Tender: Technical Assistance for Institutional Restructuring of Donbas
Ukraine, 14 October 2015
The ongoing conflict in the Donbas has affected strongly the life of people in Donetsk and Luhansk oblast, leading to a deterioration of social relations and trust, political and economic processes, and ultimately to a sharp decrease in the security and quality of life of people. The conflict related migration has resulted in an increased number of vulnerable people, especially elderly, disabled, women and children, which constitute the majority of registered IDPs. The conflict has affected as well negatively the capacity of the government – especially at the sub-national levels - to provide basic social, administrative and communal services for the communities.
Support to local governance and local government functions in conflict-affected areas is critical not only to guarantee a speedier reconstruction and economic recovery and the continuous delivery of social and other services to local communities and IDPs alike, but also improve the public trust towards the capacities of the state to play its role of protection for all citizens, including the most vulnerable, and to guarantee better equality between Ukrainian regions. Improved state-society relations remain the best contribution that local governance can make to the peacebuilding process.
Local governments in cities and towns of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts face a series of similar problems, like: lack of staff and difficulty to employ competent personnel; poor and obsolete material base (e.g. IT infrastructure and software) for effective service performance; restricted local budgets (decrease in revenues, compared to higher expenditure levels determined by high number of IDPs); overburdened administrative and social services due to the consequences of the conflict (IDPs, etc); outdated local social economic development strategies and urban plans, especially in the post conflict condition. At the same time the citizens and the civil society organizations demand better services, more accountability, transparency and participation in decision making.
The overall objective is to provide support to restore and improve the functioning of the oblast level administration (local government) for policy making, general administration and service delivery. The immediate objective is to provide to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblast governments technical assistance for urgent institutional restoration, organizational development and budget execution improvement.
United Nations seeks the services of a consulting company (Contractor) to assist the local state administration from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to restore and improve their operations. The intervention will address three key issues which ensure functionality and effectiveness of an organization: institutional and organizational structures and processes, human resources (information, knowledge and skills), and financial and material assets. The interventions will take into account the current legislative framework, as well as the specific conditions currently in the Donbas. Each task is divided in an assessment phase and a technical assistance phase. The technical assistance will respond to the challenges and needs identified in the assessment phase. The following tasks will be carried out for each oblast administration:
Task 1: Overall institutional restructuring and development.
Task 2: Targeted technical assistance for restoration of functionality.
Task 3: Budget improvement.
The target groups are the Donetsk and Luhansk oblast state administration, including the personnel working in the administration.
Submission Deadline: 26 October 2015
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