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Component Lead (Sub-National Governance)-Logo Project (SB5/1)



Local Governance Project-Afghanistan (LoGo) project 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:

1)Capacity of PGOs and Provincial Councils has improved for accountability and transparent service delivery.

2)Municipalities are able to generate more revenues and deliver improved services in a transparent, accountable and participatory manner. 

3)Civil Society and citizens have improved oversight capacity of local governance.

4) IDLG is able to develop and implement policies to 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 civic 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 component lead (sub-national governance), leads output 1 of the project, provides guidance and exercises supervision over staff working in the component and is responsible for achieving the expected results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the Sub-National Governance Component of the Project
  • Ensure provision of timely and quality technical assistance, build partnerships and enhance capacities
  • Facilitate knowledge building and management

1. Leads the Sub-National Governance Component of the Project, by focusing on the following results:

  • In accordance with the Project Document and in close coordination with Provincial Governor Offices, and Provincial Councils contribute to the development of project Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and establish Annual Targets for the component
  • Ensure that component activities are in line with the overall direction set by the Project Document and lead to achievements of project targets and results.
  • Prepare, coordinate, implement and supervise annual, quarterly and monthly plans and budgets for the component.
  • Assist project manager in determining personnel requirements of the component and prepare job descriptions
  • Conduct mobilization orientation and de-mobilization de-briefing for component experts and government counterparts
  • Ensure component activities are in coordination with the government, development partners and LoGo components 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/briefs.
  • Facilitate the day-to-day functioning of the team and manage the human and financial resources for achieving results as per the project document and AWP and agreed deadlines.
  • Conduct adequate monitoring of the component activities and adopt corrective measures in a timely manner
  • Develop innovative approaches to improve performance of the component
  • Ensure compliance of all component 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:

  • Establish, maintain and facilitate strategic dialogue between project and Government officials at central and local levels, and NGOs in areas of sub-national governance.
  • Provide guidance on the development and implementation of standard guidelines for local planning and budgeting
  • Facilitate and support dialogues and consultations on subnational governance through forums, debates and conferences
  • Develop and conduct capacity development package for PC/DCs on Oversight Regulation, outreach, accountability and relevant laws, procedures and tools and support the formulation and implementation of outreach strategies;
  • Promote upward and downward accountability of the local government institutions in partnership with government counterparts
  • Enhance capacities at IDLG, provinces and districts to ensure timely development and effective implementation of subnational governance activities
  • Provide advice and support on regular implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of project delivery through implementing partners including third party contracts
  • Provide strategic advice and support to the development of sub-national governance legal framework and guidelines and support their implementation
  • In collaboration with the Sub-National Governance Policy component establish linkages with partner agencies and projects for joint work and synergies
  • Support the development of guidelines, manuals and documents related to local planning and budgeting, public outreach and reporting, and citizen assembly etc
  • Support IDLG and sectorial ministries to set up a system that allows for provincial priorities to make  to the annual budget of line ministries
  • Promote IDLG’s responsiveness to the policy needs of sub-national governance
  • In collaboration with Civil Society component: set up system that allows the provincial authorities for citizen engagement
  • Ensure necessary technical assistance is available to achieve the expected results of sub-national governance component

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 networking for knowledge sharing and learning
  • Conduct studies and share best practices on sub-national governance
  • Promote teamwork, information sharing and collaboration within the sub-national governance arena of the project and between the component and field staff
  • Develop capacity of the component staff through coaching and mentoring
  • Performs any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


Functional/Technical Competencies:


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Report Writing

Ability to prepare quality reports


Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues)

Risk Management

Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them

Monitoring and Evaluation

Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations

Learning and Development

Knowledge of enterprise learning and development issues, concepts, and principles, and ability to apply them to enhance the fulfillment and performance of employees

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in Public Policy, Governance,  Public Administration, Political Science, Development Studies, or other relevant discipline.


  • With Master’s Degree 10 years of experience is required including Minimum of 5 years of experience in local governance is required
  • Experience in capacity building and training
  • Proven qualities in coordination and partnership building
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to coordinate different stakeholders in a complex work environment.
  • Ability to work independently


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: kabul
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Managerial positions
    • Logistics
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-08

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