The UNDP Public Financial Management Project, financed by the Government of Japan, and the Africa Development Bank supports South Sudan to establish a unified and harmonized non-oil revenue generation system in the states and at the national level. This project aims to strengthen non-oil revenue-generating systems in three key areas: governance of revenue mobilization; capacity building of tax officers; and, improved oversight institutions’ capacities.
As such, the project focus on the establishment of a transparent and accountable non-oil revenue-generating system in the states, strengthen institutional and human resource capacity of State Revenue Authorities (SRA) and State Legislative Assembly (SLA) towards an efficient oversight responsibility to safeguard the public welfare.
In the last few years, efforts are being made to carry-out public finance reforms. In the six states supported by the project, the State Revenue (SRA) Authority Act is enacted and signed into law, the board of SRA formed, SRA executive appointed, and capacity-building support provided. This support has improved revenue collection at the state levels.
The signing of Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in September 2018 and ongoing efforts of the National dialogue provide hope that if implemented, such shocks and crises will be better managed, and their negative impacts limited.
Because the mandate for service provision is vested in local authorities and partners operating in local communities, the way this is governed and managed becomes essential. The Constitution, together with the Local Government Act of 2009, devolve responsibility for the provision of basic services to states and counties. The public finance reforms such as establishment of National and State Revenue Authorities provide the opportunity to improve fiscal space for basic service delivery.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Support to Public Financial Management Project would like to recruit an international public financial management experienced editor for a home-based editor work.
In carrying-out this assignment, the international consultant
- Edit the Public Financial Management for Enhancing Oversight Capacity of State Legislative Assemblies of South Sudan manual and the Training for Board Members of State Revenue Authorities in South Sudan manual.
- In carrying out the edit work, the consultant focusses on improving the content and language.
- From the edited edition, the consultant should produce a concise version of the original that should quarter in volume of the original version. The consultant is expected to submit both versions of the two manuals.
The methodology of this consultancy includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Desk review of related literature;
- Editing of the draft manuals to be share with the consultant.
The following deliverables are expected:
- Edited Public Financial Management for Enhancing Oversight Capacity of State Legislative Assemblies of South Sudan manual and its concise version;
- Edited Training for Board Members of State Revenue Authorities in South Sudan manual and its concise version
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in dealing with sensitive and complex situations;
- Strong communication, team building, interpersonal, analysis, and planning skills.
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
- Demonstrates experience with violations mapping exercises;
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment;
- Shows pride in work and in achievements;
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Planning & Organizing:
- Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
- Plans coordinate and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
- Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and partners to achieve the planned results.
- Contracts will be output-based, and payment issued only upon delivery of satisfactory outputs.
- In-depth knowledge of conflict issues and South Sudan context;
- Ability to communicate sensitively across different focal points;
- Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Knowledge and understanding of UN system and familiarity with inter-governmental processes.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant must have extensive experience editing public finance management and oversight functions products in post-conflict countries and in South Sudan within the broader areas of public financial management, local governance, Legislative work, public administration, local government and institutional capacity building at national and sub-national levels.
The required expertise, qualifications and competencies for consultants are listed below:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Management, Economic, Public Administration, Public Finance, Development Studies, Law, and International Development
- Extensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in the fields of editing of public administration, public finance, governance, procurement, and law;
- At least 5 years of experience in conducting editing works for UN, government and international aid organizations on public financial management, legislative assembly and institutional capacity building;
- Excellent writing skills with a strong background in editing works
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views;
- Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter
Criteria for Selecting the Best Offer
Upon the advertisement of the Procurement Notice, qualified international consultants are expected to submit both the Technical and Financial Proposals. Accordingly; the consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis as per the following conditions: Responsive/compliant/acceptable as per the Instruction to Bidders and Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. In this regard, the respective weight of the proposals is: Technical Criteria weight is 70%
Financial Criteria weight is 30%
Recommended Presentation of Proposals
Technical Proposals (70%)
The detailed technical proposal (not exceeding 10 pages) should clearly demonstrate a thorough understanding of this ToR and including the following:
- Demonstrated previous experience in coordinating and administering studies of a similar nature, including experience editing public financial management and legislative oversight works (50 points)
- Proposed plan for carrying-out this assignment (20 points)
- A proposed timeframe detailing activity and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart) (20 points)
- Proposed risk management plan to ensure the successful delivery of the required outputs of this consultancy, on time, within budget and of a high quality (10 points)
Financial Proposals (30%)
The Financial Proposal shall contain the final and all-inclusive total price offer for the full range of services required, broken down into all major cost components associated with the services. Any output and activities described in the Technical Proposal but not priced in the Financial Proposal shall be assumed to be included in the prices of other activities or items, as well as in the final total price.
Additional documents to be annexed to the proposals
- Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience, including a list of all relevant publications.
- Names and contact information of three references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience.
- A copy of two previous reports of a similar nature undertaken.
- A Consulting Firm profile.
Payment to the consultant shall be done in accordance with normal procedures of UNDP. In principal, however, fees will be paid upon the satisfactory report of performance from the Economic Advisor, SPACE unit. The consultant is expected to pay all government taxes for which they are responsible.
The payment schedule will be Made once the consultant the deliverables and accepted by the responsible staff in UNDP South Sudan
- It is mandatory that the contracted individual consultant engaged with UNDP maintain the highest level of confidentiality with respect to all information provided before, during and after the completion of the assignment.
- The contracted individual consultant shall practice the highest standard of professional and ethical values and norms in providing this consultancy service.
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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