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, an office in Montreal, Canada, an office in Pretoria, South Africa (CowaterSogema South Africa) and operations in Paris, France (CowaterSogema Europe). Additionally, the company currently operates project offices worldwide including in Burkina Faso, Mali, Malawi, Cameroon, South Sudan, Mozambique, Zambia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Jordan, Peru, Honduras, Barbados etc.

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