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Governance Advisor

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

At least 10 years experience in advising large-scale governance programmes, with strong substantive knowledge and skills inn the fields of governance, decentralization, community participation, change management, strategy development and capacity building,

Leadership and administrative experience in a multi-cultural setting

Stong understanding of governance issues in Pakistan, particularly pertaining to the current national reform processes, devolution and the Local Governmetn Ordinance.

Stong commitment to community participation and empowerment

Strong leadership and problem-solving skills

Capacity to develop a strategic vision as well as ability to inspire and influence action

Sensitivity to gender issues

Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

Computer literacy and ability to use information technology effectively as a tool and resource.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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. EIROP focuses on issues of participation, responsiveness and accountability.
Expected outcome of the project:

Objective 1:

The capacity of local government institutions to implement devolution Framework is enhanced, and the necessary systems and procedures are in place and operational.

Objective 2:

Transparency and accountability of local governance institutions is enhanced and local services are more accessible and responsive to all, including women and the poor.

Objective 3: 

Access to responsive public services, and in particular access to justice, is ensured for everyone at the grassroots, notably for women and the poor.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance Advisor will provide substantive technical support and guidance to effective implementation of the EIROP programme. He/She will advise the implementing partner on the production of outcomes for the achievement of impacts and the project management on the production of project outputs. The gGovernanc4e Advisor will work under the overall supervision of EIROP National Project Director. He/she will carry out the following specific tasks.

Serve as advisor to the implementing partner 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

Guide studies and policy research on institutional strengthening, decentralization and community participation

Develop, present and seek approval of policy proposals and actions reated 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.

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

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 resources mobilization strategies

Development of legal and regulatory framework at provincial, district, tehsil and union level to enhance the devolution process in line with the provisions of LGO 2001/05.

Operationalization of the provisions and processes for strengthening transparency and accountability at local level as envisaged in LGO 2001/05.

Assist the project management to engage provincial and district government in enhanced dialogue and collaboration on local governance and decentralization with civil society.

Provide substantive analytical and programmatic support to participatory planning, fiscal decentralization and capacity development activities.

Advise on mechanisms for feeding back lessons learned to district, provincial and federal government and ensure appropriate linkages and cross fertilization with NEB formulation of decentralization policy

Advise project management in developing detailed project work plans (sequence/schedule of activities, planned delivery of outputs, responsibilities for managing activities, resources required and time line for implementation)

In interface with project management, review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives, and revises objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.

Advise project management in selection, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of contracted civil society organizations, consulting firms, and individual consultants, both national and international.

Advise project management in the mobilization and administration of project inputs, international project personnel, procurement and contracting, including arrangements for overseas training and study tours.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreePost-Graduate degree, preferably at doctoral level, in Political Science, Public Administration, Development Studies, Sociology, Economics or allied field