The Constitution of Uganda gives Parliament the mandate to play an oversight role over Local Government and at National Level Government entities for effective management of public finances. Specifically, Article 163 (4) and (5) of the Constitution, gives the Parliamentary Accountability Committees the mandate to scrutinize the Auditor’s General Reports within six months after the submission of the Auditor General’s report, debate and consider the report and take appropriate action. To operationalize this mandate, Parliament in 2001, established the Local Government Public Accounts Committee under the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure as a Standing Committee and Rule 170 of the Parliamentary rules of Procedures gives this Committee the powers to examine the Local Government Audited accounts by the Auditor General, whose finding and repots are then tabled by the Minister of Local Governments before Parliament for debate.
Through these reports a number of recommendations are made for Government to improve management and control of public resources and these agreed upon recommendations are contained in the Treasury Memoranda, which according to Section 13 (11) (b) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015 (as amended), any action on these recommendations should be presented back to Parliament by the Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development together with the annual budget.
With a supportive legal and policy framework, it is assumed that the Committee effectively delivers on this mandate. To ascertain the effectiveness of the functions of the Parliament Public Accounts Committee on Local Government in playing its oversight role, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) seeks for a consultant to carryout an. The assessment which shall focus both on the delivery of its mandate as well as looking at the financing of this committee for a period of at least one financial year 2019/20. Evidence generated from this assessment shall inform policy discussions both at national and local government level on how to improve effectiveness of such standing committee in management and control of public resources.
- Specific TORs
The objectives of the assignments are to;
- Review the performance of the Parliament Public Accounts Committee of Local Governments in the delivery of its mandate, and establish levels of effectiveness of this committee for the period FY2019/20-FY2020/21.
- Assess the financing of this committee and make an analysis on the adequacy of the financing Vs the mandate of this committee for the period FY2019/20-FY2020/21.
- Document the factors that facilitate or affect the committee in delivering on its mandate
- Identify recommendation of a policy nature that can contribute towards improving the effectiveness of this committee to deliver on its mandate.
- Outputs and timeframe
Its estimated that this assignment should be completed within 15 working days and not later than March 30th 2021. The consultant will produce the following outputs by the stated deadline
- An assessment report on the with deeper analysis on the current state of financing and functionality of LGAC containing policy recommendations that can make it effective to deliver on its mandate.
- Profile of the Consultant
The consultant should have the following competencies
- Excellent knowledge of PFM laws, policies, practices and principles in Uganda
- Demonstrable understanding of the political economy of Uganda
- Excellent knowledge of the accountability sector and policies in Uganda
- Practical knowledge and experience with CSO programming and advocacy approaches
- Proven experience in public policy analysis
- An advanced degree in Economics or any public finance fields.
- Supervision and support
The consultant will be reporting to the Executive Director, directly on this assignment but will have close working relationship with the Budget Policy Specialist
- Submission of proposals for the tasks
CSBAG is inviting Proposals for implementation of all outputs and activities as specified in this Terms of Reference. Interested consultants/firms are requested to submit Technical and financial proposals:
1. Only financial proposals quoted in UGX are permitted
2. The technical proposal should contain:
- Description of the understanding of the tasks, including comments on the TORs;
- A brief critique or advice on, what the TOR ought to have included or considered, from your understanding of the task;
- A description of the methodology to be followed, to achieve the desired objectives;
- Work plan and Time scheduling of information gathering and other activities; and
- CVs of the consultants/firms
7.0 Application Process.
Interested candidates should submit their application letter, updated CVs, technical and financial proposals and references for similar work conducted previously, addressed to the Executive Director: Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), email: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com P.O. Box 660, Ntinda Kampala, Uganda, Plot 11 Vubyabirenge Close Ntinda-stretcher road by 5:00pm on 8th March 2021.
 The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group is a coalition founded in 2004 that brings together Civil Society Organizations at national and district levels to influence government decisions on resource mobilization and utilization for equitable and sustainable development