The grand challenges that countries face in the 21st century cannot be dealt with by any single government level alone. This is true for a wide range of challenges, from addressing the concentration of wealth and economic opportunities, or orchestrating the public sector’s response to pandemics, to climate change and environmental disasters, urban crowding and congestion, or political polarization and authoritarianism.
Inclusive multilevel governance systems are needed to ensure that stakeholders at all levels of society can work together to collectively solve these challenges. Similarly, effective subnational institutions are needed to ensure that resilient, inclusive, sustainable, equitable development is achieved in the cities, towns, and rural areas where people live and work.
The Local Public Sector Alliance
The Local Public Sector Alliance (LPSA) is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote inclusive, equitable societies and sustainable global development by enhancing the understanding of decentralization and localization as complex, cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder reforms.
LPSA elevates the global debate on public sector decentralization and localization, by (1) advancing the state of knowledge on decentralization and localization; (2) sharing knowledge to ensureg a more informed, interconnected global Community of Practice, and (3) engaging in convening, outreach and field building to achieve a larger, more empowered global Community of Practice. Inspired by the diversity and depth of expertise of our global membership, the Alliance is in the process of re-organizing itself (in fact: decentralizing itself) by establishing a number of regional and thematic working groups.
What is the opportunity?
LPSA is looking for one or more (part-time) Regional and Thematic Program Managers / Coordinators to support and coordinate the work of our Regional and Thematic Expert Working Groups. This is a part-time position or consultancy opportunity with flexible hours (1-2 days per week). Indicative compensation for the position is up to $1000 per month, depending on experience and availability. The position is ideal for graduate students or young professionals in economics, public policy or a related field with an interest in decentralization and global development.
This is a global / remote position
LPSA is a global organization and the role of supporting and coordinating the work of our Regional and Thematic Expert Working Groups can in principle be done from anywhere in the world. In fact, an understanding of—and some experience in—decentralization and local governance in one or more countries in Africa, Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a plus.
As an organization that aims to serve as a global professional network by engaging in knowledge development, knowledge sharing and convening, outreach and field-building around the world, we would like LPSA’s team to be a reflection of the globally diverse community of practice in an inclusive manner.
What you’ll do
- Work with leading decentralization experts and local governance practitioners around the world by coordinating the meetings of different LPSA’s Expert Working Groups and by supporting their meetings and webinars;
- Support LPSA’s Regional and Technical Working Groups by preparing blog posts and other content contributions to Decentralization.Net and LPSA’s social media channels;
- Support LPSA’s Regional and Technical Working Groups by developing and implementing the working group’s outreach strategy by reaching out and connecting with scholars and practitioners in the field;
- Enhance the visibility and relevance of LPSA and its Working Groups as a convening place for the global community of practice interested in decentralization and localization, including through online engagement with the community of practice.
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, public administration, public policy, political science, or a related discipline. Preferably you have (or are working on) a masters or doctorate degree, and/or you have a few years of work experience in a relevant field.
- Demonstrated interest or experience in public policy and local governance, preferably in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
- Good technical (computer) skills, including familiarity with tools like WordPress, Zoom (Webinar), MS365 (Teams), and MailChimp is required. In addition, familiarity with Canva, Camtasia, and other social media tools is a plus.
- Comfortable working independently and remotely, and as part of a global team.
- An ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously to successful completion; strong attention to detail.
- Strong written and oral communications skills in English. Additional language skills are a plus.
- You must be able to provide documentation proving your eligibility to work (or perform consulting services) in the country where you live/work.
Note that LPSA is no longer recruiting for these positions.