Mozambique has embarked upon a new phase of decentralization, with the aim of improving governance, strengthening democracy at the sub-national levels, and striving to deliver better public services. Through a Constitutional amendment and a spate of subsequent legislation termed as the ‘Decentralization Package’, the Government has laid the foundations for a deeper form of decentralized governance. As a political reform, it paves the way for deepening of democracy, strengthening social cohesion, national reconciliation and embedding democratic principles within all tiers of government; and as a governance reform, it creates a platform for more accountable and more responsive government, one that seeks to improve public services by responding to citizen’s needs. The government has undertaken a number of steps to implement the decentralization reforms, including laying out the principles and objectives of a National Program for Decentralization (PND) and drafting several legal frameworks.
To provide further impetus to this process, the Government of Republic of Mozambique and UNDP have developed this Decentralised Governance Promotion Program (DGPP). This Program is the result of consistent dialogue with government (including at the political level); is fully aligned with the legislative changes introduced under the Decentralization Package; will form an integral part of the National Program for Decentralization (PND) which will be finalized in the first quarter of 2020; and complements support provided by other development partners, both within and outside the UN system. The Program takes a flexible, inclusive and equity-oriented approach and seeks to bring to the fore political leadership for implementation of reforms, while addressing gaps in institutional capacity at all levels. Through the Program, UNDP will assist the government to undertake foundational reforms that lead to more inclusive form of decentralized governance, shared prosperity, and a more capable local government system. This support to government is built on three pillars:
Given the nature of the subject covered, the Project will work with several institutions and entities, including Government institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, at central and decentralized levels. The most direct entities will be the implementing partners, namely the Ministry of State Administration and Civil Service as well as the Ministry of Economy and Finance. This project’s timeframe is the period between 2020 and 2025.
Within this framework, UNDP seeks to recruit a Chief Technical Advisor for the Project “Decentralized Governance Promotion Program”.
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP RR and direct supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (P&O) in Mozambique, the CTA will be responsible for the steering, coordination and implementation of the DGPP Project. For this purpose, he/she will work in close consultation with the UNDP Governance and Social Cohesion Team Leader as well as in direct collaboration and coordination with the Ministry of State Administration and Civil Service, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and with other relevant stakeholders. The CTA is the lead international expert and the team leader of the Decentralization Program technical advisors and consultants. The CTA will set the strategic direction for the Project, provide expertise and technical assistance, manage the project’s day-to-day activities and ensure high quality project development and implementation. He/she will, together with the Project team, be housed at the Ministry of State Administration and Civil Service and the Ministry of Economy of Finance, the Implementing Partners. The time dedicated to each of the Ministries will be discussed and agreed up with UNDP and the partners.
Local Governance and Decentralization
Master’s degree in economics, development studies, public or business administration, or related fields;