Public Financial Management Advisor

Post Title: Public Financial Management Advisor
Organization: Ministry of Finance – Civilian Technical Assistance Programme (CTAP)
Reports to: Designated Supervisor within Selected Ministry
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan and/or designated provinces
Duration: Two (2) years, with possibility of extension
No of Posts: Twenty-Five (25)
Nationality: International (Afghan Diaspora preferred)
Salary: Average salary of US$120,000 per year, plus allowances
Date Announced: 25th June 2010
Closing Date: 25th July 2010

1. Organizational Context

The Government of Afghanistan is launching a new set of National Priority Programmes, known as “Bankable Programmes”, aimed at inducing a dramatic increase in the delivery of services to the people of Afghanistan by the Government. However, the implementation of these programmes by the Ministries and Agencies of the Government of Afghanistan will be challenging due to limitations and systemic weakness in their Public Financial Management Capacity.

The Civilian Technical Assistance Programme (CTAP) is an Afghan government programme that aims to create stronger government institutions with more effective structures, efficient processes and skilled personnel. It assists Afghan government organizations to implement capacity development and performance improvement programmes by providing them with skilled international technical experts and capacity development advisors.

On behalf of the the Government of Afghanistan, CTAP is now seeking the services of twenty-five (25) Public Financial Management Advisors to work in the Ministries and Agencies of the Government that are currently being selected to implement the new “Bankable Programmes”. These positions are open to international passport holders only: Afghan expatriates and nationals of countries in the region of Afghanistan are especially encouraged to apply.

2. Position

2.1 Nature and Scope of Assignment

Successful applicants will be assigned to a Ministry or Agency of the Government which has responsibility for the implementation of a “Bankable Programme”. The applicants will be assigned to a department or directorate of the selected agency which has responsibility for Financial Management, such as Finance Department, Procurement Department, Budget Department or other structure,

Each successful applicant will be assigned to a senior counterpart in the department in which they have been placed. The successful applicant will work with and through their counterpart in order to build systems, improve structures and organization and develop skills in that department. Their work is expected to involve building and improving systems across the entire department, but will have a special focus on ensuring that systems needed to support the delivery of the “Bankable Programmes” are in place and operating effectively.

The successful applicant will be expected to work with and through his/her Afghan national counterparts, and to progressively transfer skills and responsibilities to them. This position does not involve management or line responsibilities.

2.2 Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the senior manager of the department in which the Advisor has been placed, and with a designated Counterpart, the Public Financial Management Advisor will have the responsibilities in the following areas:

Project Design and Approval Systems

  • Develop systems to ensure that project proposals are realistically costed and are supported by feasible financial implementation plans (including realistic and properly costed procurement plans) and project implementation plans (including arrangements for management and Monitoring & Evaluation)
  • Design and support the operation of systems for conducting a project review process with the Ministry of Finance and other key stakeholders prior to approval/budget submission
  • Improve systems for evaluating the department’s current capacity and for identifying bottlenecks and action points

Project Implementation

  • Assist in monitoring and supporting the implementation of procurement plans, recruitment plans other financial/administrative activities needed to implement approved projects, especially “Bankable Programme” projects
  • Design and assist the operation of systems to improve coordination and communication between project implementation teams/units and PFM functions and structures
  • Identify constraints imposed such as lack of staffing and weakness in PFM systems at the subnational level and ensure plans are developed to address them

Financial Procedures

  • Assist the department to map, refine and streamline existing PFM processes, making full use of the scope for delegation of decision-making power that is provided by existing regulations
  • Facilitate dialogue between the relevant internal departments and external stakeholders such as the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney General’s Office, the Control and Audit Office and the High Office of Oversight to ensure full institutional buy-in to streamlined processes
  • Assist the client Ministry/Department in revision of documents, internal guidelines, databases, reporting formats and other items needed to institutionalize the streamlined processes
  • Provide advisory and technical backstopping to support the implementation of streamlined business process both in the centre and in provincial and district offices involved in project implementation (especially the implementation of bankable programmes)

Financial Reporting

  • Strengthen reporting systems in finance, budget and procurement to enable reporting to donor standards
  • Develop and assist the implementation of systems to integrate projects reports into a single format that facilitates inter-project and inter-standard comparison
  • Support ongoing reporting, analysis and comparison of development projects, across all donors and implementation modalities

Organizational Development

  • Support the planning and administration of Pay & Grading implementation for the Finance and Administration Departments
  • Support the planning and administration of a programme to place the key management positions of the Finance and Administration Departments under the “Management Capacity Programme”
  • Assist the department in designing and implementing improved organizational arrangements (in partnership with the Civil Service Commission)

Human Resource Development

  • Develop and support the operation of a training system for departmental staff in the centre and in critical provincial/district offices, including a system for Training Needs Analysis, sourcing and delivery of training and evaluation of training outcomes, ensuring alignment with existing training providers and MoF standards, policies and programmes
  • Design and support the arrangement of systems for coaching and on-the-job learning, with a special focus on staff playing a critical role in the delivery of Bankable Programmes
  • Coach and mentor a designated counterpart within the assigned counterpart in order to ensure his/her professional development

2.3 Deliverables

The deliverables of the Public Financial Management Advisor are

  • Improved system for reviewing, financial planning and costing of development projects in place
  • System for evaluation of internal department capacity in place
  • System for coordinating delivery of finance support services with project implementation needs designed and implemented
  • Critical financial management processes mapped, streamlined and implemented/institutionalized
  • Systems for reporting according to government, donor and single integrated standard designed and rolled out
  • Package of Public Administration Reform initiatives designed and implemented
  • Training management and deliver system  designed and implemented

2.4 Skills, Experience and Qualifications Required

The successful candidate should have the following skills, experience and qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree, with a minimum of 8 years’ experience in Finance and at least 4 years in Public Financial Management
  • Graduate degree in Finance, Business Administration or related subject, or professional Finance/Accounting qualification such as Chartered/Certified Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst a strong plus
  • Experience in capacity building, organizational development and/or Public Administration Reform, especially in a Public Financial Management context, a strong plus
  • Demonstrated history of providing training, coaching and mentoring to local counterpart staff
  • Able to produce reports and other standards documents, in English, up to a professional standard
  • Previous experience in under-developed, insecure or post-conflict environments a plus
  • Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto a strong plus

3.  Job Benefits

In addition to competitive pay plus allowances, other benefits include:

Accommodations: Security-cleared commercial guesthouses – stipend provided to live in accommodations of candidate’s choice

Transportation: Allowance provided – with vetted transportation companies

Benefits and Leave: CTAP offers a competitive benefits

Submission of Applications:

To apply for this position, please visit www.higherwork.com and select the “Public Financial Management Advisor” posting.

Applicants should apply using the button on the website that reads ‘APPLY NOW FOR FREE.’ When applying, you’ll be asked to enter a Job Code–you must enter Job Code HW-CTAP-JS.

Published by: higherwork on July 12th, 2010 | under Category Accounting/Finance, Consultancy | Comment now »

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