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Individual Consultant - Local Government Training Needs Assessment
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - JORDAN
Deadline :15-Apr-21
Posted on :31-Mar-21
Development Area :CONSULTANTS  CONSULTANTS
Reference Number :76932
Link to Atlas Project :
00064437 - Development Effectivness
Documents :
procurement notice &TOR
Letter of interest - financial template
Personal History Form
Terms and conditions of IC
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:  ic.jo@undp.org

  1.  CV with at least three references;
  2. Technical proposal (to showcase requested experience and competencies); and
  3.  Financial proposal as in  the attached template.

no later than 15 April 2021  with subject: “Local Government Training Needs Assessment".

Any request for clarification must be sent by electronic communication to michelle-eline.de-clercq@undp.org. Ms. Michelle De-Clercq will respond by electronic email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

Building responsive and accountable institutions at all levels of government is pivotal to ensuring that development is both effective and sustainable. There can be no sustainable development or lasting peace without a social contract deeply rooted in local communities. UNDP Jordan therefore seeks to promote decentralization, strengthen institutional capacity at sub-national levels of government by improving interlinkages and interdependencies between the three layers of the public administration: central, local and community which will be connected and strengthened through the Network of Local Governments project. The aim is to enhance transparency, accountability, decentralization and citizen participation (including digital tools) whilst improving citizen services through an open government approach. 

The topic of decentralisation has remained in the public discourse in Jordan, with high-level officials referencing the ongoing legal reform process as part of the government’s efforts to improve citizens’ living conditions, creating job opportunities, and promoting better services. The legal framework left the tutelage of Governorates to the Minister of Interior whereas municipalities were placed under the tutelage of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA), now the Ministry of Local Administration (MoLA). This administration’s division at the two layers of local governments was perceived as empowering the sub-national State Administration (Governorates), via the delegation and de-concentration of development management responsibilities and resources to the Governors and the territorial agents of line Ministries, rather than empowering people through the empowerment of their own local authorities. 

In this context, on April 5, 2020, the Minister of Local Administration presented a letter to the UNDP Resident Representative where His Excellency approved the proposal to setup a Network of Local Governments in response to the Coronavirus crisis in Jordan. This Network intends to promote an open government and increase linkages between different government entities through digital tools to boost preparedness, build resilience and respond quickly. 

To strengthen the social contract and optimize the Network of Local Governments, UNDP proposes to conduct a local governance capacity needs assessment and review with local government institutions and public civil servants to identify relevant training areas for capacity building activities. The aim is to identify capacity gaps at the local level, provide insights to improve service delivery at the local level and develop a more in-depth understanding of local governance, accelerating progress towards decentralization, including the digital transformation process, economic empowerment and gender equality so that no one is left behind.

Poorer and vulnerable groups in targeted communities will be included in the assessment as they are critical in informing not only policies relating particularly to these groups, but also promoting equity, enhancing participation and building greater inclusiveness at the local level. For instance, assessing the existence of municipal officers dealing with gender issues; existence of municipal norms recognizing – formally or informally – the participation of women association and the existence of municipal actions or programmes promoting the development of women associations.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally.

Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). 

(Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted)

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females.