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Governance Specialist

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
13 July, 2006
Last Date to apply:
27 July, 2006
Experience in years
2 to 4

The candidate should have at least 7 years of similar work experience. The candidate should have a good understanding of local government, participatory development programmes, institutional development, devolution and project planning, management and monitoring. The candidate should have excellent communication skills and be fluent in English, Urdu and preferably local languages. He/She should have excellent writing skills and be well conversant with the use of computers. The GovS will work at least five days of his/her time monthly in the districts.
Female are strongly encouraged to apply.



The Assistance to Governance Reforms and Practices in Balochistan (AGRP-B) project is a key governance initiative of UNDP and the Government of Balochistan, implemented by the Planning and Development Department, GoB. AGRP-B interventions evolve around three main components: Strengthening provincial and LG institutions for effective implementation of devolution and related reforms; improving access to information for effective planning, implementing and monitoring of development activities and establishment of participatory mechanisms for effective community participation. Replication and up scaling of successful pilots such as Participatory Information Systems (PIS), District Management Information Centres (DMICs) and Balochistan Land Records Management Information System (BLRMIS) constitute majors project interventions. 

The project strategy envisages the integration of project interventions with other GOB, UNDP and donor assistance to develop synergies and avoid duplication; the adoption of participatory process to ensure that targets groups, including concerned line agencies, local government institutions, elected local representatives, civil society partners and communities are fully involved in the design and implementation of project outputs to ensure ownership and sustainability; the adoption of gender sensitive strategies and actions to address specific gender concerns related to the project areas of intervention; cross-thematic linkages with Millennium Development Goals (MDG) related sectors, particularly concentrating on poverty and gender issues in areas to be addressed under the project; consistency of project outputs with the provincial policies and programs for improving the public services delivery mechanisms and support the achievement of MDGs and the promotion of learning and exchange of experience with similar initiatives in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A full time Governance Specialist will assist the Project Manager to manage and implement the Institutional Development/Support to Devolution Component of the project in an effective and efficient manner.  The GovS will be responsible for ensuring high quality advisory and implementation support to achieve the objectives and outputs of the project in relevance to the Institutional Development/Support to Devolution Component.  The GovS will work at least 5 days of his/her time monthly in the districts

The GovS will be responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of all capacity building activities listed under component of “Institutional Development/Support to Devolution” in the Project Document;

The GovS will be responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of all Project activities focusing the local government institutions;

The GovS will be responsible for the production of the research studies listed for institutional development and support to devolution in the project area;

The GovS will closely liaise with the District Governments to enhance their understanding of the system and communicate their concerns to the provincial local government department and Balochistan Local Government Commission;

The GovS will be responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of project activities planned for strengthening of Balochistan Local Government Commission;

The GovS will be responsible for monitoring of field activities related to his/her component;

The GovS will prepare and submit regular monitoring/progress reports to the Project Coordinator related to his/her component;

The GovS will be responsible for the preparation of the work plans related to his/her component and ensure its proper implementation;

The GovS will be responsible for identifying special policy issues related to his/her component for research and analysis for drawing lessons for replication and sustainability of the systems that have been put in place;

The GovS will ensure the gradual transfer of the responsibilities that the project staff is undertaking to ensure the sustainability of project activities and a proper exit strategy of each of the main activities related to his/her component.  He/She will also prepare and implement the exit strategy for his/her component of the project;

Any other work that he may be assigned by the Project Manager.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
 MASTER'S DEGREEMasters Degree The candidate should hold at least a Master’s Degree preferably in MPA, or Social Sciences, Development Studies or Rural Development

Must Title Level Description
 Computer SkillExcellent  Proficient in Ms Word,Excel