Albania nationals: Expert on Local Governance

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Tirana, Albania 🇦🇱

  • Issued by: OSCE Presence in Albania
  • Requisition ID: ALB000013
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Location: ALB – OSCE Presence in Albania, Tirana
  • Issue Date: Feb 9, 2023
  • Closing Date: Feb 16, 2023

Background:

The OSCE Presence in Albania (here and after the “Presence”) work regarding local governance builds on a series of consecutive and well-thought actions to enhance revenues at local level and improving financial autonomy and resource management in line with strategic government documents, including the Government’s new (draft) Decentralisation and Local Autonomy Strategy.  

During 2021-2022, the Presence in Albania supported the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to develop and pilot an inter-disciplinary methodology to assess the Municipal Natural Capital (MNC) in four municipalities, namely Mat, Pogradec, Selenicë and Roskovec . The methodology was based on an effective combination of theoretical and ground work, and served as a sustainable instrument for local planning. The MNC testing phase showed that municipalities possessed a wealth of resources with untapped potential. Many of the resources which generated the monetary flows at local level were: forestry, mineral resources, water resources, agriculture and tourism.

Developing on concrete results achieved in 2022 , the Presence will support the national authorities through the Ministry of Interior to expand the process in other municipalities. The process aims to turn MNC Assessment at local level into a periodic exercise through standardising the process for national authorities and transferring technical know-how at local level. 

In this context, the Presence seeks to engage one local government expert to support the Presence in developing a self-use manual for local authorities on assessing natural resources at local level in line with the 2021 Presence-developed MNC Methodology.

Objective of Assignment: 

The Governance in Economic and Environmental Issues Department seeks to engage the services of one local governance expert to support the development of a self-use manual for local authorities on the know-how expertise for assessing natural resources at local level.

Duration of Assignment:

The expert shall be working during the period 27 February to 27 March 2023

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of National Program Officer on Local Government and Environmental Governance, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

Task 1. Deliver the first draft of the first chapter of the MNC assessment self-use manual for local authorities. The expert is expected to work closely with two other OSCE-hired experts (one local finance expert and one local natural resources expert) to draft the first chapter of self-use manual in line with the Presence-developed MNC Methodology. The manual shall reflect principles and guide the know-how on how to collect data on the human, social, production and finance capacities and understanding the how local authorities can conduct their own natural capital assessment. The draft self-use manual shall be delivered to OSCE Project Manager within 10 March 2023 who will provide comments back in one-week time. During this exercise the expert is expected to take close co-ordination with the Project Manager and the team of experts.

Task 2:  Present and deliver the final draft of the self-use manual. The expert is asked to present the first draft of the self-use manual to OSCE PM and other government interlocutors that will be suggested by the Project Manager. After the commenting phase, he/she will reflect all the comments and feedback received into a final draft. The final draft is supposed to be delivered within 20 March 2023.

Deliverables:

D1. Prepare the first draft of the first chapter of the MNC assessment manual, Ms. Word format (Times New Roman), including charts and visual graphs. 
D2. Finalize (including PM’s comments) and submit the final draft of the MNC assessment manual, Ms. Word format (Times New Roman), including charts and visual graphs, 

Necessary Qualifications:

•    An Advanced degree in public administration, governance, political studies, or legal studies fields. (Mandatary)
•    A minimum of five years of work experience as researcher/consultant/expert/practitioner in the field of local governance in Albania; (Mandatory) 
•    Extensive knowledge on Albanian legislation, in the framework on local governance law, local finances and local taxes; (Mandatory)
•  Knowledge and/or previous experience working in the framework of municipal natural capital, natural resources will be an added advantage;(Desirable)
•    Excellent communication, drafting and presentation skills in Albanian (Mandatory)
•    Knowledge of the OSCE local governance commitments will be an added advantage

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant’s/expert’s qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.

If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under https://vacancies.osce.org/.

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise/re-post the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment or to offer an appointment with a modified job description or for a different duration.

Only those candidates who are selected to participate in the subsequent stages of recruitment will be contacted.

The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization. 

Candidates should be aware that OSCE officials shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the status of an international civil servant. This includes avoiding any action which may adversely reflect on the integrity, independence and impartiality of their position and function as officials of the OSCE. The OSCE is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. For more information on the values set out in OSCE Competency Model, please see https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/our-competency-model.

Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.


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