2 Fiscal Economist Job Opportunities – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

 

Job Title:    Fiscal Economist (2
Positions)

Organisation: Overseas
Development Institute (ODI)

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 

About US:

Overseas Development
Institute (ODI) runs a small number of long-term technical assistance
programmes providing high-quality, demand-driven support to governments on
issues related to public spending. Our support to the Government of Uganda
dates back to 2011 and is currently supporting reforms to improve the adequacy,
equity and efficiency of funding for local government services, while also
supporting a broader initiative to increase budget transparency.

 

ODI’s support to the
Government of Uganda is divided into four related workstreams:

·       
Grant
management:
Supporting the
Government to strengthen the management of inter-governmental fiscal transfers,
including allocation formulae, grant guidelines, ICT systems, reporting and
budget execution.

·       
Performance
assessment:
Establishing a
system of performance-based grants and performance improvement plans to local
governments and service delivery units.

·       
Accountability
and transparency:
Increasing
the availability of budget information and helping key intermediaries to access
and use this information under the Government’s Budget Transparency Initiative
(BTI).

·       
Research
and learning:
Providing
evidence to shape Government policy on fiscal decentralisation reforms and
improving the effectiveness of ODI support to the Government. This is supported
by a team of researchers based at ODI’s headquarters in London.

 

Job Summary:  The position is a full-time role of a minimum
of 180 consultancy days a year, supporting the team to deliver the Government
of Uganda reform objectives. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is
recruiting one to two positions to join our team in Uganda advising on public
spending reforms, based in Kampala. The roles would suit mid-career experts in
public financial management, local government or economic policy with
experience of working in government.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Support
development and design of the fiscal transfer formulae to improve the equity
and adequacy of transfers to local governments in line with National
Development Plan;

·       
Support
the government in implementation of the intergovernmental fiscal transfers
including the design of grant guidelines, reporting on implementation of
transfers, verification of targets, awareness raising and reporting and
facilitation of oversight meetings

·       
Support
the government in managing requirements under donor funded programs, notably
the EU support to Fiscal Decentralisation and Service Delivery Program

·       
Conduct
data analysis, including on wage bills, equity of allocations, budget adherence
to guidelines, local government performance data, costing of meeting minimum
standards, etc.

·       
Participate
in the design and implementation of performance assessment systems for local
governments and service delivery units.

·       
Work
with the Ugandan government to refine and iterate information management
systems, support usage of systems in implementation of transfers, train staff
on use of system and analysis of reports generated,

·       
Support
research activities including participation in annual reviews of the
intergovernmental fiscal transfer system as well as other research and lesson
learning activities.

·       
There
may also be opportunities to be involved in ODI’s broader research and advisory
work in the field of public finance.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline
(economics, public administration, etc.) or commensurate experience.

·       
Previous
experience supporting public sector reforms in a developing country context.

·       
Advanced
understanding of public sector budgeting and financial management

·       
Knowledge
of information management systems for financial and sector monitoring.

·       
Excellent
analytical and writing skills.

·       
Very
good Excel skills – capable of managing large datasets, perform analysis, as
well as teaching others.

·       
Proven
ability to learn on the job and deliver in a fast-paced and political
environment.

·       
Ability
to work with counterparts of different backgrounds and in different agencies

 

Desirable

·       
Experience
in a similar role.

·       
Previous
experience working in Government.

·       
Previous
experience working in Uganda and/or on local government financing.

·       
Knowledge
of programming and/or ICT systems development.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should Email an updated CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the
requirements of the role, to pfirecruitment@odi.org.uk.

 

Deadline: Friday, 4th December 2020.

 

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