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Consultants to capacitate the Local Authorities aiming to make them audit compliant for Ampara (Tamil Speaking) and Ampara & Trincomalee (Sinhala Speaking) – Lot No. 8 & 9 - 2 positions - For Sri Lankans only
|Location :||Eastern Province, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||LOT 8 - 120 days & Lot 9 - 130 days within one year|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Capacity Development for Local Government (CDLG) Project of UNDP Sri Lanka is part of larger efforts by the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen the local governance system in the country. These efforts are supported by the European Union, and the World Bank. The Government of Sri Lanka will implement the Local Development Support Project (LDSP) in four provinces – North, North Central, Eastern, and Uva – to strengthen local service delivery and local economic infrastructure and enhance bottom-up approaches to support public engagement in local decision-making processes, including through participatory planning and feedback mechanisms for service delivery. Specifically, LDSP will focus on developing Local Area Participatory Development Plans (LAPDP) at the LA level, based on aggregated plans from the ward level, and synergized with sector plans of ministries.
The overall objective of the CDLG project is to strengthen the capacities of LAs to be inclusive, responsive, and accountable and be able to plan, enhance resilience, and deliver better services. The capacity development support, coupled with the fiscal support (through Basic Transfers and Performance Transfers provided through LDSP project) for inclusive service delivery and economic investment, is aimed at strengthening the role of elected representatives at the local level. It is about improving local governance systems and making local governments “fit for future”, as well as increase downward accountability of elected officials and local governments.
In line with Sub-output 1.3. Central and Provincial institutions support local government authorities to deliver better, CDLG Project envisaged to assist LAs to become audit compliant and adopt new systems. The project also envisages to help implementation of audit recommendation of utilization of basic and performance transfer. This will facilitate improvement in inter-governmental relations, and institutional oversight mechanism on financial utilization and performance.
To strengthen audit compliance mechanism, service of consultants is sought to capacitate Local Authorities in Northern, North Central, Eastern, and Uva Province as follows.
The overall objective of this consultancy is.
Duties and Responsibilities
A. Providing advice and training in the field of Local Government Finance, Local Government Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Internal Auditing;
B. Examine the procedures/process related to Local Government Procurement and advice and train to rectify any deficiencies ;
C. Develop a tool for assessing the audit compliance and procurement management practices/procedures as described under A and B for continuous monitoring and self-assessment purposes;
D. Update knowledge Product in English and Tamil/Sinhala (UNDP will provide the knowledge product in English and Sinhala developed during the pilot phase).
The envisaged timeframe of the consultancy is 12 months from Oct 2021 to Oct 2022. Please refer Section A for Lots and expected days for consultancies.
The prospective consultant should, as a minimum, have the following functional and technical Competencies:
A. Technical competency
B. Behavioural Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
Part 1: Training and Support
1.1 - Inception Report comprising methodology, tools and timeframe, number of employees to be trained from each of the Local Authorities, publications by the government related to audit compliance related to LA-4th Oct 2021;
1.2 - Updated Manual in English and Tamil/Sinhala (after 4 months) -20th Jan 2022;
1.3 - Monthly Regress Report (10 Reports)- by 20th of each month from Dec 2021 to Sept 2022;
1.4 - Final Report-12th Sept 2022.
Considering the above facts, Consultants are requested to prepare the Financial Proposal in the prescribed format given by UNDP.
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______________________________________)
Amount in words: (Rs. ___________________________________________________________)
Please refer the below link to access the template for Financial Proposal
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e., upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdium and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
Payment for Services
Payments will be based on milestones certified by the Project Manager, CDLG Project.
Payment Milestones will be as follows:
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for short listing. Shortlisted Candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria noting that an interview will be conducted to the shortlisted candidates.
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Scores will be given as indicated above, under the section of Qualifications.
Contact information for queries:
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UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.