Job announcement: Capacity Development Advisor


Title: Capacity Development Advisor

Project: MA IMPLIC – Project on Civic Engagement in Local Governance

 Contract duration: November 2023 – October 2027, 4 years (subject to confirmation of funding by the donor)

Type of contract & expected workload: consultant / part-time employment, ca 50% / 10 days/month on average


The Project on civic engagement in local governance “MA IMPLIC” (Phase 2: November 2023 – October 2027) aims at ensuring that the rural population of Moldova has equitable access to quality public service provision and at supporting the government of Moldova in the implementation of the local government reform. The project is implemented by Skat Consulting Ltd., a Swiss consulting firm, and is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Skat Consulting Ltd, and its project implementation unit, a Moldovan-registered non-profit organization, implement donor-financed projects for a period of more than 10 years in Moldova already.

The project supports project partners at local and national levels. Activities at the national level support government institutions in the implementation of Public Administration, and here especially the Local Government reform. At the local level, the project supports capacity development, civic engagement, and improvement of public service infrastructure in rural communities. In the 2nd phase, Ma Implic aims to support groups (“clusters”) of rural LPA which will jointly deliver better public services and improve governance processes. The selection of these partner LPA groups will be made in the first half year of the projects new phase (between December 2023 and March 2024). We expect the total number of such partner LPA groups to be 10 which will be located across the country.

One of the activity areas of the Ma Implic project aims to increase capacities of partner LPA groups to improve the necessary capacities and skills to improve the performance of their core functions. This will include formats such as trainings, peer-exchanges, mentoring and other suitable formats to enhance skills and capacities in topics such as organisational and strategic planning, public financial management, citizen outreach and transparency; project preparation and management, human resource management, anti-corruption and integrity, digital literacy.

The expected results of these activities are expected to result in measurable improvements of LPA capacities. The Ma Implic project will use the FOCAS tool[1] to measure these.


 The Capacity Development Advisor will work in close collaboration with the Component Manager for Capacity Development and Citizen Engagement. The division of labour between the Component Manager and the Capacity Development Advisor will also depend on the profile and the experience of the successful candidate. The scope of tasks comprises:

  • Guiding partner LPA and ensuring regular implementation of the FOCAS assessments;
  • Identification of priority topics for training measures and development of a capacity development schedule during the 4 years of Ma Implic Phase 2;
  • Identification of suitable capacity development formats and of relevant training providers;
  • Steering and monitoring of the implementation of the capacity development programs;
  • Contributing to the overall work of the Ma Implic project by planning project activities (stakeholder analysis, communication, civic engagement, etc.), analyzing progress and lessons learnt from capacity development measures and ensuring synergies with the other activity areas of the Ma Implic project;
  • Ensuring good quality reporting of capacity development activities.


Higher education in public administration, management, (adult) education or other relevant fields


·  At least five years of professional working experience,

·  At least three years work experience in donor-financed projects / NGOs, 

·  Work experience in (local) public administration is a distinctive advantage,

·  Previous work experience in a comparable position

Language Requirements

·  Fluency in oral and written Romanian

·  Good command of English  

·  Good command of Russian is an advantage   


·  High level of responsibility and organizational capacities;

·  Self-driven and initiative personality;

·  Team player

·  Good command of digital skills and ICT literacy;

·  Good interpersonal skills


Interested individuals are expected to apply by sending the following information to quoting Capacity Development Advisor in the subject line of the e-mail.

  • Curriculum Vitae in English language, incl. three reference persons;
  • Motivational letter in English language;
  • Information about earliest date of availability.

Applications must reach us no later than 22 October 2023.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held during the week commencing 30 October 2023.