The Consultant for Municipal Finance Programme of UN-HABITAT Somalia has specific tasks and responsibilities for the Municipal Finance and Institutional Development components of the UN Joint Programme for Local Governance & Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG). Under the overall supervision of the CTA, and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager for the Joint Programme and the Reconstruction and Livelihoods Manager, the tasks and responsibilities of the Consultant include: Support to UN JPLG Programme Implementation and Operations (80 %)
I) Support the municipal finance and service delivery activities under the JPLG: (70 %)
- Support the development of municipal finance strategies and policies in Somaliland and Puntland; foster understanding among local stakeholders through the preparation of learning materials and presentations, as well as the organization of workshops and consultations.
- Provide support to the development of improved municipal finance systems and procedures, with specific focus on automated accounting and billing systems, as well as improved procedures and oversight mechanisms.
- Provide inputs to workplans, agreements of cooperation with implementing partners, and progress monitoring activities.
- Support the work of the Senior Municipal Finance expert in policy development, improved and updated legislation, and strategic planning of the Municipal Finance intervention.
- Liaise with implementing partners, guide local stakeholders and suggest improvements in MF systems and procedures, and contribute to the formulation of strategies, work-plans, activities, Terms of References and Agreements for the implementation.
- Liaise and coordinate with other actors in the Public Finance Management sector, and ensure that UNJPLG Municipal finance activities fit appropriately into broader interagency PFM strategies and implementation framework
- Foster understanding and provide assistance to local stakeholders on the role of local authorities in financing and delivery of basic services; support the implementation of activities to strengthen decentralized service delivery through local authorities, PPPs and other mechanisms.
- Provide support and inputs to the design of training curricula and compilation of training materials.
- Monitor, review and consolidate reports made by implementing partners in the field of municipal finance.
- Prepare Terms of Reference and relevant forms for the recruitment of national / international staff and consultants in the area of municipal finance and service delivery; provide follow-up during recruitment process
II) Provide support and backstopping to UN-HABITAT institutional development and capacity building activities within the UN JPLG framework: (10 %)
- Provide backstopping support to UN-HABITAT staff in charge of the day-to-day implementation of the capacity building activities related to the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland.
- Provide support to the implementation and improvement of other capacity building initiatives for local institutions, supporting decentralization and service delivery through local authorities in Somaliland and Puntland
Support to the management of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG): (10 %)
- Assist in the official quarterly UN JPLG progress reporting
- Provide technical support to UN JPLG technical assessments and data analysis
- Assist in the preparation of ToRs for international and national partner organizations
- Assist in the preparations of presentations, and give inputs into UN-HABITAT and UN JPLG publications, reports, newsletters and visibility materials.
- Support programme actions and co-manage assigned activities in the field, and in Puntland in particular, as required
Communications and External Relations (10 %)
- Assist in the formulation of project proposals and project documents as relevant
- Develop outline for Somalia programme database, as well as simple interactive IT tools for communication and management; identify the need for additional IT inputs as required
- Perform any other duties as may be requested by the management of the UN-HABITAT Somalia Programme.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
Planning& Organizing: Ability to work under pressure, establish priorities and plan, develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; use time efficiently.
Communication: Excellent written communication skills and ability to articulate ideas in a clear and articulate manner including the ability to prepare and edit a variety of documents, reports and briefs.
- Masters degree in economics, urban planning, development studies, or related field
- Five years of working experience in the development and local government financing field; some post-conflict environment experience is an advantage
- Fluency in English; Knowledge of Somali is an asset.
- Strong co-ordination, communication and facilitation skills. Results-oriented, flexible and problem-solving attitude.
- Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN-HABITAT
- Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.
All applications should be submitted to:
Officer-in-Charge, UN-HABITAT Somalia Programme
Applications should include:
- Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
- Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
- Educational Background (incl. dates)
- Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
- Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
- Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
Please be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the
UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster
through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2011UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: email@example.com