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Governance cum Legal Expert (Team Leader), Provincial Programme Implementation Unit (PPIU), (7 Positions), Level : SB 4/Peg IV
|Location :||Provincial Programme Implementation Unit (one in each province), NEPAL|
|Application Deadline :||14-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year with possibility of extension|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||July 2022|
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.
The Constitution of Nepal turned Nepal into a federal state with three levels of government with the intent of transforming the country from a centralized unitary state into a federal country and to ensure economic equality, prosperity and social justice. The Constitution marks a fundamental paradigm shift in the system, structure and functioning of sub-national governance in Nepal. The move from a unitary to a federal structure of governance requires massive reorientation of the institutions, systems, work cultures and styles of functioning.
The Provincial and Local Governance Support Programme (PLGSP) is the national flagship programme of the Government of Nepal (GoN) to build institutional, organizational and individual capacity at all levels of government, with special focus on the provincial and local levels. The ultimate goal of the Programme is to attain functional, sustainable, inclusive and accountable provincial and local governance. The Programme aims to contribute to delivery of quality services at provincial and local levels, promote better local infrastructure and enhance economic prosperity. The Programme will achieve 14 outputs under the following three outcomes:
The PLGSP serves as an umbrella programme of the Government in providing capacity development support to the provincial and local governments. As such, the Programme will establish a common framework for coordination and coherence of all governance-related programmes at the provincial and local levels and accommodate other donor-funded programmes. Thus, the PLGSP will provide a coherent approach to capacity development under the federal system.
The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) is the executive agency of the Programme. The seven provincial governments, the 753 local governments, the restructured Local Development Training Academy (LDTA) and seven provincial-level training centres (Provincial Centres for Good Governance) are the implementing agencies of the Programme. The Programme is supported by international development partners, namely, the Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom, the European Union (EU), the Government of Norway, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the United Nations.
MoFAGA is partnering with UNDP to support the implementation of the Programme through Technical Assistance (TA). A key priority of the TA is recruitment of TA staff, their capacity building and knowledge enhancement including orientation and continuous backstopping support in coordination with the Programme Management.
The Provincial governments have a major role in facilitating and implementing the Programme for the benefit of both provincial and local governments. All provincial governments signed up to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MOFAGA in order to be part of the programme implementation. The governance body of the Programme at the provincial level is the Programme Coordination Committee (PCC), which is headed by the Chief Minister. To support the provincial governments in the implementation of the Programme, a Provincial Programme Implementation Unit (PPIU) will be established in the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers (OCMCM). The Programme also envisages that each provincial government will establish a provincial-level training center (Provincial Center for Good Governance, PCGG) to cater to the training and capacity building needs of the province and local governments in the respective province.
While the PCGGs have a critical role to deliver the programmatic results, they are yet to be established by the provincial governments and even after establishment, they are likely to take some time to be fully functional and cater to the capacity development needs of the provincial and local governments. In this background, a number of technical assistance personnel will be deployed by the Programme to support the PCGGs in discharging their roles.
Under the day to day supervision of the National Programme Manager and overall guidance of the National Programme Director, the Governance cum Legal Expert will directly contribute to the achievement of overall outcomes and outputs of the Programme and ensure that that there is a horizontal and vertical accountability to all citizens and mainstream GESI.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
As the Team Leader of the PPIU, the Governance cum Legal Expert will lead the PPIU in support of achieving PLGSP goals, outcomes and outputs. In addition, the Governance cum Legal Expert will directly contribute to the realization of the relevant outputs of the Programme. The Governance cum Legal Expert will work under the overall supervision of the Provincial Programme Manager and will provide day-to-day guidance to the staff of the PPIU. S/he will be expected to collaborate closely with the provincial and local governments as well as all concerned specialists and experts in the PCU, the PPIUs and the PCGGs.
The overall objectives of the assignment are to:
1) Lead the establishment and effective functioning of the PPIU in the assigned province, in close collaboration with the provincial government, in particular the Provincial Coordination Committee (PCC) and the Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, and PCU
2) Coordinate the work on governance and legal matters of the PPIU in the assigned Province for effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all activities, including day-to-day supervision of all PPIU staff
3) Ensure close coordination and collaboration with and between the provincial and local governments and other stakeholders working on sub-national governance in the province, including coordination and guidance to the PCGG
4) Serve as the team leader of the Technical Assistant Project (TAP) personnel and support the Provincial Programme Manager (PPM) and the Provincial Programme Director (PPD) in delivering their management roles,
5) Ensure strengthening gender and social inclusion work through project interventions
Impact of Results:
Required Skills and Experience