Public Financial Management Specialist - NPPP III (Temporary)


Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :27-Jul-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
17-Aug-2015
Expected Duration of Assignment :for 11 months only

Background

The Local Governance and Community Development Programme II (LGCDP II) is a national programme which is being implemented by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and supported by a range of development partners.  The programme document (PD) comprehensively describes LGCDP II’s rationale and approach along with its vision, goals and purpose.  The individual programme components, results framework and management arrangements are also fully described in the PD.


Duties and Responsibilities

WORK AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The PFMS will work under the guidance of concerned Outcome Coordinator andunder the supervision of concerned Output Manager.S/he will be ultimately accountable to the National Programme Director.

The PFMS will have a specific focus on financial and fiduciary risk issues related to LGCDP II and on informing, updatingand providing advice to Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) DPs on PFM and JFA related areas as well as supporting the capacity building of the MoFALD in PFM related areas.

The PFMS is expected to:

  • Facilitate preparation and follow up actions of key LGCDP PFM and fiduciary risk meetings (e.g. Trimester Fiduciary Risk Mitigation meeting, National Advisory Committee), identifying key issues, and facilitating discussion on preferred outcomes among DPs prior to these meetings and follow up on agreed action points;
  • Assist MoFALD in preparation and follow up actions for operational LGCDP II meetings (including but not limited to Output 3 and Output 4 group meetings, PFM sub-group and taskforces) ,co-ordinate closely with other aligned PFM initiatives in local government including the ADB led Strengthening Public Management Programme (SPMP) and the DFID financed Public Financial Management Reform and Accountability (PFMA) Programme operated by Crown Agents on PFM issues and on the status of issues being supported and tracked by SPMP and PFMA;
  • Coordinate with the FCGO/PEFA secretariat and participate in the PFM donor WG as necessaryand provide advice and status on issues related to PFM and fiduciary risks;
  • Fiduciary risks and other related reports made available by Government of Nepal in accordance with the JFA; and provide analysis of the audited project accounts to DPs within 15 days of its receipt/circulation.
  • Review compliance (JFA) on financial reporting and maintain the  status and providing advice of donor funding commitments, disbursements and reimbursement;
  • Supervise and facilitate translation of LGCDP II related Nepali articles or documents into English related to PFM/ Fiduciary risks.

In terms of programme monitoring, follow-up and quality assurance, the PFMSis expected to provide technical support in the following areas:

  • Analysis of local bodies expenditure to provide additional information to trimester Financial Management Reports ( FMRs) (e.g. related to annex 6 in the JFA document) in close coordination with Crown Agents, and ensure the findings are presented and discussed in relevant LGCDP meetings, e.g. output 3 and 4, sub- National Advisory Committee (sub-NAC)and  Fiduciary Risk Mitigation meetings.
  • Follow up with MoFALD on the implementation of the recommendations of various reviews and assessments of LGCDP II related to output 3 and output 4 and track status of own source revenue in local bodies, MCPM assessments, roll out of Municipality accrual accounting systems and activities related to Output 3 and 4;
  • Prepare, support and follow up actions from National Advisory Committee (NAC), sub-NAC, Fiduciary Risk related to output 3 and 4and DP/JFA meetings;
  • Review terms of reference for LGCDP II technical assistance associated with PFM related technical assistance (TA) related to outputs 3 and 4;
  • Monitor implementation of MoFALD’s Fiduciary Risk Reduction Action Plan (FRRAP)and provide advice and briefing to DPs on the status and implementation of PEFA-FRRAP at least one week before NAC and Sub-NAC meeting.
  • Follow up with MoFALD to ensure that required programme reports as per JFA are issued on time, e.g. financial reports and audit reports and review and provide feedback on these documents to MoFALD and DPs, in close coordination with SPMP;
  • Participate in joint field visits and report on progress and key issues.


In terms of capacity development, the PFMS is expected to:

  • Provide support to MoFALD in drawing up high quality programme plans (e.g. Annual Strategic Implementation Plan (ASIP), Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (AMEP) and the Annual Technical Assistance Plan (ATAP), particularly for output 3 and 4
  • Coordinate with Public Financial Management and Accountability Programme to supportMoFALD in drafting high quality trimester and annual progress and financial reports, especially related to annex 6 in the JFA document ;
  • Provide up to date information and documentary evidence to PFMA Programme consultant on the status of donor partner funding received, and to be received, for incorporation into trimester Financial Management Reports (FMR)
  • Provide support to MoFALD to improve reporting that meets JFA needs (e.g. fiduciary risk reporting, periodical status reports, and FRRAP status report);
  • Assist the Good Governance Unit in MoFALD in grievance and fiduciary risk reporting;
     


Competencies

  • Promotes sharing of knowledge and experience, and actively works towards continued personal learning and development;
  • Good practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
  • Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches which expand the range of projects;
  • Builds  strong relationships  with all partner, focuses on impact and results and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains  calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Proven networking, team building, organizational and communication skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
     


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree in finance, accounting or other related fields;
  • 7 years of relevant professional experience with public financial management and working in complex, Government-led, programmes in developing countries;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and a track record of producing high quality reports and other materials;
  • Professional competencies in Microsoft Window, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
     


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.


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