SHORT TERM CONSULTANT FOR CONDUCTING A STUDY ON THE USE OF COUNTRY SYSTEMS (E.G. PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES AND NATIONAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEM)
||Vientiane, LAO PDR
|Application Deadline :||31-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 days during one month period (20 Aug to 21 Sep 2012)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 days during one month period (20 Aug to 21 Sep 2012)|
In November 2006, Government and development partners signed the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and embarked on the formulation of the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Pan (VDCAP). The VDCAP aims to articulate concrete actions to deepen the aid effectiveness agenda in the Lao PDR. In doing so, it provides specific recommendations on ODA delivery modalities and partnership principles.
Through continued support to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, UNDP strives to realize the VDCAP targets. Notably, however, a recent publication on the Paris Declaration Survey in the Lao PDR reported slow progress (i.e. from 35% in 2005 to 41% in 2010) in the use of country systems, such as public financial management procedures [national budget execution, national financial reporting, and national audit] and procurement.
Despite clear actions on alignment and harmonization articulated in the VDCAP, as well as the visible progress made by the Government of Lao PDR to improve fiscal transparency and strengthen public financial management (PFM), very few development partners including UNDP have undertaken decisive efforts to channel their support through existing country systems (national budget execution procedures).
While several activities to improve local PFM systems are currently underway, there is no comprehensive baseline established on the overall status of country systems in Lao PDR. More specifically, there is little evidence clearly articulating the dynamics discouraging development partners from embracing country systems.
In this respect, UNDP is seeking to hire a short term consultant to conduct an assessment on the status of the use of country systems in the Lao PDR. This analysis is expected to provide renewed insight onto the underlying causes of the slow progress in the use of country systems, specifically the public financial management and procurement procedures, while identifying a comprehensive set of tangible interventions in support of this agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the assignment is to conduct an assessment of the use of country systems in the Lao PDR. The study should provide an overall situation analysis identifying challenges and opportunities to promote the use of country systems. In addition, the study will advance key policy recommendations on the way forward.
The consultant is expected to perform the below responsibilities.
In carrying out this assignment, the consultant will work under the supervision of the Department of International Co-operation, Ministry of Planning and Investment, and UNDP. The consultant will also be required to develop an extensive consultative stakeholder network involving key development partners already involved in supporting the aforementioned PFM initiatives, and these include the World Bank, ADB, EC, Australia, etc. Further, the consultant will be expected to undertake the following activities:
Detailed Terms of Reference (TOR), qualification requirements, evaluation and award criteria, General Terms and Conditions for this consultancy can be downloaded from UNDP CO web-site at: http://www.undplao.org/vacancies/index.php
- Conduct a baseline study on current status of the existence and use of national systems by development partners;
- Identify operational barriers, and institutional constraints discouraging development partners from adopting the recommendations of the VDCAP in terms of increasing the use of country system;
- Identify opportunities, and tangible actions for the short-, medium-, and longer term to (i) improve country systems, and (ii) increase the use of country systems;
- Provide recommendations on the way forward to achieve the VDCAP targets on the use of country systems.
- Demonstrates strong technical and practical leadership and knowledge in issues related to aid management, coordination and effectiveness;
- Familiarity with UN system and role of key stakeholders in the area of aid management, coordination and effectiveness;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Excellent computer skills, and applications for report and project planning;
- Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to deliver projects within assigned deadlines;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and objectivity; and
- Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience
- Post Graduate Degree in Economics, Public Administration, Political Sciences, International Development or related fields.
Years of experience:
- A minimum of 10 years of progressive work experience in the field of development and aid effectiveness; Extensive knowledge and experience with Paris Declaration and other aid effectiveness agenda;Substantive knowledge of government and donor structures, financial and reporting systems, and bureaucracy
Requirements for submission of proposals:
All interested and qualified candidates should apply on-line using the following links:
- UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at http://www.undplao.org/vacancies/index.php or
- UNDP Jobs at http://jobs.undp.org/
In order to make submission please read the attached relevant documents:
- TOR (Annex I)
- Individual Contract and General Terms (Annex II) ;
- Reimbursable Loan Agreement and General Terms for a consultant assigned by a firm/company (Annex III)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Technical Proposal explaining why they are the most suitable for the work and a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work and work schedule
- CV including past experience in similar project and at contact reference of past 4 clients for whom you have rendered preferably the similar service.
Important note for submission online: All required documents must be submitted in one electronic file in PDF or Word format. Incomplete proposals or proposals received after the deadline 31 July 2012 will be rejected.
Note: Financial proposals will be requested only from the shortlisted candidates who will obtain minimum score after the technical evaluation.
Evaluation of Proposals:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant who’s CV has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; 0.7
* Financial Criteria weight; 0.3
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (μ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
μ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.