Decentralization Assessment – Decentralization Expert

Posted Date 2 months ago(5/20/2021 10:44 AM)

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Assignment Title:                        Decentralization Assessment – Decentralization Expert

Department/Location:                CCG/Tunisia

Technical Point of Contact:         Deputy Chief of Party

Type:                                            Consultant

Classification:                              Consultancy      


Overview:  USAID/Tunisia has requested that IBTCI’s Monitoring and Evaluation for Tunisia and Libya (METAL) Activity conduct a decentralization analysis. The analysis will: 1) inform its new Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS); 2) contribute to USAID’s future programming in decentralization; and 3) inform the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment and other stakeholders on the current state of decentralization and possible areas for external assistance. This assessment is envisioned to assist USAID, the Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment, and other donors to look at the technical and political barriers to and donor-funded opportunities for decentralization in Tunisia. It will also provide short-term and medium term policy and programming recommendations for both donors and the Government of Tunisia (GOT).  

Tunisia’s decentralization has been hampered by an overemphasis on a bottom-up approach that failed to integrate institutional assets in building and improving intergovernmental relations. Old and new laws exist alongside one another and the gap is not fully bridged. With the municipalities’ greater autonomy and enhanced roles come responsibilities to better serve their citizens. But some regions, especially the interior, lack skilled administrators, and adequate resources to carry out the new mandates.  The profound Constitutional commitment to decentralization and the public’s demand for change provide a compelling rationale for further decentralization reform. Tunisia has the most favorable prospects to pursue democratic decentralization, but the government must still make significant reforms to realize these prospects.  International donors, including USAID, are interested in determining the correct types of assistance to help Tunisia advance its decentralization objectives.


Tunisian nationals in country are highly encouraged to apply.

The period of performance will be from o/a June 1 – August 15, 2021, and total LOE will be approximately
45 days. Tasks could include but not be limited to:


Scope of Work:  

  • Provide technical expertise on the Tunisian decentralization process, including laws, policies, and
    implementation efforts;
  • Contribute to the assessment design and development of data collection tools, facilitate and conduct
    interviews with key national and local government officials, private sector representatives, NGOs,
    community representatives, USAID staff and implementing partners, and other donors, analyze assessment data, and assist in the development of the preliminary findings and recommendations presentation and drafting of assessment report.


Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.


  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree with 10 years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong knowledge of Tunisian decentralization laws, policies and regulations, including fiscal
  • Experience participating in donor funded evaluations or assessments;
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proficient English, Arabic, and French language verbal and written communication skills.

Education: Master’s degree in relevant social science field.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience conducting USAID or other donor evaluations or assessments in the local governance
  • Knowledge of Tunisian laws, policies and regulations regarding decentralization;
  • General understanding of the Tunisia decentralization process, key government and other actors,
    and donor efforts to facilitate decentralization;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and ability to serve as a collaborative and productive
    member of an assessment team.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


Travel: No international travel is anticipated for this position.



About the Organization:


IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building.   We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education, energy & Infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients' missions.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identification, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws.  We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact the Talent Acquisition team at TalentAcquisition@ibtci.com (Do not send your resume to this account, for consideration please apply in our career page).


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