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Technical Advisor for Citizen Participation in Public Financial Management (for Filipino Nationals only)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - PHILIPPINES
Deadline :13-Aug-19
Posted on :29-Jul-19
Development Area :CONSULTANTSCONSULTANTS
Reference Number :57952
Link to Atlas Project :
00112026 - Achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in AP
Overview :

A. Project Title: Mitigating Integrity Risks in Public Procurement in the Philippines

B. Project Description

            Successive Philippine Administrations have consistently pursued programs to reduce poverty and inequality. The amount of government spending has increased significantly over the period 2011-2015 largely because of improved revenue collection and fiscal reforms. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has accelerated this spending program, particularly through the mantra “build, build, build”. However, absorptive capacity of government agencies has been affected by bottlenecks in the planning, design, pre-execution, procurement, and execution phases of projects with problems in coordination within and between national government agencies and issues also with local government capacity. A critical issue, therefore, is the effective management of public procurement that underpins the Administration’s Development Agenda.

            The legal framework for public procurement in the Philippines is notably strong: the passage of the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA) or RA 9184 in 2003 ended the era of fragmented procurement regulation which had enabled leakages. Still, public procurement continues to suffer from frequent delays (e.g., bid failures) as well as corruption scandals (e.g., bid riggings), both of which hamper the timely and effective delivery of public services. Systemic reform and capacity building are needed to support government plans to boost public spending to meet its development goals.

            A Rapid Assessment has been pursued on the last quarter of 2017 to help inform the process of strengthening institutions for public procurement. The Rapid Assessment conducted diagnosed the integrity risks in public procurement and the management of public finances in order to develop a collective agenda for improving public service delivery.  It provided relevant information emanating from the series of dialogues conducted among key stakeholders on these integrity risks and broader Public Financial Management (PFM) and service delivery issues; and likewise provided recommendations for a capacity development action plan for improving service delivery.

            The engagement of a Technical Advisor for Citizen Participation in PFM is needed to contribute to the initiative of UNDP to strengthen the public procurement system of the Philippines and deepen integrity and effective delivery of services.

 

Description of Responsibilities :

C. Scope of Work

Under the guidance and daily supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with UNDP Senior Management, the Consultant shall:

1.    Develop and finalize the Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap on Citizen Participation;

2.    Formulate and prepare the provisions relative to the Section on Transparency and Participation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Budget Modernization Bill;

3.    Provide technical and policy coordination towards the re-establishment of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Open Government Partnership (OGP) Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Desk;

4.    Coordinate with PFM and OGP Secretariat to gather baseline reports and relevant documents on the degree of CSO participation in the Budget Process across government;

5.    Provide technical and policy coordination towards the establishment of the Inter-Agency Fiscal Openness Working Group;

6.    Closely coordinate with other consultants engaged in this project and duly submit the needed reports as agreed during the duration of the engagement.

D. Expected Output and Deliverables

            The Individual Contractor is expected to accomplish the following activities with corresponding deliverables:

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Inception report on how to provide technical and policy advisories for the following:

·         Re-establishment of DBM and OGP Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Desk

·         Establishment of the Inter-Agency Fiscal Openness Working Group

10 days

01 September 2019

Formulate and prepare the provisions relative to the Section on Transparency and Participation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Budget Modernization Bill

20 days

31 September 2019

Draft Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap on Citizen Participation

30 days

15 October 2019

Executive Summary with attached compilation of the baseline reports and relevant documents in regard to the degree of CSO participation in the Budget Process

2 months

30 December 2019

Finalized provisions relative to  the Section on Transparency and Participation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Budget Modernization Bill

10 days

10 February 2020

Executive Report on the technical and policy advisories conducted for the following:

·         Re-establishment of DBM and OGP Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Desk

·         Establishment of the Inter-Agency Fiscal Openness Working Group

·         Philippines’ participation in the 2019 Open Budget Survey (OBS) and the updating of the Philippine OBS Internal Matrix

30 days

27 February 2020

Finalized Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap on Citizen Participation

3 months

30 March 2020

E. Institutional Arrangements

1.    The UNDP Project Manager will provide overall guidance on this assignment;

2.    The Individual Contractor shall work with DBM, specifically under the guidance of Office of the Undersecretary for Budget Policy and Strategy Group;

3.    UNDP will be responsible to organize meetings with the all relevant stakeholders and provide logistical support, as needed.

4.    UNDP Philippines shall be entitled to intellectual property and other proprietary rights over all materials that have direct relation to the project.

F. Duration of Work

            The Contractor will be engaged from 15 August 2019 to 30 March 2020 unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable by Deputy Resident Representative and the Contractor.

G. Duty Station

            The consultancy shall be home based. Though meetings at DBM and UNDP will be required monthly or as needed.

H. Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

            The financial proposals from possible candidates shall be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e., such as transportation/travel to and from residence for meetings within Metro Manila, laptop, communications including internet, etc).

            Payments will be made when specific outputs have been submitted, as outlined below:

 

DELIVERABLE

PERCENT OF FEE

1

Draft provisions relative to the Section on Transparency and Participation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Budget Modernization Bill and Draft Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap on Citizen Participation

20%

2

Executive Summary with attached compilation of the baseline reports and relevant documents in regards to the degree of CSO participation in the Budget Process

30%

3

Finalized provisions relative to  the Section on Transparency and Participation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Budget Modernization Bill and Executive Report on the technical and policy support

30%

4

Finalized Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap on Citizen Participation

20%

TOTAL

 

100%

 

Competencies :

Corporate competencies

  • 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.

Functional and technical competencies

  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
  • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Computer literate.

Qualifications :

Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Social Sciences, Law, Financial Management and related courses

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience on project implementation, legislation, financial administration, third party monitoring and other related work
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in public financial management; citizen participation, national and local budget reform experience,
  • Previous engagement with any UN agencies, or the national government

Language requirements

  • Fluency in spoken and written English, Filipino.

 

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Offers will be evaluated based on combined scoring method – where the Technical Proposal will be evaluated based on qualifications in the CV. The Technical evaluation is weighted a max. of 70%.

The Financial Proposal that will be evaluated through submission of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC including Financial Proposal Template and combined with the price offer will be weighted a max of 30%;

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based in the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points):

 

Qualification

Points Obtainable (100 points)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Social Sciences, Law, Financial Management and related courses

40

Experience

50

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience on project implementation, legislation, financial administration, third party monitoring and other related work

25

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in public financial management; citizen participation, national and local budget reform experience,

20

  • Previous engagement with any UN agencies, or the national government

5

Language

•           Fluency in spoken and written English, Filipino.

10

TOTAL

100

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document at https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=86640

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate

  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. 

You may download the editable version of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC by clicking on this link: http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

 

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.