LISA Consultants
Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF)

The USAID/Nepal Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF) project is a six-year technical assistance project that aims to support the Government of Nepal (GoN) in the transition from a unitary state to a three-tiered federal system. This support will be focused on achievement of the following objectives:

1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments;

2: Provincial and municipal governments are more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective; and

3: Citizens and civil society organizations in the target municipalities are more involved in local decision-making and oversight.

LISA Consultants

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Objectives of the Assessment

One of the project objectives, i.e. Objective Two, focuses on increasing responsiveness, accountability, transparency and effectiveness in the local level decision making so that governments are able to deliver priority services. To help design appropriate strategies that facilitate STF support in identifying the challenges and opportunities of internal capacity, systems and delivery of services, a capacity needs assessment of STF- focused Palikas is felt necessary.

 Since the federal government is piloting, and is likely to be adopted as a regular capacity assessment and performance evaluation tool, STF plans to conduct Local Institutional Self-Assessment (LISA) in 15 Palikas in Sudur Paschim and Province Five. LISA is expected to provide local levels an interactive, yet evidence-based, approach in reflecting how they are performing in the core governance areas, including service delivery and citizen participation. The LISA  report will lay the foundation of capacity building, policy formulation and implementation, and citizen participation activities under STF. 

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and coordination of Government Strengthening Lead, STF is seeking for consultants. The consultants are required to:

  • Coordinate with MoFAGA and relevant local level government and seek their consent and access to the information required for LISA. The consultants must use the MoFAGA-endorsed LISA guideline/template as the foundation;
  • Based on the consultant with MoFAGA and selected Palikas, prepare and submit inception plan/report consisting of methodologies and field movement plan;
  • In consultation with Sajhedari, and MoFAGA where applicable, review the methodologies and add/modify checklist that incorporates indicators focusing on capacity gap, citizen participation, intergovernmental coordination, GESI and revenue generation/mobilization;
  • Conduct LISA in coordination with Sajhedari; 
  • Prepare and submit draft and final LISA report including a) any additional chapters covering the areas highlighted in number 3, b) recommendations.  

Deliverables:

The Consultants are expected to deliver the following:

  • Inception Report for the consultancy
  • A finalized LISA methodology and handbook for implementation 
  • A draft assessment report of the findings (in Nepali and in English) 
  • A final assessment report of the findings (in Nepali and in English)

Level of Effort and Timeline:

The expected level of effort to conduct the study would be maximum 65 days covering a period of three months, starting from 1st week of February. Consultants may propose working as a team, to divide the required LOE. The assignment will be conducted in Kathmandu and in 15 Palikas. Sajhedari will provide the list of Palikas before the commencement of consultancy work. 

Reporting and Coordination:

The consultant will report to the Government Strengthening Lead and coordinate with other team members as applicable including the field based staff in the Palikas. 

Required Qualification and Skills:

The consultants should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in the capacity and performance assessment of local level governments, preferably LISA, in coordination with MoFAGA and local level governments;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in decentralization, capacity gaps/needs assessment, public finance management, public service delivery, and in related fields;
  • Should have at least masters’ degree in public policy, economics, political science, statistics, or in related discipline; 
  • Proven experience in dealing/working with senior and mid-level government officials, elected representatives and civil society;
  • Knowledge of Nepal’s federalization process, intergovernmental relations and fiscal federalism;
  • Should have excellent facilitation, inter-personal, and reporting skills, both in Nepali and in English; and 
  • Should be willing to adapt to the changing operational context.

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