Local Governance and Decentralisation Programme (LOGODEP) Recruitment 2011

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21 Sep, 2011

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The Local Governance and Decentralisation Programme (LOGODEP) is a three year USAID-funded programme with a mandate to cover all 17 Metropolitain, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana’s Western Region. Our work is underpinned by USAID/Ghana’s Strategic Objective 5, “Strengthened Democratic and Decentralized Governance through Civil Involvement.” LOGODEP is being implemented by MSI, an international development consultancy company based in Washington, DC, in close collaboration with SNV, a Dutch development organisation with strong presence and experience in Ghana.

We work in the 17 MMDAs to:

  • expand public participation in local governance
  • support targeted districts to increase the amount of funds they generate internally; and
  • achieve comprehensive development planning for local districts

Contracts are 12-month renewable twice (up to 31 August 2013)

Brief description of the LOGODEP Program:
The Local Governance and Decentralization Program (LOGODEP) is designed to advance USAID/Ghana’s Strategic Objective 5, “Strengthening Democratic and Decentralized Governance through Civil Involvement”.

LOGODEP seeks to support MMDAs and Regional Coordinating Council in implementing the decentralization policy as provided for in both the Constitution of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and the Local Government Act (Act 462)of 1993. The main focus of LOGODEP is to support a sustainable decentralized bottom-up planning, decision-making and implementation process through the training and capacity building of development agents at the district and community levels. In addition, LOGODEP aims to assist MMDAs in improving their capacity in financial management; economic development promotion; integration of decentralized departments into the assembly system; and to support sub-district structures to undertake their roles and functions.

LOGODEP seeks to improve existing service delivery systems at MMDA level, through the provision of training and technical assistance, and to widen the decision-making base by ensuring greater participation in the development process at community, sub-district and districts levels.

LOGODEP will actively support the on-going efforts of the District Assembly to improve internal capacities and to foster operational linkages with sub-district structures, decentralized sector departments, NGOs/CBOs and the private sector, as a means of ensuring decentralized management and citizen participation at the district level. The program is targeting all the 17 MMDAs of the Western Region and will also support the Regional Coordination Council in playing a more pronounced role in the technical backstopping of the District Planning Coordinating Units and its follow up of compliance issues.

LOGODEP result areas:
LOGODEP ‘s strategic emphasis is based on three result areas:
Result 1: Public participation in local governance expanded
Result 2: Internally generated funds of targeted local districts increased
Result 3: Comprehensive development planning for local districts achieved

Job Description

Tasks of the Communication Officer:
The Communication Officer will coordinate the promotion of public image of LOGODEP’s activities which may include the publication of news and press releases, brochures and/or related materials. He/she will be expected to perform the following roles indicated below:



  • Lead outreach to all LOGODEP stakeholders to ensure our activities are properly promoted and communicated
  • He/she will be responsible for the management and implementation of LOGODEP’s approved communication strategy
  • He/she will also take a lead role working with USAID to develop “Tell our Story” pieces and as well as serve as the primary point of contact for all ad-hoc communication requests
  • Compile and present a report after each quarter on completed activities, updates on activities, etc
  • Update, refine and enhance communications strategy
  • Liaison between LOGODEP and stakeholders
  • Write, edit, design, record, publications such as newsletters, leaflets and brochures
  • Responsible for editing the LOGODEP website and the facebook page
  • Any other tasks assigned  by the Chief of Party

Overall timeframe for the assignment: The assignment will be undertaken within the period October 2011 to September 2013

Required Skills or Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in Communications, Community Outreach, Public Relations and/or a related field
  • University degree required, Masters degree preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Experience working with Government of Ghana officials, Civil Society Organizations and Community Based Organizations and Community Based Organizations
  • Experience working with USAID and/or its development partners
  • Experience utilizing social media tools and managing online content
  • Ability to form and maintain relationship through teamwork and networking
  • Ability to communicate well in Akan is preferred
  • Must work well under pressure and generally outgoing and comfortable meeting new people. Due to the nature of the work he/she must be accurate, flexible, enthusiastic, and responsible


How To Apply

All interested applicants should send their CVs and cover letter to: [email protected]

Ends 21st Sept, 2011

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