Non Oil Revenue Consultant


Location : 3 Positions: Juba, Aweil and Yambio, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :20-Feb-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :90 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :14 Weeks

Background

The Republic of South Sudan attained independent on July 9, 2011 after 99% of the voters supported the cession from Sudan in the January 2011 Referendum. Whilst the attainment of independent by South Sudan opened an unprecedented window of opportunity to turn the devastation of over 21 years of civil war, which led to massive distruction of the physical infrastructure, displacement, and underdevelopment into a new era of peaceful  and prospers nation. However the December 15, 2013 conflict significantly stalled the development endevor in the new nation. And created a multifaceted crisis of political, humanitarian, social and economic dimensions. The overall security situation in South Sudan continues to deteriorate and remain fragile and uncertain.

The Agreement on the Resolution of Confilict in the Republic of South Sudan signed in August 2015 has created an opportunity for South Sudan to return to a development path, particularly in the conflict affected states. In this context it critical to help the country both at national and subnational levels to maintain core public financial management functions as stupilated in the agreement, putting inplace sound PFM will enanble the internation community support the support and resuccure the macroeconomic dire sitation. However, the July 8 crisis has critical interupted the implementation of the peace agreement, and further underscored the need to support the government to build trust and confidence of its people through the provision of basic services. The broader challenge is that the trust and confidence the people of South Sudan had in its government to deliver basic services has eroded. In fact, in some circles, there is a sense that there should be reconciliation of the state to its people, much as there should be reconciliation between peoples.

South Sudan is a near complete oil revenue dependent economy although it has unexploited reserves of natural and mineral resources. The recent volatility and sharp fall in global oil prices couple with the drastic reduction in oil production levels since the onset of the conflict in mid- December 2013 has significantly reduced oil revenue receipts, resulted into fiscal imbalances, fiscal sustainability and the overall macroeconomic instability in the country. The budgetary allocation to the subnational governments which stood at 20% of the national budget have also been severely impacted due to the extreme austerity measures adopted. The states have vast service delivery responsibilities at the subnational levels and there is a steep vertical imbalance between service delivery responsibilities and budgetary allocation to the states. Meanwhile, the domestic resource generation system of the state governments is still weak with the staff largely untrained.

The state governments particularly the relatively peaceful states, have an imperative to step up on their efforts on diversifying and generating and managing domestic none oil revenue resources in a systematic manner, enhancing the capacity of tax officers and developing sustainable and efficient revenue generation system as a medium term objective. This is also expected to mitigate the extant risks of conflict spill-over in the relatively peaceful states, and prevent to some extent, potential adverse development fallouts at the local level.

By 2017, through the ICF, the UNCT will assist the Government to take further steps in achieving good governance, economic growth, social and human development, conflict prevention and security, access to justice, and rule of law and human rights. The UNCT will support public service delivery equitably in all ten states, and take steps to expand a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to programming at county and community levels. Special focus will remain on the rights of women and children in South Sudan.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Technical Specialist, Human Development and Inclusive Growth Unit, the national consultant will undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Coordinate with the county authorities in the selected states on capacity building needs related to non-oil revenue generation and management;
  • Collect analysis information non-oil revenue generation at the county level which will help in establishing baselines, and planning;
  • Support Technical Specialist develop project work plan;
  • Support tax gap analysis, including tax gap by behavior (Smuggling, evasion, hidden economy, legal misinterpretation, etc.);
  • Support risks and compliance factors analysis, and suggest ways to strengthen compliance and enforcement;
  • Support administration preparation of training workshops in the selected states;
  • Document challenges and lessons learned.


Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP and the State Revenue Authority;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritisms;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
  • Encourages risk taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, mates and stake holders;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of working with risk management and compliance issue;
  • Documented social skills and networking capabilities is an advantage;
  • Knowledge and understanding of capacity development;
  • Doc Proven track record in research, analysis revenue administration
  • Strong presentation and IT skills;
  • Ability to identify, analyze trends, opportunities and threats to organizational effectiveness;
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Required Skills and Experience

 

Education:

  • Bachelor Degree/Technical Diploma in Taxation Management, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics or relevant field is required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years technical expertise on Non-Oil Revenue administration issues, with experience  in a post-conflict environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity development, coaching and mentoring, organizational development while working with government counterparts in particular Ministry of Finance/Taxation department will be an asset;
  • Excellent command of common Microsoft Office programs.

Language:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential.
  • Arabic Language is an asset

Other:

  • Current resident in South Sudan,

Time Lines:

  • Review of available documents, initial interaction with key stakeholders; conduct of capacity gap analysis and stock taking tax gap of all kinds; submissionofaninceptionreportincludingaprofileofthe institution and detailed work plan: 5 days
  • Conduct Classroom based training for selected tax officers on basic tax administration, financial accounting, Standard Operating Procedures and Revenue forecasting. Produce and submit a comprehensive report to the SRA: 65 days
  • Provide expertise or on-the-job training to staff on methodology and validation of analysis: 15 days
  • Produce Article (s): 2 working days
  • End of assignment report: 3 days
  • Applicants are requested to upload the following documents:
  • a copy of their latest updated P11 Form which can be downloaded from this website- http://www.sas.undp.org/Documents/P11 Form_Personal_history_form.doc.;
  • Technical Proposal. Abrief outline (max: 1 page) of a proposed method of work in completing the assignment;
  • CV with a brief description (max: 500words) on why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Applications without Technical Proposals wil not be considered.
  • Please group all our documents into one (1) sigle PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one documents;
  • Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted

Evaluation:

The Consultant will be evaluated based on the qualifications and the years of experience, as outlined in the qualifications/requirements section of the ToR.  In addition, the Consultant will also be evaluated on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis: When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;

Technical Criteria weight: 70%;

Financial Criteria weight: 30%.

The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the ToR.

Selection Criteria:

Technical Evaluation: 70% of total evaluation (maximum 100 points):

  • Criteria A: Education (maximum 10 points);
  • Criteria B: Experience (maximum 50 points);
  • Criteria C: Language (maximum 10 points).
  • Criteria D: Methodology (Maximum 30 points)

Final selection:

Only the candidate with the highest ranked will be selected.

Note:

Only the highest ranked candidates who have obtained a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial Evaluation: 30% of total evaluation (maximum 30 points).

Please submit an all-inclusive lump sum fee for the assignment. Financial proposals must be all inclusive and must be expressed in USD. The term "all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred in discharging this assignment should be factored into the financial proposal.

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where;

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal.

Milestone payment schedule:

  • The Consultant will be paid upon submission of report on each deliverables.

    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 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.


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