International Specialist for Capacity Development of Supreme Audit Institutions


Location : Praia, CAPE VERDE
Application Deadline :06-Mar-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Apr-2015
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year renewable
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 years

Background

UNDP’s democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles.

The project was formulated under the economic governance sub-area of the 2008-2013 10th EDF for the PALOP & TL, which allocates EUR 33.1 million to supporting governance initiative projects in PALOP & TL countries. This project is formulated on the basis a EU-UNDP partnership allocating 6.4 million Euros in support of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI), Parliaments, Parliamentarians &Civil Society Organizations  in the PALOP and Timor-Leste in the domain of external control of public expenditure and accounts. This project aims at promoting economic governance in the PALOP and TL strengthening technical and functional skills of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), National Parliaments and Civil Society in the six beneficiary countries. The project is fully funded by the European Union through the 10th EDF A envelope in support, among others, of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI), Parliaments, Parliamentarians and Civil Society Organizations in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau[1], Mozambique, São Tomé and Principe (PALOP Countries) and Timor-Leste.

The project is consistent with PALOP partner countries’ national strategies for poverty reduction and national development plans, with UNDP Country Programmes and Development Frameworks, and the 2008-2013 10th EDF for the PALOP & TL. These policies and strategies are adapted to the specificities and priorities of each country, but converge to promote good governance as an important support for development and economic growth. This is achieved, in particular, through the strengthening of capacities in (i) legislative and oversight functions of the State, (ii) the management system of public finances, including internal and external control, (iii) support services to Parliament and (iv) State’s accountability.

The multi-country intervention logic of this project aims to intensify the PALOP and Timor-Leste dialogue, drawing on the holistic approach to democratic governance. A special emphasis placed on joint, transversal, south-south and peer-to-peer capacity-building within the selected areas of economic governance, namely external control, audit and oversight capacities of the public finances.

The project will use training actions as a tool to enhance skills and credentials of stakeholders for controlling public finances while establishing eLearning platforms in Portuguese ensuring means of durable access to existing database and information in Portuguese. The project will also contribute to establishing a first time multi-country CSO PALOP-TL platform showcasing lessons and progress made by civil society organizations’ within the PALOP/CPLP Open Budget Initiative.  Other activities aiming to promote sustainability will complement and support the OSAI CPLP multi-country plan and promote cooperation with the Training Institute for Financial and Economic Management in Portuguese Language (IGEF), involving this institution in training and capacity building activities at transnational level (joint learning involving actors from all beneficiary countries).

Improved access to information (in terms of availability of information, quality of the information available) is a pre-condition for effective public oversight and therefore to achieve the project’s key outputs. In the long run, the project impact will depend on the success of its exit strategy and sustainability of its actions and activities. It is critical that the project beneficiaries develop synergies and dynamics that will still be there after the end of the project. This will be best done through capacity development of human resources within national institutions. Such capacity development needs to target professional skills and enhancement/development of in-house training capacities in the field of external control of public accounts and finances, in particular CAs in the PALOP and Timor-Leste.

The overall objective is to promote economic governance in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (TL) strengthening technical and functional skills of SAIs, Parliaments, Parliamentarians and Civil Society (including media).

The specific objective is to improve the effectiveness of external political, judicial and civilian control of public finances in the PALOP and TL for a more efficient use of public resources. SAIs play an important role to prevent mismanagement and corruption. Therefore, whenever possible, the project will also help strengthen the links between SAIs and other oversight agencies, in particular anti-corruption and procurement agencies.

This project will directly address good governance and democracy strengthening the accountability system with external and independent control of public finances standing as the specific objective. As part of the action, responding to the right of citizens to information, and cross cuttingly supporting the promotion of gender equity in public spending will yield transformational results to be sustained beyond the project life cycle (among others, training and sensitization activities on gender equality addressed to Parliaments and CSOs). UNDP will associate UN Women units at country office level in designing the AWPs and training activities. ICT platforms and solutions will play a central role in this strategy and will be transversal to the action (among others, use of videoconference and IT tools). Environmental issues will be taken into consideration in specific activities when appropriate and consistent with partner countries’ national strategies and priorities, such as the strengthening of oversight capacities in the natural resource extraction domain in Mozambique.

The project foresees two results directly contributing to the specific objective:

  • SAIs’ control and audit capacities over public finances in the PALOP and TL are strengthened in a context of joint learning;
  • Parliaments and Civil Society oversight capacities over public finances are developed for an informed analysis of public finances in the PALOP and TL in a context of joint learning.

The strategy defined by the project takes into account the different contexts of the six beneficiary countries and the multi-country PALOP and TL cooperation intervention logic. The strategy will seek to improve political, judicial and civilian control and oversight of government action and public accounts through actions benefiting SAIs, Parliaments and CSOs.

The action plan includes multi-country activities fostering the south-south PALOP-TL cooperation (face-to-face and eLearning training, workshops, study trips and peer learning initiatives) and national activities aimed at addressing specificities of each beneficiary country (training, organizational changes, drafting of manuals, capacity development, etc.).

The implementation of the foreseen activities during the three-year project’s duration period will be articulated on the basis of annual work plans. Project start-up will have an initial phase of a maximum of four months from the signature of the Contribution Agreement with UNDP. In this inception phase annual work plans will be developed in a participatory manner and approved for each country, identifying accurately the pivotal countries and triggers of a change dynamics supporting the project’s sustainability strategy.

The  Senior International Specialist for Capacity Development of Supreme Audit Institutions will work under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP/TL SAI Programme Manager. He/she will be required to travel to all beneficiary countries in order to support and advise the project stakeholders, beneficiaries and UNDP Country Offices in particular, with regards to the activities targeting Supreme Audit Institutions and the external control of public accounts and expenditures.

He/she will work under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP-TL Project Manager in Cape Verde. The  Senior International Specialist for Capacity Development of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs)will support the UNDP Country Offices (CO) in Cape Verde, the other PALOP and Timor-Leste to implement the project’s SAI activities in all beneficiary countries and ensure that project objectives towards SAI strengthening and capacity development are reached.

The  Senior International Specialist for Capacity Development of Supreme Audit Institutions will provide advice on the overall project strategy to enhance SAI capacities and promote more efficient external control of public finances and expenditures in the beneficiary countries. He/she will provide deliverables allowing to revise the country AWPs for strengthening SAI and external control of public expenditures, to report on project results in each beneficiary countries and globally, to follow up of the design and delivery of trainings/capacity development/peer learning initiatives, and to keep updated the control of the project quality criteria, results and indicators. He/she will mainstream Gender in his/her work; in line with UNDP corporate approach supporting the promotion of gender equity in public spending will yield transformational results.

He/she will support the PM to strengthen the linkages between the three groups of beneficiaries (Courts of Auditors, national parliaments and CSOs) and, on the basis of the country support, further strengthened the indicators and quality criteria by moving from activity based indicators (n. of trainings, n. of participants, etc) to concrete achievements based indicators (what happened to the people trained? Were they able to put in practice what they have learnt? How?).

[1] In line with the provisions set in the Project Document and Contribution Agreement signed between the European Union and UNDP in Cape Verde.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Provide high level and quality expertise and advice;
  • Update, revise and implement the project’s Annual Work Plans targeting SAI (Component 1);
  • Institutionalise and maintain donor intelligence, strategic partnership and resource mobilization;
  • Undertakes advocacy and information, education and communication (IEC);

Under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP-TL ISC Poject Manager,  provide high level and quality expertise and advice to the project senior beneficiary (Supreme Audit Institutions, Parliaments and Civil Society) and UNDP Country Offices in the PALOP (Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe) and Timor-Leste policies, standards, regulations, methodologies, and working tools for SAI and external control of public accounts.

  • Provision of technical support and advice to SAI, Parliaments and CSO in the beneficiary countries as the Senior SAI Advisor;
  • Provision of analysis on legal framework, institutional and country contexts regarding SAI, Parliaments and CSO in the specific domain of external control of public accounts and budgetary processes;
  • Identification of strategic and innovative areas of cooperation with interested development partners;
  • Key contributions to knowledge management and communities of practice in the wider governance sector;
  • Skills transfer and capacity development for the project beneficiary at national and provincial levels through trainings, briefing and study sessions, etc;
  • Follow up and evaluate SAI trainings in the beneficiary countries by developing tools and mechanisms with impact in organizational learning and Knowledge Sharing;
  • Update the quality criteria and indicators for all project actions targeting SAI and external control of public expenditures and accounts;
  • Develop an Advocacy Plan with Advancing Policy Oriented Agenda putting forward analysis and creation of messages and strategies for the project;
  • Develop a Partnerships Strategy aiming at Identifying and building partnerships;
  • Produce In-depth knowledge of the Subject-matter products, namely;
  • Strategic Note in line with UNDP Practice on the project results and achievements by the end of the assignment;
  • Guidance Notes in line with UNDP Practice covering 3 specific areas within external control of public expenditures and accounts and the work of SAI in the PALOP and Timor-Leste;
  • Issue Briefs in line with UNDP Practice covering the quarterly activities progress reports in all beneficiary countries.

Under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP-TL ISC Project Manager, update, revise and implement the project’s Annual Work Plans targeting SAI (Component 1).

  • Strategic oversight of planning, implementing and monitoring of the project’s component 1 including producing and revising quarterly work plans, outputs, and related budgets;
  • Effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the actions under project’s component 1.  Constant monitoring and analysis of the emerging country contexts, timely adjustment of the project;
  • Team work with the staff in the beneficiary institutions, UNDP colleagues, and key stakeholders;
  • Provision of strategic advice in the formulation, implementation, and revision of the project work plans and related budgets;
  • Expert advice in the formulation of the UNDAF and the UNDP country Programme in UNDP Cape Verde Country Office;
  • Report to UNDP Pro PALOP-TL Project Manager on a quarterly basis, on progress and results achieved by project activities, as well as on difficulties encountered;
  • Propose specific actions, actions results, targets and indicators regarding SAI strengthening and control of public accounts and expenditure (project’s result 1) to update/revise all project AWPs in all beneficiary countries;
  • Support the drafting and proofread beneficiary country quarterly narrative DEX/DIM reports with regards to the project’s first result aiming to strengthen SAI and external control of Public accounts and expenditures;
  • Support the drafting and proofread semi-annual narrative progress reports with regards to the project’s first result aiming to strengthen SAI and external control of Public accounts and expenditures;
  • Support the drafting and proofread annual narrative progress reports with regards to the project’s first result aiming to strengthen SAI and external control of Public accounts and expenditures;
  • Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues such as gender, HIV/AIDS, and human rights into the project’s actions.

Under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP-TL ISC Project Manager, institutionalize and maintain donor intelligence, strategic partnership and resource mobilization of which the objectives will focus on the following:

  • Development and implementation of partnerships for achieving effective resource mobilization to achieve Programme outcomes;
  • Establishment and coordination of partnerships with UN agencies, international financial institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, government institutions, organized private sector, CSOs and other stakeholders;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation and identification of opportunities for cost-sharing;
  • Promotion of south-south exchanges within the framework of the project domain and stakeholders.

Under the direct supervision of the Pro PALOP-TL ISC Project Manager, undertakes advocacy and information, education and communication (IEC), focusing on:

  • Facilitation of the process of creating and raising the level of awareness on pertinent issues related to parliamentary support;
  • Determining appropriate media of reaching out to the public and design strategies for reaching the targets;
  • Promotion of South-South collaboration in support for exchange of information and experience with other countries;
  • Advice to UNDP on significant policy measures undertaken by the Governments and SAI of PALOP and Timor-Leste in the field and its likely impact;
  • Undertake any other tasks as requested by the UNDP Country Office in Cape Verde.

Impact of Results:

The key results have impacts on the overall success of the project and in the external control of public finances in the beneficiary countries.  In particular, the key results have impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships, south-south cooperation and exchanges, as well as reaching resource mobilisation targets.  In specific terms, it has impacts on the following results areas:

  • SAI and Parliaments capacities developed in all beneficiary countries, at central and provincial levels, through the provision of expert advice, training, and knowledge management in the area of fiscal oversight;
  • South-south exchanges, peer learning and knowledge development promoted among SAI, Parliaments and Civil Society in the PALOP and Timor-Leste;
  • Strategic partnership formed with key national and international stakeholders;
  • UNDP CO improved positioning on SAI and Parliament support in the sector and in relations to international partners.


Competencies

The Senior International Specialist for Capacity Development of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) is expected to have core competencies allowing him/her to support the Project Manager :

  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity/Creating Organizational Precedents;
  • Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence, Creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Fair and transparent decision making;
  • calculated risk-taking.

Additionally, he/she is expected to have functional competencies allowing him/her to support the PM:

Contributing to positive outcomes for the client in a client based approach that:

  • Anticipates client needs;
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective;
  • Keeps the client informed of problems or delays in the provision of services;
  • Uses discretion and flexibility in interpreting rules in order to meet client needs and achieve organizational goals more effectively;
  • Solicits feedback on service provision and quality;
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Masters in law, public administration, political science, social studies, economics.

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and applied understanding of advisory services to national, district and local governments on developing capacities to improve auditing processes;
  • Experience in project management providing  conceptualization, implementation, and results-based monitoring, preferably on good governance projects;
  • Experience in development cooperation, preferably in the context of ACP Portuguese Speaking Countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe and Timor-Leste);

Language:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Professional proficiency in Portuguese is required.


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