Project title: TA for support to Civil Society and Local Authorities for local development in Sierra Leone
The overall objective of this contract is: To contribute towards the country’s long-term stability, equitable growth, poverty reduction, democratisation, and the rule of law, and to foster an integrated local development approach by strengthening the capacities of relevant actors involved with a view to achieving integrated and gender sensitive development strategies and initiatives.
The purpose of the contract is to provide overarching technical assistance to the beneficiary country, Sierra Leone, for a programme that aims at fostering decentralisation by empowering local authorities as well as local/rural CSOs in selected districts to plan and implement jointly agreed initiatives of service delivery and/or capital investment that respond to the priority needs of communities.
The technical assistance team will also support relevant institutions at the central level of government on building inclusive and participative reform processes.
It will be responsible for developing programme methodology, coordinating the activities of local stakeholders, and for capitalizing on and scaling up local achievements by addressing horizontal policy issues and institutional challenges at all levels.
In compliance with the specific objectives of the Programme, the technical assistance aims to achieve the following:
- Purpose 1: LAs are empowered to fulfil their mandate as per the decentralisation process and implement priority actions consistent with local development plans and foster joint-decision making processes with civil society;
- Purpose 2: Civil society actors, especially youth and women positively contribute to public policy making and service provision, in local rural areas.
The expected results of the project are as follows:
- Res. 1: Decentralised local government component: Local Councils’ resources base and institutional capacity to sustainably deliver and account for services are improved in four selected rural districts; well-managed priority gender-sensitive development actions, consistent with updated existing local development plans, are implemented with EU funding and in cooperation with Civil Society actors.
- Res. 2: Rural civil society initiatives component: CSOs in the selected districts demonstrate strengthened legitimacy, indipendence and capacity to sustainably operate as credible actors of local governance, and implement EU funded gender-sensitive initiatives aimed at improving inclusive social and economic service delivery to population in complementarity with LCs.
- Res. 3: Horizontal policy, coordination, and capitalisation component: the environment for effective decentralisation and local governance is improved by capitalizing on achievements in four selected districts and by addressing policy and institutional challenges at all levels.
Commencement date of the project: October 2018
Duration of the assignment: 740 working days
Qualifications and skills:
The key expert should have at least a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Management, Public Policy, Development Studies, Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines or equivalent professional experience of 10 years’ experience in similar positions, especially in local governance (institution building, participative planning, coordination and management) public finance (autonomy and accountability), public policies, CSOs.
General professional experience:
At least 10 years relevant professional work experience in developing countries at policy level in public sector, research institutes, NGOs, or other international organisations in the field of Public Administration Management and Local Governance, out of which a minimum of 6 years must be at management level.
Specific professional experience:
- Proven experience in the field of policy development and coordination, public sector performance, human resources management and development, public financial management systems, service delivery, especially at local level for Decentralised Administrative Units;
- Proven experience and leadership in policy advocacy and policy dialogue;
- Expertise in facilitating the identification of short term experts and managing diverse international teams;
- Ability to coordinate the process of documentation of lessons learnt and reporting on progress being made;
- Proven experience in West African contexts and joint programmes in support to Civil Society and Public Administrations will be regarded as an asset;
- Proven experience in managing EU funded projects is required.
Facilitation and communication skills:
- Excellent English, written and spoken;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Good facilitation and negotiation skills;
- Excellent skills and experience in drafting papers/proposals, reports, training materials and guidelines;
- Good analytical skills in coordination and networking.