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Fiscal economist (Kampala, Uganda)

Supporting Public Spending in Uganda

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is recruiting one to two positions to join our team in Uganda advising on public spending reforms, based in Kampala. The roles would suit mid-career experts in public financial management, local government or economic policy with experience of working in government.


ODI runs a small number of long-term technical assistance programmes providing high-quality, demand-driven support to governments on issues related to public spending. Our support to the Government of Uganda dates back to 2011 and is currently supporting reforms to improve the adequacy, equity and efficiency of funding for local government services, while also supporting a broader initiative to increase budget transparency.

ODI’s support to the Government of Uganda is divided into four related workstreams:

  1. Grant management: Supporting the Government to strengthen the management of inter-governmental fiscal transfers, including allocation formulae, grant guidelines, ICT systems, reporting and budget execution.
  2. Performance assessment: Establishing a system of performance-based grants and performance improvement plans to local governments and service delivery units.
  3. Accountability and transparency: Increasing the availability of budget information and helping key intermediaries to access and use this information under the Government’s Budget Transparency Initiative (BTI).
  4. Research and learning: Providing evidence to shape Government policy on fiscal decentralisation reforms and improving the effectiveness of ODI support to the Government. This is supported by a team of researchers based at ODI’s headquarters in London.

Overview of the position

The position is a full-time role of a minimum of 180 consultancy days a year, supporting the team to deliver the Government of Uganda reform objectives.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the team and undertake the following tasks:

  1. Support development and design of the fiscal transfer formulae to improve the equity and adequacy of transfers to local governments in line with National Development Plan;
  2. Support the government in implementation of the intergovernmental fiscal transfers including the design of grant guidelines, reporting on implementation of transfers, verification of targets, awareness raising and reporting and facilitation of oversight meetings
  3. Support the government in managing requirements under donor funded programs, notably the EU support to Fiscal Decentralisation and Service Delivery Program
  4. Conduct data analysis, including on wage bills, equity of allocations, budget adherence to guidelines, local government performance data, costing of meeting minimum standards, etc.
  5. Participate in the design and implementation of performance assessment systems for local governments and service delivery units.
  6. Work with the Ugandan government to refine and iterate information management systems, support usage of systems in implementation of transfers, train staff on use of system and analysis of reports generated,
  7. Support research activities including participation in annual reviews of the intergovernmental fiscal transfer system as well as other research and lesson learning activities.

There may also be opportunities to be involved in ODI’s broader research and advisory work in the field of public finance.


The consultant will report to the Country Programme Manager, Emmanuel Ssewankambo.

Education and Experience


  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline (economics, public administration, etc.) or commensurate experience.
  • Previous experience supporting public sector reforms in a developing country context.
  • Advanced understanding of public sector budgeting and financial management
  • Knowledge of information management systems for financial and sector monitoring.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Very good Excel skills – capable of managing large datasets, perform analysis, as well as teaching others.
  • Proven ability to learn on the job and deliver in a fast-paced and political environment.
  • Ability to work with counterparts of different backgrounds and in different agencies


  • Experience in a similar role.
  • Previous experience working in Government.
  • Previous experience working in Uganda and/or on local government financing.
  • Knowledge of programming and/or ICT systems development.

Closing date: 4 December 2020

Interview date: Week commencing 7 December 2020

Role start date: January 2021

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the requirements of the role, to [email protected].

The deadline for applications is 11:59 GMT on Friday 4 December 2020.

For questions about the role and the ToRs, please email [email protected].