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Solomon Islands Customs Digital Payment Consultancy
|Location :||Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS|
|Application Deadline :||26-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days|
Solomon Islands’ customs & Excise division (SICED) is a division of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT), mandated with revenue collection, managing the security and integrity of the Solomon Islands borders from the illegal movement of goods and people and facilitating trade. SICED ensures compliance with border related laws and administers a range of schemes to assist local industries to contribute to economic growth of the country
The Solomon Islands economy relies heavily on daily import of staple goods and exports through its sea ports, therefore any unnecessary situations of delays in customs clearance results in a significant negative impact both on the nation’s supply of goods for its population as well as the timely and reliable collection of revenue to finance government programmes. To mitigate such predictable and unpredictable custom clearances, SICED deployed the use of the computerized ASYCUDA system, and went live on the 15th June 2015.
The ASYCUDA system; a computerized customs management system, a software developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development Organization (UNCTAD). It handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures. It generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis.
ASYCUDA was initially developed to assist with compilation of foreign trade statistics in their member countries. However, this required the involvement of computerized/electronic Customs clearance offices, and the modernization of Customs clearance procedures, to achieve quality results, thus the development of ASYCUDA.
Current Situation; In the Solomon Islands, the Customs & Excise division too, is using the ASYCUDA system to electronically manage trade and customs procedures such as manifest handling, customs declarations, accounting, transit procedures, suspense procedures and e-payments. Because of the ASYCUDA system, SICED has for the past two years surpassed its annual revenue collection targets. Presently, approximately six (6) Million SBD of revenue is collected daily, mostly by cheque and for value under SBD 5,000 for cash payments. However, an important element of e-payments remains a missing link and challenge.
The return to manual and slow customs process is felt and acerbated during weekends, holidays and out of working hours when commercial banks are closed. In such scenarios, a customs officer must be physically present to administer tax collection processes at the site of the cargo ship or airplane terminal. This has resulted to cash related risks, delayed clearance of goods, loss of valuable time, amongst others.
SICED has previously held meetings with some commercial banks but with little success. As a result, SICED, through the Deputy Controller Customs, made a formal request to the UNCDF-PFIP for Technical support for an experienced payment and DFS expert who will conduct a scoping mission aimed at identifying the missing link to allow e-payments between the ASYCUDA system to commercial banks, provide technical advice on how to close the missing link and provide a workplan to implement recommendations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The following will be the scope of this assignment;
Expected Outputs and Deliverable
Duration of the Work
The consultancy is planned for a total of 30 working days covering both in-country and home based.
The consultant will be based in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact: Krishnan Narasimhan, Deputy Programme Manager - PFIP, UNDP Pacific Office Fiji, Suva, on e-mail email@example.com / telephone (679) 3227520.
Completed proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm (Fiji Time) 26th April 2019.
Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
Please combine all your documents (Signed P11/CV, Technical Proposal, Confirmation of Interesta and submission of financial proposal form, etc into one (1) single PDF document as this system only allows to upload maximum one document, failure to combine all document in one will be considered as incomplete and proposal will not be accepted”. You can email email@example.com to request for these templates.
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.