National Consultant for Implementation of UNDP LAP Programme in Ghana

Technician Engineers (10 Positions)

Re-advertisement: National Consultancy for Investment and Financial Management Specialist to Support Implementation of Local Acceleration Program (LAP)

Advertised on behalf of : Location : GHANA

Application Deadline : 12-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English


The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers ‘last mile’ finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, in support of households, localities and small enterprises that are underserved, where development needs are greatest and where resources are scarcest. UNCDF develops and tests out these financial models to mobilize and recycle domestic resources to meet local needs and which raise investor confidence in these local economies so that they can become centres of growth. UNCDF also 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 additionally, 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.

Cities Alliance is the global partnership supporting cities to deliver sustainable development. As global populations and urban economies expand, managing cities and providing opportunities for all citizens is essential to national prosperity, international progress, and stability. Cities Alliance works with cities to promote long-term programmatic approaches that support national and local governments to develop appropriate policy frameworks, strengthen local skills and capacity, undertake strategic city planning, and facilitate investment.? Cities Alliance is unique and diverse global membership of over 30 full and Associate members, comprising of National Governments, Multilateral Institutions, Associations of Local Governments, International Non-Governmental Organizations and Private Sector and Foundations Universities and Knowledge Networks.

UNCDF is engaging with Cities Alliance on a joint program called Local Acceleration through Partnerships (LAP [1]). This LAP partnership is targeting two cities in Ghana namely- Cape Coast and Swedru.

The Local Acceleration through Partnerships (LAP) programme builds on the first phase of the Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Equitable Economic Growth in Cities implemented in 2016-2018. The Joint Work Programme (JWP) supported by Cities Alliance responded to the equitable economic growth challenge in cities and focused on supporting equitable access to public goods and services by all citizens and formal and informal businesses in urban areas through the production of global knowledge products, facilitation of policy dialogues, and the support of city-level diagnostics and policy recommendations. The LAP complements the JWP by focusing on financing public goods and services that contribute to equitable economic growth. It was developed by Cities Alliance as a joint venture with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). LAP is a 12 months’ technical assistance programme to be implemented in Cape Coast and Swedru Municipalities of Ghana. The results, tools will be applied to the other secondary cities as well.

LAP is expected to: a) identify major drivers of revenues and expenditures at the city level including borrowing capacities with the objective of improved understanding of challenges and potential areas of opportunities in improving leverage, and b) set up a facilitated dialogue with domestic and international private sector representatives at the city level on investment requirements and opportunities. The results of this engagement at the city level will inform a national validation and dialogue forum. All the engagements at the city and national level will inform a global knowledge product resulting from LAP, which provides a field-tested guideline for investments in secondary cities in Africa to achieve equitable economic growth.

LAP Goal: Improved access to public goods and services for better growth and productivity in secondary cities through the provision of alternative financing mechanisms. The program will; (i) identify major drivers of revenues and expenditures at the city level including borrowing capacities with the objective of improved understanding of challenges and potential areas of opportunities in improving leverage (Debt Strategy and Auditors Report) and (ii) set up a facilitated dialogue with domestic and international private sector representatives at the city level on investment requirements and opportunities.

Program Objectives:

    • To enable secondary Cities in Ghana (Cape Coat and Swedru) to plan and mobilize for their investment and borrowing needs to create critical public services that foster equitable economic growth domestically;
    • To stimulate that local and national dialogues around financing critical public services via public and private resources.
  • To identify specific infrastructures susceptible to be funded by funded by private ressources

To act as a learning opportunity for JWP members (including UNCDF itself) to hone and adjust their programmatic intervention in support of inclusive and equitable economic growth in the target countries.

[1] The program is called LEAP (Local Economic Acceleration Program) in Uganda


Duties and Responsibilities

UNCDF is, therefore, seeking for services of an experienced consultant to undertake the delivery of the LAP program: Objectives of the Consultancy: Support UNCDF and partners implement the Local Economic Acceleration Program (LAP) in Ghana.

Key Activities and Tasks:

  • Implementation of the Local Economic Acceleration Partnerships (LAPs) in Cape Coast and Swedru

The Key tasks here include:

    • Scoping mission to Cape Coast and Swedru;
    • Organise LAP launch events for Cape Coast and Swedru and other National stakeholders;
    • Development of a Financial Review method including a diagnostic tool and a financial model to analyse the city’s financial resources, expenditure trends, operating results, and liquidity position; Production of balance sheets for the last available year and 5 years ago
  • Organise field missions and undertake participatory financial review for the secondary while transferring skills to stakeholders;
  • Drafting of the report on the city financial capacity to invest into public services that includes gender analysis and data;
  • Organize a Validation and Action Planning Workshop for stakeholders in Cape Coast and Swedru.

Supporting a National high-level policy dialogue on alternative financing for local governments and investments in local governments:

  • Organise and lead the national level LAP scoping mission to ensure LAP endorsement and the format for the National high-policy dialogue. This mission should among others focus on Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development ; Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, It should also engage private sector partners, civil society organizations, development partners such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID, AFD, SECO, KfW, GIZ, etc as well as relevant UN agencies (UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, etc);
  • Development of a diagnostic tool on national level enablers for local investments focusing on the existing system of intergovernmental transfers to local governments; own source revenue situation; fiscal space and tax administration flexibility; legal and political risks associated with the national revenue-sharing system; mandated capital and operating expenditures and the potential for financing such expenditures including through user charges, fees and other types of revenues. The diagnostic tool should cater for perspectives of inclusion related to Gender Equality and/or Women’s Empowerment;
  • Drafting of the report on ‘Investing into Secondary Cities in Ghana – Opportunities and Challenges’;
  • Organization of National Forum and presentation of the results to validate the report on ‘Investing into Secondary Cities in Ghana’ and a framework document to recommend follow-up actions and, as relevant, monitoring measures to improve dialogue between the Campaign Cities CA and interested private sector parties, e.g. national chamber of commerce.

These activities have been detailed under scope and deliverables section of the TORs.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptabilitY

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