Improving accountability for government programmes through Parliamentary Outreaches
In 2008, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, her deputy, the leader of the opposition, and several ministers and lawmakers, made their way to the central western district of Masaka to launch an outreach forum.
- The Parliament Outreach Programme is part of UNDP’s Strengthening Oversight Functions for Accountable Service Delivery project under the Accountable Democratic Governance programme.
- In addition to the outreach, several Parliamentary committees have been trained to track the budget in real time and be able to advocate for better service delivery from both the local and central government.
- The project also works closely with the Auditor General’s office, local government councils, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament and the Committee on State Authorities and Parastatals as well as the National NGO Forum, to encourage the public to demand for accountability from Government for the funds.
The forum, the first of its kind in Uganda was aimed at bringing Parliament closer to the people and enable the public to interact more closely with their elected representatives and hold them accountable.
Since then, four other regional outreach forums have been held so far - in Gulu, Kalangala, Fortportal, and Moroto districts - bringing together the leadership of Parliament and district leaders, councillors and civil society representatives.
Through this initiative, the speaker of Parliament has been able to meet and get information on some of the challenges facing local governments particularly in the area of service delivery and to advocate for improvements.
Dison B. Okumu, the director of Corporate Planning and Strategy in Parliament says that the programme has helped keep an audit on Members of Parliament in their constituencies to see if they really are representing their people’s needs.
- JOBS: Consultant - Technical Assistance on Strengthening Assistance on Leadership and Coordination Capacity for Gender Mainstreaming Across the Government of Uganda. Background With support from the Department for International Development, UK (DFID), UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), has been coordinating the implementation of a four-year Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UNJPGE) since 2011. The overall objective of the assignment is: To provide technical support towards strengthening the leadership and coordination capacity of MGLSD in regards to gender mainstreaming across its departments and government sectors. Deadline to apply: October 10th 2014. For details on how to apply, visit: http://www.ug.undp.org/content/uganda/en/home/operations/jobs.html Monday AT 07:47 AM
- JOBS at GIZ: Technical Expert – Climate Finance Readiness Programme & PREEEP Programme Background The necessity of preparing for impacts of global warming and for avoiding more dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions will require a concerted mobilisation of financial resources and effective, efficient and transparent management. The background for this position is thus twofold: on the one hand it entails the preparation of Uganda for climate finance, focusing specifically on international funds, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF). On the other hand it focuses on support for the implementation of the global carbon markets programme. Firstly, a variety of international climate funds are now available, including e.g. the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Adaptation Fund (AF), and most recently the soon-to-be-active Green Climate Fund (GCF). However, accessing such Funds has been a challenge for many developing countries, specifically in terms of planning, institutional preparation, access, effective spending and implementation and private sector engagement. Against this background the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) entrusted Gesellschaft fϋr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW Development Bank with the implementation of the Climate Finance Readiness Programme (CF Ready), which is currently being implemented in 10 countries, including Uganda, until 2018. The CF Ready Programme is currently working with the Government of Uganda to evaluate and plan for access to international climate funds, considering especially the role of the National Designated Authority (NDA) and of the implementing entities at national, regional and international levels. At the same time the Programme aims to strengthen institutional coordination on climate finance issues. Secondly, Uganda is one of the countries that is supported by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Buildings and Nuclear safety (BMUB) to implement a global carbon markets programme with a goal of promoting the utilization of flexible mechanisms such as the Clean Development Mechanism and Programme of Activities. This aimed to assist actors at government level and the private sector to exploit opportunities presented by the carbon market. The programme in Uganda is implemented by the GIZ Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PREEEP) programme. The Technical Expert will be contracted by GIZ to coordinate and manage activities of the BMZ financed CF Ready programme and support BMUB activities in PREEEP. The expert will serve this contract on a 50 by 50 basis where he/she will support the BMUB programme activities of the PREEEP at 50 percent and the other 50 percent support will be to the CF Ready programme. Responsibilities The Technical Expert shall work in fulfillment of the following tasks and responsibilities. Main tasks for the CF Ready Programme; the Technical Expert shall; - Manage CF Ready activities in Uganda in accordance with the project goals with guidance from the GIZ CF Ready Team and in close coordination with the national GIZ Programmes and KfW. - Assist the conceptualization of and implement climate finance readiness support and capacity building measures in Uganda, based on ongoing support, working with the relevant partner institutions (incl. Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), Climate Change Department (CCD), National Planning Authority (NPA) and others) and with international Consultants. - Support the national climate finance structure and governance; this will include institutional arrangements in the establishment and capacity building for key implementing institutions including, e.g. a National Designated Authority (NDA). - Facilitate coordination between the relevant partner institutions regarding climate finance issues (e.g. through convening) and develop partnerships with the institutions - Coordinate activities of the Programme with other regional institutions (incl. East African Community (EAC), East African Development Bank (EADB)), multilateral institutions (incl. UNDP, World Bank and its Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, FAO) and other donors (incl. DFID, USAID). - Provide logistical support for support measures, including the organization of meetings, workshops and visits by mission teams. Required qualifications, competences and experience • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and Financial Management Services • First degree in an environment related course or professional qualification in climate change, environment or natural resource management • Good understanding of international bilateral and multilateral climate funds including GEF, the AF, the CIFs and the GCF, among others, ideally with a knowledge of access requirements (including fiduciary standards and environmental and social safeguards). • Good knowledge about international climate discussions and relevant international frame works e.g. UNFCCC Professional experience • 5 years experience in project finance, strategic planning and management • Very good understanding of the institutional framework in Uganda on climate change Send application to Head of Human Resources Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH GIZ Office Kampala P.O. Box 10346 Kampala Uganda www.giz.de Deadline: Not later than Friday 10th October 2014. Contract duration: November2014 – November 2015 Monday AT 07:36 AM
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