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International Consultant: Program Budgeting Specialist
|Location :||Baghdad, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||31-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||40 WDs Over 3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 WDs Over 3 months|
UNDP Iraq Mission Statement
UNDP is part of the UN Country Team in Iraq, which is comprised of 16 resident and 4 non-resident agencies. The UN Country Team is part of the integrated mission with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which was established in 2003. UNDP works alongside the UN Country Team to strengthen its coordinated effectiveness with the overall aim of achieving the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda. UNDP enables the work of the Country Team by undertaking a number of joint programmes to improve networking and information exchange capacities and reach a broader range of stakeholders and areas of Iraq.
Like many other developing countries, Iraq’s federal budget is prepared and executed based on traditional/Line item budget system which is intended to ensure legislative control over the expenditure of public money. The shortcoming of this approach that it does not necessarily indicate the relationship between the expenditure and results, and this prohibits the formulation and execution of economically meaningful budgetary policy. Besides, it prevents proper political choice among objectives and rational allocation of resources and limits the public understanding of government activity. This budgeting approach is a short-term process that makes rational planning more difficult. It stresses inputs rather than outputs and controls only the inputs, which in turn, results in inhibiting the ability of the managers to manage resources flexibly to achieve program objectives. Since 2010, there has been several attempts made by the Iraqi government to modernize its fiscal management plan and execution through undertaking financial management reforms including the budgeting process/cycle. Very recently, a high-ranking intergovernmental committee has been established to oversee budgeting process from line item-based budgeting to programme-based budgeting which means transforming the government sector budgeting systems from control of inputs to a focus on outputs and outcomes, in the interest of improving operational efficiency and promoting result-oriented accountability.
It’s widely acknowledged by the government and think tank community that line item/traditional budgeting system and the associated public administration system (bureaucratic management), traditional performance measurement system, traditional auditing systems, cash-based government accounting system are no longer able to provide the required information for an efficient and effective performance budgeting system. Therefore, the decision has been made to shift and adopt the Performance budget starting from 2020 and scale up gradually for a fully-fledged programme based budget. It’s expected to introduce program budgeting as part of a comprehensive reform effort, which includes medium-term expenditure framework along with top-down budgeting and aims to improve the overall efficiency of public expenditure management.
In order to ensure proper analysis of the current budget structure and develop a road map for the budget re-structuring, the Iraqi government has approached UNDP to provide technical support and expertise to make the transition phase as smooth and flawless as possible benefiting from the globally noted lessons learned. In response, UNDP initiated support plan to support the government to assess, develop a road map, and implement the budget restructuring initiative. This support is provided by UNDP through its Funding Facility for Economic Reform Project that was initiated in early 2017 to support the Iraqi federal government in its efforts to undertake economic reforms. FFER-Federal is positioned to be the financing instrument that will be used to channel high-caliber international or national expertise and support into top priority reform initiatives.
The main objectives of the work of the Program Budgeting Specialist is to undertake scoping mission to assess the current Budget structure, preparation process, and legal framework and eventually develop a road map for the institutional and technical requirement to shift from traditional budget system to programe/performance budget system. The specialist will work with as an embedded international expert at the PMO, and report the Project Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
Under the overall guidance of FFER project manager, the International Consultant is expected to facilitate and accomplish the following tasks:
Impact of Results:
The overall efficiency of public expenditure management is improved through the adoption of program budgeting as part of a comprehensive reform effort, which includes medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) along with top-down budgeting and integration of medium-term policy priorities and the annual budget for improved resource allocation, recognition of cost implications, and linkage between spending and performance and accountability can be improved.
Payment will be made in three installments as follows:
The experts’ report and deliverables will be certified by the project manager. The experts will be paid based on the actual work performed per day at the end of each month upon the certification of deliverables and submission of certification of payment.
Expected Outputs, Deliverables and Timelines:
Under the direct supervision of FFER Project Manager, the consultant will undertake the following deliverables:
The Consultant shall work closely with UNDP project partners and report directly to the FFER Project Manager Manager/ UNDP Iraq.
Duration of the Work:
40 Working Days for three months.
Planning and Organizing:
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum requirement is a B.A. in economics, finance, accounting or related field. A relevant master’s degree is preferred.
Special skills requirements
Languages: Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic is a distinct asset.
Skills and Experience:
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
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 a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria: weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points
Technical Proposal (30 marks)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial Criteria 30% Lowest Offer / Offer*100
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested international individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Financial proposal, as per template provided in UNDP jobsite (Annex II) https://www.iq.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/operations/jobs.html
Incomplete proposals may not be considered
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.