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Consultant - Vetted Experts Roster for Area of Public Finance
|Location :||Home-based with availability to travel within Europe and Central Asia|
|Application Deadline :||25-Aug-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Various short-term consultancy assignments|
|The Bratislava Regional Centre (BRC) of UNDP supports the development assistance activities of UNDP Country Offices (COs) in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS). Its core responsibilities are to provide high quality policy and advisory services; to offer state-of-the art knowledge to improve UNDP programming; to effectively manage regional governance programs/projects; and to provide useful comparative information and referral of technical experts.
In September 2009, the Bratislava Regional Centre and the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic launched the regional programme: Public Finance for Development: Strengthening Public Finance Capacities in the Western Balkans and the Commonwealth of Independent States (http://publicfinance.undp.sk)
The objective of the Programme is to strengthen capacities for sound and effective public financial management in selected countries of the region by means of sharing knowledge, experience and lessons learned from the public finance reforms implemented in Slovakia and other developed countries. It aims to: (1) Develop analytical capacity and build skills in the area of public finance reform for poverty reduction, jobs creation and social inclusion; (2) Increase awareness and understanding of public finance concepts for poverty reduction, human development and social inclusion; and (3) Share knowledge, disseminate information, and improve outreach.
UNDP BRC invites applications from qualified experts to establish a roster of consultants to work on various consultancy assignments in the region, in the framework of the above-mentioned Programme but not limited thereto. Within the framework of the Programme, assistance will be provided in different areas - from policy advice and legal drafting to programme management and capacity development. The established roster will differentiate the consultants/experts in Public Finance related topics including: public sector budgeting, medium-term expenditure framework, debt management, treasury operations, public sector accounting, internal and external audit, financial control, financial management of EU funds, harmonization with EU standards (acquis), fiscal decentralization, macro-fiscal planning, tax policy and administration, etc. Consultants will perform their duties from home through e-mail, telephone and/or fax combined with the in-country missions and/or project site visits (per request of the UNDP BRC or UNDP Country Office). Consultants are expected to attend relevant meetings and workshops at the country level, including stakeholder consultations, inception and validation meetings.
Interested consultants are advised to carefully study all the sections of this ToR and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Only applicants who pass all screening procedures will be included into the roster.
Consultants who are already part of the RBEC Vetted Roster in the 3 year validity period do not have to re-apply during this call unless they would like to take part in the competitive process for a specific reason e.g. updating their daily fee.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Consultants selected for the roster will be working with BRC/COs on various consultancy assignments within the framework of the Public Finance for Development Programme and/or other public finance related assignments upon request of BRC/COs. Final agreement on operational reporting lines will be made during the contract negotiations. The consultants will be expected to undertake tasks within the individual country specific projects implemented with support of the Public Finance for Development Programme with the objective to contribute to increased capacity for sound and effective public finance management. The tasks may include but are not limited to the following, and will be finally specified in the terms of reference for consultancy assignments and agreed upon in the contract negotiations:
Required Skills and Experience
All applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies set above. Candidates fully meeting the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below. The inclusion into the Vetted Roster of Experts will be offered to those individual consultants whose offers have been evaluated and determined as (a) responsive / compliant / acceptable, and (b) having received high scores specific to the solicitation.
Technical Criteria – 70 % of total evaluation– max. 80 points:
Only those individual consultants who obtained at least 70% of points in each of the steps of the process will be considered for financial proposal evaluation.CV review: 50 points
Only highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job based on the CV desk review (who will score at least 70%) will be invited for an interview
Responses to questions related to: 1) previous experience in public financial management (10 points); 2) consulting experience (5 points); 3) knowledge of public financial management concepts and practices (10 points).
Proven drafting and formulation skills (based on the record of existing publications) – max. 5 points (interviewed candidates will be requested to submit examples of their work – analytical reports).
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation – max. 34 points.
UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal.
Successful candidates will be included into UNDP RBEC Vetted Experts Roster for Public Finance area for the period of 3 years. Entry into the expert roster system does not necessarily mean that contract with UNDP is guaranteed. This will depend on forthcoming needs. During this period, BRC as a roster coordinator can regularly follow up with consultants as well as UNDP offices in ECIS on their assignments. Financial proposal (daily fee in USD) provided by the consultant is the maximum daily fee payable and is bound to the period of 3 years (unless the consultant applies to the roster during its re-opening).
Where a request for services arises, the UNDP office shall directly contact the consultant with the most appropriate experience from the roster without the need for further selection process, although additional selection procedures might be applied (i.e. verification interview or a request for a lump sum price quotation). The regional/international consultant will notify the UNDP unit/office of his/her availability within 3 working days. A specific Terms of Reference outlining the outputs for each assignment shall be provided and an Individual Contract (IC) will be issued to the consultant, detailing the timeframe directly by the contracting unit/office. Conditions of a particular assignment may be negotiable.
Payments will be made as specified in the actual contract upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website.
The application should contain:
Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org.
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://europeandcis.undp.org/home/jobs
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
The website of the Public Finance for Development programme is: http://publicfinance.undp.sk
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.