The Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia (MAP) UNDP project is designed to strengthen the National Assembly (NA) in its new and fundamentally enhanced role within the governance system in carrying out key functions of law-making, oversight, and representation. With a long-term goal of enhancing the overall effectiveness of the Parliament as a policy-making institution, the project is designed to support the newly elected National Assembly to take the advantage of the modern governance tools and mechanisms that are focusing on improved quality, transparency and inclusiveness of parliamentary operations and enhanced parliamentary capacity for gender-responsive policymaking.
The three components of the project are focused on the areas of Legislative capacity, Legislative transparency, and Legislative responsiveness. To that end, a three-stage strategy will be applied: (i) catalytic stage of needs assessment, strategic agenda-setting, and pilots of the designed approaches, (ii) full-fledged implementation of the strategic agenda, tested approaches and activities, (iii) evaluation of the implementation, policy recommendations, and project closure.
The project is planned for the period of four years (2019-2022) during the term of the National Assembly of the 7th Convocation (2019-2023). The project will be implemented through a basket fund model.
The MAP Project is inviting applications for the top public finance experts in Armenia to help the NA and especially Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs fulfil their role examining the financial implication of laws and bylaws within the scope of the Constitution and the NA Rule of Procedure being the subject to oversight or amendments. The experts will perform researches and analyses to support implementation of the project activities and achievement of results.
Duties and Responsibilities
The experts will act under the overall supervision of UNDP MAP Project CTA and provide consultancy support primarily to the Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs as well as other sectoral committees of the RA NA relevant to the topic and under set deliverables in the following areas, particularly:
a) Budgetary Legislation:
- Prepare and/or support committees in drafting laws, amendments and addenda to different laws related to the public finance and oversight aspects;
b) State budget:
- Develop baseline study on the budget process in Armenia with particular impact on the work of the NA and budget oversight and chronological overviews
- Prepare analysis on the State Budget for possible committee or cross-party amendments, review and questions to the Government.
- Design budget discussion workshops as an important political and participatory tool
c) State Audit:
- Provide support to the Committee in devising models of exchange with the State Audit
- Prepare workshops and support the Committee in review of the State Audit Reports.
- Provide support in analysis and advise the Audit Chamber in its independent reviews to the lawfulness and expediency of public spending
d) Draft documents and briefs necessary for enhanced functioning of the Committee (comprising but not limited to: encouraged citizens’ participation such as organization of mobile committee sessions and public hearings, two-way communication with citizens and SDGs budgeting amendments and oversight).
e) Prepare comparative reviews/analyses of different parliamentary practices such as particular aspects of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).
f) Conduct the system analysis and design of the public expenditure tracking system
- Conduct a system analysis and system design for the public expenditure tracking system:
- Conduct a survey on needs for information (types of info, timeframes, purpose of info, etc.)
- Review the existing system of information sharing between the NA and the Treasury on public finance expenditures;
- Review the legislative framework;
- Conduct an information Gap Analysis and prioritization analysis of the cross-cutting capacity gaps and priority capacity needs identified by the NA.
- Propose a system design with the set criteria based on the Ministry of Finance and Economy’s Treasury information systems from the aspect of data availability for use of the NA and needs of MPs:
- Develop the data categorization by module reflecting the budgetary expenditure tracking in a user-friendly manner whereby information can only be filtered according to the set parameters (the data should be filtered by categories within the tabs so that users can select from a range of categories from a drop-down menu).
- Deliver a training on the assessment finding and possibilities for the relevant NA MPs and staff
g) Prepare and deliver trainings as per abovementioned for MPs and standing committee staff transferring the generated practices and procedures.
h) Develop knowledge products.
Scope-2. Provide expert support to the National Assembly’s Budget Office:
- Prepare analysis, briefs and trainings for the Budget Office on conducting analysis on SDGs budgeting, defense budgeting and gender-responsive budgeting amongst other
- Ensure input matches the need for institutionalization of the support provided.
Scope-3. Provide research, analyses and trainings to all parliamentary standing committees
- Provide support to the relevant NA committees in their sector budget programmes scrutiny Capacity Development by analyzing selected budget programmes execution in line with the programme budgeting methodological requirements.
- Develop knowledge products and overall trainings on budget oversight and public finance for all MPs. Preliminary analysis of available sources of financing the implementation of the SDGs in Serbia in the period 2019-2021
- Propose participatory avenues for citizens and CSOs.
The experts will be expected to offer the committees, parliamentary secretariats and the UNDP CTA impartial advice, regardless of any personal or professional interest, and should avoid being seen to favor a viewpoint when dealing with contentious issues.
Advice, analysis and policy briefs to support the work of the the Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs on oversight over the State Budget Performance provided and approved.
Draft documents and briefs necessary for enhanced functioning of the Committee
Comparative reviews/analyses of different parliamentary practices such as particular aspects of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) prepared.
System analysis and design of the public expenditure tracking system conducted.
Trainings for MPs and standing committee staff transferring the generated practices and procedures prepared and delivered.
Expert support to the National Assembly’s Budget Office provided.
Provide research, analyses and trainings to all parliamentary standing committees
Note: Services under this assignment are needed on an intermittent and repetitive basis. For each single specific call-offs, the respective detailed TOR with specified outputs and applicable number of working days will follow in line with the main scope of works of the assignment.
A daily based payable modality is envisaged upon submission of deliverables and acceptance/approval by UNDP MAP Project CTA for each identified task (reflected in the agreed and signed specific TOR) and based on cumulative number of spent days.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
- Excellent intercultural, moderation, facilitation and negotiation skills;
- Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as Conflict Resolution skills
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
- Proven networking, teambuilding, organizational and communication skills
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced academic degree in economics, finances, or equivalent discipline.
- Minimum of 7 years of working experience in public finances and budget field.
- At least 5 years of experience in working on programme budgeting.
- International working experience in similar projects as a budget consultant/trainer.
- Experience in conducting budgeting-related on the job training is an asset.
- Experience in working with the National Assembly and/or the Government finance institutions/ministry would be an asset.
Language: Fluency in Armenian and English languages
CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:
Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications, experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the Individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
- Financial Proposal and Availability form: OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP (The financial proposal shall specify the professional fee per day. In addition, Applicant is required to indicate for which Scope (s) he/she is applying. It is possible to apply for multiple Scopes
- CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience
- Cover Letter – explaining why you are the most suitable for the work should be included in the Offeror’s letter.
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