National Consultancy toDevelop Position Papers on the Effects to Service Delivery Caused by Current Modality of Management and Collection of User Fees in Taxi Park, Bus Park, and Markets.
UNDP Kampala, Uganda
National Consultancy toDevelop Position Papers on the Effects to Service Delivery Caused by Current Modality of Management and Collection of User Fees in Taxi Park, Bus Park, and Markets. Advertised on behalf of : UNCDF Location : Kampala with travels, UGANDA Application Deadline : 30-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA) Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : National Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 10-Sep-2019 Duration of Initial Contract : 40 Working Days Expected Duration of Assignment : 40 Working Days REFER A FRIEND APPLY NOW Background The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is a UN organization with a capital mandate (unique in the UN System) focused on reducing poverty and inequality first and foremost in the least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF develops and tests out financial models which mobilize and recycle domestic resources to meet local needs and which raise investor confidence in these local economies so that they can become centers of growth. UNCDF works with local governments, promoting financial and fiscal accountability to its citizens through local development funds, performance-based grant systems, structured project finance, and by strengthening local revenue streams. It also supports accountable planning, budgeting, and decision-making at the local level, recognizing the importance of having decisions about resources being made locally, and those resources being spent or invested locally. Since 1985, UNCDF has been providing support to decentralization and local development in Uganda through a series of consecutive programs at the district level. The strategy used has evolved from project-driven infrastructure delivery (for DDPI) to institutional development and policy impact as well as a new local development model (for DDPII) to LED support (for DDPIII). The earlier programs focused on local public financial management. The latter program, DDPIII (2009-2012) was designed to focus on the mobilization of the strategic role of the LGs as a pivotal actor for stimulating and promoting economic growth at both the local and national levels. This program built upon the achievements of its predecessors, DDP I and II, and their contribution towards the development and activation of an effective local government system to transform local governments into effective promoters and enablers of Local Economic Development (LED) in close partnership with the private sector. The assignment is supported through the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) Programme funded by the European Union (EU) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) with the aim of building the capacities of local authorities in the core DINU districts to prepare and implement asset management plans. The DINU general program objective is to consolidate stability in northern Uganda, eradicate poverty and under-nutrition, and strengthen the foundation for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development, with specific objective to: increase food security, improve maternal and child nutrition, and enhance household incomes through support to diversified food production and commercial agriculture and through improving household resilience (notably to climate change) and women empowerment; increase trade of commodities within the region, within the country, and with neighbouring countries through the improvement of transport and logistic infrastructures. strengthen capacity, gender-responsive good governance (core mandate and general broad mandate) and the rule of law at the level of local government authorities and empower communities to participate in improved local service delivery. Duties and Responsibilities There is widespread concern that LG financing is not sufficient to meet the level of demand for service delivery. Almost all the Joint Annual Reviews of Decentralization (JARD) that were held between 2004 and 2014 repeatedly noted that, whereas transfers were increasing in nominal terms, the trend in the key service sectors of education, health, water and roads was declining and negatively affecting services in LGs particularly as the populations and inflations were rising rapidly. The purpose of this assignment is thus to support UNCDF/DINU in partnership with Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU) to develop position paper on the effects to service delivery caused by current modality of management and collection of user fees in taxi/bus parks and markets in the DINU District Local Governments of Northern Uganda (Karamoja, Acholi, Lango, Teso, and West Nile Sub-Regions). Specifically, the consultant is tasked to: examine the nature current modalities of managing and collecting user fees in markets, taxi and bus parks in northern Uganda; assess the effectiveness and efficiency of current modalities of managing and collecting user fees in markets, taxi and bus parks; investigate the effects of modalities of managing and collecting user fees in markets, taxi and bus parks on service delivery in northern Uganda; examine the appropriate service delivery-enhanced modalities that local governments can adopt for collection and management of user fees in markets, taxi and bus parks. Key Deliverables: The Consultant will submit the outputs on the dates specified by UNCDF as per the attached TORs. Competencies Excellent assessment skills; research skills; writingskills; presentation skills. Profound technical and professional know-how of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology Required Skills and Experience Q ualifications: A minimum of a Master’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Development Economics or equivalent in related field. A PhD one of these related filed is an added advantage. Experience: At least 7 years of experience in development work, especially in research and policy related issues; Experience working for both international non-profit organizations, and public institutions including in public-private-partnerships especially with local government arrangement preferred. Language requirement: Fluency in at least four the local languages in the greater northern Uganda is an added advantage. Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments: The consultant is expected to quote a daily rate which shall be paid in regular instalments upon successful completion and certification of tasks and deliverables as indicated in this Terms of Reference and /or approved work plan; Payment will be made periodically in accordance with number of days worked, and based on the consultant submitting detailed reports and other deliverables against an agreed work plan; All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant. Institutional Arrangement and Reporting: The Consultant will work under the overall guidance and supervision of UNCDF Lead Specialist-Governance and DINU team in Uganda and in close coordination with AUUA. The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org no.58471. Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org no. 87026.. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II); Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references. Technical proposal: Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment; Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II); Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ For further clarifications, please contact; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only. UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. 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