DAI

280 views
STTA Decentralization consultant- Enhance the capacity of provincial government staff- Baghdad

Job Expired

Job Overview

 

  1. Introduction

The purpose of the Iraq Governance Performance and Accountability (IGPA/Takamul) project is to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, is working with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public-sector transparency, accountability, and economy. Reform initiatives includes support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA/Takamul will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA/Takamul has four (4) objectives:

 

  1. Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
  2. Improve public financial management
  3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
  4. Support Iraqi change agents (cross-cutting objective)

 

  1. Background

 

After the Government of Iraq’s shift to decentralization, employees of decentralized service providers became local employees, a term used for the first time in Iraq. These local employees require a capacity development institution that can provide ongoing capacity building support in key functions of provincial governments. Some provincial governments have started the formation of provincial capacity building institutions; however, they still need updated material and training for their trainers. Local universities and educational institutions can be part of the capacity building institutions’ initiatives. In selected pilot provinces, IGPA/Takamul will assist the provincial governments to establish these capacity building institutions, and will transfer relevant IGPA/Takamul materials, and provide training to the provincial trainers of these institutions to continue the support to local employees in their efforts to improve service delivery. IGPA/Takamul will provide follow up assistance to evaluate the training provided by these capacity building institutions to ensure that the material transferred by IGPA/Takamul to the institutions is delivered professionally.

 

 

 

  • Objective and Scope

 

The purpose of this activity is to form and operationalize local capacity development centers in governors’ offices in coordination with the universities in the same targeted provinces. This will give staff at the directorates of water and municipalities the required capacity to improve services so that government can be effective.

 

  1. Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the STTA, working under the direction of the Objective .4 Team Lead, will include:

Task 1 :  Supporting the targeted provinces to form and/or operationalize GO training center:

 

The STTA will review and evaluate the current situation of each of the 3 targeted provinces (Babil, Wasit, and Anbar) separately regarding forming the Governor Offices (GOs) training center. The findings and recommendations of this assessment will be included in the final report, but will also need to be prepared for presentation at focus sessions. The assessment findings will form the basis of the action plan required in following tasks.  Objective 4 and provincial coordinators will provide support where is appropriate.

 

Task 2: Hold a focus group to set a unified action plan to operationalize GO training centers in the targeted provinces:

 

The STTA will conduct one two days focus group session with the representatives from three targeted provincesfrom the provincial universities (based in the targeted provinces) to set a unified action plan to functionalize these training centers. The participant pool will be made up of an estimated total 15 participants, including select participants from the governor’s office, select participants from local universities and IGPA/Takamul staff.

 

The STTA will present the findings of the assessment completed under task 1, as well as success stories for training centers. The group will then collectively work together to establish an action plan to prepare all three provinces to achieve the same success as those groups as described in the success story. The STTA will be responsible for compiling the action plan as developed during the session and submitting this document to IGPA/Takamul for approval prior to operationalization.

The STTA need to get Obj.4 team leader approval for the developed action plan through the focus group session.

 

Task 3 – Develop and deliver training material

 

Based on IGPA’s evaluation and prior experience in working in three targeted provinces in the area  of provincial staff capacity building, the project identified the following topics for training material development and delivery.  The following topics represents the main functions of provincial government based on law 21 as amended.

  1. Decentralization and improved service delivery
  2. Legislation
  3. Oversight
  4. Planning
  5. Budgeting

 

The STTA will develop and deliver a training course on the subjects mentioned above in coordination with selected academics from local universities. The purpose of this training is to prepare the staff taking the training to better understand their role vis-à-vis the 5 training topics. The Objective 4 team lead will review the training materials from technical and gender perspective and provide feedback where relevant, which must be incorporated into the final materials. The STTA is expected to incorporate feedback from the Objective 4 team prior to finalizing the training materials and delivering the training to counterparts.

This training course will take  four days  and targeting 25 person ( 6-7 trainers from each targeted provincial training center and 3-5  relevant Academics from the based universities in the targeted provinces).

 

Task 4 Provide on-going support and follow up to Training Centers at GOs offices.

 

The STTA will work with  the Objective 4  technical team and provincial coordinators in Babil, Anbar and Wasit to conduct regular follow up and provide support needed to training center staff at GOs to help facilitate delivering five (5) trainings as mentioned in Task 1- training  session per each function  from the four functions of the local governments)2 targeting GOs staff. The training center staff will also receive support in implementing the unified action plan to ensure the training centers are functionalized in a proper approach. The support will be provided telephonically, via email, virtual platforms and in-person when and where permissible.

As training occurs, and during the training, the selected STTA and provincial coordinators in collaboration with Objective 4, will seek to identify change agents who have the capacity to influence policy and decision-making within their respective provincial government structures. The identified change agent will support implementation of the training center action plan including trainings.

 

Task 5: submitting  the final report

 

The STTA will submit the final report reflects activity achievements in three provinces (Babil, Wasit, Anbar), successful stories and lessons learned. The report will include the assessments of three training centers, action plan for operationalizing and the remaining tasks, the report should be around 15-20 pages.

 

 

Required Deliverables

Note: The deliverables and anticipated completion dates below are indicative and will be confirmed at the time of contract finalization and implementation plan approval respectively.

 

Milestone Task Milestone’s Description and Required Documentation Anticipated Completion Dates
 The hired STTA will support the targeted provinces to forming and/or operationalizing GO training center Task 1 –        Minutes of meetings held during assessment phase

–       Signed orders from GOs confirming the establishment of training centers.

May, 21
Holding a focus group to set a unified action plan to operationalize GO training centers in the targeted provinces

 

Task 2 –        Focus group agenda

–        Minutes of focus group session, including sign in sheets.

–       Unified action plan in English/Arabic)

June,21
STTA Develop and deliver Training Material in:

1.     Decentralization and improved services delivery.

2.     Legislation.

3.     Oversighting

4.     Strategic planning.

5.     Budgeting.

Task 3 –        Training plan

–        Training curriculum covering 5 target areas

 

Jun, 21,July21
The STTAs will work closely with training center staff in their province to follow-up how they train GOs staff and deliver IGPA training package

 

Task 4 –        Weekly progress reports covering support provided July – August 21
Handover and activity Closing Task 5 –        Final report. August 21.

 

 

*Note: All documentation, including completed forms, questionnaires, meeting records, reports, presentation slides, training records, etc. shall conform to IGPA / MEL requirements, which should be obtained from the MEL Director.

 

  1. Deliverable Timeframe
4.1.4 Activity Enhance the capacity of provincial Government staff

(2021 Calendar)

   
Tasks May

W3

May

W4

June

W1

June

W2

June

W3

June

W4

July

W1

July

W2

July

W3

July

W4

August

W1

August

W2

August

W3

August

W4

Task1:

STTA supporting the targeted provinces to forming and/or operationalizing GO training center

 

Task:2

STTA Holding a focus group to set a unified action plan to operationalize GO training centers in the targeted provinces

 

 Task :3

STTA Develop and deliver Training Material in:

1.     Decentralization and improved services delivery.

2.     Legislation.

3.     Oversighting

4.     Strategic planning.

5.     Budgeting.

 

Task:4

work closely with training center staff in their province to follow-up how they train GOs staff in these five (5) trainings

Task :6

Handover and activity Closing

 

 

 

  1. Required Qualifications & Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in law and demonstrated knowledge of decentralization law.
  • At least three year’s experience in designing and delivering capacity building trainings.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills with adequate communication skills in English.
  • Familiar with adult and group learning concepts.
  • Excellent training and mentoring skills.
  • Computer skills in MS office, including word, excel and power point.
  • Effective communication and facilitation skills with persuasion abilities.
  • Excellent writing report skills.
  • Familiarity with the Iraqi system, administration, and organizational framework.
  • A minimum of three years of experience working with USAID funded projects is desired.
  • Knowledge of the Iraqi national and sub-national level of government, development, and service delivery context and knowledge of minority needs.
  • Proven track record of managing similar projects, including upgrading the organizational structure of service delivery institutions
  • The STTA is required to review and agree to the MEL requirements which will be shared by HR upon selection of the STTA.

 

  • Location

The duty station for this assignment will be Baghdad, with travel within Babil, Wasit, and Anbar, & KRI to conduct trainings.

 

  • Reporting

The Regional Objective 4 Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day supervisory work and coordination (e.g. receives initial submission of all communications, weekly reports, deliverables, and approval requests including meeting and event dates, etc.). The IGPA/Takamul Obj.4 Team Lead is responsible for providing written technical approval for all deliverables.

More Information

  • This job has expired!