Fiscal Decentralization Advisor
Good Governance and Decentralization (DGG) Programme
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ has worked in Rwanda for over 30 years. The primary objectives between the Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany are poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Decentralization and Good Governance, Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Energy and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).
The Decentralization and Good Governance (DGG) programme is jointly implemented by GIZ and its Rwandan partners, including the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as well as several civil society organizations (CSOs). At the core of the DGG programme is the support to partners in improving the districts’ ability to effectively, efficiently and transparently deliver public services to its 11.3 million (est. 2015) citizens. This is achieved, on one hand, through technical advice on policy reform processes and guidelines that regulate planning, budgeting and intergovernmental relations. On the other hand, capacity building of both district authorities and CSOs aims to strengthen their ability to fulfill their responsibilities in a participatory manner. Critical to the advancement of the decentralization effort is also the ability of districts to generate and effectively manage limited financial resources.
The programme provides technical advisory services through international and national long- and short-term experts, funding for capacity development measures as well as equipment to a minimal extent.
The specific fields of intervention for the programme are: 1) Sector Decentralization, 2) Fiscal Decentralization and Local Revenue Generation and 3) Citizen – State Relations.
This position will be supporting the intervention area on fiscal decentralization which supports the review and implementation of the legal framework and guiding policies for local revenue generation as well as the assignment of fiscal responsibilities between central and local government. The main objective is to create the conditions for an increase in the share of financial resources over which districts have discretionary power.
The Decentralization Programme is searching for one candidate for the position of Fiscal Decentralization Adviser.
Fixed Term: until 31.12.2021 (with possibility of extension until 31.12.2024)
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The advisor is responsible for:
- Managing specific activity packages of responsibility under the intervention area Fiscal Decentralization in accordance with the Programme goals and activities agreed jointly with the Partners
- Serving as a primary focal person primarily for Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and supporting coordination of activities with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN)
- Identify and support the coordination of activities, in particular at decentralized level to enhance fiscal decentralization, local revenue generation and capacity building of local government in PFM
- Support the design, implementation and follow up on programme activities particularly in the areas of enhancing local revenue generation in Rwanda
- Establish and maintain strong professional relationship with partners
- Support the technical management and steering of national short-term experts in her/his area of responsibility
- Support the component manager in the coordination of programme activities with development partners
- Supporting the monitoring, reporting, planning and budgeting of activities conducted in the intervention area and for the Programme
- Contribute to any other team efforts deemed necessary by to enhance the work of DGG in Rwanda, including periodic operational planning, efforts at boosting visibility, etc.
1. Coordination Tasks
- Provide inputs and comments on concept notes submitted by partners
- Support the implementation of Fiscal and financial decentralization policy and strategy
- Applies GIZ’s Capacity Works in his daily work
- Coordinates and prioritises relevant intervention activities in cooperation with the partners, both as regards the organisational preparation and implementation of the activities
- Compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
- Supports his colleagues and the Component Manager in strategy development for the intervention areas of fiscal decentralization
- Represents GIZ-DGG interests during meetings with partners and DPs,
- In cooperation with his teammates, be able to represent GIZ interests and ensure they are well addressed in the work of external consultants
- Fosters the visibility of GIZ-DGG and its work with the Development Partner community and the programmer’s stakeholder landscape
2. Professional advisory services
- Advises partner institution(s) technically on the development of concept notes and strategies by providing technical inputs,
- Works on policy recommendations and develops a strategic approach in the field of fiscal decentralization,
- Contributes to preparation and implementation process for joint programme activities,
- Formulates terms of reference and supervises third parties in the course of carrying out programme activities,
- Deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues related to the area of responsibility,
- Monitors programme progress in interventions of fiscal decentralization,
- Reviews report and documents on the progress of the joint action plan,
- Identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternative Management options to the team
3. Networking and cooperation
- Ensures effective cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with the partners especially MINECOFIN, RRA, civil society as well as other relevant stakeholders,
- Contributes to the active participation of partner institutions in the Fiscal Decentralization Working Group and the Fiscal Decentralization Steering Committee,
- Supports the liaison with other Development Partners and shares insights with the rest of the team and the Component Manager
4. Knowledge Management
- Compiling information on Fiscal Decentralization and ensures information sharing within the intervention and at the programme level, using appropriate GIZ channels
- Formulating appropriate inputs for various programme reports including annual reports and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office.
5. Other duties/additional tasks
- Perform other duties and tasks at the request of Management of DGG.
- Understand and can apply GIZ’s procurement regulations in supporting the implementation of partner activities
1. Qualifications and professional experience
- Masters/MSc or bachelor’s degree in economics, public administration, business administration
- with a minimum extensive professional experience of five years (5) in comparable positions
- Five (5) years’ professional experience in the fiscal decentralization and/or PFM
- Relevant track records of working experience with MINECOFIN or RRA is a requirement
- Demonstrated technical understanding of fiscal decentralization trends and topics in Rwanda, particular with respect to local revenue generation
- Demonstrated experience in supporting policy implementation in the area of fiscal decentralization
- Hands on experience in working in partnership with public and private (consultants) representatives
- An understanding of the DP landscape in Rwanda in the area of Decentralization and PFM is a strong asset
2. Other knowledge and additional competences
- very good working knowledge of using computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
- a proven track record in comparable position
- full working proficiency of the English language is required
- willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
- A team player with a demonstrated ability to work alongside stakeholders from various nationalities and seniority levels in the public sector
- Ability to work independently and proactively follow up on tight deadlines and ongoing commitments
Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates and references) until 24th June 2021 at 4h00PM by e-mail to email@example.com All attachments should be put together in one PDF file not larger than 2 MB. Please quote the job title in the subject.
GIZ is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified candidates. This includes the provision of reasonable accommodation, if needed, in order to participate in the job application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please let us know, if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to consider, when considering your application. Women and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.
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