Cambodia: Experts in Decentralisation, Procurement, and Budget System Reform for Subnational Administrations

Location: Cambodia
Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, is seeking three key experts in the areas of decentralization, procurement, and budget system reform for subnational administrations for an upcoming project in Cambodia.

 As part of a consortium with Landell Mills and Agriconsulting, The Asia Foundation was shortlisted for the EU Technical Assistance to Governance Sectors project.

The overall objective of the project is to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in the implementation of its whole of governance reforms based on accountable and transparent decision making, effective use of public resources and alignment of expenditure with national priorities, with the ultimate goal to improve service delivery to all citizens.

The purposes of this contract are to assist the Ministry of Economy and Finance in planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring the Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform, and in particular the Consolidated Action Plan 2016-2020 (CAP3) and related EU Sector Reform Contract (SRC-Budget support). To assist the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development Secretariat (NCDDS) in coordinating, implementing and monitoring the National Program for Sub-National Democratic Development (NP-SNDD) Reform, and in particular the Implementation Plan IP3-II (and future IP3-III) and related EU Sector Reform Contract (SRC-Budget support).

These positions are contingent on funding from the EU.

Key Expert 1: Decentralisation Coordinator/Expert

The decentralisation coordinator/expert will be mainly based in NCCDS. In her/his capacity as coordinator, she/he is expected to:

  • Undertake coordination of expert missions related to the implementation of the NP-SNDD.
  • Provide support to counterparts in identifying needs for technical assistance; finalizing specific terms of reference for expert missions; ensuring timely and effective mobilization of the experts and delivery of agreed services.
  • In coordination with the Key and Non-Key Experts, provide ad hoc support to NCDDS in the preparation of Budget Support disbursement requests if needed and without prejudice to NCDDS ownership and accountability in the implementation of this task under the Sector Reform Contract.
  • Ensure close coordination with the Contracting Authority, timely implementation of the service contract, including reporting.

In his/her capacity as decentralization expert, he/she will support NCDDS and the concerned authorities (line ministries, subnational authorities) to:

  • Promote implementation of the general mandate of subnational authorities;
  • Promote implementation of the functional transfers to subnational authorities by NCDDS and the Line Ministries; and
  • Support identification of capacity development needs as relevant at the national and subnational level.

Qualifications and skills

  • University degree, preferably in economics, law, management, public administration or equivalent working experience of 15 years in these fields.
  • Master’s degree in relevant fields is an asset.
  • Experience working in projects using English as reporting language
  • Minimum ten years’ international professional experience in assisting governments and the public sector in the implementation of good governance reforms.
  • Minimum of five years of experience of providing technical assistance in fields related to the scope of these terms of reference.
  • Experience in fields relevant to the scope of these terms of reference in South East Asia is an asset.
  • Minimum of two years’ professional experience in coordinating expert teams.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in government restructuring process.
  • At least two years’ professional experience implementing functional transfers from central government to subnational administrations and strengthening the mandate of subnational administrations.
  • Experience in coordination, management or implementation of EU Budget Support Programs is an asset.

Key Expert 2: Procurement Expert (PFM)

Mainly required in the Ministry of Finance, the procurement expert is expected to:

  • Support the development or amendment of procurement legislation;
  • Develop procurement statistics; and
  • Support the production of the annual procurement review report to be published on the General Department of Public Procurement (GDPP) website.

Qualifications and skills

  • University degree preferably in law, economics, public administration or equivalent working experience of 15 years in these fields.
  • Experience working in projects using English as reporting language.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in Public Finance Management.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant professional experience working with public procurement systems.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience of providing technical assistance in public procurement in developing countries.
  • Experience in at least one project developing procurement annual reports and procurement statistical systems.

Key Expert 3: Budget System Reform for Subnational Administrations Expert

Budget system reform for subnational administrations expert based in the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The expert is expected to:

  • Review and update medium/long term fiscal decentralization policy in Cambodia;
  • Develop road map for budget system for subnational authorities to be consistent with the Budget System Reform Strategy 2017-2025;
  • Provide technical support to identify risks and mitigation measures; and
  • Build capacity of MEF officials for the new budget system.

Qualifications and skills

  • University degree preferably in economics, law, management, public administration; or equivalent working experience of minimum of 15 years in these fields.
  • Experience working in projects using English as reporting language.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working on local public finance management and fiscal decentralization.
  • Minimum of 5 years of international professional experience in deconcentrated or decentralized budgets and subnational budget system.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in preparing policy studies addressing institutional issues related to fiscal decentralization.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in Cambodia is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by October 31, 2017 to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.