Local Governance Specialist

FHI 360, Zambia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th November, 2019

Job Description

FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Local Governance Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded district governance strengthening project in Zambia. The project will help the Government of the Republic of Zambia with informing citizens and building their capacity to effectively demand improved service delivery while strengthening a local system of governance capable of responsive service delivery.

Position Description:

The Local Governance Specialist will work under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of Party and will support civil society organizations (CSOs) to strengthen relationships with local governments to work as partners on accountability issues, especially with regard to the disbursement of funds and the provision of public services at the district level. The Specialist will be responsible for supporting specific tasks that build the capacity of citizens to assess and prioritize development needs and engage government service providers to account for their performance for improved service delivery. He/she will build the capacity of district councils, citizen-led governance structures, and district ministry service providers to improve service delivery coordination, management, and participatory budgeting. The Specialist also will create incentives that motivate citizen buy-in and system-wide action, and will use social information, social monitoring, and social competition.

This is a full-time position based in Lusaka, Zambia, for a duration of five years. Zambian nationals are preferred. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Availability of the position is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360. The anticipated start time is Spring 2020.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee technical assistance to district government offices
  • Provide support for improving civil society relationships and engagement with local government, enabling CSOs to work in partnership with local government officials while simultaneously addressing issues of accountability and tolerance
  • Develop tools to equip CSOs and citizens to better engage with local governments, including talking points, roundtable consultation strategies, public-private working group approaches, etc.
  • Oversee strategies to build strategic alliances among local government, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Oversee workshops for CSOs and citizens on local government structures and governance
  • Explore opportunities for CSOs and citizens to collaborate with district councils

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in business administration, education, law, political science, public administration, or related field required
  • Minimum of 10 years of senior level experience in local governance, civil society, organizational capacity building, advocacy, rule of law, or other related democracy, rights, and governance sectors
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience providing training, mentoring, and technical assistance to local CSOs, district councils, or other local governance structures; experience with public/financial management preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and navigate politically sensitive terrain
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and consultants, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities required
  • Familiarity with USAID programming, including rules and regulations, is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance required
  • Demonstrated ability to design and adapt tools and to document success stories and project learning for replication
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required
  • National of Zambia


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