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Regional Coordinator, Tirana Region
|Location :||Tirana, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 wds/month for the time period of 1 year|
The local government system in Albania is going through series of structural and institutional reforms. These changes began at end of 2013 with the launch of the administrative and territorial reform and led to the reduction/consolidation of the local governments from 373 to 61. Several policy developments of key relevance to strengthening the local government institution and local governance in general have followed suit in the last couple of years. Among those, of direct relevance are the Decentralization and Local Governance Strategy and the Law on Local Government as well as the Public Administration Reform Strategy.
The new Crosscutting Strategy on Decentralization and Local Governance 2015-2020 fits the new context of local government organization and has the ambition to create an efficient system of local self-government where the latter is empowered and able to provide quality services and manage the territorial development sustainably. The Strategy reiterates the aim for the consolidation of local human resources and their skills: “empowering the local administration [through] the establishment of a non-bureaucratized, professional and transparent public administration … able to respond to the expectation of the business and the community for public services [and the development of] a special “performance monitoring system” for the LGUs … to guarantee the accountability of the public administration and ensure efficient delivery of services at the local level”.
In a further articulation of the above strategic objectives, the new Law on the Organization and Functioning of Local Government introduces several novelties regarding the definition of local government functions, decentralization of new competencies to the local level, the roles and competencies of the elected and executive levels in the new municipal structures, including the administrative units, new requirements on service provision and the necessity to apply service standards, a new concept of determining the level of local finances and obligations for enhancing local democracy and good governance through improved transparency, accountability and participation.
Likewise, the Public Administration Reform states as part of its aims the “development of public administration, which provides high-quality services for citizens and businesses in a transparent, effective, and efficient way…”. The recently approved National Strategy for Integration and Development (2015-2020) commits to developing a “public administration … in accordance with the European Administrative Space … to provide high quality services to citizens and businesses in a transparent, effective and efficient way, through the use of modern technologies and innovative services … through impartial and professional civil employees as part of efficient structures”. Also, the NSDI commits to substantially advance the administrative and fiscal decentralization agendas for empowering local governments to foster sustainable local development with a high institutional integrity that enjoy public trust, [and] guarantee quality services.
This is the context within which the present STAR2 project is developed as a collaborative effort of international partners, under national leadership, to support the implementation of the reforms at the local level and thus assist in the further consolidation of the local governance system.
STAR2 consists in a pooled donor funding (Italy/Italian Cooperation, Sweden/Sida, Switzerland/SDC, UNDP, and US/USAID), subsequently co-funded by the Government of Albania, to support the development and implementation of the administrative and territorial reform. The project is implemented by UNDP in accordance with UNDP’s project management framework, under the leadership of the Minister of Interior (MOI), during the period November 2013 – July 2016.
Similar to its predecessor, the present STAR2 project constitutes the due process and fund management support to the MOI provided by the international community in Albania (European Union, Italy/Italian Cooperation, Sweden/Sida, Switzerland/SDC, UNDP, and US/USAID), with additional co-financing from the government of Albania. The MOI is the leading national institution with a direct oversight on policies for local governance reforms.
The project will provide assistance at two levels: at the local level for systematic and inclusive capacity building for all local government administrations, and for organization of public service delivery systems for a more integrated, innovative, transparent, and accountable ways to the benefit of men, women and marginalized; and, operational and organizational support to the Minister of State institution to enable leadership and coordination of this assistance.
The present STAR2 project is developed in continuity of the results of its predecessor STAR as well as in complementarity with the assistance of various partners for strengthening the institutional and administrative capacities at local level. In full account of these considerations, STAR2 project will have a national coverage and benefit all 61 LGUs, with its assistance designed to unfold along three main components:
Similar to the predecessor STAR project, the present STAR2 project employs a dual project management structure: a Project Management Team (PMT), working closely with the MOI and extending its capacities to guide and implement the assistance across the LGUs, and a Project Support Unit (PSU), established at UNDP, to ensure the project is implemented in compliance with UNDP’s project management rules and regulations and provide day-to-day support and quality assurance.
Given that almost all actvities relate to capacity building of local administrations and other non-public local stakeholders, the project relyes to a large extent on the field presence. Hence, STAR 2 project has established a field presence in each and every region, which will allow for more focused support and communication.
In this context, UNDP Albania is seeking to engage qualified candidates for the position of Regional Coordinator for Tirana Region. The candidate must have sound experience in project coordination at local level and be knowledgeable/familiar with the area of local governance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties and expected results of the regional coordinator will include the following:
More in detail, the RC will:
The coordinator has to deliver a descriptive report every three months, describing in detail all the activities he/she has supported, assisted or coordinated; in more spcecifics:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of applicants
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above. UNDP applies the ‘Best value for money’ approach - the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Individual consultant will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
Criteria A: Compliant educational background– max points: 10
Criteria B: Professional experience in the required area - max points: 35
Criteria C: Good knowledge and familiarity with local context for the region that has applied for in terms of key local institutions, local government structures, groups of interest, international organizations: max points: 25
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.