Municipal Finance Expert

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With more than 30 years of experience, CowaterSogema is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development. We have managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe for clients such as DFID, DFAT Australia, the World Bank and Global Affairs Canada. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, economic and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018.


CowaterSogema is excited to announce the opening of a Municipal Finance Expert position for the upcoming Decentralisation for Development (D4D) in Zambia III module of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GiZ) Decentralisation and Local Governance programme in Zambia. The objective of the project is to improve service delivery and political participation at the local level. The objective of module III is to support national and local authorities as they implement the decentralisation process, especially fiscal decentralisation, in a more efficient, transparent, coordinated, citizen-oriented and pro-poor manner.

The Municipal Finance Expert will be based in Zambia, providing technical advice on demand on issues related to local government finance.


The Municipal Finance Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:

Provide technical advice to relevant staff from Department of Local Government Administration, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Finance (Budget Office; through Good Financial Governance TC project) on questions related to accounting and budgeting of local government finance;
Provide technical advice on financial management software to be used by local authorities as well as the revision of national standards for accounting and budgeting of local authorities;
Provide backstopping services to the two German Financial Corporation (KfW) experts on local government finance and liaise between them and the national level;
Contribute to providing evidence from local level for decision making at national level (including data collection tools and procedures as well as the treatment of financial and other data); and
Design and implement relevant training measures and contribute to the implementation of the capacity development strategy.



Bachelor’s Degree in Local Government Finance, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Planning or any other relevant field.

Minimum Experience:

Minimum of 5-years experience providing technical advice on demand on issues related to local government finance;
Minimum of 3-years experience in a management role in the area of local government finance; and
Regional experience working with local governments in Southern Africa, preferably in Zambia.

Essential Skills:

Outstanding verbal and written communication skills (speaking, writing and oral) in English;
Strong interpersonal and sociocultural skills;
Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills; and
Prior training in GiZ’s Capacity WORKS management model or commitment to undergo training by a GIZ-accredited multiplier before the commencement of the project.

Project’s specific conditions:

This position is based in Zambia (28 person-months).
Must be a Zambian national.

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