USAID GAPP Project Jobs – Embedded Technical Specialist at RTI International

Organisation: RTI International
Funding Source: U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Hoima, Arua, Gulu and Lira, Uganda
About RTI:
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 5 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 will provide
specialized and direct technical support 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. He/ She 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 strategic objective of increased, better-informed citizens
participation in relevant processes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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 and their respective
    lower local governments.
  • Maintain regular contacts and communication
    with local government officials In the assigned local government 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.
  • 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 any other duties and tasks as
    requested by the Local Government Program Manager or Deputy Chief of
    Party.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    master’s degree in public finance, public administration, economics or
    related field with six years of professional experience providing training
    and technical assistance to local governments or a Bachelor’s degree with
    10 years of relevant professional experience.    
  • A minimum of five years of extensive
    working experience in the area of capacity development and implementation
    of decentralization practices, financial management and accountability
    structures, council operations, local revenue enhancement and local
    economic development at district and sub county level.
  • The candidates should have a passion for
    improving local government performance and have strong relationship
    management skills;
  • Possess the ability to work with senior
    government leaders;
  • Possess excellent writing skills and the
    ability to work productively under time pressure;
  • Capacity to work well independently.
  • Working knowledge of Uganda’s local
    government political, legal and policy environment.
  • Past experience on USAID reporting is an
    added advantage.
  • Fluent command of written and spoken
    English is required.
  • Local language skills also desirable.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their
updated CVs with three professional referees and a cover letter to: applications@uganda-gapp.rti.org  and indicate the Position Title in the
subject title. E-mail applications should not exceed 2MB. Only short listed
applicants will be contacted.
Deadline:  10th
May, 2015

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