USAID Embedded Technical Specialist Job Placement - RTI International

Organisation: RTI International
Funding Source: USAID and DFID
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Local Government Program Manager

About US:
RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

About USAID GAPP Project:
RTI is the prime contractor for USAID funded GAPP program. The goal of this seven year program is to increase participation accountability and local governance for effective service delivery. To achieve this goal, GAPP will focus on three components: (1) Support and strengthen national level government accountability institutions in their interaction with local governments; (2) Strengthen local government revenue, procurement, financial and planning systems; and (3) Strengthen civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-state actors (NSAs) to improve voice and accountability. GAPP will work at the national level and in at least twenty-five districts in northern Uganda, the Albertine region of Bunyoro, and central Uganda.

Job Summary: The Embedded Technical Specialist (Senior Technical Advisor) will provide specialized and direct technical assistance and mentoring to district political and technical teams within assigned districts to ensure the timely and effective implementation of a portfolio of activities in support of the overall GAPP local government strengthening strategy. The incumbent will actively contribute to the overall development and implementation of the GAPP strategy including the design and development of specific project activities and initiatives to achieve the strategic objective of increased, better-informed citizens’ participation in relevant processes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent will provide on-site technical support and assistance in the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training and technical assistance programming and project activities to about 5-8 district local governments in the West Nile region and their respective lower local governments;
  • Maintain regular contacts and communication with local government officials in the assigned local governments providing on-the-spot, demand-driven technical assistance;
  • Actively contribute to the development of appropriate local government strengthening interventions especially focused on sound planning and budgeting, effective financial, human resource and procurement management, leadership development and local council development;
  • Identify and share best practices and promote evidence-based programming in the development of GAPP interventions in the target districts;
  • Support and/or undertake monitoring and evaluation data collection activities in target districts;
  • The jobholder will represent and participate in District Operational Plans (DOP) meetings and any other meetings that require GAPP representation in the assigned local governments;
  • As needed facilitate, coordinate, and participate in district specific evaluations, conferences, seminars, or other activities related to the program;
  • Perform other duties and tasks as requested by the Local Government Program Manager or Deputy Chief of Party.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a master’s degree in development planning, public administration, economics or related field and 6 years of professional experience providing training and technical assistance to local governments or a Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant professional experience.
  • At least five years’ experience in the area of capacity development and implementation of decentralization practices, planning, budgeting and council operations and local economic development at district and sub county level.
  • The applicants should have a passion for improving local government performance and have strong relationship management skills; ability to work with senior government leaders; excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively under time pressure and the capacity to work well independently.
  • Extensive knowledge of Uganda's local government political, legal and policy environment.
  • Previous exposure and experience with USAID reporting is an added advantage.
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English is required.
  • Local language skills also desirable.

How to Apply:
All applicants should send an updated CV including three work related referees and cover letter to the Human Resources Manager via E-mail to: recruitment@uganda-gapp.rti.org. Emails should not exceed 2MB. The applicants must include the POSITION TITLE in the subject line of their email.

Deadline: 11th August 2017

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