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Position No: 1
Location: Kathmandu Office
Division: International Development Division
Supervisor: Objective 2 Lead
About the Position:
Sajhedari – Support to Federalism (STF) aims to support the effective implementation of federalism in Nepal. It has 3 major objectives focusing on policy, process, and participation to support the federalism process in Nepal. It works with 10 municipalities in Province Five and Sudur Paschim and coordinates with the provincial and federal governments. To achieve these objectives, STF has developed a short term work plan to respond to COVID-19 crisis in the interim period. It will develop a midterm and long-term plan according to the pandemic situation in coordination with MoFAGA and USAID. In this connection, Abt Associates is looking for Media Consultant to contribute to the participatory and process-led implementation of the Local Government fiscal year planning cycle as following stated key responsibilities.
About USAID’s Sajhedari – Support to Federalism (STF):
The goal of the USAID funded Sajedhari - Support to Federalism (STF) project, implemented by Abt Associates is to provide technical assistance to the Government of Nepal (GoN) in transitioning from a unitary state to a federation of provinces with more effective, accountable, responsive and inclusive local governance. The key objectives of the STF Project are : (a) The GoN creates and implements sound policies and legislation that are informed by evidence, and empower, finance, and regulate provincial and municipal governments; (b) The targeted province and select municipal governments therein are more responsive, inclusive, accountable, transparent, and effective in decision making and delivering priority services to fulfilling core legal responsibilities; and (c) Citizens and civil society organizations in targeted geographic areas, including the historically marginalized, actively participate local decision-making and oversight.
Objectives of the Assignment:
One of the project objectives, i.e., Objective Two, focuses on increasing responsiveness, Inclusiveness, accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in the local level decision making so that governments are able to deliver priority services. Given the pandemic has significantly affected public movement and gathering, this has also limited the opportunity to interact and discuss setting and working on priorities, including the fiscal year planning process for the upcoming fiscal year, 2020-2021.
To contribute to the participatory and process-led implementation of the fiscal year planning cycle, STF intends to hire Media Consultant to support Local Government participatory planning process at STF working municipalities. It is expected that the assignment helps not just the municipalities in following the GON procedures concerning fiscal year planning but also increases public awareness and participation in setting priority, plan, and program that reflects local level needs and ownership during the pandemic and aftermath.
Level of Effort and Timeline:
Reporting and Coordination:
Required Qualification and Skills:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter along with updated CV to [email protected] with subject line “Media Consultant” by May 24, 2020.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above.