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Governance Specialist

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
18 May, 2005
Last Date to apply:
29 May, 2005
Experience in years
2 to 4

He/she should have significant experience (at least 10 years) in governance policy formulation and/or implementation of programme/project dealing with issues relating to governance, decentralization, community participation, change management, capacity building and information systems. The incumbent should have strong understanding of governance issues in Pakistan, particularly pertaining to the current national reform processes, devolution, and the Local Governance Ordinance 2001. He/she should be gender sensitive and intimately familiar with gender and poverty issue in Pakistan. Familiarity with UNDP rules with respect to national execution modality will be an added advantage. The person would be able to work as an effective team member and possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills. The incumbent should be fluent in English with excellent reporting writing skills. Knowledge of one of the languages predominantly spoken in NWFP is essential. He/she should be computer litera


Background and Rationale

NWFP – Essential Institutional Reforms Operationalisation Programme (EIROP) is a joint venture of the Government of NWFP, UNDP and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is executed by the Planning & Development Department of the Government of NWFP. EIROP aims at promoting good governance, institutional reforms, gender-sensitive and participatory capacity building of state functionaries, public representatives and civil society in NWFP. In its phase-II EIROP is to focus on issues of participation, responsiveness and accountability. The project will appoint a full time Governance Specialist for a period of three years. The Specialist will serve as one of the core staff member and provide substantive support and report directly to NPM/NPD.

Working Arrangement

The Governance Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the NWFP EIROP management.

Duties and Responsibilities

He/she will carry out the following specific tasks

Serve as advisor to the executing agency on substantive policy matters related to devolution, capacity/institutional building and community empowerment.

Lend policy advice to the National Project Director and contribute to the design of strategic initiatives requiring a specific governance input.

Conduct and guide studies and policy research on institutional strengthening, decentralisation and community participation.

Develop, present and seek approval of policy proposals and actions related to the areas of intervention of the project.

Review policies, programmes and initiatives of the federal, provincial and local government related to the project and advise the project management on opportunities for support and link with project.

Liaise with all relevant stakeholders/institutions including civil society and propose strategies to enable and facilitate beneficiaries, in particular women and the poor, to have greater access to public services, especially access to justice.

Provide technical advice and leadership for the production of EIROP project outcomes to achieve impacts

Provide technical advice and support to design and implement project activities related to capacity building of Citizen Community Boards (CCBs) and other civil society organizations and facilitate interaction with local governments.

Review proposals for support from partners and advise project management on the production of project outputs, including

. Institutional capacity building of local government, with particular emphasis on indigenous resource mobilization strategies
Development of legal and regulatory framework at provincial, district, tehsil and union level to enhance the devolution process in line with the provision of LGO 2001.
· Operationalisation of the provisions and process for strengthening transparency and accountability at local level as envisaged in LGO 2001.

Identify, guide and document best practices in area of intervention for possible replication.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMasters DegreeMasters DegreeThe incumbent must at least possess a Master’s degree from an internationally recognized university preferably in Political Science, Sociology or any closely related social sciences.

Must Title Level Description
YesComputers, Communications, Language etc Excellent  Excellent communication skills in English, Urdu and working knowledge of local languages. Should be computer literate and be able to operate computer. Strong understanding of governance issues in Pakistan, particularly pertaining to the current national reform processes, devolution, and the Local Government Ordinance 2001. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from different cultures/backgrounds.