Individual Consultancy: Economist to Provide Technical Assistance to the Parliament of Mozambique on financial oversight

Individual Consultancy: Economist to Provide Technical Assistance to the Parliament of Mozambique on financial oversight
Individual Consultancy: Economist to Provide Technical Assistance to the Parliament of Mozambique on financial oversight

15 dezembro, 2020

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Methodology and Technical Approach:

The consultant will be based at the Parliament 80% of his/her working time working in accordance to the stipulations of the Technical Cabinet (as it relates to hours and schedule) and 20% in UNICEF to have on-job coaching on Public Finance Management for Children. The consultant will work in close collaboration (albeit independently) with the Parliament’s Secretariat as well as with the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Parliament (CPO) and with Social Action, Gender and Child Committee, particularly with its President, Vice-President, and Rapporteur and vice rapporteur and committee secretariat. Consultant ensures transfer of knowledge to possible new staff.

The consultant reports monthly to UNICEF in terms of main activities undertaken, products produced, challenges and achievements.

The consultant needs to develop and maintain key relationships with the Parliament’s Secretariat, Planning and Budget Committee, the Social Action, Gender and Child Committee; the Secretary General Cabinet; the Centre for Parliamentary Study and Training; the Ministry of Economy and Finance; the Tribunal Administrativo; the Banco de Moçambique (Central Bank); the Library and Research department; and local experts and economic analysts.

Activities and Tasks:

Development of Economic, Budget and PFM analysis (50%)

  • Act as the Financial and Economic Analyst leading the development of all UEEFO products and responses to requests of CPO.
  • Develop, within the first month of consultancy, a workplan, timeline and deliverables of the production consulting CPO secretariat and leadership as well as UNICEF including dissemination plan and methodology of analyses and technical information to MPs as well as the public in general.
  • Lead the elaboration of economic and budget analyses inclusive but not limited to, technical analyses of: State Budget Proposals and eventual revisions, Plano Económico e Social (PES) Proposals, Conta Geral do Estado, Budget Execution Reports, Audit Reports and recommendations and present them in and appropriate user-friendly formats.  Include analyses on In-depth budget analyses on selected social sectors such as health, education, water and sanitation and social action/protection
  • Support the provision of independent assessments of financial implications of draft legislation and policies.
  • Regular updates on key PFM reforms to CPO and staff.
  • Ensuring timely completion of all analyses so they are delivered to deadline, meet the requirements of the end-user and are of high-quality and adhere to internal standards. Ensure that the analyses is transparent and published in UEEFO webpage.
  • Support staff to ensure that TC maintains or has access to datasets to ensure it is able to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information and analysis
  • Devising appropriate methodology for responding to requests from the TC’s end-users
  • Liaise with and ensure appropriate information is provided to the Committees in a timely manner.
  • Take overall  for the accuracy and editorial quality of the all the TC’s economic products and analyses.
  • Interact and network with relevant stakeholders such as MEF, Administrative Court, Bank of Mozambique, Tax Administration and academia.

Committees Oversight support, esp. Public institution’s and Provincial Oversight visits (20%)

  • Develop together with secretariat preparative and follow-up sessions to support oversight visits together with Parliamentary Training and Study Center.
  • Support the development of oversight material.
  • Support the development of opinions.

Training of MPs and Staff (20%)

  • Identify and arrange together with the Secretariat appropriate training and development opportunities for UEEFO staff and Second and Third Committees to ensure necessary skillsets and knowledge are available and maintained. The trainings can be coordinated with Parliamentary Study and Training Center.

Mentoring and leadership (10%)

  • Provide leadership in an open, interactive and consultative style, which values the views and skills of all the TC’s staff
  • Coordination of the TC’s team and possible trainees by ensuring appropriate capacity development plan and ensuring effective delivery of economic products.
  • Provision of day-to-day on-the-job mentoring and guidance to the staff and interns

Deliverables and Payments:

Consultant will be paid on product delivery basis. The products (unless considered confidential by Parliament) will be accompanied by a narrative report documenting the progresses, challenges and way forward.

Deliverables

Consultant will be paid on product delivery basis. The products (unless considered confidential by Parliament) will be accompanied by a narrative report documenting the progresses, challenges and way forward.

Deliverable 1:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of January 2021

Deliverable/product(s): Annual workplan that includes a calendar for the production and dissemination of analysis and provision of technical information to MPs, Analyses of CGE 2019.

Deliverable 2:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of February 2021

Deliverable/product(s): Analysis of the REO III 2020, Assessment report on the training and development requirements of the parliamentary Staff and MPs.

Deliverable 3:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of March 2021

Deliverable/product(s): Analysis of the REO IV 2020. Training and development plan. Informative sessions and  trainings -reports.

Deliverable 4:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of April 2021

Deliverable/product(s): Deliverable/product(s): Development of Oversight material and preparative sessions. Informative sessions and trainings -reports.

Deliverable 5:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of May 2021

Deliverable/Product: Analysis of the REO I 2020. Run preparative sessions of oversight visits -reports.

Deliverable 6:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of June 2021

Deliverable/product(s):  Development of UEEFO material. Analysis of the 2020 State Budget Accounts (CGE).

Deliverable 7:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of July 2021

Deliverable/product(s):  Lead staff training sessions. Preparative activities on Provincial oversight visits -report.

Deliverable 8:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of August 2021

Deliverable/product(s): . Support oversight visits. Participate in PBO seminar -report.

Deliverable 9:

Delivery timeframe: by the end of September 2021

Deliverable/product. REO II analyses, Possible analyses of revised 2021 budget. Support follow-up sessions of oversight visits -report.

Deliverable 10

Delivery timeframe: by the end of October  2021

Deliverable/product(s): 2022 PES-OE proposal analyses and informative sessions. Support consultative sessions.

Deliverable 11

Delivery timeframe: by the end of November  2021

Deliverable/product(s): Support consultative sessions and the development of budget opinion -report.

A final report of the overall consultancy – focusing on the progress, challenges and the way forward.

Management and Supervision:

Supervision and guidance will be provided by Social Policy Specialist.  Assignment will commence on January 2021 and end December 2021 (11 months).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Academic qualifications:

  • A sound academic background, preferably Masters in Economics and Public Finance Management

Work experience:

  • Demonstrated experience of 2 year experience performing economic and financial (including budget) analyses.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the parliament (minimum 2 years), preferably UEEFO and CPO.
  • Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder activities.

Specific knowledge, competencies, and skills required:

  • A  track record of delivery of high-quality products, meeting the needs of customers
  • Skills to simplify complex economic and budgetary information in user friendly format.
  • Strong knowledge of the Mozambican parliamentary system.
  • Knowledge of Public Finance Management landscape, actors and reforms in Mozambique.
  • Knowledge of Results Based Management and Human Rights Based Approach.
  • Exceptional numerical and analysis skills
  • Diplomatic networker, results and solutions oriented and approachable personality.
  • Non-partisan and independent operator.
  • Willing and able to travel in Mozambique and regionally

Language skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken Portuguese
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Other:

Mozambican nationality

Download File Annex 3 – Terms of Reference TA to UEEFO 2020 Final.docx

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

 

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

 

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