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Assignment Title: Decentralization Assessment – Team Lead
Technical Point of Contact: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
Overview: USAID/Tunisia has requested that IBTCI’s Monitoring and Evaluation for Tunisia and Libya (METAL) Activity conduct a decentralization analysis. The analysis will: 1) inform its new Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS); 2) contribute to USAID’s future programming in decentralization; and 3) inform the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment and other stakeholders on the current state of decentralization and possible areas for external assistance.
This assessment is envisioned to assist USAID, the Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment, and other donors to look at the technical and political barriers to and donor-funded opportunities for decentralization in Tunisia. It will also provide short-term and medium-term policy and programming recommendations for both donors and the Government of Tunisia (GOT).
Tunisia’s decentralization has been hampered by an overemphasis on a bottom-up approach that failed to integrate institutional assets in building and improving intergovernmental relations. Old and new laws existalongside one another and the gap is not fully bridged. With the municipalities’ greater autonomy and enhanced roles come responsibilities to better serve their citizens. But some regions, especially the interior,lack skilled administrators, and adequate resources to carry out the new mandates. The profound Constitutional commitment to decentralization and the public’s demand for change provide a compelling rationale for. further decentralization reform. Tunisia has the most favorable prospects to pursue democratic decentralization, but the government must still make significant reforms to realize these prospects. International donors, including USAID, are interested in determining the correct types of assistance to help Tunisia advance its decentralization objectives.
The period of performance will be from o/a June 1 – August 15, 2021, and total LOE will be approximately
45 days. Tasks could include but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Provide technical expertise on the Tunisian decentralization process, including laws, policies, and
- Lead the assessment design and development of data collection tools, facilitate and conduct interviews
with key national and local government officials, private sector representatives, NGOs, community representatives, USAID staff and implementing partners, and other donors, analyze assessment data,
develop the preliminary findings and recommendations presentation, and draft the assessment report;
- Manage a team of field researchers and a decentralization expert.
Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
- Master’s Degree with 10 years of relevant work experience;
- Knowledge of Tunisian decentralization laws, policies and regulations, including fiscal reforms;
- Experience leading donor funded evaluations or assessments;
- Strong analytical skills
- Proficient English, Arabic, and French language verbal and written communication skills.
Education: Master’s degree in relevant social science field.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience leading USAID or other donor evaluations or assessments in the local governance area;
- Knowledge of Tunisian laws, policies and regulations regarding decentralization;
- General understanding of the Tunisia decentralization process, key government and other actors,
and donor efforts to facilitate decentralization;
- Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and ability to manage a team to produce high quality
deliverables to the client on time.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: No international travel is anticipated for this position.
About the Organization:
IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building. We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education, energy & Infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients’ missions.
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