United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Local Consultant (Pfm Consultant on Budget Analysis and Financial Funds Flow Analysis)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

At the request of the BARMM Ministry of Social Services and Development, UNICEF is seeking a Public Finance Management Consultant who will undertake a budget Analysis and program funds flow analysis of the 4Ps from the national level down to the MSSD operational units in BARMM. The intention is to provide an independent and objective understanding of the underlying financial bottlenecks which cause inefficiencies in program implementation and subsequently provide the necessary recommendations to BARMM MSSD and relevant stakeholders, to address such bottlenecks. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. For every child, a fair chance UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support primarily local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues. It has a field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms. Visit this link for more information on Philippine Country Office: https://www.unicef.org/philippines/ How can you make a difference? Scope of Work To achieve the objective, the consultant will work closely with MSSD and coordinate with relevant national government such as DSWD and DBM, among others, to undertake the following: 1. Desk review of the 4Ps budget allocation in BARMM and actual expenditures (budget outturn) based on planned versus achieved, focusing on the last five years, where data is available. - while undertaking this, the consultant shall capture relevant timelines during Budget Execution, if there are discrepancies and the reasons for such deviations - the analysis should be provided by BARMM province, if feasible - the analysis should document reasons for underspending and identify where the underspent budget subsequently goes 2. Review the current MSSD financial Management Systems and structures that support the delivery of the 4Ps in BARMM and its relation to the national DSWD and DBM operational structures, from approval to execution to liquidation using relevant government guidelines and 4Ps program rules. - document the steps from the issuance of notice of allocation up to liquidation, indicating in each step the functional assignment and responsibilities of the relevant stakeholders down to basic 4Ps program operational unit in MSSD. These shall be done for each functional unit of 4Ps in BARMM. 3. Review the existing funds flow mechanism as practiced for the 4Ps program versus original funds flow Design" id="link" class="link">Program Design, if available, noting specific decision points in the whole process. - Provide a schematic diagram of this funds flow mechanism for easy reference - Use existing financial guidelines to construct this diagram 4. Review the current PFM set-up for 4Ps in the context of BARMM’s new PFM Code, if already available - Are there points that would likely impact on the current 4Ps financial management arrangements with the new BARMM PFM Code? - Are there features that would facilitate the 4Ps funds flow management more efficiently? 5. Analyze the issues and provide detailed recommendations that are actionable by MSSD and other relevant stakeholders contained in a roadmap 6. Mentor and coach relevant MSSD 4Ps program staff in understanding the PFM issues and provide assistance in implementing the recommendations. Methodology: The assessment employs both qualitative and quantitative methods. The qualitative method involves in-depth interviews, key informant interviews with stakeholders at national and sub-national levels, and field visit in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, MSSD. The quantitative method involves statistical analysis of the operational/administrative budget (budget outturns). The consultancy will last for 6 months. The initial 4 months will be devoted to the field Data Collection, analysis, assessment and report writing, while the remaining 2 months will be dedicated for the coaching and mentoring of MSSD staff in the implementation of the MSSD-actionable reforms. Limitation: The analysis will focus solely on the 4Ps operational/administrative fund management in MSSD BARMM and will not discuss the financial management concerning 4Ps beneficiary payments. Conditions of Work The consultant will cover the necessary office space, equipment, transport, insurance, security, and other related requirements of this engagement. Tasks: 1. An inception phase to detail the approach for undertaking the above scope of work, after an initial scoping visit with MSSD and discussions with national agencies 2. A report detailing findings, analysis and recommendations 3. Final Report 4. A roadmap to address the underlying PFM bottlenecks (to be presented to relevant stakeholders) specifying MSSD-actionable reforms and those of other relevant stakeholders, 5. Conduct of coaching and mentoring, training to MSSD program staff in instituting MSSD-actionable reforms 6. Provide advice to MSSD Chief Minister on taking forward the recommendations with the BARMM government and with national government for those recommendations that can only be actioned by the Chief Minister or DSWD or DBM, to inform future intergovernmental fiscal relations Deliverables: 1. Inception Report 2. Draft Final Report 3. Final Report 4. Road map 5. Progress report on coaching and mentoring to MSSD program staff in instituting MSSD-actionable reforms 6. Progress report Qualifications and Competencies of Successful Consultant
  • Master's degree in On Economics, Public Policy, Accountancy.

  • The local PFM Consultant should be a qualified Accountant with advanced university degree.   He/She:
    • Must possess experience in a supervisory position on financial management in any government/semi government organization or development projects.

    • Must possess IT knowledge including a thorough understanding of Philippines government accounting, budgeting and auditing system

    • Knowledgeable in Government of Philippines budgeting, fund release and reporting guidelines and issuances

    • Familiarity with ARMM/BARMM financial guidelines and inter-governmental transfers

    • Demonstrated competence to develop financial management guidelines and impart training to the project staff on financial management system.

    • Strong organizational and planning skills with ability to work independently

    Strong and proactive interpersonal communicative skills, experience in team leadership and participatory management.

HOW TO APPLY Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/ by 30 July 2020.  Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 533048 will be considered. All candidates are requested to submit a COVER LETTER, and the duly filled P 11 form which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc indicating three (3) previous supervisors. Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. By applying through our Talent Management System (TMS) you agree to our privacy statement which is in line with the Philippines Data Privacy Act. You are strongly advised to read carefully through the privacy statement before submitting your application. "UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles."
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