2231 National Consultant for the Recruitment of Internal Auditors in Public Sector
To assist the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia (Central Harmonization Unit) in drafting a retention policy for internal auditors in public sector in Serbia.
To support the Central Harmonization Unit of the Ministry of Finance in defining the adequate tools for the recruitment of Internal Auditors in Public Sector /IAs/.
The Public Sector Internal Financial Control (PIFC) Strategy for the period 2017-2020, adopted by the Government of Serbia in May 2017, focuses on making standard Financial Management Control (FMC)practice an integral part of the management processes and aims to support the implementation of the Public Administration Reform Agenda (PAR) by improving the Control Environment and Risk Assessment based on which effective control activities will be put in place to mitigate risks towards achieving objectives, and to improve the transparency, economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public funds, irrespective of the sources of funding.
The Central Harmonization Unit (CHU)is endeavoring to address the long-term issue of retaining qualified Internal Auditors in the public sector with the support of the project. Retention of Internal Auditors (IAs) in the public sector has been an outstanding issue for some time now. The lack of a systemic retention policy for this profession has contributed to a mild turnover in the previous years. The non-existence of a systemic tool for stimulating and rewarding their performance poses risks to the sustainability of both professions in the public sector.
Despite the efforts that have been invested by both the CHU and the Ministry for Public Administration and Local Self-Government (MPALSG) in reforming the public wage system as part of the Public Administration reform, little has been done to address the position and status of IAs in the public sector which has resulted in a continuous turnover of both in recent years.
There is a great disproportion in the salaries of State Auditors, IAs in the private sector, IAs in public enterprises and Certified IAs in the public sector, which has led to a spillover of IAs from the Serbian public administration to the Supreme Audit Institution, public enterprises and the private sector, exposing public bodies and institutions at both central and local levels to risks and hampering the efforts of the CHU and their host institutions who have borne the costs of their certification.
Auditors can be reassigned from previous position from the system or can be employed from external labor market. In both cases CHU identified through everyday communication with managers that there is lack of awareness of competencies for internal auditor position. It is connected with the misunderstanding of crucial role of internal auditor. Result is that he managers of the budget fund beneficiaries are coping with first defining the necessary competence for the position of Internal Auditor and then matching the right candidate with the required competences and knowledge. Additionally, potential auditors have many misconception about this profession as well and possible good candidates are discoursed to consider career in internal audit.
UNDP is, therefore, searching for a national consultant who will develop an adequate managerial tool for the recruitment of Internal Auditors in Public sector, taking into consideration all relevant legal requirements, previous analysis and the experiences of private sector.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
The consultant shall be responsible for the following:
- To conduct the collection and assessment of all the existing laws, bylaws, analysis and recommendations pertaining to necessary competences of internal auditors as public/ civil servants;
- On the basis of analysed documents to create a set of specific competences relevant to the role and position of Internal Auditor in public sector;
- To develop a set of HR tools for the assessment of the said competences during the recruitment process taking into consideration the target group – managers of Public Fund Beneficiaries;
- To develop an information for the potential candidates in order to be familiar with IA profession and to assess their competencies.
- To develop a performance test to be used in the selection process;
- To continuously cooperate with the representatives of the CHU and Human Resource Management Service during the assignment.
Deliverables and Deadlines
The following shall be delivered:
Final report containing the list of necessary competences for Internal Auditors in public sector including the managerial tools for assessment of the competences andtool for the potential candidates submitted and approved
31 July, 2021
All deliverables have to be prepared in Serbian language and quality reviewed and accepted by UNDP Project Manager in consultation with National Project Director.
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
- Evidence of ability to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams;
- Ability to summarize and systematize complex information and identify priorities for follow up activities;
- Shares knowledge and experience;
- Focuses on results and responds positively to feedback;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling ethical standards.
Required Skills and Experience
- University degree in Management, Human Resource, Organizational Science or other related field;
- At least 7 years of working experience in human resource management and recruitment;
- Knowledge of the civil service system in Serbia;
- Previous experience in the public sector would be an asset;
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
- Excellent speaking and writing skills in Serbian and English language.
- Full computer literacy.
- Written and spoken proficiency in English.
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP web site: UNDP in Serbia under section Jobs, no later than 17 May, 2021.
Application should include:
- CV in English language containing date of birth, contact information (home address, phone number, e-mail) and timeline of work experience (including description of duties).
- Offeror’s Letter (only PDF format will be accepted) confirming Interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment. Can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.undp.org.rs/download/ic/Confirmation.docx. The Offeror’s Letter shall include financial proposal specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement with a breakdown of costs.
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Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The procuring UNDP entity will respond by standard electronic mail and will send response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
- Lump sum contracts
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount in USD currency, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon approval of each deliverable. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (excluding travel to Belgrade).
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable in terms of relevant experience and academic background, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; 70%
* Financial Criteria weight; 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
- Individual Contract (IC) will be applicable for individual consultants applying in their own capacity. If the applicant is employed by any legal entity, IC would be issued upon submission of Consent letter from the employer acknowledging the engagement with UNDP. Template of General Conditions on IC could be found on: http://www.undp.org.rs/download/ic/Confirmation.docx
- Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) will be applicable for applicants employed by any legal entity. Template of RLA with General Terms and Conditions could be found on:http://www.undp.org.rs/download/RLA%20with%20General%20Terms%20and%20Conditions.doc.In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.
Engagement of Government Officials and Employees
- Government Officials or Employees are civil servants of UN Member States. As such, if they will be engaged by UNDP under an IC which they will be signing in their individual capacity (i.e., engagement is not done through RLA signed by their Government employer), the following conditions must be met prior to the award of contract:
(I) A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;
(II) The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.
- The above requirements are also applicable to Government-owned and controlled enterprises and well as other semi/partially or fully owned Government entities, whether or not the Government ownership is of majority or minority status.
UNDP recognizes the possibility that there are situations when the Government entity employing the individual that UNDP wishes to engage is one that allows its employees to receive external short-term consultancy assignments (including but not limited to research institutions, state-owned colleges/universities, etc.), whereby a status of “on-leave-without-pay” is not required. Under such circumstance, the individual entering into an IC with UNDP must still provide a “No-objection” letter from the Government employing him/her. The “no objection” letter required under (i) above must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. The said document may be obtained by, and put on record of, UNDP, in lieu of the document (ii) listed above.