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    I. General Information

    Title of Consultancy: Review of Series 1 Training Manual
    Type of Contract: SSA – Special Service Agreement
    Duration of the assignment: 30 days
    Duty station: Nairobi
    Expected places of travel: Hargeisa (if security conditions allow)
    Supervisor: Project Manager – Local Governance
    Anticipated presence at UNDP premises: Part time
    Date of Issue: 23rd January 2009
    Closing Date: 06th February 2009

    II. Objectives of the assignment

    The objective of this consultancy is to review the current training manual for local councillors on basic roles, responsibilities and competencies and consolidate it with other relevant training manuals used by the different UN Joint Programme Partners for training of local government officials in Somalia. The manual will also be used to familiarise civil society organizations, elders, and religious leaders (as representatives of the citizens) on the role of local administrations in decentralized service delivery.

    According to the principles of the Transitional Federal Charter, the Somaliland Constitution and the Puntland Charter, local governance is intended to be a key instrument for reconciliation and peace-building, as well as being the basic political structural framework that should enable Somalis, through decentralized service delivery, to benefit from better social services and livelihood opportunities. However, the levels and quality of local governance vary across Somalia. In central and southern Somalia only a few scattered and ill-resourced official local governing authorities have managed to survive the absence of a functioning national government. In Somaliland and Puntland, some regional and district governing bodies are in place but are generally under-resourced and provide few services. Across the country, therefore, much remains to be done both in establishing and strengthening local government, and in making horizontal and vertical linkages that can respectively help reconciliation and local service delivery, and strengthen the connection between local and central authorities.

    Traditional local governance structures or authorities typically play an important role (especially in land management and dispute settlement) where official or formal local government structures have not been established. In some cases, traditional authorities have therefore become the basis for formal local governance structures. Provided that adequate measures are put in place for developing representation and participation of all citizens, and for improving transparency and accountability, this approach has been replicated in some areas.

    In Somaliland and Puntland the governing authorities have put in place decentralization policies that aim to give responsibility for service delivery to district councils. Service delivery is intended to include education, health, water and sanitation, local infrastructure, agricultural, livestock and forestry extension services; and local regulation of businesses. Implementation of decentralization policy is well under way in Somaliland but has not yet really begun in Puntland.

    In supporting the establishment and strengthening of local government bodies, the UN aims to encourage the formation of appropriate links between these bodies, the population, and the central authorities, so that the local government bodies may be more legitimate, sustainable and effective. The UN also encourages the formation of links between local government bodies, the community and the private sector, so as to increase local capacity to deliver basic services in the longer term (for example through public-private partnerships) and eventually to end emergency service delivery needs. The UN aims to ensure that all local government training and planning, policy and legal framework development, address the cross-cutting themes of human rights, gender and HIV/AIDS, and that they support the service delivery priorities of the RDP and the UNTP, including ensuring appropriate representation and participation of women in local governance.

    The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery for Somalia is a 5-year Programme supported by ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and UNICEF that has been designed to support the establishment and strengthening of local government bodies in Somalia. Aligned to the programming frameworks of the Somalia Reconstruction and Development Programme 2008-12 and the UN Transition Plan 2008-9, the programme aims at ensuring that local governance contributes to peace and equitable priority service delivery in selected locations. Specifically, the programme works with local governments and other stakeholders to increase 1) community access to basic services, and 2) local government accountability and transparency. It is envisaged to achieve as wide coverage in Somalia as resources and conditions allow with a comprehensive approach to rendering local governments as credible and professional service providers, increasing public investment in basic services, and strengthening civic awareness and participation in local decision-making and development.

    Among others, the programme is expected to deliver the following results:

    a. 18 urban and 80 rural districts capacity to manage service delivery developed;
    b. 300 communities and 100 private sector service providers have their capacity to deliver services developed;
    c. Communities in 98 districts have basic understanding of their rights and responsibilities vis-à-vis district councils;

    As one of the activities formulated to contribute to the achievement of the results above, the Joint Programme is in the process of designing and implementing a district capacity development package. The District Capacity Development Package will initially comprise of a Series of Nine (9) interventions, with each designed to impart different skills and knowledge, and will be implemented sequentially. The first intervention in the series, known as Series 1, is intended to be a 6-8 day training programme to familiarize local government officials in Somalia with the decentralization legal framework & structures, the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders and tiers of government, and equip them with the basic competencies that they need to perform their duties. The training programme will also be used to acquaint civil society organizations, elders, and religious leaders (as representatives of the citizens) with the role of local administrations in decentralized service delivery.

    In this context, UNDP wishes to hire a Consultant to review the training manuals being used by the different UN agencies. The Consultant will consider the need to consolidate and integrate them into one training manual and reduce the flow of information into a form suitable for delivery in a period of 6-8 days. In addition, the consultant will facilitate a one-day workshop with all UN Joint Programme partners attending, where the final manual will be presented, negotiated and agreed. The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager for Local Governance. This position is for a period of 25 working days.

    III. Functions / Key Results Expected.

    Summary of Key Functions:

    1. Familiarize him/herself with the legal framework governing decentralization in the different regions of Somalia including the Transitional Federal Charter, the Somaliland Constitution and the Puntland Charter, the Local Government Bills of Central South & Puntland, the Region and District Law of Somaliland, and other relevant laws.
    2. Discuss with relevant stakeholders the major issues of relevance for decentralization in Somalia.
    3. Review the manuals developed by UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, & ILO to train local government officials on roles and responsibilities, key competencies for local governance, community mobilization, human resource management and others deemed to be relevant
    4. In consultation with relevant stakeholders, develop an outline of major overall topics to be included in the new/revised training manual that can be delivered in 6-8 working days
    5. Consult, and secure agreement from the UN Joint Programme Partners on the outline developed above
    6. Using the training manuals developed by the UN Joint Partners as reference materials, develop the complete Series 1 Training Manual in a form suitable for delivery to councillors, civil servants and other relevant groups in Somalia. The training manual should be presented as a set of modules for each topic.
    7. Develop a Trainers Manual(s) to guide the trainer.
    8. Facilitate a one-day workshop with all UN Joint Programme Partners where the consultant presents the complete draft manual and secures agreement from all partners on the relevance of the content.
    9. Using the inputs obtained from the workshop participants of the one-day workshop, finalize the training manual into a form that can be used local trainers in Somalia.
    10. Develop a user-friendly culturally sensitive pocket format version of the Training Manual suitable for handing out to local governance trainees in Somalia.

    IV. Monitoring and Progress controls

    The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Project Manager for Local Governance, and coordinate closely with the UN Senior Joint Program Coordinator in Nairobi, and the JPLG project managers from UN Joint Programme partners: ILO, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UNCDF.

    V. Final product/deliverable

    1. Inception Report including detailed workplan that demonstrates a good understanding of the TOR, and methodology to be delivered no later than 5 working days after the start of the assignment
    2. Workshop presentation.
    3. Draft and Final Training Manuals in module format to be delivered as agreed in the workplan.
    4. Draft and Final Trainers Manual in module format to be delivered as agreed in the workplan
    5. Pocket Format version to be delivered as agreed in the workplan.
    VI: Review/approval time

    Copies (both soft and hard) of requested documents will be provided to the Project Manager for Local Governance for review prior to termination of the agreement.

    VII: Qualifications

    Education: Master’s Degree in Political Science, Development Studies, Human Geography, Law or any relevant related field.
    Experience of consultant o At least 10 years experience with development assistance, with at least 5 years relevant experience with adult education in a development context.
    o Experience with local governance and decentralization policy an advantage. Post conflict experience is appreciated.
    o Extensive experience working as a trainer
    o Experience in workshop facilitation for consensus building essential.
    o Extensive field work experience required.
    o Solid knowledge of and experience with Somalia
    o Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance in a difficult working environment required.
    o Excellent writing, analytical, and presentation skills.
    Language Requirements: Excellent written English language skills. Working knowledge of Somali an asset.

    VIII: Other information

    UNDP will provide office space, security briefing and radio equipment for travels to Somalia (if possible). UNDP will also provide workshop space and materials, necessary secretarial services and all logistical arrangements to support the holding of the one-day workshop.

    Please send your curriculum vitae, marked ‘Consultant – Review of Series 1 Training Manual - Joint Program on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery” by 06th February 2009 to: The Deputy Country Director (Operations), United Nations Development Programme - Somalia, P.O. Box 28832, Nairobi, Kenya, fax: 254-2 4183641, e-mail: registry.so@undp.org.
    UNDP will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
    This vacancy announcement is also available on UNDP Jobs and on the Relief Web site (http://www.reliefweb.int/)