URBAN GOVERNANCE EXPERT - NPPP I - (OPEN TO NEPALESE NATIONALS ONLY) - 53 POSITIONS - NEX PROJECT


Location : 53 Municipalities, NEPAL
Application Deadline :26-Dec-13
Additional CategoryDemocratic Governance
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2014
Duration of Initial Contract :Annual contract and extended based on performance

Background

The Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP) is a national programme which is being implemented by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and supported by a range of development partners.  LGCDP’s Programme Document (PD) comprehensively describes LGCDP’s rationale and approach along with its vision, goals and purpose.  The individual programme components and management arrangements are also fully described in the PD as is the Programme log frame and the results and reporting framework.


Duties and Responsibilities

Within the framework of LGCDP II, an Urban Governance Expert will be posted in each of the following 53 Municipalities.
 
Duty Station:

Illam, Bhadrapur, Damak, Mechinagar, Khandbari, Dhankuta, Itahari, Inaruwa, Dharan, Triyuga, Rajbiraj, Siraha, Lahan, Janakpur, Jaleswar, Malangawa, Kamalamai, Bhimeswar, Bidur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel,  Panauti, Banepa, Hetauda, Gaur, Kalaiya, Bharatpur, Ratnanagar, Ramgram, Siddharthnagar, Butwal, Kapilbastu, Tansen, Waling, Putalibazar, Byas, Gorkha, Lekhnath, Baglunj, Ghorai, Tulasipur, Nepalgunj, Gulariya, Birendranagar, Narayan, Dhangadhi, Tikapur, Dipayal Silgadhi, Dashrathchand, Amaragadhi, Bhimdatta
 
Scope of work
 
The Urban Governance Expert (UGE), who will be accountable to the Executive Officer (EO) , has ultimate operational responsibility for reporting and facilitation of the LGCDP II activities in the Municipality and to support improving their  Minimum Conditions and Performance Measures  (MCPM) assessment score. The UGE will provide technical support the  municipality for planning, programming, reporting and monitoring. He/she will work in close coordination with the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU).
 
The UGE will be responsible for carrying out following tasks:
 
Assist the Municipality to be compliant with Local Body Resource Mobilization guidelines 
  • Assist the Municipality to carry out  participatory planning process by mobilizing Ward Citizen Forums;
  • Provide technical support to the Integrated Plan Formulation Committee  in prioritization of project proposals during the annual planning process;
  • Assist Municipality coordination and linkage with line agencies and other stakeholders. 
  • Assist the Municipality to prepare  Annual Work plans and  Project Funding Matrix;
  • Assist the Municipality to prepare monitoring and evaluation plans and to timely inform concerned authorities to correct any misappropriations, mistakes and weaknesses;
  • Assist the Municipality to conduct periodic reviews, public hearings and public/social auditing;
  • Provide support to implement National Building Code in the Municipality;
  • Assist the Municipality in preparing statuary reports and to publish these as required;
  • Assist the Municipality in improving compliance to vital registration and social security guidelines;
  • Report any observation of financial irregularities to the EO.
Assist in effective LGCDP II implementation 
  • Provide support to compile the data from the Municipality and prepare trimester and annual progress reports and submit to the Programme Coordination Unit regularly through the Regional  Coordination Unit;
  • Assist the Municipality to institutionalize cross-cutting issues such as Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI),  Environment Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) and  Environment Friendly Local Governance (EFLG).
  • Support the Municipality to conduct  Initial Environmental Examination (IEE),  Environment  Impact Assessment (EIA) and other environmental safeguards;
  • Assist the Municipality in facilitating civil society compliance monitoring activities such as public audit, public hearing, and social audit;
  • Monitor social mobilization activities in the Municipality and promote harmonization with other social mobilization programme  in the Municipality;
  • Assist the Municipality to implement Fiduciary Risk Reduction Action Plan;
  • Assist the Municipality to introduce and implement web-based reporting and results based monitoring system ;
  • Backstop and supervise the work of the ICT volunteer deployed to the Municipality.  
Municipal capacity development 
  • Assist the Municipality  in identifying municipal capacity gaps on the basis of MCPM assessment results;
  • Assist the RCU in drawing up regional capacity development plans for local bodies;
  • Facilitate and coordinate capacity development activities at the local level;
  • Participate in capacity development activities.


Competencies

Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional competencies:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Focuses on impact and results and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors, at the senior levels;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • In-depth knowledge on development and gender and social inclusion issues;
  • Oral and written communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in social science, rural development and other related fields; or
  • The candidates should have  attained 4 years Bachelor's degree programme in technical field.

Experience:

  • Should have 3 years of working experience in relevant field preferably in local governance;
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering high quality reports on time;
  • Experience of having worked on a national, government-managed programme would be an advantage.

Language:

  • Fluency  in Nepali and English language both  in spoken and written.


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