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USAID / Uganda Public Financial Management Consultant / Researcher Jobs - QED Group, LLC

Organization: QED Group, LLC
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Duration: 6 Months 

About QED:
The QED Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm that provides practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis, proven management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts on two core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management. We work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international donors, private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around the world. Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

About USAID/Uganda MEL Program: 
The USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program, also referred to as The Learning Contract, is a five-year activity that supports the USAID Mission’s Program and Policy Development office. USAID/Uganda contracted QED to implement this program, which provides Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) support services and aims to increase USAID/Uganda’s capacity to implement a Mission-wide Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach.

Job Summary: The Public Financial Management Consultant/Researcher will support the USAID/Uganda’s Country Development and Cooperation Strategy for 2017-2022 (CDCS 2.0) identified weak functionality of country systems and slow implementation of policies as significant barriers to Uganda achieving sustainable development.

To support the operationalization of relevant portions of the CDCS, USAID/Uganda seeks to understand the fiduciary risk environment in Uganda to inform decisions whether to establish Government to Government (G2G) arrangements, which involve using Government of Uganda public financial management (PFM) systems to deliver aid and implement USAID Foreign Assistance.

The Consultant will support the USAID Mission to perform analyses of several thematic areas around PFM at the national and sub national level, support the performance of Public Financial Management Risk Assessment Framework (PFMRAF) Stage 1 & 2 assessments, and support the design and implementation of Government to Government (G2G) activities. The consultant’s efforts will be directed to only those activities that are not inherently governmental, as defined by relevant Agency guidelines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Working independently under the supervision of the Mission Controller or his/her designate, the consultant will:
  • Support USAID/Uganda Office of Financial Management in the performance of a country level examination of GoU PFM environment and associated fiduciary and related risks (PMFRAF Stage 1 Rapid Appraisal), as well as elements of governance and public accountability. This examination will be used to meet the requirements of the PFMRAF Stage 1 Rapid Appraisal, and will be guided by the Stage 1 Checklist, ADS 220 and ADS 220mae.
  • Perform a “Fiduciary and Capacity Risk Profile” of twenty GOU entities (list will be provided by USAID) to help USAID make a preliminary determination of their suitability for a potential Government to Government “Pilot” arrangement in line with the provisions and waivers outlined in ADS 220.3.1 (b) (1). 
  • Analyze the systems in ten GOU entities selected by USAID from # 2 above. For each entity, the consultant will determine and document that the entity has the systems required to manage the proposed assistance. 
Key Deliverables:
  • Completed DRAFT PFMRAF Stage 1 Questionnaire
  • Draft minutes of meetings with various GoU and other entities with clear identification of areas of responsibilities; includes following up with responsible parties on open actions items
  • Draft minutes of meetings/interviews of fieldwork which will consist of interviews and meetings (30-40 meetings/interviews) with GoU counterparts in Accountability entities, including MoFPED, Office of Auditor General, PPDA, Inspectorate General of Government, Internal Auditor General, etc. A minimum of 30-40 meetings are expected
  • Draft version of the Stage 1 Appraisal report 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in Accounting, Auditing, Commerce, Public Policy, or related areas;
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in Public Financial Management; to include any aspects of designing or implementing PFM reforms at national government level, PFM capacity building, drafting PFM regulations, etc.;
  • A minimum of five years of experience in Public Financial Management (PFM) work in Uganda is required;
  • Significant experience in consulting for national governments, bilateral or multilateral donors (e.g. World Bank, IMF, EU, USAID, DfID) preferred;
  • Expertise with applying diagnostic tools (e.g. PEFA, IMF Fiscal Transparency diagnostic, TADAT) or performing other PFM-related diagnostics is preferred;
  • Significant experience supporting National level Accountability Sector institutional reforms (e.g. Ministry of Finance, National Procurement Agency, Supreme Audit Institutions, etc.) is required;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of all office applications. 

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Candidates who meet the above criteria should send their CV, Cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here, expressing interest to thelearningcontract.recruit@gmail.com with the subject line as “ATTN: Consultancy Opportunity (USAID/Uganda Public Financial Management/Government to Government (G2G) Analysis.”

Deadline: 3rd May 2017 by 5:00pm

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