Technical Analyst – Public Internal Financial Control and Public Procurement
- Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
- Location: Belgrade
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Banking and Finance
- Closing Date: 2023-04-08
- Outcome 1 - Preconditions for effective exchange of information on Value Added Tax with EU members states met
- Outcome 2 - Operational and administrative capacities of Customs Administration strengthened and interoperability of the Serbian Customs IT system with the EU is ensured
- Outcome 3 - Public sector management and accountability are improved through strengthened Financial Management and Control systems and Internal Audit
- Outcome 4 - Efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of public procurement procedures in Serbia are enhanced
- Outcome 5 - Selected priority areas of public finance management reform supported
As the backbone in the functioning and management of the public sector, Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC) was introduced in the Serbia through amendments to the Law on the Budget System in 2009. Its introduction represents a crucial milestone in PAR as it requires a fundamental change in the organizational culture and management of public sector bodies – a transition from bureaucratic management to managing for results.
Almost 15 years after its inception and over five years after a positive assessment of the national regulatory framework which enabled the opening of accession negotiations under Chapter 32 – Financial Control, Serbia is still struggling to ensure full compliance of public sector bodies with the regulatory framework in this area.
PIFC has always been in the spotlight of external assessments due to its specific horizontal role in ensuring the normal functioning of the public sector. As such, achievements in this area impacted several other functional areas of PAR and several accession negotiation chapters, which build on the achievements in the field of PIFC.
The 2021 EU Progress Reports states that good progress was made when it comes to PIFC and the Commission’s recommendations from 2020 were largely implemented. It commends Serbia for the pilot projects on Managerial Accountability and the initiation of quality reviews on internal controls. It also states that efforts are needed to embed managerial accountability in the administrative culture, to ensure full coherence of the PIFC legislation with the horizontal legal framework, that it needs to start implementing peer reviews of IA arrangements in public sector bodies and establish an effective internal audit function in all central level institutions.
The strategic framework for Public Procurement Reform (PPR) was put in place in 2014, two years prior to the opening of negotiations under Chapter 5 – Public Procurement and significant progress was achieved during the first phase of reform. The preparation and adoption of a revised legislative framework contributed to increasing transparency and the efficiency of public procurement by introducing mandatory publication of procurement plans by contracting authorities on the Public Procurement Portal (Portal), and the initial steps taken to align the national legislation with the relevant EU directives where complemented by further efforts of the Public Procurement Office (PPO) with the adoption of the new Law on Public Procurement which came into effect in mid-2020 together with the applicable secondary legislation.
The 2021 PEFA Report confirms that the new legislative framework of 2019 has enabled the application of competitive procedures and increased transparency to the highest level and the World Bank positively assessed the content of the new Portal which provides an insight into procurement plans, contract award notices as well as annual statistics on public procurement procedures. The PPO has prepared numerous model bidding documents in recent years to assist contracting authorities in the preparation and execution of procurement procedures and the institutional and administrative capacities of implementing procurement procedures in the public sector have increased through the certification Public Procurement Officers across the board with the support of the EU and other relevant international partners. Despite this continuous positive trend, significant efforts are still needed to further improve competition, efficiency, and transparency in public procedures.
A consecutive Public Procurement Development Program for the period 2019-2023 (PP DP) was adopted in late 2019 encompassing four specific objectives contributing to the further development of a modern and efficient public procurement system in Serbia. The overall objective stated in the PP DP is to develop a modern and efficient public procurement system through the creation of conditions for free competition, which will enable the state to procure goods, services and works of adequate quality under the most favourable conditions and thus making the most economical use of taxpayers' money (“best value for money”). Ensuring the efficient conduct of public procurement procedures, through downsizing of administrative requirements is the basis for the proper application of regulations with a reduced risk of irregularities.
UNDP has been actively supporting Public Administration Reform and in particular, Public Finance Management Reform since 2000. The activities increased and intensified over the years as UNDP’s relationships with the institutions which were established after the first democratic elections in Serbia strengthened, coupled with the need to modernize public sector management, and ensure a fully functioning and accountable public finance management system based on the highest international standards, and since 2014, EU accession requirements.
The UNDP CO in Serbia has implemented a total of 37 technical assistance projects in the field of PFM reform from 2004 to date, with an overall budget of 23.449.392,00 USD.
The EU PFM Facility will be implemented by the UNDP Public Finance Portfolio of the Good Governance Cluster.
In light of the abovementioned and the project document, the UNDP is seeking to engage the Technical Analyst for Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC) and Public Procurement, under the project Outcomes 3 and 4.
The Technical Analyst for Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC) and Public Procurement will be responsible for the provision of technical expert support in the implementation of project activities under two assigned project Outcomes (3 and 4), regular liaison with project beneficiary staff, provision of support with mobilising senior and junior experts, reporting on implementation of project activities with the assigned project Outcomes and other technical support to the Policy Specialists (for Public Internal Financial Control; Public Procurement; Taxation; Customs) and Policy Analyst - Public Finance Management. S/he will report directly to the Policy Analyst - Public Finance Management.
- Provide technical expert advice in planning and implementation of programmatic activities under the two assigned project Outcomes (3 and 4).
- Ensure good cooperation and coordination between national counterparts, project partners and other relevant stakeholders.
- Enable conditions and create environment for mobilising and work of senior and junior experts, including preparation of Terms of Reference and other relevant project documentation.
- Coordinate and closely monitor the activities of the expert researchers and consultants.
- Consolidate inputs from national and international technical experts and consultants.
- Ensure the quality of the submitted work by working closely with the consultants.
- Conduct research, consolidation and analysis of background data and evidence to feed into the project deliverables.
- Provide expert advice in facilitating consultations with national partners and stakeholders on relevant regulatory and strategic recommendations.
- Review, provide quality assurance, and finalize relevant technical documents and specifications.
- Conduct research on project activities, identifying success stories/lessons learned and documenting it for further dissemination.
- Develop of strategic knowledge management products to help fulfil project/organizational goals.
- Support policy advocacy and communication, draft policy briefs for discussion and adoption by project stakeholders.
- Monitor project and programme compliance with corporate and donor reporting requirements, review project reports prior to dissemination, and provide feedback to improve quality and timeliness of reporting.
- Reporting on implementation of project activities with the assigned project Outcomes.
- Support for and effective coordination with M&E and Communication Teams to achieve shared objectives.
- Draft policy briefs and concept notes, as required.
- Provide quality assurance and strategic communication support to the Senior Management.
- To perform any other duties as required.
The Technical Analyst for Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC) and Public Procurement will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Policy Analyst - Public Finance Management.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements.
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident.
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships.
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.
Cross Functional and Technical Competencies:
Business Management-Project Management
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Business Direction & Strategy- Strategic Thinking
- Ability to develop effective strategies and priority plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks, and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
Business Direction & Strategy-System Thinking
- Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Partnership management-Strategic engagement
- Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives.
Digital & Innovation -Digital transformation design
- Practical and strategic skills in digital transformation for governments and organizations.
Ethics-Ethical Implications of Policy Development
- Consult on the ethical implications within all policy development and standard setting.
- Master’s degree in Finance, Economics, Law or related field.
- Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of qualifying experience can be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.
- Minimum 2 years (with Bachelor's degree) of relevant professional work experience in public finance and public policy.
- Experience in managing large scale policy-level PFM projects.
- Experience in internal financial control and public procurement systems (re)structuring.
- Fluency in English and Serbian is required.
- Prior work in the UN system.
- Good organizational and time management skills.
- Good application of Results-Based Management.
- Good communication, coordination and facilitation skills.
- Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of portfolio work.
- Establishes lasting relationships and substantive dialogue with clients.
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling.
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
- A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
- Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.