Team Leader/Local Governance Expert, Morocco
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Team Leader / Local Governance Expert

Integrated Programme for Northern Morocco : Tackling economic, social and security challenges in Northern Morocco through support for Morocco's regionalisation programme ( IPNM-TESS )

Programme Summary

The purpose of the IPNM-TESS project is to support implementation of Morocco’s regionalisation process in the northern region of Tanger-

Tétouan and Al Hoceïma (TTAH), through the provision of technical assistance to its regional government bodies and to civil society.

  • It is structured around the following three key areas : strengthening the capacity of regional government bodies, primarily the TTAH Regional Council;
  • providing support to the regionalisation process, particularly on implementation and monitoring of the Plan de Développement Regional (PDR);
  • and convening opportunities for more effective dialogue and collaborative working between regional stakeholders (government institutions, civil society, media, private sector and citizens).

    Based in Tangiers the project is funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and runs until March 2020.

    The project is looking for a Team Leader and / or Local Governance Expert with a thorough understanding of decentralisation processes in comparable contexts to provide leadership and strategic guidance to ensure effective and timely delivery of activities.

    Scope of Work

    The Team Leader / Local Governance Expert shall :

  • Build and manage effective relationships with a range of stakeholders at different levels including the Regional Council, the British Embassy Rabat, CSOs and other international organisations and INGOs.
  • Lead on ensuring that the project delivers relevant technical assistance and support in the areas of decentralisation, local governance and regional development including providing targeted guidance to the project team on design and implementation of activities in a politically sensitive manner.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Team Leader to ensure effective management of the project (including but not limited to : tracking, reviewing and updating key project documentation such as work plans, budgets, manuals;
  • staff supervisory responsibility; compliance with DAI policies and HMG rules and regulations).

  • In close collaboration with the Deputy Team Leader and DAI head office, ensure coordination with the British Embassy Rabat and good information flow and communication.
  • A breakdown of these elements is set out in the section below. Although dependent on the exact skills and expertise of the candidate in question and their fit with the existing team, the expert will be expected to be highly responsive to project requirements with the requisite availability.


  • Manage stakeholders in a productive and politically sensitive manner, that enables the project to deliver dynamic and effective support to the Regional Council of TTAH.
  • Lead and oversee management of all long and short-term staff, ensuring high levels of performance.
  • Ensure all project deliverables, including those produced through Short Term Experts’ missions are in line with DAI and client quality standards.
  • Nurture and maintain team spirit and a collegial working environment that reflects DAI’s core principals of integrity, responsibility, excellence and global citizenship.
  • Technical and Project Management

  • Develop, update and implement annual programme activities and strategy in line with timeframes established within the project’s (evolving) workplan.
  • Be responsible for the quality submission of project deliverables
  • Produce and submit quality assured project reporting to client on time as outlined in work plan.
  • Maintain and oversee relationship with the Regional Council, Civil Society and BE Rabat
  • Monitor political economy developments risks to work with team members and BE Rabat to assess and respond to any implications for programming in a timely manner.
  • Working closely with the Deputy Team Leader to ensure effective financial management of the project and that resources are allocated conservatively and productively;
  • in line with the project’s budget, logframe and value for money framework.

    Ethics, safeguarding and security

  • Work to ensure that the project team complies with DAI ethics, safeguarding and security policies and procedures.
  • Act as an example for team members to follow and discuss ethics issues openly.
  • In collaboration with DAI head office, put in place a system of checks and balances to minimize any potential for abuse.
  • Review and update security procedures with appointed security focal point.
  • Additional tasks as per the Project ToR, DAI’s Technical Advisor or Project Director / Manager requests.


  • Experience of working on regional development, decentralisation and local governance, experience of working on regionalisation in Morocco an advantage.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Morocco and the complexities of the TTAH region.
  • Strong Leadership skills and the ability to meet stakeholder demands whilst keeping in mind the bigger picture.
  • Experience of building and managing high level relationships effectively.
  • Experience of building the capacity of local governmental organisations and project teams.
  • Experience of cultivating high performing teams.
  • Solid programme management skills and experience including experience of working with logframes / results frameworks and theories of change.
  • Experience of managing and working with large and diverse teams across different countries;
  • Relevant advanced degree.
  • Excellent oral and written French.
  • Oral and written Arabic; Moroccan Arabic highly desirable.
  • Good Oral and written English.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills; and
  • Reporting :

    Will report to the Project Director, with close collaboration with the Technical Adviser and Project Manager at DAI Head Office.


    The project is based in Tangiers with travel within the TTAH region. Ability to be based in, or relocate to, Tangiers or commute there from Casablanca or Rabat will be an advantage.

    Accommodation in Tangiers will be provided.

    Closing date for applications : 7th September 2018. Please be aware that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.

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