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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN MACRO-ECONOMIC AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT IN NAMIBIA

Macro economy, Statistics, Public finance management

Country/ Location of the position NAMIBIA
Status/Reference FWC
Agency/Donor EC
Experts E1 PFM senior expert – short methodology required
Start + duration of project 24 October to 15 December 2011 and  15 January – 24 March 2012
Duration of mission E1 93 work days
Required language English
Application Deadline ASAP. Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement, posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.
ToR Please consult ToR hereunder
Eligible Nationalities all
Observations Only short listed consultants will be replied to.

Please apply only if you fulfill all requirements for the vacant position

All experts must have at least regional experience

Sending us your application is a commitment and we expect you to be available for the mission you are applying for.

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APPLICATION

CONTACT

applications@killefitconsult.com

Only short listed consultants will be replied to.

 

If you wish to submit your candidature, please send us:

 

1 – Your up dated and position-adjusted CV in EU AID format, in the language of vacancy and as word.doc detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments. CVs in other format than EU format will not be evaluated.

2 – The country, no of position/field (s) you will apply for in the subject line of message

3 – Your daily/monthly fee (EUR) without the living allowances.

4 – Your communication details (Mobil, phone, etc.)

 

Suggestions: Please make sure, that the experience requested is also shown “Description” section 14 of your CV. As the selections are very strict and paper based, we request you to prepare your CV in the right format and detail all the relevant experience under the Professional experience table as much as possible. There is no problem if your CV is long, the most important is to prepare so that it describes clearly your experiences relevant to the mission. (Your CV has to sell you!)

Restrictions: In case consultants are short listed, they must be able to provide documentary evidence for educational and professional items in their CVs (copies of diplomas, copies of employers’ reference letters, etc.). Documents that are not available in English have to be accompanied by a faithful translation. This is mandatory requirement for Europe Aid tenders.

DESCRIPTION

•              Postgraduate degree in Economics, preferably with specialization on macro-economics and/or financial management, or equivalent  university degree;

•              At least 10 years of general professional experience, particularly in macroeconomic analysis, public finance management, design and implementation of PFM reforms and of transformation programmes;

•              Experience in using the PEFA assessment tool;

•              Substantive specific experiences with Sector Budget Support;

•              Experience in similar assignments in African and Asian countries; experience in working in Namibia or experience with the EU-approach to General and Sector Budget Support (appraisal of EU eligibility criteria, including analysis of fiduciary risks related to sector budget support) will be considered a further important asset;

•              Experience working closely with Government staff to build capacity;

•              Substantive experience in facilitating workshops and ability to negotiate consensus;

•              Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills and negotiation skills;

             Has computer literacy, excellent report writing skills and has the ability to produce highly professional diagnostic documents.

             Has excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken).

             Possesses very good analytical skills.

Terms of reference

EUROPEAID/119860/C/SV/multi

 

LOT No11:                   Macro economy, Statistics, Public finance management

REQUEST No:    2011/275719 Version 1

 

 

SPECIFIC TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO STRENGTHEN MACRO-ECONOMIC AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT IN NAMIBIA

 

  1. 1.   BACKGROUND

 

The global crisis led to a contraction of Namibia’s economy in 2009, following a period of relatively strong annual growth which averaged 5.5 percent during 2006-08. This growth was supported by sound macroeconomic policies and robust mining sector output. In 2009, however, growth contracted by 0.8 percent in the wake of the global economic downturn.  In response, Government implemented countercyclical measures. A drop in mineral revenue and lower Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) revenue combined with the stimulus measures shifted the fiscal position into a deficit of 2.8 percent of GDP in 2009/10, after three years of fiscal surpluses.

 

The short-term growth outlook is positive but this is subject to downside risks. Recovery of growth is expected, due to a rebound in mining and continued fiscal stimulus. However, commodity prices and mining sector growth stay highly sensitive to further development of global and, in particular, South African economy. Overall, the fiscal deficit is projected to widen as stimulus-related spending is maintained. Consequently, the downside risks stemming from uncertain global economic recovery and commodity demands calls for coordination in the policy mix going forward. Thus, Government intends to give careful attention to the quality of spending and to make efforts to reorient spending in favour of quality capital projects while protecting critical social programmes.

 

A more ambitious fiscal consolidation than envisaged in the current Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (2010/11–2012/13) is seen to be key to ensuring internal and external sustainability. Thus, Government is stepping up efforts at reducing public spending and mobilizing non-SACU revenue to reduce fiscal deficits and public debt to sustainable levels. For the medium-term Namibia’s development agenda is guided by a strategic approach to poverty reduction embedded in its Vision 2030 – which calls for growth to be accompanied by equitable social development and in ambitious MDGs. The National Development Plans (NDPs), calls for “Accelerating Economic Development through deepening Rural Development” to reach Vision 2030.

 

The PFM strategy of Government is encapsulated in the Medium Term Plan (MTP) and MTEF of the Ministry of Finance. The overarching principles and monitoring framework of Namibia’s PFM strategy are laid down in the Government’s Fiscal Policy Framework and Macro-Economic Framework 2011/12-2013/14, the Budget Statement 2011/2012 and the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the MTEF period. The recently released MTP of the Ministry of Finance which covers the financial years 2011-2012 to 2013-2014, demonstrates that key PFM challenges continue to be addressed by Government.  Its main objectives include sustaining equitable socio-economic development, optimizing public revenue mobilization and ensuring that public expenditure delivers results and value for money. Achievement of these objectives is to be facilitated by strengthening macro-economic management and policy coordination as well as by improved public finance management.

 

A fully-fledged Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) exercise was carried out in Namibia in 2008. The conclusions of the PEFA report show in general terms that Namibia’s PFM systems and procedures are strong in regional comparison. The latest IMF Article IV report of July 2010 cautions however on the quality of expenditure and the strategic allocation of expenditure. Despite the macro-economic stability and counter-cyclical measures, economic and social performance remains low. The increase in expenditures to 32% of GDP in 2010 has not yet translated into effective service delivery. The quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the expenditure need to be addressed more systematically, which the Ministry of Finance has engaged in by initiating a cross governmental Public Expenditure Review.

 

  1. 2.             DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

 

Overall, stakeholders have taken cognition of the comprehensiveness and relevance of the PFM reforms being undertaken by GRN during the past decade. Despite GRN’s commitment to PFM reforms and the successful implementation of many components thereof, some critical delays have been registered. There is a general agreement that some PFM areas further need strengthening notably through the betterment of disclosure and management of fiscal risks, roll-out of the Program Budgeting and IFMS, buttressing of the audit functions and improvement of the quality of expenditure and prioritization thereof.

 

The Delegation has been engaged in the PFM reform since 2007. Until end 2010, formal dialogue with the Ministry of Finance has been taking place in the context of the 9th EDF PFM Support Programme and in 2011, sector dialogue has been pursued through the preparation of a follow-up project under the 10th EDF. The Ministry of Finance has recently expressed the need for advisory support to fiscal management functions.

 

2.1. Global objectives

 

The global objective of the assignment is to help strengthen the quality of macro-economic and fiscal management in Namibia, that will permit assured progress towards Namibia‘s objective to achieve industrialized country status by 2030 while, at the same time, reaping more equitable development benefits from this progress. Secondly, this consultancy is intended to assure comprehensive PFM strengthening, by providing assistance for a PEFA self-assessment.

 

2.2. Specific objectives

(1) To support and advice MoF with the implementation of its PFM reform, focusing on the quality of macro-economic and fiscal management functions. To help strengthen capacities in Government – in particular in the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission – to design policies and programmes that will help to assure early recovery from the global recession while maintaining macro-economic stability and external financial viability, as well as assisting in the preparation of a transformation programme intended to achieve the Government’s objective to achieve industrialized-country status by 2030.

 

(2) To help in the further early strengthening of public finance management for which there is scope and need as illustrated in the PEFA Report of 2008 and in subsequent reports such as the Aide Memoire of the PFM Annual Review Meeting of October 2010. In addition, the consultancy will help initiate a PEFA Self-Assessment which can provide guidance for the medium-term strengthening of public finance management in Namibia.

 

2.3. Requested Services and Specific Tasks for the Consultant

The consultant is expected to sequence his contributions through focusing the first half of his assignment on the strengthening of Namibia’s macro-economic management, to be followed by capacity building efforts directed at PFM issues as requested by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

 

The consultant should contribute constructively to policy discussions which are held periodically among the Government’s economic core institutions. Upon completion of the dialogues, the consultant is expected to provide policy papers which are to be reflective of his discussions with senior officials in the Ministry of Finance, the National Planning Commission and of other core economic management institutions in Namibia. Throughout both assignments the consultant is intended to perform on the job training.

 

2.4. Required Outputs

The following main results are expected and directly relate to the requested service:

  • Inception Report which sets out in detail the proposed, scope, approaches and methodologies at the start the two assignments, including a proposed schedule of reports.
  • Policy Papers that shall be discussed with senior officials in the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission.
  • Draft-PEFA Self-Assessment document on the basis of the PEFA 2008 report for review/completion by the Ministry of Finance.
  • Draft-Final Reports upon the completion of the two assignments which could become the subject of discussion in Government-led workshops. The length and format of the reports will be in accordance with the indications given by the Ministry of Finance. The two final written reports would be both in an electronic and printed version. They shall also be delivered in 10 printed versions.

 

2.5. Approach and Methodology                             

The assignment is split into two parts, each involving a mission to Namibia which are expected to be effected in the period 24 October – 15 December 2011 and in the period 15 January – 24 March 2012. The strengthening of Government in-house capacities is expected to be a key part of the consultant’s assignment.

 

First Assignment

During the 24 October to 15 December 2011 period the Consultant is expected to focus on the macro-economic and fiscal policies needed for ensuring continued economic recovery from the global recession in the context of macro-economic stability. The consultant’s work is also expected to support the work of senior officials in the Ministry of Finance who are charged with preparing the macro-economic framework for the Government’s budget for 2012-13 as well as the MTEF.

 

The consultant will also make proposals for approaches that could be considered by Government for initiating the preparation of the transformation plan for the 2015-2030 period during which Namibia is to transit from middle-income to industrialized country status, the latter characterized by equitable participation of Namibia’s citizens in the country’s economy and welfare.

 

Second Assignment

In the 15 January – 24 March 2012 period the consultant is expected to review recent developments and the current status of PFM reform in Namibia as a first step towards helping Government initiate its own assessment of the quality of PFM in Namibia, using the PEFA methodology. This self-assessment is expected to be an important input into the further design of follow-on stages in PFM reform in Namibia and is, therefore, also intended to generate action programmes for near-term PFM reform programmes.

The consultant is also expected to contribute towards the methodology and possibly monitor the carrying out of further PER reviews, in particular those that are planned for the health and agriculture sectors.

As part of this second assignment the consultant will also work further with senior government officials on the design of Namibia’s transformation programme.

 

  1. 3.   EXPERTS PROFILE

3.1. Profile required

One senior expert for a maximum of 93 working days with the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate degree in Economics, preferably with specialization on macro-economics and/or financial management, or equivalent  university degree;
  • At least 10 years of general professional experience, particularly in macroeconomic analysis, public finance management, design and implementation of PFM reforms and of transformation programmes;
  • Experience in using the PEFA assessment tool;
  • Substantive specific experiences with Sector Budget Support;
  • Experience in similar assignments in African and Asian countries; experience in working in Namibia or experience with the EU-approach to General and Sector Budget Support (appraisal of EU eligibility criteria, including analysis of fiduciary risks related to sector budget support) will be considered a further important asset;
  • Experience working closely with Government staff to build capacity;
  • Substantive experience in facilitating workshops and ability to negotiate consensus;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills and negotiation skills;
  • Has computer literacy, excellent report writing skills and has the ability to produce highly professional diagnostic documents.
  • Has excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken).
    • Possesses very good analytical skills.

 

 

3.2. Working language

 

The working language of the assignment is English.

 

 

4. LOCATION AND DURATION

4.1. Starting period

Commencement of duty for the first assignment is 24 October 2011; for the second assignment it is 15 January 2012.

 

4.2. Foreseen duration

 

Duration of the consultancy is 93 working days (including 4 days’ travel). Fees will be paid for each working day while per diems will be paid for each day with an overnight stay in the country.

 

 

 

 

Activity Timeframe
Inception Report 4 November 2011
Policy Papers Throughout the Assignment
Draft-Final Report I 15 December 2011
Draft PEFA Self-Assessment document 17 February 2012
Draft-Final Report II 23 March 2012

 

4.3. Location of Assignment

The consultant would be based at Ministry of Finance Windhoek, Namibia. Travelling to and from the duty station and accommodation in Windhoek would be covered by the consultant. Per diem covers intra-city travel.  Local travelling needs to be budgeted. A provision of 1,500 Euros shall be included in the budget.

 

The consultant should be in possession of a laptop, should be able to cover local communication costs, printing cost of the draft and finalized policy document. Additionally, cost for secretarial support and relevant needs are to be carried by the consultant too. Costs for workshops should be budgeted by the consultant as a reimbursable expenditure. A provision of 1,500 Euros shall be included in the budget.

 

 

 

5. REPORTING

 

5.1. Language

 

All communications as well as the final policy document would be presented in English.

 

5.2. Submission timing

 

Please refer to the indicative time table for the submission deadlines for the various deliverables.

6. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

The assignment will involve two missions. A total of 93 working days is foreseen (including 4 days travel).

 

6.1. Interviews if necessary indicating for which experts/position

 

Not applicable for this assignment.

 

6.2. Language of the specific contract

 

The contract language is English.

 

6.3. Request for a succinct methodology when needed

 

The offer should include a brief description of the understanding of the indicative methodology proposed for the assignment.

 

6.4. Management team member presence required or not for briefing and/or debriefing

 

Not applicable for this assignment.

 

6.5 Other authorized items to foresee under ‘Reimbursable’

Not applicable for this assignment.

 

6.6 For riders only: Operational conditionality for intermediary payment if foreseen as per article 7.2 b) of the Special Conditions

 

Not applicable for this assignment.

 

6.7 Others

 

Not applicable for this assignment.

 

 

 

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