Civil Society Specialist-Logo Project (SB4/1)
Local Governance Project-Afghanistan (LoGo) is building upon the lessons from UNDP’s Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme (ASGP). Through LoGo project, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and UNDP will jointly address the top three priorities of IDLG which are: 1) service delivery; 2) accountability; and 3) clear functions and mandates. The project builds on a new theory of change aimed at improving service delivery by enhancing the accountability and transparency of the local governments to the women and men of Afghanistan and building the capacity of the local governments to plan, budget and monitor service delivery effectively with the ultimate aim of increasing the legitimacy of the government and the trust between the state and society.
The GIRoA, with UNDP support, will focus on the following areas:
- Subnational state institutions, (Provincial Governor Offices, District Governor Offices, Provincial Sector and Technical Services department, Provincial Council, Provincial Development Committees, Moustafiats, Department of Economy), enhance their capacities in outreach, planning, monitoring and budgeting for accountable and transparent service delivery.
- Municipalities deliver services in a more accountable and participatory manner
- Accountability of local governance enhanced through civil society oversight organizations/groups
- Central level government institutions develop and implement policy guidelines which improve local government accountability and service delivery.
The project will work with the relevant government ministries that cover subnational planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and representative bodies as well as civil society. These include the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the Ministry of Economy (MoEc), and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and ensuring complementarity with the other programmes, especially USAID, GIZ, UN Habitat and the World Bank.
Under the direct supervision of the project manager, the Civil Society Specialist, provides technical support and guidance on LoGo’s work with CSO and through CSO at the communities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides guidance technical support on LoGo’s work with Civil Societies
- Ensure provision of timely and quality technical assistance, build partnerships and enhance capacities
- Facilitate knowledge building and management
1. Provides guidance and technical support on LoGo’s work with Civil Societies by focusing on the following results:
- Provide support to the formulation of AWPs, detailed implementation plan, HR and procurement plans
- Assist the project manager to prepare and implement annual, quarterly and monthly plans
- Conduct orientation and de-mobilization de-briefing for the technical staff, government counterparts, and staff from the lead CSO
- Coordinate project activities with government, development partners, LoGo components and regional hubs to ensure complementarity of efforts
- Collect periodic progress updates and assist the Project Manager in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports as well as case studies/updates and de-briefs
- Conduct adequate monitoring of CSO activities as well as that of implementing partners and adopt corrective measures
- Identify bottlenecks and propose solutions to the Project Manager, to ensure timely and quality implementation of the project activities
- Develop innovative approaches to improve performance of CSOs and implementing partners
- Ensure compliance of all activities with organizational rules, regulations, policies, strategies and internal control mechanisms
2. Ensures provision of timely and quality assistance, build partnerships and enhance capacities, by focusing on the following results:
- Set up Civil Society Organizations Networks in regions and provinces for stronger voice and participation and to advocate with the local government on accountable service delivery
- Support effective and sustainable functioning of the networks through technical assistance and capacity development initiatives
- Provide guidance and assistance to CSOs to play an advocacy role and sit on the Provincial Development Committees to contribute effectively to the provincial/local development planning processes
- Support CSOs in identifying modes of engagement with other stakeholders, leading to the process of change to social accountability
- Assist media to enhance their access to information on service delivery, and train them on dissemination of information on local governance (PDC, provincial planning, how to conduct, accountability)
- Develop social accountability tools, including building a social auditing system
- Develop an operational manual/SOP on grants to smaller CSO groups including women groups
- Provide support, capacity and finances through grants to smaller CSOs to analyze and monitor services, local planning and spending
- Advocate for positive changes and improvement in the delivery of services, call the government for accountability
- Design and implement activities to increase men and women’s understanding of the link between service delivery and the local government and how to contribute to the prioritization of development needs
- Ensure that CSOs represent women interests in local service delivery planning and monitoring
- Support the establishment of Government and Civil Society Organizations partnership for service delivery, transparency and accountability
- Ensure necessary technical assistance is available for CSOs to address the technical capacity gaps
3. Facilitates knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Develop and publish/disseminate knowledge products (case studies, compilation of best practices and lessons learned)
- Promote knowledge sharing and learning among the networks
- Conduct studies and share best practices on CSOs engagement in monitoring services
- Promote teamwork, information sharing and collaboration within the Civil Society arena of the project and between the components and field staff
- Develop capacity of the staff through coaching and mentoring
- Perform any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
Knowledge of method (s) for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result.
Data Analysis and Visualization
Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Org performance and or global trends
Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to insure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Governance, Law, Public Policy, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.
- With Master’s Degree 5 years and with Bachelor’s degree 7 years of relevant experience is required
- Experience of working with CSOs and provision of technical guidance
- Experience in development of policy and legal
- Proven qualities in coordination and partnership building
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to coordinate different stakeholders in a complex work environment.
- Ability to work independently
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- Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
- Location: kabul
- Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Junior level
- Operations and Administrations
- Civil Society and Local governance
- Project and Programme Management
- Democratic Governance
- Closing Date: 2018-08-08