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DAI is seeking qualified candidates for the Kyiv-based Legal and Policy Advisor position on its newly awarded USAID Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity. Interested candidates should submit their application through the following portal:
The deadline for applications – until filled in.
The purpose of the HOVERLA activity is to facilitate the creation of Ukrainian local governance systems and processes that are more self-reliant, accountable to citizens, inclusive and able to provide services. The Activity has three objectives.
Objective 1: Ukraine’s system of local self-governance is increasingly institutionalized and effective
Objective 2: More self-reliant subnational governance
Objective 3: Citizens play an increasingly influential role in local governance processes
The Legal and Policy Advisor will identify, draft and/or revise government policies, laws and regulations related to promotion and implementation of the decentralization reform in Ukraine. S/he will be responsible for the overall management of activities for the improvement of policy and legal framework in accordance with HOVERLA’s approved work plan and schedule of deliverables. S/he will work closely with the Chief of Party.
Objectives and Duties:
The Legal and Policy Advisor will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following detailed tasks:
- Analyze and identify the key policies, laws and regulations at the national levels that require reform and/or support drafting and passage in order to promote and implement decentralization policy and reform agenda.
- Work with the public sector, including with policymakers and lawmakers, to manage targeted public sector dialogue and consultations on decentralization policy and reform agenda.
- Propose gap analysis in decentralization reform agenda
- Lead discussion groups with different government institutions to review legislation
- When necessary draft scopes of work for external legal support (e.g. drafting law, analytical research etc.) and provide technical oversight
- Provide technical assistance to government institutions and the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat and their staff on policy analysis, legal drafting and implementation, engagement with civil society and media, etc.
- Assist with drafting talking points for use by counterparts and partners
- Assist in developing public engagement mechanisms for legislative review
- Assess the current state of parliament activities in decentralization and public administration sphere and keep a current calendar of legislation under development\ review
- Maintain a close working relationship with the parliamentary committees addressing decentralization
- Coordinate on-demand information for USAID or other stakeholders.
- Represent Ukraine HOVERLA at large scale events and meetings as required.
- At least 10 years of experience in administrative, constitutional or finance law, preferably working with the public sector institutions (the government agencies will be an asset)
- Juris Doctor or Master’s degree or higher in Law, Public Policy or Public Administration
- Experience advising government entities and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the formulation and implementation of state policy, regulatory and legal reform agenda.
- Proven leadership and management experience implementing successful reform programs or efforts that include decentralization reforms
- Knowledge and understanding of national and subnational policy of regional development, law-making technique.
- Knowledge and prior experience of USAID or other donor agency or international organization operations, programming, and structure a plus.
- Proficiency in English required.
Base of Operations
- The Legal and Policy Advisor will report to the Objective 1 Lead.