Wednesday, November 09, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: Global Coordinator, Implementing the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)
1. Background and justification
Building on the methodology piloted and documented in a 2010 study, and with support from a number of bilateral donors as well as the Land Governance Monitoring and Assessment Partnership (LGMAP), the World Bank is supporting the implementation of the Land Governance assessment Framework (LGAF) in a number of countries around the globe. The positive responses received from a number of stakeholders within and outside the Bank suggest that the LGAF can serve as a basis for:
- Translation of the assessment into policy recommendations and subsequent identification, implementation, and monitoring of specific (pilot) projects to address key bottlenecks emerging from the assessment.
- Continued participatory monitoring of land sector performance by the broad-based stakeholder group assembled to conduct the initial assessment of land governance;
- Systematic sharing of country reports as well as experience on best practice between countries who have implemented the initial assessment in the form of good practice notes.
- Dissemination to help use country experience with LGAF implementation and follow-up to inform global processes such as the tracking of progress under the AU/ECA/AfDB LPI, implementation of FAO’s VGs on tenure, and civil society land reporting initiatives
Taken together, this could help to mainstream land in the Bank’s agenda to link analytical efforts and impact evaluation to available existing instruments (e.g. policy-based lending, analytical work, specific investment projects, or projects for results) and, in doing so, allow the Bank to take a leadership role in the sector and help foster improvements in countries’ land governance through changes in policy, institutional arrangements, and specific programs. To facilitate this, the services of a consultant, based at World Bank HQ, will be required.
2. Specific tasks to be performed
As part of a larger team based at Bank HQ, and in close coordination with staff from Bank operational units in different regions, country coordinators, and other partners, the global coordinator will be responsible for three main tasks, namely (i) support to existing and new LGAF assessments; (ii) coordination within the Bank to use assessments as a basis for prioritized policy recommendations, (pilot) projects that can be evaluated rigorously, and continued review and monitoring of progress on land governance; and (iii) dissemination of results among client countries and partner institutions to facilitate sharing of experience on promising approaches and integration of lessons into global initiatives.
2.1 Support to existing and new assessments
The GC’s main focus under this heading will be on supporting the implementation of new assessments as well as the backstopping of ongoing ones, by directing them to appropriate documents in the Bank’s (protected) online library of relevant documents from existing LGAFs. This will be complemented by follow-up monitoring.
Implementation of new LGAFs: In line with the procedures set out in the operational manual for LGAF implementation, the GC will oversee the ongoing implementation and initiation of new LGAFs. This involves assistance in identifying CCs, assistance to TTLs in drafting of TOR, agreement of time plans with indicators that can be monitored, and backstopping of CCs in all steps of LGAF implementation, from elaboration of background reports, conduct of expert panels, derivation of policy recommendations, organization of in-country validation workshops, and follow up with policy dialogue and continued monitoring thereafter.
Backstopping of ongoing assessments: In addition to backstopping of processes on an ongoing basis, the GC will provide specific feedback and guidance to CCs in terms of selecting experts as well as panel members, by providing reviews and comments on background reports, panel aide memoires, draft final report, and policy recommendations. The GC will also provide advice on organization of technical validation workshops as well a policy dialogue with Government counterparts including preparation of an action plan for follow up activities, in close coordination with stakeholders from Government, development partners, and local academics and civil society.
Follow-up indicators: While the LGAF provides a useful snapshot, progress on land governance will need to be documented through continued monitoring of key qualitative and quantitative indicators. In coordination with the broader team, the GC will support select CCs in formulating such indicators and following up on their implementation in a participatory way that builds on the expertise assembled during the assessment phase of the LGAF. The GC will liaise with partners or Bank staff (e.g. TTLs of projects) to identify qualitative and quantitative indicators to track progress on key issues outlined in the LGAF at country level, design institutional mechanism for monitoring, and ensure that results from such an activity are properly disseminated within the country and at a global level.
2.2 Coordination within the Bank
Although the LGAF is implemented through a local effort independent of the Bank, Bank instruments for policy dialogue and institutional reform as well as technical and financial assistance will be of great help in specific countries to advance the land governance agenda as identified by the technical validation workshop. To allow that the potential in this respect be fully realized, it is important to formally and informally involve Bank staff working in relevant areas in the run-up to technical workshops, to ensure that follow-up actions are in line with the broader country program, and that Bank studies and projects draw on the lessons from LGAF implementation.
In-country policy-workshops: Experience suggests that, to translate broad LGAF conclusions into a set of recommendations that can be picked up in the Bank’s country dialogue at various levels, prioritization in light of the Bank’s overall country dialogue and its involvement at project-level will be required. To facilitate this, workshops with policy makers following the technical validation workshops and involving staff from the Bank’s operational and country departments have proven very useful. The GC will assist CCs in organizing these by coordinating input from the Bank side.
Dissemination targeted at TTLs for land admin. projects: One of the benefits of the LGAF is that it can provide a tool to monitor broad land policy developments in countries where the Bank is engaged in the sector, helping to reduce risks by highlighting issues that could develop into problems early on, and helping to monitor the extent to which projects contribute to overall economic and poverty reduction objectives. It is for this reason that some of the Bank’s regional departments have considered to use LGAF on a routine basis for countries with ongoing land administration projects. The GC will work with relevant staff to discuss the scope for this and develop modules and training courses accordingly.
Dialogue with Country Directors: In addition to its usefulness to contextualize and monitor interventions at project-level, the LGAF can be critical to help that critical land issues be properly highlighted in the policy dialogue as the Bank and other development partners move increasingly from individual projects towards output-based aid. The GC will help to use specific country examples where application of the LGAF has resulted in formulation of indicators for DPLs or other forms output-based support to document this potential and design strategies to initiate a dialogue that can more widely disseminate this potential to managers at country level within the Bank and beyond.
2.3 Dissemination with other partners and client countries
As the LGAF has been developed and is being implemented joint with other partners, it is critical for the GC to ensure not only that other partners are properly informed about progress but also that ways in which it can support other global and regional initiatives are properly highlighted. To this end, the GC will maintain close coordination with partners in the public and private sector, support the publication and dissemination of relevant LGAF material through appropriate channels, and provide input into fora aimed to promote such processes.
Dissemination of experience: The GC will support the publication of LGAF background reports as well as summaries of policy recommendations and follow-up monitoring activities through appropriate channels (web, books, policy notes, peer reviewed publications, etc.). A particular focus will be on maintaining informal communication among CCs to share lessons from follow-up monitoring across countries and to assist CCs in ‘new’ countries with tips on how to obtain desired results most effectively. Dissemination of LGAF results at country level through published articles will be undertaken where appropriate.
Input into other initiatives: The GC will ensure close links to initiatives currently undertaken at global level (FAO/CFS, UN-Habitat), support by regional governmental and non-governmental actors (CAADP, AU-LPI, EU, PCGAP), and specific sectors (e.g. civil society). In addition to ensuring that other actors are aware of the potential (and limitations) of LGAF, doing so will also help to incorporate good examples and practice from these efforts into activities undertaken to follow up on the diagnostic phase of LGAF. This includes establishing close links to bilateral donors in specific countries by CCs providing inputs into programming and informing development partners about LGAF activities and outcomes as needed.
3. Qualifications, budget, and time plan
The successful candidate will have (i) an advanced degree in a social science, law, or land-related disciplines; (ii) at least 8 years of experience in dealing with aspects of land administration and land governance; (iii) excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to coordinate different stakeholders and resolve conflicts, drive for results, and ability to work independently in a complex multi-cultural environment documented by a track record of professional outputs and publications; (iv) fluency in English and at least one other Bank language is required with knowledge of French a distinct advantage.
This is an extended term consultancy position based in Washington DC in the Development Research Group. The position is initially for a period of one-year, renewable upon satisfactory performance, ideally starting January 2012. The GC will report to K. Deininger but interact closely with the larger LGAF team, the Bank’s land thematic group, and stakeholders within and outside the Bank as needed. Applications, consisting of a CV as well as a 2-page note highlighting candidate’s qualifications and expectations from the assighment, should be sent to Klaus Deininger (kdeininger[at]worldbank[dot]org) with copy to Estella Malayika (emalayika[at]worldbank[dot]org).