Reports to: Principal Investigator
The Technical Advisor – Civil Society will provide technical and scientific leadership in designing, implementing and evaluating the project’s civil society engagement and capacity building strategy. S/he will support the Principal Investigator in providing technical advice and lead initiatives with government stakeholders and partners based upon expertise and knowledge of evidence- based civil society strengthening methods and strategies, current practice, and established operational and research standards to ensure quality and rigorous design. S/he will oversee the coordination of community and CSO forums at project outset to define shared goals and develop action plans for implementation of pilot activities to these. S/he will adapt existing FHI 360 tools to develop and deliver advocacy and accountability trainings for targeted CSOs and develop tools to implement agreed approaches and track progress. The Technical Advisor – Civil Society will also work with project partners to identify key characteristics for a knowledge exchange portal among CSOs and determine system specifications and primary outputs.
- Provide technical leadership in the design, development, execution and evaluation of a civil society engagement and capacity building strategy, ensuring the project’s activities use a systematic planning process that is evidence-based and reinforced through a coordinated, shared vision among partners, key stakeholders, and the Government of Nepal
- Lead development and preparation of annual workplans and routine donor reporting for the civil society engagement and capacity building components of the project
- Oversee coordination of community forums in year 1 to gain insight into community and CSO priorities, define shared objectives and develop and monitor shared action plans
- Develop and implement an advocacy and accountability accelerator training and mentoring program, with a goal to help CSOs become more effective for holding local government officials accountable for reducing air pollution
- Work with project stakeholders to develop CSO tools and implementation frameworks, including air quality impact checklists, SOPs for open and interactive public hearings/forums, and citizen report cards to provide feedback to government officials.
- Provide support to CSO network as required through one-on-one mentoring, on-demand technical assistance (TA), learning-by-doing activities, group trainings, and relationship building with local government
- Work with the project’s M&E Specialist to track whether program civil society engagement and capacity building activities are achieving the project’s indicators
- Oversee development of civil society-led online knowledge sharing platform by program partners, with an emphasis on sharing cross-border knowledge across the region
- Ensure that new knowledge and best practices in civil society engagement and capacity building for air pollution reduction are shared and contribute to the knowledge base through participation in local, regional and global partner and technical networks, scientific forums and other knowledge-sharing platforms
- Oversee planning and implementation of other specific civil society activities