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Capacity Building Specialist DAI Global LLC

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The five-year (2020-2025) USAID Local Impact Governance Project (Local Impact) is helping Zambia build up a sub-national system of governance for devolved service delivery more responsive to citizen needs. The program is engaging national and sub-national authorities to expand the capabilities of partner provinces and districts to deliver sustainable development outcomes, increase effective citizen and private-sector involvement in development planning and monitoring, and improve public financial management and domestic revenue generation.

The activity is specifically working toward three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Citizens improve their collective skills to effectively assess service-delivery needs and performance and constructively engage with government.
  • Objective 2: The sub-national governance system becomes more responsive to citizen needs, generates, and accountably expends revenue, and improves service-delivery outcomes.
  • Objective 3: The program generates learning and facilitates problem solving that supports the development of an effective, financially viable sub-national governance system for devolved services, capable of being scaled up throughout Zambia.

Local Impact is initially working in eighteen districts in Central and Muchinga Provinces to expand the capacity of district authorities to perform core functions, including strengthening the delivery of essential services, deepening citizen and private sector involvement in development planning and monitoring, improving public administration and public financial management, and increasing locally generated revenues.  The Project is recruiting for the following positions.

Position Summary

Position: Capacity Building Specialist
Location: Lusaka
Contract Name: USAID Local Impact Governance Project
Type: Long-Term Technical Assistance
Period of Performance: Subject to the availability of funds

Through the development and implementation of evidence-based and context-driven interventions, the Capacity Building Specialist will help partner districts establish participatory mechanisms and capacity for cross-sectoral dialogue, planning, and budgeting and contributing to increasing own-source revenues. The Capacity Building Specialist will support visible service improvements and ensure that core public administration functions are strengthened by building the capacities of local officials to engage citizens and conduct local governance functions in an efficient, effective, and transparent manner in partner districts.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

General duties

  • Work with a team of technical staff to meet project objectives focused on building and managing relationships with province- and district-based Local Impact stakeholders and coordinate with cooperating partner-funded programs operating at the local level;
  • Develop, facilitate, monitor and evaluate local governance capacity building activities that involve local authorities’ staff, district civil servants and elected civic leaders, line ministry service providers, traditional leaders, private sector entities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and local citizens (including women and disadvantaged communities) in partner provinces;
  • Develop capacity building interventions, design, and roll out innovations to increase reporting rates, and facilitate capacity building curriculum materials to support identifying opportunities for streamlining data management and reporting to increase data availability for decision making;
  • Directly support the Local Impact sub-contractors as needed;
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) district mapping activities
    Geo-Poll provincial surveys
  • Deliver timely, detailed and accurate updates on province-based activities that inform monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, including the annual work plan, and other deliverables;
  • Work closely with and support the Grants Team on proposal and budget development; the solicitation process; activity implementation; deliverable completion; and monitoring, evaluation and learning for provincial and district level grantees;
  • Identify and contribute to success stories in partner provinces and districts as required by USAID;
  • Enhance the participatory planning and budgeting capacities of district councils, including the joint development of Integrated Development Plans (IDPs);
  • Improve joint service delivery in target sectors, including the effective use of maps and GIS data;
  • Enhance the capacity of district council to promote sustained economic growth, promotion of social development, facilitating infrastructure development and, promoting public- private partnerships and effective managing of development programmes;
  • Enhance the council’s ability in strategic planning, recording keeping, information management and sharing;
  • Provide technical assistance, coaching, mentorship, and training in partner districts.

Other duties

  • Provide leave of absence cover for staff as required;
  • Escalate any issues to his/her supervisor immediately;
  • Facilitate logistics for capacity building activities and events in the partner province as needed;
  • Travel to partner districts as required;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned

Place of Performance and Reporting

The position will be based in Lusaka at the Local Impact Head office and will report to the Capacity Building Advisor/Object 2 Lead in Lusaka and will work closely with the Senior Public Financial Specialist and with the Private Sector Engagement Specialist on capacity building activities.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and Competencies:

  • Preferably University degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Development Studies, Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Policy or any other related field required;
  • 8+ years of relevant experience;
    Experience in working on local level public sector capacity building activities on cooperating partner-funded projects (USAID experience preferred);
  • Knowledge of decentralization and public administration at the local level in Zambia, including;
  • Service delivery Capacity building of public officials Planning and budgeting Citizen Engagement;
  • Ability to respond effectively to time sensitive demands & inquiries;
  • Demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer relations (both internally & externally;
  • Excellent organizational skills with a willingness to take initiative and be proactive;
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and appropriate professional image;
  • Fluency in English is required.

To apply send your CV and Cover Letter to by 17:00hrs on Thursday July 21, 2022. No telephone inquiries. Please note that applications not meeting the above application guidelines will not be considered. Finalists will be contacted.

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