Consultancy – Technical support to the Government of Angola to implement a Performance Based Budgeting framework with the SP Sector (77 days)s

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  • Angola

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1. Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
In recent years the Angolan Government has prioritized public finance reforms and fiscal consolidation in response to successive economic recessions caused by the over-dependence on fiscal revenues from the oil sector. Through the Government’s engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the implementation of monetary and economic policies focused on the diversification of Angola´s economy and on greater efficiency of public resources, it is evident that important structural reform has begun to take shape.
At the same time, establishing a robust national social protection system has become a priority, as the approval of the National Social Action Policy and the implementation of key programmes on social cash transfers, the formal inclusion of the informal sector workers in the social protection system as well the implementation of the poverty alleviation programme demonstrate the important steps taken to improve coverage in country and respond to the need for more equitable and sustainable social protection.
Improving the national social protection system requires more than increasing public financing, particularly as the Government will continue to face limited fiscal space as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy will negatively affect public finances for years to come, hence it is important to align strategic actions in the social protection sectors with the on-going public finance reform. There is a need to improve the capacity of social protection institutions to formulate budgets linked with the national development objectives as well as key global goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and thereby improve budget execution for greater impact to the intended beneficiaries.
The Government has also recently adopted a Programme-Based Budgeting approach to be aligned with the National Medium-Term Development Plan (PDN 2018-2022) and has moved from the line-item approach to budgeting. As the Government has been successful in promoting fiscal discipline, it is now imperative that there is greater alignment between national priorities and the annual budgets to permit monitoring and evaluation of the impact of budget decisions on the development outcomes outlined in the PDN 2018-2022 and the sector strategies.
Through the engagement of the ILO and UNICEF Joint Programme on Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management (SP & PFM) which is financed the European Union (EU), the Government has confirmed its interest in piloting a Performance-Based Budgeting (PBB) approach for the social protection sectors and more specifically in establishing tools and mechanism to formulate performance-based budgets and transferring knowledge through capacity building to targeted institutions.
According to the IMF, PBB aims to ensure that, when formulating the government budget, key decision makers systematically consider the results to be achieved by expenditure. To be successful, PBB should not be an isolated initiative. Instead, it should be part of a set of broader public finance management reforms. These include measures to strengthen fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability. Ultimately, this will lead to greater efficiency and effectiveness of public spending. PBB is envisaged not only as a public finance management reform, but also as a deliberate effort to support Governments in achieving the SDGs. Moreover, it will help to maximise the use of available public resources by emphasizing results in the execution of annual budgets.
It is in this context that under the leadership of Angola´s Ministry of Finance and technical support from the EU funded SP & PFM Project, a PBB process will be implemented with the social protection sectors by establishing a set of guidelines (conceptual and practical) to formulate the performance-based budgets as well undertaking trainings and workshops focused on the tools and mechanisms for the implementation of PBB.
The final product will be formulation of an Action Plan for PBB which will identify activities and processes for the integration of PBB in the social protection sectors planning and budgeting processes which can serve as basis for recommendations for mainstreaming to other sectors. Through this technical support, SP & PFM project aims to contribute to reinforcing the synergies between public finance management and social protection and contribute to the establishment of a sustainable national system which can support the most vulnerable and absorb future shocks and crises. The ultimate goal is to improve public financial management for the efficient and effective delivery of social services and social protection.
2. Scope of Work:
The objective of the technical assistance to be provided under this consultancy is to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Angola to implement PBB by delivering on the following actions:
• SWOT Analysis of Budget Cycle and Budget Approach
• Awareness raising and capacity building of PBB stakeholders
• Development of a Technical Manual on PBB
• Formulation of an Action Plan for Piloting PBB
More specifically, the consultant contracted and accountable to UNICEF, will engage and work closely with the Ministry of Finance to achieve the expected results by implementing the following key activities:
• SWOT Analysis of Budget Cycle and Budget Approach
o Undertake a desk review of recent budget assessments and other key literature including policy and relevant studies and reports and produce a brief analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, max 6-8 pages);
• Awareness raising and capacity building of PBB stakeholders
o Facilitate inception meetings (fact-finding) with officials from the Ministry of Finance and other selected Social Sector Ministries to present PBB and identify capacity development needs;
o Develop a methodological and conceptual note on the theoretical fundamentals of PBB and practical capacity development materials on PBB to be used during training workshops;
o Facilitate a 3-day workshop for PBB, with leadership from the Ministry of Finance and participation of the key Social Sector Ministries;
o Develop the Workshop Report with recommendations and facilitate feedback meetings with Ministry of Finance on the capacity building of Social Sector Ministries.
• Production of PBB Manual and templates
o Develop a practical implementation Manual for PBB (“how-to”) for the Social Sector Ministries;
o Produce and include in the Manual for PBB annexes with examples of Social Protection Sector objectives, targets, and indicators to serve as an example to other ministries, departments, and agencies for mainstreaming of the PBB; include best practices which can implemented independently from the manual.
• Formulation of an Action Plan for Piloting PBB
o Develop an Action Plan for Piloting PBB for the Social Sector Ministries to be aligned with the budget cycle;
o Facilitate a 3-day Validation workshop on the PBB Manual and the Action Plan for PBB, with the leadership from the Ministry of Finance and participation of the key Social Sector Ministries;
o Support multi-stakeholder consultations on spending priorities, performance objectives, targets and indicators;
o Facilitate feedback meetings with Ministry of Finance on the piloting of the PBB of Social Sector Ministries and the implementation of the Action Plan.
o Provide technical backstopping support as requested to Social Sector Ministries for the formulation of PBB within the piloting phase (Action Plan);
o Lay foundation for future PBB interventions with the Ministry of Finance
 
All deliverables will be produced in Portuguese.
 
The Consultant will be paid upon receipt of satisfactory deliverables as described above.
Invoicing for deliverables will be based on the deliverables worked by the Consultant. Therefore, the amount of each payment is the maximum amount to be invoiced for that deliverable. Payments should be based on the deliverables certified after review by UNICEF Angola Office, according to the established schedule.
Payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of the products as described above. Payments will be made upon delivery and approval of the products by UNICEF. No advance payment is allowed. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or part of the payment if performance is unsatisfactory, results are incomplete, undeliverable due to failure to meet deadlines.
 
5. Key Skills, Technical Background and Required Experience
 
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UNICEF seeks an individual consultant with the ability to work collaboratively with the public sector and particularly with the Ministry of Finance. The consultant should have the following skills and experience:
• Proven knowledge, expertise, and experience in public finance management, specifically results-based management systems, including PBB;
• Work experience with public sector in Lusophone countries and relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage;
• Previous experience in developing technical guidelines, preparing background policy analysis, conducting programme/policy evaluations in the area of public finance management;
• Ability to customise and apply PBB approaches, principles, and guidelines to local contexts;
• Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in Portuguese and English;
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting needs assessments and developing training modules/curriculum, training materials, etc;
• An advanced university degree in Public Finance Management, Social or Public Policy, Development Economics, Statistics, or other relevant social sciences with strong experience in PFM;
• At least 10 years of relevant experience and proven expertise in developing technical guidelines, preparing baseline policy analysis, conducting programme/policy evaluations in the area of PFM;
• Extensive experience and awareness of international best practice in results-based budgeting, including PFM principles;
• Demonstrated ability to cooperate effectively with Government and other stakeholders;
• Experience of working with the United Nations, particularly UNICEF;
• Understanding UNICEF policies and programming will be an asset;
6. Application Process and Selection Criteria
Interested candidates should submit the following documents for consideration:
• A cover letter with a summary of how their experience and qualifications match those outlined in this TOR;
• A technical proposal outlining how the consultancy would be undertaken;
• A financial proposal, including associated costs and expenses related to travel to the country (including flights, accommodation, and transport in-country).
Regarding the evaluation process for the selection of the individual consultant, the technical proposal will represent 65% of the final evaluation mark and the financial proposal will represent 35% of the final mark. The review of the proposals will be based on the following assessment criteria:
 
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
• Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
• Works Collaboratively with others
• Builds and Maintains Partnerships
• Innovates and Embraces Change
• Thinks and Acts Strategically
• Drives to achieve impactful results
• Manages ambiguity and complexity

To view our competency framework, please visit https://www.unicef.org/careers/media/1041/file/UNICEF%27s_Competency_Framework.pdf

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Duty Station: Luanda, Angola

Terms of Payment:

The consultant will be paid an all-inclusive fee (transportation costs, stationary, communication and other miscellaneous expenses) as per the stipulated deliverable and payment schedule.

Contract Duration: 77 working days

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to create their profile on UNICEF career portal at https://www.unicef.org/careers/, including cover letter and CV. Candidates should indicate ability, availability and all-inclusive financial proposal to undertake the terms of reference.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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