United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Consultant (Support The Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare of Montenegro in Finalizing The Report on The Implementation of The Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  Since independence in 2006, Montenegro has made steady progress in improving Human Development, democratic governance, and European integration, which is a priority of the Government. EU accession remains the key priority in upcoming years. So far, Montenegro achieved remarkable progress by opening 31 negotiation chapters and closing three. Recent communication from Brussels indicates that Montenegro might join the EU by 2025. At the same time, EU continues pointing out the issues where only limited progress has been achieved, such as Public Administration Reform (PAR).

The need to further improve public finance management (PFM) is set as one of the key areas of the PAR, and recognised as important for further development of all sectors of the economy and better quality of life for the citizens. The Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFM Reform Programme) sets down Montenegro's key reform plans in this area for the upcoming period aimed at increasing accountability and ensuring sound Financial Management and good governance by improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness in managing public resources.

With view of all the abovementioned, the Project “Strengthening Transparent and Accountable Public Finance Management in Montenegro”, supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, was launched and it is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare (MFSW) of Montenegro and UNDP. The Project is linked with the past and present activities implemented through Slovak Ministry of Finance (MF SR) - UNDP Public Finance for Development (PFD) program since 2009. The main goal of the Project is to support the Montenegrin MFSW in strengthening the transparent and accountable public finance management on central and local level.

In the scope of the Project, one of the intervention areas will entail the regulatory reform and overall improvement of business environment in the country. Administrative procedures that the commercial entities are subjected to, taxes and fees burdening the citizens and economy, need to be considered with a special attention both on the national and local level. Their simplification and/or removal should result in the stimulation of more favourable business opportunities. In order to address this important matter, the Government of Montenegro decided to implement certain activities related to the establishment of a new regulatory framework through the preparation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees, which were adopted in March 2019. The concrete objectives that will be achieved by these Laws will be the reduced costs of business operation, especially of MSMEs through the application of lower taxes, lower number of charges and procedures, which will result in lower costs for citizens and will in turn have a positive impact on the Economic Growth.

In the light of the above mentioned, the Directorate for Financial System and Improvement of Business Environment of the MFSW MNE decided to prepare a detailed and encompassing Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegro. The objective of this Report is to provide elaboration on the effect of the mentioned Laws, their implementation on the central and local level, as well as of their benefits for the economy and citizens, and possible challenges in the implementation. The Report will also contain the overview of the implementation in all Montenegrin municipalities and it will, thus, be useful for the Montenegrin local governments to have a holistic and comparative presentation of their regulatory frameworks and tax policies.

In order to support the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare to fulfill the above described obligations, UNDP Montenegro will engage Consultant to Support the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare of Montenegro in Finalizing the Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegro. The Consultant will be engaged in the scope of the Project “Strengthening Transparent and Accountable Public Finance Management in Montenegro”, supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, and jointly implemented by MFSW and UNDP CO Montenegro.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment: Objective of the Assignment is fine tuning and finalization of the Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegro. Job content: Under the supervision of the UNDP Project Manager, the National Consultant is expected to deliver the following services:
  • Conduct Desk Research of the relevant Laws and hold discussions with the representatives of the Working group of the Ministry who are in charge of the preparation of the Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegro;
  • To review the draft Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegro and, based on its contents, draft introduction that would be understandable for the Montenegrin citizens and entrepreneurs;
  • Based on the contents of the Report and the presented impact of the Laws’ implementations, prepare the overview of the summary effects and the overall impact on the economy and citizens in Montenegro, taking into account both central and local levels;
  • Provide comparative overview with the countries of the region that have similar experience with the implementation of such laws;
  • Fine tune the Report in terms of style, language, graphic and visual presentations, etc. in order to make it more appealing for wider audiences;
  • Prepare the report on completed activities with recommendations for follow-up activities – to be submitted to UNDP in English language (up to 3 pages).
In the scope of the above engagement, the Consultant is expected to liaise with the Directorate for Financial System and Improvement of Business Environment of MFSW that is in charge of the implementation of this activity, and to take into consideration the instructions received beforehand and in course of the assignment.

The expected results: Under the supervision of the UNDP hiring Manager, the National Consultant is expected to deliver the following results:
  • Final Report on the Implementation of the Law on Administrative Taxes and Law on Local Communal Fees in Montenegrin language;
  • Report on completed activities with recommendations for follow up activities in English language (up to 3 pages).
Timing and reporting: The National Consultant is expected to work home-based during eight (8) consultancy days (10 – 31 May 2021). The National Consultant shall regularly report to the UNDP Project Manager for the project “Strengthening Transparent and Accountable Public Finance Management in Montenegro”, supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, and implemented by MFSW MNE and UNDP.

Time duration and travel: National Consultant will be engaged under Individual Contract, for the total of 8 consultancy days (10 – 31 May 2021), pursuant to the agreed plan with UNDP. No travel is envisaged under this assignment.

Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, Results-based Management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as Conflict Resolution skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced degree in Economics/Finance, MA or PhD would be an asset, but are not considered as a requirement;
Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in tasks related to preparing reports, analyses in the area of finance/economy, particularly concerning tax policy and regulatory framework;
  • Experience in drafting research and analytical papers, reports or policy documents related to business environment, regulatory reform, tax regulation, etc.;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Montenegrin language;
  • Good understanding of the public finance management system in Montenegro;
Other:
  • Advanced computer literacy;
  • Ability to work with people of different nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent organisational skills, proven communication and presentation skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, international organizations, and other stakeholders.
Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the Individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) 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% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
  • Financial criteria weight - 30%.
Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by April 26, 2021 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at https://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.

Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".

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