Job description

Consultant to conduct a Fiscal Decentralisation Study for Local Service Delivery of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Wakiso and Mukono Districts-Uganda

Financial gaps in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector that hinder the achievement of sustainable and universal WASH access (and therefore the SDG 6) in developing countries are well documented. However, less analysis and advocacy has been undertaken to understand and address countries’ key public financial management challenges that impact the ability of the WASH sector to effectively utilise existing public finance. This includes the impact and extent of fiscal decentralisation.

Recognising that strengthening national processes for fiscal decentralisation is a critical step in enabling local governments fulfil their responsibility for delivering public services, WaterAid is carrying out research on fiscal decentralisation in 6 to 8 countries and is seeking a consultant to lead this study in Uganda.

Objectives of the Study

The primary purpose of the study is to generate country-level evidence and collaborations to identify possible improvements for the effectiveness of fiscal decentralisation for WASH. The main study objectives are:

  • To gain a deeper understanding of fiscal decentralisation and how it impacts effective delivery and sustainability of WASH services.
  • To perform a deep-dive analysis on financial flows and fiscal decentralisation in the WASH sector in Mukono and Wakiso Districts, the factors that impact its effectiveness and how this impacts the delivery and sustainability of WASH services.
  • To develop a country-specific and a sector-wide advocacy plan informed by the outcome of the research to address key improvements for more effective service delivery through broader fiscal decentralisation efforts in the WASH sector.

To be successful, you’ll need the following:

  • A relevant Masters’ or PHD qualification (for example, relating to decentralisation, economics or development finance) and excellent knowledge of fiscal decentralisation issues. Or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience working in this field, preferably with research experience on fiscal decentralisation from sectors other than WASH
  • Experience of using Political Economy Analysis methodologies
  • Have conducted similar pieces of research
  • Knowledge of public financing flows in Uganda and an awareness of current fiscal decentralisation policy.

Download the detailed Terms of Reference (TOR).

This is a two month consultancy contract.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a proposal with the following: A one-page statement of your understanding of the consultant’s role and the expertise you bring to this study, detailed costed timetable, CV’s of key consultants.

If you are interested in the consultancy and have the right skills and attributes, complete the application form linked in the TOR and send your proposals to stating “Fiscal Decentralisation Study” in the subject line by¬†5:00pm on 11th July


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