The United States Agency for International Development in Ukraine (USAID/Ukraine) has awarded Chemonics International a contract (“Ukraine Democratic Governance East Activity” or “DG East”) to support USAID/Ukraine’s objectives of promoting inclusive civic identity, common civic values, and a unified Ukraine by addressing the divisive impacts of Russia’s aggression, cases of far-right Ukrainian nationalism, and the consequences of ongoing armed conflict through increased citizen participation, improved service delivery and more responsive governance. DG East purpose is to strengthen the connection and trust between citizens and their government in Eastern Ukraine and to (1) develop greater acceptance of a shared civic culture based on common values and understandings, and (2) increase participation to improve Ukraine’s governance and reform processes and help to resolve community problems. Activities across the two objectives are implemented across five project offices: Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Mariupol, and Kherson.
The overall goal of this assignment is to train members of communities, officials of amalgamated territorial communities and DG East partner cities to gain practical skills to effectively perform their duties while implementing fiscal decentralization reform. A team of three consultants (Lead Fiscal Consultant, Community Development Consultant and Consultant on Exchanges Program) will teach communities to find ways to increase their own incomes.
• Desk research on the needs of city councils/ or MCA (possibly survey), draft short needs report for the DGE field project office in Severodonetsk;
• Contact city councils/ MCA, schedule meetings and draft meeting schedule;
• Actively participate in the meetings with city councils/ MCA;
• Face to Face interviews with the Head of CMA/ or Mayor , with relevant stakeholders etc.and analyze the face to face interview results;
• Contribute to the need’s assessment report;
• Actively participate in the consultant coordination meeting;
• Draft list of participants for the kick-off meeting and invite participants;
• Conduct the kick-off meeting;
• Consolidate the training program through working closely with the Lead Fiscal and Community Development Consultants;
• Supporting municipalities and MCA in acquiring practical skills to effectively perform their duties while implementing fiscal decentralization reform;
• Providing guidance on how to revenue growth;
• Development of training course modules:
o Module 1: Communication plan and interaction with media.
o Module 2: A procedure for Budget Public Hearing.
o Module 3: Administrative fees
• Conduct Consultant training coordination meeting;
• In cooperation with the Lead Fiscal and Community Development Consultants deliver one (3-day) three-day training courses for 20 representatives of communities’ and municipal servants.
Note: Preferred option: offline/blended session;
• Coordinate communication and conduct consultations with participants of target communities;
• Develop, in cooperation with Community Development Consultant the training Pre Test & Post Test form, a training Evaluation form, and analytical report.
• Organize one (1) in-country study tour (3 days, incl. traveling) for up to 15 representatives;
• Coordinate the study tour, ensuring smooth course of all parts of the program;
• In cooperation with Lead Fiscal Consultant support participants in developing the action plans during the study tour (the purpose of action plan is to outline independent sources of budgeting and increase financial resources per capita (example: to conduct its own registers of payers of personal income tax, etc., to create a commission been set up to legalize wages and employment);
• Lead the organizing plenary sessions and panel discussions with the officials of amalgamated territorial communities and partner cities of the DG East Project to discuss different formats of cooperation among Territorial communities’ and a set-up the partnership market in close cooperation with other local STTA consultant’s. Exact division of tasks between experts will be determined in the process of organization the Round Table discussion. The document ”Local Budget Forecast” will include the main indicative forecast indicators of the local community budget, budget revenue capacity, financial support of priority areas, inter-budgetary relations;
• Sharing lessons learnt locally (through intermunicipal exchange dissemination meeting), regionally (through a regional conference) and nationally (through recommendations for the Association of Ukrainian Municipalities);
• Conduct a regional conference with representatives of Luhansk ODA;
• Draft the list of participants for the conference and invite participants;
• Contribute to the Phase II report;
• In close coordination with the Lead Fiscal Consultant, draft at least one communication plan for target community;
• In close coordination with the Lead Fiscal Consultant develop the” Potential for Revenue Growth” guide;
• Co-organize with the Lead Fiscal and Community Development Consultants a round table evaluation of the results achieved in the study tour;
• Develop at least one action plan, for each community per target areas, to influence citizens solution to local problems. This action plan shall include the key indicative anticipated indicators of the territorial community's budget, capacity to accumulate the required revenue, funds for support of the priority activities, and aspects of inter-budgetary relations;
• Conduct one (1) 1.5-day workshop on designing Action plans for maximum 20 participants (5 from each municipality/MCA). Each consultant will cover their module(s) from the previous training in roughly one part of the day, and trains participants on how to translate knowledge from the previous training into actual plans;
• Contribute to the Phase III debriefing presentation and actively participate in the debriefing.
The Required experiences and qualifications under this assignment are:
• BA Degree in Public Business Administration, Economics, Financial, International Policy, Strategic Planning International Relations of other relevant field;
• At least 3 years of experience:
o Demonstrated professional experience in working with local government and/or participatory governance focused projects;
o Working with representatives of city councils developing strategies for addressing issues through city councils in Ukraine, citizen participation local government and governance focused projects in Ukraine will be an advantage;
o Working with municipal/local budget systems, action plans per target areas to address problems of citizens in the partner cities will be an advantage;
o Demonstrated professional experience as a trainer.
• Good understanding of the regional context preferably earlier experience working in Ukraine or in Donbas region; and of the political context in eastern Ukraine;
• Experience working in large programs funded by international donors will be an advantage;
• Fluency in Ukrainian, and Russian, preferably proficiency of English.
“Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.”