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Consultant on Parliament and Budget Process

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 26 Sep 2016, 14:00 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Starting date: 03 Oct 2016
Reference to the project: Strengthening Parliamentary Governance/Parliament II
Expected Duration of Assignment: October - December (up to 40 working days)

Background

The goal of the UNDP “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova” Project, further on referred to as the SPGM project, is designed to address the main needs of the Parliament of Moldova in the areas of legislation making, oversight and representation during the on-going process of domestic reform spurred by closer relations with the EU. The project is also assisting in making the Parliament’s legislative activity more open, transparent and participatory through establishing tools and mechanisms for the engagement with the Civil Society, professional associations and general public. Project interventions will offer and encourage equal opportunity for male and female participation.

The budget is the most important economic policy tool of a government and provides a comprehensive statement of the priorities of a nation. As the representative institutions of the people, it falls to national parliaments to ensure that the budget optimally matches a nation’s needs with available resources. Effective legislative participation in the budget process establishes checks and balances that are crucial for a transparent and accountable government and ensures efficient delivery of public services.

The Project “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova”, will concentrate on supporting the Budget Committee of the Parliament of Moldova in better review of proposal annual state budget and enhance capacities of MPs (from Budget Committee and Women Platform) to review the budget from gender perspective.

In this context, UNDP SPGM project is seeking to hire a consultant to assist the Parliament of Moldova in enhancing its input in the budget review process.

Scope of work

The expected output for the consultant’s assignment is to assist the Parliament of Moldova, its MPs and staff in active engagement in the budgetary process and to thoroughly scrutinise the draft budget for achieving its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the country’s strategic priorities. The consultant will work closely with the relevant stakeholders in the Parliament of Moldova to advance its own institutional capacity to make a positive impact on the budget, and to equip parliament, its members and parliamentary staff with the necessary tools to examine the budget from a gender perspective.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master degree or equivalent (5 year university degree) in economy, finance, political sciences, public administration, law, social sciences or other related fields.

Work experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in the field of state budgeting and/or gender responsive budgeting;
  • At least 5 years of established experience in designing capacity building programmes related to state budget process;
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in organizing, facilitating and conducting seminars, trainings and workshops with state institutions/agencies/organizations, on budgeting issue;
  • Previous experience supporting Parliaments in budget review and gender responsive budgeting process is a strong asset;
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the OECD’s Best Practices for Budget Transparency, World Bank’s Principles of Good Budgeting and IMF’s Code of Good Practice on Fiscal Transparency
  • Experience of advisory work on parliamentary development or practical experience as Member of Parliament or parliamentary staffer is a strong advantage;
  • Proven experience in engaging diverse stakeholders in state budgeting exercises and gender responsive budgeting
  • Experience in comparative analysis, research, assessment on the implementation of the international legislation and policies.

Competencies:

  • Strong analytical and drafting skills;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication;
  • Leadership skills and ability to work with teams;
  • Knowledge of UN system and UNDP will be considered a strong asset;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Romanian and/or Russian will be an asset.

Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Methodological Proposal that should contain:

  • A brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the assignment.
  • Explain why they are the most suitable for the work including past experience in similar assignments and the relation to the above required qualifications.

2. Financial proposal (in USD), specifying a fee per day and total requested amount including all related costs, e.g. fees, per diems, travel costs, phone calls etc.;

3. Duly filled in and signed Personal History Form (P11) and at least 3 names for a reference check.

For detailed information and application procedure please follow the link http://www.undp.md/jobs/jobdetails/1399/

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