Planning and Governance Advisor
Detailed Job description / requirements:
Title||Planning and Governance Advisor|
|Division||International Development Services|
to||Senior Inclusive Governance Advisor|
|Duration||12 months (fixed-term)|
Mott MacDonald is an employee-owned management, development and engineering consultancy serving the public and private sector around the world, with more than 16,000 staff worldwide.
Our International Development Services Unit, IDS, operates portfolios within the international development sectors of Environment, Climate, Water, Roads, Rural & Urban Development, Education, Health, Social and Economic Development in over 40 countries. Together we implement and manage projects in developing countries and emerging economies around the world, supporting national governments and municipalities in policy, planning, project design and delivery. We are committed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to provide our expertise to improve the lives of people in need.
Mott MacDonald is implementing a FCDO funded post-earthquake reconstruction programme – Purnima, in four districts (Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa). The programme’s aim is long-term positive change in the lives of people in earthquake-affected regions of Nepal. The implementation of the programme started in May 2018 for a 4.5-year duration and will work in 25 local governments worst affected by the earthquake.
Purnima technical assistance is embedded in earthquake affected 22 gaunpalikas, which continues to support federalism and strengthen the capacity of local elected members. Early activities were aimed at building trust and rapport with the gaunpalika staff, which is crucial for developing good working relationships. Purnima now focuses on five broad objectives: organizational development, development of policies and guidelines, a range of broader GP support (both demand and supply driven), economic inclusion and synergy of Purnima’s activities through its five output areas, which are:
Introduction: Gaunpalika Planning Advisors
Output Area 1 focuses on providing technical assistance in various areas related to strengthening the reconstruction planning process using the “Build Back Better” technology. To this end each gaunpalika (rural municipality) is supported with one dedicated Governance and Planning Advisor and an Engineer. These experts are deployed and supported in 22 gaunpalikas since August/September 2018/2019. The support aims to provide a framework for all Purnima reconstruction, economic inclusion and recovery activities through developing policy and legal frameworks and improving local governance, planning, economic recovery and inclusion and service delivery. The output builds upon a history of donor assistance in support of the Government of Nepal (GoN) and specifically the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA), and the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA). Major stakeholders of the project include elected representatives of the GPs (Chairperson, deputy chairperson and executive members) as well as technical, administrative and other staff (e.g. management, finance, and engineering). Similarly, political and social leaders, and representatives of disadvantaged groups in the local civil society are also stakeholders of the Project. The gaunpalikas benefit from demand-driven capacity development measures, which are provided by systems strengthened with support of the project and are thus able to improve their services to the population of GPs.
Purnima applies the principle of “Leave no One Behind” in all its work to enable GPs to implement the upcoming reforms with a focus on ensuring effective service delivery through infrastructure, laws, Acts, policies, rules and regulations. The Project focuses on the planning of GP reforms by key actors at local levels so that their plans are developed with proper consideration to the feasibility of the new local government structures. As a result, coordinated support services are provided for their implementation. The second focus is the direct strengthening of the organisational capacity of the GPs so that they can implement local government reforms based on the needs of the people. Focus is also on the provision of specific GP services with reference to the portfolio of Purnima in the areas of infrastructure, private sector development, sustainable economic development and disaster risk reduction management. Attention is given to promoting access of marginalised populations, such as women, the poor, and disadvantaged castes and ethnic groups. With the explicit focus on inclusion and access to local administration, the project is specifically geared to the principle of “Build Back Better” and "Leave No One Behind". As all the gaunpalika as are affected by the earthquake, support is built around managing disaster and designing risk reduction programmes.
Gaupalikas need to cope with the ever-increasing public demands mentioned above, to effectively deal with the rapid and complex changes. The Governance and Planning Adviser will support gaunpalika’s to achieve their goal of institutional development. The role will require a politically sensitive approach with a strong focus on social inclusion, as well as technical skills on building back better, economic recovery and disaster management. The responsibilities will include support to gaunpalikas in planning and management of infrastructure, governance, economic recovery and related development activities, as well as selection and implementation of project activities. The advisors will be based in the gaunpalika and will travel to the wards throughout the project area to ensure effective knowledge sharing.
Reporting to the Senior Inclusive Governance Advisor, the Planning & Governance Advisors will:
Specific Responsibilities include:
Master’s degree in a relevant field;
At least 5 years’ experience in rural development in Nepal, including capacity development, and institutional strengthening and delivery;
Interested candidates should submit an application along with recently updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by CoB Friday 11th December 2020. E-mails received after the stipulated date will not be entertained.