International Consultant (Local Governance Expert)

United Nations Development Programme, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st March, 2020

Job Description


UNDP Global Mission Statement

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. UNDP has working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on challenges related to climate change, resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihood and rule of law. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections;

Guided by the government and its Development Councils, UNDP’s work is fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and National Priority Programmes and is carried out in close coordination with partner UN agencies under the One UN Framework. As the UN’s development network, we connect the Afghan government and people with the resources and information they need to drive their own development according to their own priorities, as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals;

UNDP’s work on governance includes the provision of training, advice and equipment for government staff at all levels, as well as support for community organisations and individuals to monitor government services and hold their representatives to account. We provide training and equipment across a range of national institutions, including ministries, parliament, the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. We also support the IDLG and subnational bodies, including provincial councils, governors’ offices and municipalities;

By empowering citizens to understand and lobby for public services, and by supporting the government to set up responsive and efficient one-stop citizen service centres, we help local government help local people while simultaneously fostering citizen trust in the value and effectiveness of state functions.


Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Maturity combined with tact and diplomacy;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Knowledge and skills requirement:

Shows ability to communicate and to xercise advocacy skills in front of a diverse set of audience
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment;

Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;

  • Ability to work independently with strong sense of initiative, discipline and self-motivation.
  • Knowledge of Afghanistan’s social, political and economic situation;
  • Knowledge of UNDP and its mandate in the area of democratic governance and programme development;
  • Excellent analytical/conceptual thinking;
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Governance, Local Governance, Public administration, Development studies, Political Science, International Relations or related disciplines.


  • At least 10 years of work experience in development, governance and local governance project development and implementation with at least 5 years of work experience in post conflict settings;
  • Proven experience of project formulation with UNDP; with excellent knowledge of project local governance project management;
  • Strong project formulation, analytical and research skills;
  • Experience working with the UN and with multi-stakeholders: governments, NGOs, the UN/ multilateral/bilateral institutions and donor entities.


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