Terms of reference for consultancy to develop a training curriculum on PFM

Full time
Posted 6 months ago
  1. Background

Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) a coalition formed in 2004 that brings together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at national and subnational levels to influence Government decisions on resource mobilization and utilization for equitable and sustainable development. CSBAGs vision is having a Uganda with a people centered budget that dignifies humanity.

  1. Introduction

Public finance management is a set of laws, rules, systems and processes used by a country to mobilize revenues, allocate resources, undertake public spending and account for the resources as results are audited. In a modern state, these complex functions are performed by various actors.

The executive arm is tasked with policy initiation and execution. The legislative arm makes appropriation on the estimates and over sees the implementation. The citizens receives the benefits through public services delivered by the executive arm. The citizens also have additional roles in compliance with revenue mobilization systems through payment of taxes and dues. As a result, they demand that their resources are put to better use.

Government has been engaged in Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms since the 1980s and has made significant progress. Most recently, as recognised in the PEFA Assessment 2016, PFM performance has improved in budget credibility, transparency, policy-based budgeting and budget execution controls. This is attributed to several reforms, prominent among which includes the ratification of the new PFM Act (2015), the Treasury Single Account (TSA), payroll reforms, introducing Program-Based Budgeting (PBB) and other important reforms such as deepening the rollout and use of the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS). These interventions received significant support through Governments Financial Management and Accountability Programme (FINMAP), which started in 2007[1]

However, a number of challenges continue. In particular, in the areas of Public Investment Management, sustainable resource mobilisation, PFM regulatory compliance, managing and reducing expenditure arrears, strengthening the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), integrating financial management and accountability systems, and audit scrutiny and follow up.

The citizens agency and civil society participation in the PFM has been positive but the reforms are happening at a fast pace than many CSOs and citizens can keep abreast with. Yet, the citizens agency is very critical in ensuring the benefits accrue to them through proactive engagements than being reactionary through audits and evaluation findings.

The PFM reforms are happening with a complex relationship between the central government and local governments. The challenges in the decentralisation policy has not helped the Local Governments (LGs) in reaping the full benefits of the PFM reforms. These have been largely attributed to the capacity gaps, communication asymmetry, weak supervision and bureaucratic relationship between the Centre and the LGs.

For these reasons, CSBAG desires to develop a curriculum for the training of various actors in the PFM spectrum.

  1. Rationale

The PFM reforms are happening at a much faster pace and many stakeholders have not played their part effectively. The capacity building initiatives in both government and CSO circles are not adequate to address or respond to some of the emerging issues in the PFM arena. The complexity of PFM reforms requires a systematic capacity building program that keeps track of all the reforms. A training Curriculum is therefore is the most probable response to the capacity challenges.

  1. Assignment

CSBAG desires to develop a comprehensive curriculum for PFM capacity enhancement for public servants, CSOs, citizens and private sector actors. This curriculum will be used in a training institute or bootcamps for PFM improvements.

  1. Goal of the Curriculum

The main goal of developing this curriculum is to provide a comprehensive learning framework for PFM actors to enable effective and efficient delivery of services in a fast-changing economic environment.

  1. Specific Objectives
  2. To deliver comprehensive training programs for policy implementors, bureaucrats and CSOs
  3. To be a framework where new PFM policies and reforms are analyzed and disseminated
  • To test PFM advocacy approaches and techniques
  1. Output

The key output is a comprehensive curriculum with specific modules for LGs, Central government officials, CSOs, citizens and citizen groups.

  1. Scope

The scope of the curriculum will be the Public Finance Management Act, the Local Government Act, the PFM Strategy 2018-2023, the Audit and accounting principles, the PFM reform systems, the CSOs advocacy approaches and strategies, citizens rights and duties etc.

  1. Period for assignment

The assignment should be delivered between 10th March to 31st March 2020

  1. Competencies

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 Local Government system and policies in Uganda
  • Practical knowledge and experience with CSO programming and advocacy approaches
  • Competency in developing academic curriculum or training programs for advanced learners institution such as University, college or higher institutes
  • Proven experience in public policy analysis
  • A PhD in economics is desired.
  • An advanced degree in Economics or any public finance fields.
  1. Submission of proposals for the tasks

Interested consultants are requested to submit Technical and financial proposals and should contain:

  1. Description of the understanding of the tasks, including comments on the TORs;
  2. A clear description of the methodology to be followed, to achieve the desired objectives;
  3. Work plan and Time scheduling of information gathering and other activities;
  4. CVs of the consultant
  5. A financial proposal, including staff time cost, direct expenses, reimbursable expenses
  6. Application Process.

Interested candidates should submit their application letter, updated CVs, proposals and references for similar work conducted previously to the Executive Director, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG),Email:hr@csbag.org and cc: romonya@csbag.org or hand deliver a hard copy to P. O. Box 660, Ntinda Kampala, Uganda, Plot 11 Vubya Close Ntinda – stretcher road by 5:00pm on 6th March 2020.

  1. Reporting

The consultant will be reporting to the Executive Director, directly on this assignment but will have close working relationship with the Program Advisor.

[1] See the Public Finance Reform Strategy 2018-2023

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