Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Consistent with its mandate to prioritize the acquisition, adoption, innovation, and application of science and technology for development and its pursuit of competence, excellence and service innovation as provided in both the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the Revised Transition Plan 2019-2022 for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the Bangsamoro Government, through the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), forged a partnership with UNDP that seeks to apply, where possible, the strategic framework and principles of the UNDP-supported Access to Information (a2i) program to the specific social, cultural and economic contexts of BARMM.
Known as the flagship programme of the Digital Bangladesh agenda by the Government of Bangladesh, a2i was selected given similar starting challenges in Bangladesh and BARMM of connectivity and local governance in remote, rural locations; shared social and cultural context; and, a2i’s recognized status as a leading global program that has dramatically improved citizens access to services and information, and expanded unprecedented opportunities for community participation at the local level.
This project titled “Localizing e-Government for Accelerated Provision of Services (LEAPS)” will build on the a2i experience towards the transformation in local governance in BARMM by significantly accelerating connectivity in communities and opening up governance by enabling citizens to capitalize on the benefits of connectivity, such as through improved access to services and information, community enterprise development, assisted rural e-commerce, and skills development. The LEAPS Project is a way to overcome the dependencies on archaic, paper-based and manual processes within and among the local government units (LGUs). This program will also maximize the use of MILG’s limited manpower and resources to effectively and efficiently deliver and monitor frontline services.
The overarching outcome of the LEAPS Project is to ensure that “the most marginalized, vulnerable and at-risk people and groups benefit from inclusive and quality services and live in a supportive environment wherein their nutrition, food security, and health are ensured/protected”, its outputs are targeted as follows: a) strengthening of the MILG to provide people’s access to ICT and inclusive digital solutions; b) improvement of citizens ‘access to quality e-services reducing time and efforts of availing public services; c) LGUs are effectively and efficiently use disaggregated data for development and resilience planning, programming, budgeting and governance; and d) citizens are organized and capacitated to monitor delivery of services and optimal use of ICT equipment and digital solutions. The initial phase of the LEAPS project is set to commence this year to kickstart its preparatory activities and set its foundations. Activities will focus on the MILG and the two pilot (2) LGUs in BARMM.
Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager, the Program Assistant is responsible for an effective financial and administrative support to the implementation of the project activities. He/she analyses, interprets and reports according to the Financial rules and Regulations and Project Operational Policies and Procedures. The Program Assistant promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
The Project Assistant is also expected to work in close collaboration with the UNDP Finance and Procurement Teams and other relevant units in the UNDP CO, and with the MILG-Local Government Supervision Division and officials of other BARMM ministries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key functions
Ensuring strategic direction of Administrative matters of the Office.
Provides support for effective financial control in the project, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:
Required Skills and Experience