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Modernization of Public Finance Mgmt - P144952

Internal Revenue Department | Published July 16, 2015  -  Deadline July 29, 2015
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Auditor Advisor GOVERNMENT OF THEREPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR Ministry of FINANCE internal revenue Department Modernizationof Public Finance ManagementProject (MPFMP) (Project IDNo. P144952) REQUEST FOREXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT - Tax Audit Expert to assist the InternalRevenue Department of the Ministry of Finance in building fundamental skills and capacity to carry out taxpayer audits for bothindirect and income tax (REF: AuditorAdvisor) 1.        INTRODUCTION The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financingin the amount of US$ 30 millionequivalent from the World Bank, and US$25 million grant from the UK and Australian governmentstoward the cost of the Modernization of Public Finance Management Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to paymentsfor goods and consulting services to be procured under this project. The development objective of the Modernization of PublicFinance Management (PFM) Project for Myanmar is to support efficient, accountable, and responsive delivery of public servicesthrough the modernization of Myanmar's PFM systems and strengthening institutional capacity. The project has fivecomponents: a.         Improving revenue mobilization through bringing more revenues from natural resources on budget andstrengthening tax administration b.         Responsive Planning and Budget Preparations c.         Supporting Effective Budget Execution and Financial Reporting d.        Fostering External Oversight and Accountability e.         Establishing a Sustainable Institutional Platform and Skills-base for PFM For a more detailed understanding of the scope of the Project and its governance andorganizational structure, kindly consult the project appraisal document (PAD): http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/02/19393607/myanmar-modernization-public-finance-management-project. The Internal Revenue Department isseeking to recruit an international Audit expert to assist in: (i)              Building on the basic training received the consultant willimprove the capacity of theLTO audit function to conduct audits of large businesses. This includes all steps of audit case management frompreparing an auditcase to conducting the audit and documenting auditfindings and results. (ii)           He/shewill act as a mentor advising audit teams on possible actions to takeand audit techniques to use and beavailable to lead brainstorming sessions on problems and challenges in the audit process, to provide input into rules andregulations aimed at identifying areas of tax evasion and may actively participate in the conduct of specific audits. The consultant therefore is expected to act both as a trainer, coach, mentor, and advisor. Thetraining activities that are conducted should be practice-oriented, using case studies from advanced tax administrations butprimarily live files from commercial tax and income tax returns filed by LTO taxpayers. As a result of the training activities LTOauditors will: (i)                Befamiliar with the processes of audit case management; (ii)               Have anunderstanding of audit approaches and techniques used for large taxpayer audits and be able to apply these approaches andtechniques in their practical work; (iii)             Understand industry-specific issues relatedto audit and compliance management; (iv)             Understand the specific audit challengesrelated to multinational enterprises and be able to verify cross-border transactions; (v)               Understandthe linkages between the audit functions and other compliance management functions in the LTO and the Internal Revenue Department(IRD). 2.        SPECIFIC SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT Details of specifictasks are provided in the Terms of Reference available upon request at the below address. Clarifications and technical questionsshould be addressed to U Zeya Kyi Nyunt, Deputy Director General and Chairman of the Tax Reform Program Management Unit (TRPMU) andDaw Mya Mya Oo, Director of Large Taxpayers' Office (LTO), Internal Revenue Department. 3.        QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The prospective candidate shall havethe following qualifications: (a)    Degree in accounting, economics or related area withsupporting professionaldesignation, as well as at least 15 years of experience in conducting taxpayer audits (including at least several years of auditsof large businesses and international tax issues); (b)   Proven experience in sector specific audit issues in 1 or more of the followingsectors: extractives, banking and finance, construction, telecommunications; (c)    Experience as an audit manager at the entry or mid-level; (d)   Proven experience in training and capacity building for public sectororganizations; (d) Proficiency inEnglish with good report writing skills. (e) Good communication skillsand able to work in group environment, project evaluation experience also required. (f) Personalintegrity, sense of responsibility and ability to offer unbiased opinions. (g)Work experience in developing countries is highly desirable. 4.        DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT Theassignment is for an estimated initial duration of 8 months in Yangonat the Large Taxpayer's Office of theInternal Revenue Department (IRD). The consultant will besubject to a performance review within 3 months into the position; contract may be extended beyond the 8-month period, subject tothe needs and mutual agreement. The consultant will need to travel to Nay Pyi Taw as specified in the terms ofreference. Acting on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, the TRPMU and the LTO now invites expressions of interest from qualified and experienced individualconsultants to undertake the above mentioned services which are further detailed in the Terms of Reference for thisassignment. The consultant will be selected in accordance with the "Guidelines: Selectionand Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers" dated January2011. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn toparagraph 1.9 of the Guidelines, setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflictof interest. The minimum selectioncriteria are: Insubmitting their expressions of interest, consultants are kindly requested to indicate thefollowing reference. Interested consultants mustprovide their updated curriculum vitae, indicating personal , audit and technical skills, academic qualifications, experience in similarassignments ,and experience in other developing countries along with the names of least three (3) referees with contact information(e-mail address, telephone or fax numbers). Expression of Interest shall be submitted via email to the below specifiedaddresses. Interested consultants may obtain copies of the detailed Terms of reference (in English) bysubmitting a request by email at the below email addresses. Expressions of the interest must be submitted in duplicate copies to thepostal address below orby email no later than July 29,2015. Only short-listed candidates will be notified on next follow-on steps. Modernization of Public Financial Management ProjectUnit To the Attentionof: U Zeya Kyi Nyunt Deputy Director General and Chairman of the Tax Reform Program Management Unit(TRPMU) Internal Revenue Department Tel : 95-67-430069 Fax : 95-67-430212 Email: trpmu@irdmyanmar.gov.mm AND copy to : U Zaw Naing, Co-Chair of the Procurement Coordination and Advisory Unit (PCAU) Ministry ofFinance, Office No, 26 Nay Pyi Taw, Tel:95-67-410529, 410530 Fax: 95-67-410529,410530,410451 e-mail: pcaumm@mptmail.net.mm

International Consultant (DRR Youth Volunteer Programme Strategy Development)

United Nations Development Programme | Published April 2, 2015  -  Deadline April 16, 2015
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Myanmar is exposed to a wide range of natural hazards, triggering different types of small scale to large-scale disasters across the country’s territory. A total of 27 natural disasters have been recorded between 1980 and 2010, causing the death of approximately 140,000 people, and affecting the lives and livelihoods of 3.9 million people; an average of 125,000 people a year. By far the most devastating natural disaster in Myanmar’s history, cyclone Nargis tore through the Delta region in May 2008, affecting 2.4 million people and claiming the lives of 135,000. It is estimated that around 870,000 people in Myanmar live in areas that are exposed to cyclones, and a similar proportion are vulnerable to earthquakes, with two fault lines running through the country across some densely populated areas. Furthermore 440,000 people are vulnerable to flooding and 390,000 are exposed to drought. These risks are being further exacerbated due to processes attributed to climate change and variability. Myanmar’s vulnerability to hazards is compounded by socio-economic factors: widespread poverty and poor infrastructures are at the heart of the country’s relatively low capability to recover from a significant event, be it natural or man-made. It is this combination of hazard vulnerability and low capacity which makes Myanmar the “most at-risk country” in Asia-Pacific according to the InfoRM model. A positive impact of Cyclone Nargis was that it increased Government’s awareness of the need to plan and prepare for future disasters, and of the need for prevention, mitigation and community awareness activities. The Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) developed by the Tri-Partite Core Group (TCG) outlined ways to reduce hazards and limit the effect of future disasters. Myanmar is one of the 168 countries that endorsed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and is also a signatory of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), which came into force in 2009. The AADMER is a proactive regional framework for cooperation, coordination, technical assistance, and resource mobilization in all aspects of disaster management, and the first legally binding HFA-related instrument. In order to meet regional and international commitments on DRR, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MSWRR) published the Myanmar Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR) in 2009 with the goal ‘To make Myanmar Safer and more Resilient against Natural Hazards, thus Protecting Lives, Livelihood and Developmental Gains’. The Government officially endorsed MAPDRR in 2012, in an effort to provide greater impetus for DRR work in Myanmar. The document was updated to reflect the political changes in the country and the post-Nargis environment characterized by a multiplicity of natural hazards. The Government of Myanmar continued to demonstrate its commitment to DRR by introducing a Disaster Management Law, in 2013 and assorted Rules and Regulations currently awaiting Cabinet’s approval. MAPDRR provides the foundations for the youth volunteer programme, particularly component 6 on community-based disaster preparedness and risk reduction, and within that project 6.3: Promoting Community based Disaster Risk Reduction Volunteerism. To support the Government’s efforts on DRR, the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRRWG) was established in 2008 and has since grown into a diverse network of more than 60 agencies and organizations working for DRR interventions in Myanmar. The DRRWG is characterized by high levels of commitment, broad participation and a strong partnership relation with the line Government Unit, the Department of Relief and Resettlement under the MSWRR. The DRRWG provides the umbrella under which most of the DRR activities are being designed, agreed and implemented and, as such, will play a key role in the strategy development process. Rationale of the consultancy In 2014, in an attempt to reinforce their capacities in CBDRR and in line with MAPDRR, the Relief and Resettlement Department launched the DRR youth volunteer programme with the aim of raising disaster awareness at the grassroots level and improving communities’ knowledge of early warning systems. The volunteers are also seen as first responders, the operational arm of township disaster management committees, and are expected to play a role of interface between the community and external service providers for DRR, as well as response and recovery activities. With this goal in mind, RRD rolled-out an initial training program in a short timeframe, which has benefitted 3000 volunteers (30% women) from over 800 villages in 14 Regions and States as of March 15. The training follows a cascade approach whereby training is provided to a number of master trainers at district level, following which they conduct multiplier trainings at township level. The volunteers ultimately receive a 3-day course on Disaster Risk Reduction that covers issues such as “understanding risks and natural hazards of Myanmar”, “DRM approaches: Preparedness, response and recovery”, “disaster resilience and safer development”, etc. UN-Habitat and ADPC, which have supported several of the trainings technically and/or financially, have collected and/or documented key lessons learnt. RRD is facing financial limitations to scale up training programs and provide trained volunteers with basic equipment, including early warning equipment, IEC and training materials, etc. Issues of complementarity and coordination with existing volunteer networks, in particular the Myanmar Red Cross Society, also need to be addressed to ensure that there is a clear and shared understanding of the division of roles and responsibilities on the ground. The programme has not received the level of support expected, mostly due to the fact that it lacks a clear strategic vision and road map that would lay down its objectives, operationalization plan, sustainability mechanisms and linkages with existing institutional frameworks at national and sub-national levels. This includes clarifying the role of the volunteer programme vis a vis the planned Community Disaster Resilience Framework, the National Policy and Program on CBDRR (MAPDRR projects 6.1 and 6.2), and the roll-out of the social protection strategy through integrated social protection services aimed to provide a comprehensive response to all types of vulnerabilities. It is also important to clarify the linkages between the youth volunteer programme and the National Disaster Management Training Centre established by the Government of Myanmar in 2014. The DRR Working Group is committed to support RRD’s DRR youth volunteer programme. Three members of the DRR WG, namely UNDP, UNICEF and UNV, have technical and financial resources available to support the development of a strategic framework for the youth volunteer programme, which will enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of RRD’s ongoing efforts. This will be done through the hiring of an international consultant commissioned jointly by all three agencies in support of RRD, and who will work in close coordination with the DRR WG as a whole. The strategic framework will constitute the foundations upon which the DRR WG can continue to engage and support the youth volunteer programme. The consultancy will managed by UNDP Myanmar but the consultant will receive guidance from a committee made of representatives from UNDP, UNICEF and UNV, and will work in direct support of RRD. Additionally, the consultant will work in close collaboration with the DRR Working group of Myanmar. The overall objective of the intervention is to support RRD in developing a strategic framework for the DRR youth volunteer programme to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the programme (including but not limited to: vision and mission, objectives, costed road map for implementation and resource mobilization strategy).

Modernization of Public Finance Mgmt - P144952

Internal Revenue Department | Published January 25, 2016  -  Deadline February 5, 2016
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International Ict Expert (individual Consultant) Republic of the Union ofMyanmar Ministry of Finance Modernization of Public Finance ManagementProject (MPFMp) Request forExpressions of Interest for International position of Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) Expert (IndividualConsultant) Country:                                 Republic of the Union of Myanmar Name of theProject:              Modernization of Public Finance ManagementProject (MPFMp) Consulting Services:                International ICT Expert (Individual Consultant) Duty Station:                          Nay Pyi Taw,Myanmar Project IDNo.:                      P144952 Credit/GrantNo.:                    Credit No 54020-MM, Grant No TF01719 REOI No.:                              MPFMp/A-C102 Procurement Plan Ref.:            A-C102 AdvertisingDate:                   21January 2016 ClosingDate:                          05 February2016 Backgound TheRepublic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing in the amount of US$ 30 million equivalent from the World Bank, andUS$25million grant from the UK and Australian governments toward the cost of the Modernization of Public Finance ManagementProject, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods and consultingservices to be procured under thisproject. Thedevelopment objective of the Modernization of Public Finance Management (PFM) Project for Myanmar is to support efficient,accountable, and responsive delivery of public services through the modernization of Myanmar's PFM systems and strengtheninginstitutional capacity. The project has five components: a.         Improving revenue mobilization through bringing more revenues from natural resources on budget and strengthening taxadministration b.         Responsive Planning and Budget Preparations c.         Supporting Effective Budget Execution and Financial Reporting d.        Fostering External Oversight and Accountability e.         Establishing a Sustainable Institutional Platform and Skills-base for PFM For a more detailed understanding of the scope of theProject and its governance and organizational structure, kindly consult the project appraisal document (PAD): http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/02/19393607/myanmar-modernization-public-finance-management-project. Component A This component initially focuses on piloting reforms on the largest and highest capacity taxpayers,through the establishment of a Large Taxpayer's Office (LTO). This office will operate under a functional (rather than tax type)organizational structure, will pilot a move to the Self-Assessment System,and will begin to employ contained IT solutions needed tomanage taxpayer registration, strengthen compliance, manage risk systematically, employ risk-based auditing, and monitor and managearrears. In future it is hopedthat IRD would step out from its traditional methods of tax assessments and collections but apply the advantages offered bymoderninformation technology and make the assessments and collectionof taxes more efficient and thorough. It also involves a balancedapproach in giving the taxpayers good services and lowering the tax burden on the taxpayers. These programs are being carried outwith the aim to improve the investment climate and also promote equitable, just andtransparent tax management in thecountry. When conducting Tax Reform Program - TRP there will be(4)sectors involved: Institutional development, Proceduraldevelopment, Information Technology development, Planning management development       . Out of these (4)sectors the development of information technology also involves developments in capacity building in tax management and informationtechnology sector. This also would involve: (a)    Designing a modern MTAIS program and acquiring andupgrading the necessary ICT hardware and software and implementing as necessary. (b)   Acquiring necessary E-tax applications. (c)    Setting up a pilot tax data storagefacility. IRD's operations currently arelargely paper-based and supported only by two rather basic IT systems. An e-RTS system is used to report assessment and collectionresults; the system however has no return processing functionality or case management and analysis capability. A multiple featureManagement Information System (IRDMIS) is only used by the major tax office in Yangon and shall be discontinued, as it cannot beupgradedto a web-based system. IRD has now prepared an IT development strategy aiming at ensuring comprehensive IT support for itsmodernized functions and operations. It is intended to procure a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) tax administration IT systempackage under the World Bank Public Finance Management Modernization project. The system shall firstbe introduced in the IRDheadquarters and in the newly created large taxpayer office (LTO) in Yangon and subsequently be rolled out to medium taxpayeroffices and small taxpayer offices. Objectives of the Assignment The ICT Consultantwill assist IRD in (i) preparing the procurement documents for the COTS system; (ii) conducting market analysis of COTS systemsavailable; (iii) ensuring that the bidding is conducted according toWorld Bank procurement rules; and (iv) preparing the bidevaluation report. In this context the consultant will advise IRD on the design and specifications of the COTS system and theexpected implementation schedule of the system. It is also expected that the Consultant will contribute to building capacity in theIT Department of IRD and prepare the department staff for managing the system implementation process. Specific Scope of the Assignment Tasksof the assignmentare in particular: (a)   Advise IRD on definingthe precise requirements and scope of the Integrated IT system, based on the analysis of international modernpractices,international experience with COTS system implementation, and the specific needs of IRD and institutional environment in Myanmar. (b)  Prepare a list offunctional and technical requirements of the system to be incorporated into the COTS bidding documents (BDs). (c)   Assist IRD inpreparing the full set of COTS BDs and ensure that the BDs are explicit, clear and accurate, complete, consistent and fully in linewith World Bank procurement rules and requirements. (d)  Assist IRD inpreparing the procurement plan and procurement schedule as well as prepare and complete the individual steps of the procurementprocess, including the evaluation of bids received and the selection of the successful bidder. (e)   Assist IRD in handlingof disputes with bidders related to thebidding process in case such disputes should arise. (f)   Assist in thepreparation of an evaluation system and criteriafor the selection of the successful bidder. (g)  Assist in thepreparation and negotiation of the contract with the selected bidder. (h)  Conduct marketanalysis and provide guidance and advice to IRD on the different COTS products available, their use in countries and lessonslearned from the introduction of individual COTS systems in specificcountries. (i)    Assist, if requestedby IRD, in organizing system presentations by COTS providers and evaluating these presentations. (j)    Assist in thepreparation of progress reports and answering IT system procurement related questions to the World Bank project team and IRD seniormanagement. (k)  Assist in respondingto questions from bidders and participate in meetings with bidders on the technical and functional requirements of the COTSsolution. (l)    Prepare and conducttraining and capacity building events for IRD technical (IT) staff on issues related to COTS system implementation as well asinformation sessions to IRD management. (m) Provide advice to IRD technical staff, in particularthe IT Department and the Tax Reform Program Management Unit (TRPMU) on preparatory steps for theimplementation of a COTSsystem. (n)  Evaluate the current systems that operate in IRD specifically ERTS (Nation wide IT system) and TRMS (LTOSpecific) and advise IRD accordingly on their suitability for ongoing use. Deliverables The consultant shallprepare the following documents and reports: 1.      A proposal for the technical and functional requirementsof the COTS system to be procured; 2.      The full set of BDs for the integrated taxadministration IT system; 3.      A procurement plan including a timeframe (targets) forthe individual procurement stepsas well as preparatory and implementation requirements to successfully and timely complete thesesteps; 4.      A report providing guidelines for the bid evaluationprocess including evaluation criteria and scoring. 5.      A draft of the bid evaluation report. 6.      A comparative analysis of tax administration COTSsystems available including information on the experience with the practical implementation of these systems and theiruse; 7.      COTS system discovery sessions with system providers (orintegrators) and evaluation reports on such sessions as required; 8.      Progress reports to IRD management and to the WorldBank, including input into World Bank project implementation support missions; 9.      Curricula and training material for training activitiesand delivery of training sessions. Qualifications & Experience The prospectivecandidate shall have the following qualifications: (a) Engineering degreein technology or electronic field with minimum (10) years of experience in ICT field. (b) Proven experience in the procurement ofintegrated IT systems. (c) Knowledge about tax software packages will bebeneficial, but not essential. (d) Proficiency in English with good report writingskills. (e) Good communicationskills and able to work in group environment, project evaluation experience also required. (f) Personal integrity, sense of responsibility andability to offer unbiased opinions. Work experience in developing countries is highlydesirable. Expected duration of the full time assignment is 12 months. Consultant will be subject to a performance review within 3months into the position; contract may be extended beyond the period of 12 months, subject to the needs and mutual agreement. Thelocation of the assignment is at the Internal Revenue Department Office in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Ministry of Finance now invites expressions of interestfrom qualified and experienced individual consultants toundertake theabove mentioned services. A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in section V of theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants byWorld Bank Borrowers (January 2011, revised in July2014). Expressions of interest must be submitted in duplicatecopies to thepostal address below or sent to the email addresses no later than 05 February,2016 (before 16:00 hours).  Only short-listed candidates willbe notified on next follow-on steps. Please mention the following in the subject line of theemail: Modernization of Public Financial ManagementProject Reference: MPFM-A-C102 To the Attention of: U Min Htut, Director General Internal Revenue Department c/o Modernization of Public Finance ManagementProjectUnit Bldg No 46, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Email ids: trpmu@irdmyanmar.gov.mm AND copy to: U Zaw Naing, Chair of the Procurement Coordination and Advisory Unit(PCAU) c/o Modernization of Public Finance ManagementProjectUnit Bldg No 26, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Tel: 95-67-410529, 410530 Fax: 95-67-410529, 410530, 410451 Email ids: zawnaing652011@gmail.com & pcaumm@mptmail.net.mm

International Consultant (PR Transition)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS | Published October 23, 2015  -  Deadline October 30, 2015
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Contract duration: 12 months Duty station: Yangon/Nay Pyi Taw BACKGROUND/CONTEXT: The current Global Fund (GFATM) grants to Myanmar are ending December 2016 and a new grant proposal needs to be prepared and submitted by June 2016. In addition, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has started a process that is to prepare the ministry for taking over the role of Principal Recipient (PR) of part of the Global Fund (GFATM) grants in Myanmar. The aim is to be able to take full or part responsibility as PR by January 2017, hence coinciding with the start of the next GFATM funding cycle in Myanmar. An assessment of MoH’s current capacity was made by an international team of consultants in March and April 2015. Following the submission of the report a unit was created in MoH to build on the findings of the report and prepare a more detailed road map towards MoH taking PR responsibilities. In order to support the Myanmar government and MoH and in particularly the PR Transition Unit within MoH with GFATM processes an international consultant will be hired. Work will include assisting with the drafting of a new Concept Note and the building of needed capacity to take on the role of PR. The constancy will be carried out under the supervision of the Director of Disease Control and the UNAIDS Country Director in close collaboration with other Ministry of Health colleagues, the GFATM, UNOPS GFATM Team (current PR), the M-HSCC Secretariat, USAID in Myanmar, and other strategic partners. It will require strong diplomacy and understanding of the Myanmar context and GFATM requirements in order to establish a good working relationship with the many stakeholders. The consultant will be based in Yangon with regular travels to Nay Pyi Taw. Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultancy: Working with the MoH PR unit and key stakeholders to further identify exact areas, tasks and skills needed to be strengthened or built within the Ministry of Health primarily in the areas of Programme Management including management of SRs Financial Management Procurement and supply chain management M & E Assist with preparing a detailed plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source. Assist with the implementation of the capacity building plan either by conducting training directly or by identifying and contracting resource persons or organizations with the needed expertise and comparative advantage within the specific area. Provide support for the development of the new GF Concept Note due June 2016. This includes Coordination with key stakeholders for each part of the Concept Note Ensuring that all pertinent stakeholders are included in a meaningful manner in the process Organising and coordinating select meetings and workshops including preparing agendas, minutes and ensure needed follow-up. Drafting end editing areas of the Concept Note text and ensuring GFATM standards are met for a successful Concept Note submission. Function as a point of contact for donors (PEPFAR, USAID, multilaterals, etc.) that coordinates and communicates on GFATM processes, policies and activities. This includes preparing regular briefings to donors such as PEPFAR and multilaterals. Performing other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others. Deliverable/outputs by end of contract Plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source Finalised and submitted Concept Note Briefings for donors prepared and submitted Impact of outputs The key outputs are critical for a successful GFATM application process and the transfer of PR responsibilities to MoH. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Bachelor or Master degree in public health, development, social sciences, public administration, management or related field Experience: Master Degree and 2 years, or Bachelor Degree and 5 years progressively responsible experience in capacity building, training design, training, programme design, management, administration, and monitoring and evaluation in relevant field Languages: Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of Myanmar language an advantage Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills: Experience with training needs assessments, training planning and capacity building Strong analytical and communication (written and spoken), skills; Interested candidates are requested to send their application to htwey@unaids.org with the following: 1. P11 (Personal History Form) 2. An updated curriculum vitae and recent passport photo 3. Covering letter, which addresses each of the required qualifications above 4. Proposed consultancy fees for the assignment Please note that the deadline for application submission is 30 October 2015.

International Consultant (PR Transition)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS | Published December 1, 2015  -  Deadline December 17, 2015
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Title: International Consultant Contract duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension of additional 12 months) Organization unit: UNAIDS Office, Myanmar Duty station: Yangon/Nay Pyi Taw _____________ BACKGROUND/CONTEXT: The current Global Fund (GFATM) grants to Myanmar are ending December 2016 and a new grant proposal needs to be prepared and submitted by June 2016. In addition, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has started a process that is to prepare the ministry for taking over the role of Principal Recipient (PR) of part of the Global Fund (GFATM) grants in Myanmar. The aim is to be able to take full or part responsibility as PR by January 2017, hence coinciding with the start of the next GFATM funding cycle in Myanmar. An assessment of MoH’s current capacity was made by an international team of consultants in March and April 2015. Following the submission of the report a unit was created in MoH to build on the findings of the report and prepare a more detailed road map towards MoH taking PR responsibilities. In order to support the Myanmar government and MoH and in particularly the PR Transition Unit within MoH with GFATM processes an international consultant will be hired. Work will include assisting with the drafting of a new Concept Note and the building of needed capacity to take on the role of PR. The constancy will be carried out under the supervision of the Director of Disease Control and the UNAIDS Country Director in close collaboration with other Ministry of Health colleagues, the GFATM, UNOPS GFATM Team (current PR), the M-HSCC Secretariat, USAID in Myanmar, and other strategic partners. It will require strong diplomacy and understanding of the Myanmar context and GFATM requirements in order to establish a good working relationship with the many stakeholders. The consultant will be based in Yangon with regular travels to Nay Pyi Taw. Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultancy: 1.            Working with the MoH PR unit and key stakeholders to further identify exact areas, tasks and skills needed to be strengthened or built within the Ministry of Health primarily in the areas of a.            Programme Management including management of SRs b.            Financial Management c.            Procurement and supply chain management d.            M & E 2.            Assist with preparing a detailed plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source. 3.            Assist with the implementation of the capacity building plan either by conducting training directly or by identifying and contracting resource persons or organizations with the needed expertise and comparative advantage within the specific area. 4.            Provide support for the development of the new GF Concept Note due June 2016. This includes a.            Coordination with key stakeholders for each part of the Concept Note b.            Ensuring that all pertinent stakeholders are included in a meaningful manner in the process c.            Organising and coordinating select meetings and workshops including preparing agendas, minutes and ensure needed follow-up. d.            Drafting end editing areas of the Concept Note text and ensuring GFATM standards are met for a successful Concept Note submission. 5.            Function as a point of contact for donors (PEPFAR, USAID, multilaterals, etc.) that coordinates and communicates on GFATM processes, policies and activities. This includes preparing regular briefings to donors such as PEPFAR and multilaterals. 6.            Performing other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others. Deliverable/outputs by end of contract 1.            Plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source 2.            Finalised and submitted Concept Note 3.            Briefings for donors prepared and submitted Impact of outputs The key outputs are critical for a successful GFATM application process and the transfer of PR responsibilities to MoH. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Bachelor or Master degree in public health, development, social sciences, public administration, management or related field Experience: Master Degree and 2 years, or Bachelor Degree and 5 years progressively responsible experience in capacity building, training design, training, programme design, management, administration, and monitoring and evaluation in relevant field Languages: Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of Myanmar language an advantage Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills: Experience with training needs assessments, training planning and capacity building Strong analytical and communication (written and spoken), skills; Interested candidates are requested to send their application to htwey@unaids.org with the following: 1. P11 (Personal History Form) 2. An updated curriculum vitae and recent passport photo 3. Covering letter, which addresses each of the required qualifications above 4. Proposed consultancy fees for the assignment Please note that the deadline for application submission is 17 December 2015.

International Consultant-PR Transition

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS | Published October 7, 2015  -  Deadline October 21, 2015
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Title: International Consultant Contract duration: 12 months Organization unit: UNAIDS Office, Myanmar Duty station: Yangon/Nay Pyi Taw BACKGROUND/CONTEXT: The current Global Fund (GFATM) grants to Myanmar are ending December 2016 and a new grant proposal needs to be prepared and submitted by June 2016. In addition, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has started a process that is to prepare the ministry for taking over the role of Principal Recipient (PR) of part of the Global Fund (GFATM) grants in Myanmar. The aim is to be able to take full or part responsibility as PR by January 2017, hence coinciding with the start of the next GFATM funding cycle in Myanmar. An assessment of MoH’s current capacity was made by an international team of consultants in March and April 2015. Following the submission of the report a unit was created in MoH to build on the findings of the report and prepare a more detailed road map towards MoH taking PR responsibilities. In order to support the Myanmar government and MoH and in particularly the PR Transition Unit within MoH with GFATM processes an international consultant will be hired. Work will include assisting with the drafting of a new Concept Note and the building of needed capacity to take on the role of PR. The constancy will be carried out under the supervision of the Director of Disease Control and the UNAIDS Country Director in close collaboration with other Ministry of Health colleagues, the GFATM, UNOPS GFATM Team (current PR), the M-HSCC Secretariat, USAID in Myanmar, and other strategic partners. It will require strong diplomacy and understanding of the Myanmar context and GFATM requirements in order to establish a good working relationship with the many stakeholders. The consultant will be based in Yangon with regular travels to Nay Pyi Taw. Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Consultancy: Working with the MoH PR unit and key stakeholders to further identify exact areas, tasks and skills needed to be strengthened or built within the Ministry of Health primarily in the areas of Programme Management including management of SRs Financial Management Procurement and supply chain management M & E Assist with preparing a detailed plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source. Assist with the implementation of the capacity building plan either by conducting training directly or by identifying and contracting resource persons or organizations with the needed expertise and comparative advantage within the specific area. Provide support for the development of the new GF Concept Note due June 2016. This includes Coordination with key stakeholders for each part of the Concept Note Ensuring that all pertinent stakeholders are included in a meaningful manner in the process Organising and coordinating select meetings and workshops including preparing agendas, minutes and ensure needed follow-up. Drafting end editing areas of the Concept Note text and ensuring GFATM standards are met for a successful Concept Note submission. Function as a point of contact for donors (PEPFAR, USAID, multilaterals, etc.) that coordinates and communicates on GFATM processes, policies and activities. This includes preparing regular briefings to donors such as PEPFAR and multilaterals. Performing other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others. Deliverable/outputs by end of contract Plan for capacity building including tasks, timeline, budget and funding source Finalised and submitted Concept Note Briefings for donors prepared and submitted Impact of outputs The key outputs are critical for a successful GFATM application process and the transfer of PR responsibilities to MoH. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Bachelor or Master degree in public health, development, social sciences, public administration, management or related field Experience: Master Degree and 2 years, or Bachelor Degree and 5 years progressively responsible experience in capacity building, training design, training, programme design, management, administration, and monitoring and evaluation in relevant field Languages: Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of Myanmar language an advantage Functional/Technical Knowledge and Skills: Experience with training needs assessments, training planning and capacity building Strong analytical and communication (written and spoken), skills; Interested candidates are requested to send their application to htwey@unaids.org with the following: 1. P11 (Personal History Form) 2. An updated curriculum vitae and recent passport photo 3. Covering letter, which addresses each of the required qualifications above 4. Proposed consultancy fees for the assignment Please note that the deadline for application submission is 21 October 2015.

MM:Telecommunications Sector Reform - P145534

Post and Telecommunications Department | Published August 11, 2015  -  Deadline August 24, 2015
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Development Of Universal Service Strategy, Universal Service Fund Manual, Implementation Procedures And Design Of Pilot Programs REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST MYANMAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORM PROJECT Credit No.: 5353-MM Assignment Title: Development of Universal Service Strategy,Universal Service Fund Manual, implementation procedures and design of pilot programs Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan):C 2.1 The Government of the Union ofMyanmarhas received financing from the World Bank toward thecost of theTelecommunications Sector Reform Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services ("the Services") include providing support to the Ministry of Communicationsand InformationTechnology (MCIT) and its Post and TelecommunicationsDepartment (PTD) for the design of Myanmar's Universal Servicestrategy and for its implementation in a number of pilot areas to accelerate the development of rural telecommunicationsinfrastructure and services in locations that are unlikely to attract sufficient private investment. The consultants will provide support to carry out the following tasks: a)      Phase A: Design theUniversal Service Strategy of Myanmar. Specifically, the consultants will provide technicalassistance support to: (i) conduct a detailed scoping of the Universal Service strategy; (ii) establish targets and indicators forincreased rural coverage; (iii) define programs (both demand and supply side) to be subsidized; (iv) develop a Universal ServiceFund manual and procedures; and (v) assist MCIT, as and when required, in setting up Universal Service Fund according to theprocedures. b)      Phase B: Implement theUniversal Service strategy in a number of pilot areas. Specifically,the consultants will providetechnical assistance support for: (i) detailed design of pilot programs to be financed; (ii) identification and prioritization ofsites to be subsidized; (iii) support MCIT in bidding the subsidies; (iv) support the monitoring and evaluation of results; and (v)support the dissemination of the results. Total duration of the assignment is estimated to be about three yearsstarting end September 2015. The working office will beat MCIT, Nay Pyi Taw but will require travel to Yangon and other parts of Myanmar as well. The MCITnow invites eligible international consulting firms "Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theServices. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services.The shortlisting criteria are: ·         The Consultantis expected to be a firm or joint venture of firms and will be selected based on its experience and capacity in carrying out thistype of work. ·         Theconsultants must have at least 10 years of experience in similar tasks. ·         Theconsultants should be able to field a team with the following expertise: legal, financial, economic, and technical experience inthe telecommunications sector, with at least one member with 10 years and another with 5 years of international experience inprojects designing and implementing Universal Service strategies, as well as broadband access programs in rural areas and/or withinindigenous communities, particularly in the South East Asia region and other developing countries. The consultant team must alsohave a local resource/ associate in Myanmar to support it with sector related and logistical issues. ·         Theconsultants should be familiar with World Bank procurement practices and procedures and will be selected based on experience andcapacity in carrying out this type of work. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of theWorldBank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World BankBorrowersdated January 2011 ("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the "Quality and Cost BasedSelection (QCBS)" method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours0930 to 1630 hours. Expressions of interest and resumes must be delivered in a written form to the address below (inperson, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by August 24,2015.The Expression of Interest should not exceed 20 pages. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Post and Telecommunications Department Attn: Mr. Than Htun Aung, Building Number 2, Ministry of Communications andInformation Technology, NayPyi Taw, Myanmar Tel:+95 67 407435 Fax: +95 67 407539 E-mail: tsrproject2014@gmail.com; thanhtunaung@mptngw.net.mm

MM:Telecommunications Sector Reform - P145534

Post and Telecommunications Department | Published October 14, 2014  -  Deadline October 30, 2014
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Advisor For Establishment Of Myanmar Communications Commission REQUESTFOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST MYANMAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR REFORMPROJECT Credit No.: 5353-MM Assignment Title: Advisor forestablishment of Myanmar Communications Commission ReferenceNo. (as per Procurement Plan):C 1.1.3 The Government of the Union of Myanmarhas received financing from theWorld Bank toward the cost of the Telecommunications Sector Reform Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds forconsulting services. The consulting services ("the Services")include providing support to theMinistry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and its Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) to: (i) conductan assessment of Regulation in the Sector; and(ii) provide Ongoing Technical Support towards establishment of the MyanmarCommunications Commission. The consultant will carry out the following Services in two phases: Phase 1: a.       Familiarization withcurrent regulatory framework, results of other  consultancies which have been undertaken, and views of major stakeholders  with respect to the development of telecommunicationsregulation in Myanmar; b.     Review and comment on PTD's internalregulations and operating procedures,  as the casemay be, currently in effect; and c.      Comment on the financing mechanism forfunding PTD's operations, taking  into account thenature of the regulatory body and minimum budgetary  support from the Government of Myanmar. Phase 2: a.       basedon, inter alia, the findings and recommendations from Phase I, provide options for the structure of the Myanmar CommunicationsCommission; b.     based on, inter alia, thefindings andrecommendations from Phase I, provide general technical assistance to PTD in the development of internal operatingprocedures; c.       basedon the optionselected for the structure of the MCC, develop draft legal  instruments (including draft law and draft administrative procedures and rules ofbusiness); d.     help refine the financialand budgetaryplans of PTD so that there is clarity on how the MCC will receive its budget; e.       develop measures toassure compliance with legislative, regulatory and license provisions; f.       establish a training plan for key staff and identify training opportunities; g.     identify twinning opportunities withother regulators in the region; h.     assist with appropriate advice in thestaffing of PTD (and MCC) in the key areas of job descriptions and terms of references for consultancies and will advise ontheappropriateness of in-house or contracting out for key tasks; i.        co-ordinate with other regulatory bodies that may be established in the developmentof uniform regulatory policies and assistin the establishment of themodalities and procedures for a coordinated policy with agencies; and j.       advisePTD and its successor, over athree year period in preparing plans, carrying out its responsibilities, and enforcing its decisions. Total duration of the assignment is estimated to be about three yearsstarting end December 2014. The working office will be at MCIT, Nay Pyi Taw but will require travel to Yangon. The MCIT now invites eligible international consulting firms("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provideinformationdemonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services. Theshortlisting criteria are; MinimumQualificationsRequirements of the Consulting firm: The Consultant shall be a firm whose team shall: ·         Include telecommunications regulatory, legal, technical, and financial specialists of high international repute withrelevant international experience in their respective areas of expertise (minimum 12 years), particularly in developing countries. ·         have a thorough understanding of the competitive requirements of any player inthe telecoms industry and detailed knowledgeof all key areas of telecoms policy, legal issue and regulation including: licensing, dispute resolution, competition issues,interconnection, universal service, spectrum management, tariffs, consumer protection, numbering, equipment and standards. ·         have demonstrated experience in the design of regulatory bodies; ·         have knowledge and experience of telecommunications sector issues in developing countries and the ASEAN region. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRDLoans and IDACredits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the "ConsultantQualifications Selection (CQS) method set outin the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during officehours 0930 to 1630 hours. Expressions of interest and resumes mustbe delivered in a written form tothe address below (in person, or bymail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by October 30, 2014. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Post and Telecommunications Department Attn: Mr. Than Htun Aung, Building Number 2, Ministry of Communicationsand Information Technology, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Tel:+95 67 407435 Fax: +95 67 407539 E-mail: tsrproject2014@gmail.com; thanhtunaung@mptngw.net.mm

Modernization of Public Finance Mgmt - P144952

Planning Department | Published November 18, 2015  -  Deadline December 4, 2015
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International Macroeconomics Consultant (individual Consultant) Republic of the Union ofMyanmar Ministry of NationalPlanning and Economic Development Modernization of PublicFinance Management Project (MPFMp) Request for Expressions of Interestfor International position of Macroeconomics Consultant (Individual Consultant) Country:                                  Republicof the Union of Myanmar Name of the Project:              Modernization of Public Finance Management Project (MPFMp) Consulting Services:               International Macroeconomics Consultant (IndividualConsultant) Duty Station:                          Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Project ID No.:                     P144952 Credit/Grant No.:                    Credit No 54020-MM, Grant NoTF01719 REOI No.:                              MPFMp/ B2-C111 Procurement Plan Ref.:           B2-C111 Advertising Date:                   November 18, 2015 Closing Date:                         December 4, 2015 Background The development objective of theModernization of Public Finance Management (PFM) Project forMyanmar is to support efficient, accountable, and responsive deliveryofpublic services through the modernization of Myanmar's PFM systemsand strengthening institutional capacity. The project has five components: a.         Improving revenue mobilization throughbringing more revenues from natural resources on budget and strengthening tax administration b.         Responsive Planning and BudgetPreparations c.         Supporting Effective Budget Executionand Financial Reporting d.        Fostering External Oversight andAccountability e.     Establishing a Sustainable Institutional Platform andSkills-base for PFM RESPONSIVE PLANNING AND BUDGET PREPARATIONS COMPONENT This component aims at supporting the BudgetDepartment of MOF and thePlanning Department (PD) of MNPED to strengthen capacity for responsive planning and budget preparations. The planning framework and budget framework go hand in hand. This component will support the Planning Department inmonitoring macroeconomic developments and developing the macroeconomic forecasts that frame the budget and 5-year national plans.Particular attention will be given to developing a joint planning and budget schedule to ensure thatthe macroeconomic analysisprepared by the Planning Department and the fiscal framework prepared by the Budget Department are consistent. This support isbeing provided in coordination with ongoing macroeconomics training by the IMF. The Planning Department within the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development (MNPED) is responsible formacroeconomic data compilation, and monitoring and reporting. Planning Offices at State/Region level compile data from variousdepartments and submit sub-national performance reports through the State/Region government to the MNPED and Union GovernmentOffice. The Planning Department of MNPED currently produces two economic reports per year: (i) End of September (coveringApril-September period), which is submitted in mid-November; and (ii) mid-April (covering October-March period). There is also anannual report prepared by mid-May. These reports are submitted to Parliament through the Government Office. The Planning Departmentis exploring options to further strengthen its capacity on macroeconomic monitoring and reporting, which couldfurther strengthenplanning and budgeting linkages. Summary of Assignment The International Macroeconomics Consultant will work with the Planning Department to strengthen institutional and humanresource capacity to analyze, forecast and report on key macroeconomic developments. The expected outcome of the TA is improvedfrequency and quality of economic reporting that informs policy discussions across government, and helps strengthen linkagesbetween planning and budgeting. RESPONSIBILITIES ofAssignment The consultant will build on ongoing technical assistance bythe World Bank, IMF, and Asian Development Bank to strengthen institutional and human resource capacity for macroeconomicmonitoring and reporting. The consultant will work with the Planning Department (PD) to further strengthen the macroeconomic policyfunction within MNPED. The consultant is expected to spend extended periods of time with PD management and staff over a period of 1year. The advisor would help toreview the current functions and capacities of PD in macroeconomic policy and reporting, and helpimplement measures, including staff training, to gradually establish a strong macroeconomic unit within PD. QUALIFICATIONS ANDEXPERIENCE REQUIRED The prospectivecandidate shall have the following qualifications: (a)    At least a Masters' degree in economics. (b)  At least ten years' professional experience working as a macroeconomist, preferably in a government department. (c)    Proven track record in producing macroeconomic forecasts and analytical reports. (d)  Experience in providing training and capacity building support. (e)    Proficiency in English with good report writing skills. (f)    Good communication skills and able to work in group environment. (g)  Personal integrity, sense of responsibility and ability to offer unbiased opinions. Workexperience in developing countries is highly desirable. DELIVERABLES Indicative list ofdeliverables include: (a)    Macroeconomic databases (b)   Guidance and definitions manual (c)    Report on staffing skills and IT needs (d)   Training program and training material (e)    Macroeconomic monitoringreport REPORTING The Consultant will report and be accountable to the Director General of the PlanningDepartment, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development. PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT The assignment is for inputs of four months over a 12-month period,and may be extended if required. MPFMp now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate theirinterest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested consultants must provide information indicatingthat they arequalified to perform the services (in addition to the educational qualifications, experience of similar assignments and country ofwork etc. should be incorporated in the CV to be submitted alongwith  expression of interest/application). A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set outin section V of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers(January 2011, revised in July2014). Interested consultants may obtain further information and complete termsof reference by sending an E-Mail to: pcaumm@mptmail.net.mm and mmkw24@gmail.com copied to sukumarshep@gmail.com and dawtintinmyint.2009@gmail.com Expression of interest must bedelivered to the address below by 16:00 hours on December 4, 2015 to: Mr. Maung Maung Tint Director General PlanningDepartment, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development Building No 1,Nay Pyi Taw,Myanmar Mr. Zaw Naing, ChairProcurement Coordination and Advisory Unit Modernizationof Public Finance Management Project Ministry of Finance Building No 26, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Mr. Myo Min Director PlanningDepartment, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development Building No 1,Nay Pyi Taw,Myanmar E-mail for applications: pcaumm@mptmail.net.mm and mmkw24@gmail.com copied to sukumarshep@gmail.com and dawtintinmyint.2009@gmail.com

International Consultant For Strengthening Advocacy capacity of community networks in the HIV Response in Myanmar

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS | Published January 18, 2016  -  Deadline January 29, 2016
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Mandate of UNAIDS Myanmar Leadership in the response to HIV, as well as the work of UNAIDS, is about social justice and social change – not only is the health of those affected crucial, but also their dignity and security, and the enabling social, cultural and legal social conditions necessary to achieve these. High level policy, technical and programmatic advice to civil society and strategic support to community mobilization, through greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and key populations (GIPA) and civil society engagement, are both human rights and public health imperatives, as people living with HIV and other member of civil society will be, and should be, the engines of health and social change efforts in their countries. Objectives: Reinforce and reignite the engagement and leadership in the AIDS response of people living with HIV, women and key populations Ensure the HIV response has a powerful human face and is an engine for community mobilization for prevention, treatment and HIV-related social justice Provide global leadership, advocacy, strategic information and programme coherence on human rights, gender equality, GIPA, community mobilization and civil society leadership towards achievement of the 10 goals of the 2011 Political Declaration and Fast-Track the response on the road to ending AIDS by 2030 Support excellence in national efforts to achieve HIV-related human rights, gender and GIPA goals through mobilization of leaders in government and civil society on law, gender equality, civic and social action, and faith. General Background Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering of health services to key affected populations, including those that are "hidden" and hard-to-reach, and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Combined with public health and development stakeholders, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV. Much of the work that lies ahead to implement a Fast-Track approach to make progress in the HIV response - including broadening the reach of services, supporting retention in care, increasing demand, monitoring quality, advancing human rights and combatting stigma and discrimination - can only be achieved with a strong community voice and presence. To support the national response to HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS Country Office (UCO) Myanmar had facilitated Community System Strengthening (CSS) strategy development process. It is the result of joint efforts and a series of activities conducted in the beginning of 2015. It had been developed in close collaboration with 9 national community networks in Myanmar working in the field of HIV and AIDS - the Aye Myanmar Associations (AMA), the Myanmar Interfaith Network on AIDS (MINA), Myanmar Positive Group (MPG), the Myanmar Positive Women Network (MPWN), the Myanmar MSM Network (MMN), the Myanmar Youth Star (MYS), the National Drug User Network Myanmar (NDNM), the National NGO Network (HIV/AIDS) (3N), and the Sex Workers in Myanmar Network (SWiM) – and other local based organizations and NGOs. With funding from PEPFAR/USAID, UNAIDS Myanmar has started implementing community system strengthening project which will address the following four urgent areas for the growth of these community networks: 1) advocacy, 2) governance and leadership, 3) resource mobilization, and, 4) community-based service delivery. UNAIDS is recruiting an internationa consultant who will work with networks of key affected populations in developing their advocacy capacity. Objectives The objective of consultancy is to develop strategic advocacy plans for community networks, and train key people from the networks in conducting advocacy on HIV response and Human rights-related issues with a focus on key affected populations (KAP): people who inject drugs (PWID); men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals (TG) and female sex workers (FSW). More specifically, the objectives are as follows: Identify advocacy issues related to key affected populations (KAPs) in Myanmar and the response to HIV; Develop advocacy strategy relevant to each network Build the capacity of networks in doing advocacy Key Tasks International consultant will work in collaboration with UNAIDS Myanmar team to carry out following tasks according to the timeline. Tasks 2016 A.1 Conduct rapid assessment on key advocacy issues of KAP and existing advocacy capacity of community networks Feb A.2 Develop Advocacy strategy for each network articulating a short-term focus on “easy wins” in combination with long-term advocacy planning based on findings of the assessment Mar A.3 Develop or adapt an advocacy toolkit that can be used as a guide by community networks in conducting advocacy Mar A.4 Skills trainings in forensics and communication for board or executive members as well as other key persons from each community network: General and advanced advocacy capacity building, Training on Public speaking and presentation skills April May A.5 Support networks in applying the skills from the trainings May - June A.6 Reporting Provide a progress report (after each workshop and training) Provide a final report (activity and financial) June Key Deliverables Rapid assessment report on key advocacy issues Advocacy strategies for networks of key affected populations An advocacy toolkit Training package including training curriculum, training materail, agenda and check list Conduct training on advocacy capacity, public speaking and presentation skills Provision of support in application of the skills EXPERIENCE Essential: At least 7 to 10 years of professional experience within the field of strategic planning, human rights, and communication. Demonstrated experience in Conducting training on advocacy and communication skills Building capacity of multi-stakeholders, service providers and community Development of training curriculum Working with a broad range of stakeholders including government, international and local NGOs, network and CBOs Desirable: Knowledge of HIV prevention and Myanmar human rights contexts desirable. Experience in working with the UN system: regional and/or international experience in the field of HIV prevention and Human Rights and Gender. LANGUAGES Essential: Fluent in English. FUNCTIONAL/TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Strong interpersonal, representational and communication skills. Ability to build capacity on advocacy in HIV programme among a wide range of partners. Knowledge of wider development issues is desirable. Understanding of cultural and social context of Myanmar is important. Strong ability to ensure that the principles around human rights, gender and the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV and of populations at risk for HIV are adhered to and applied in all UNAIDS partnership work and strategies. DURATION Total working days: Approximately 130 days from 1 February 2016 to 30 June 2016 BUDGET Payment: 25% upon signing the contract 25% upon completion of advocacy strategies and tookit in March 2016 25% upon completion of advocacy, Public speaking and presentation skills trainings in May 2016 25% upon final report in June 2016 Interested candidates are requested to send their application to htwey@unaids.org with the following: 1. P11 (Personal History Form) 2. An updated curriculum vitae and recent passport photo 3. Covering letter, which addresses each of the required qualifications above 4. Proposed consultancy fees for the assignment and travel costs from Consultant’s based station to Yangon (if any) Please note that the deadline for application submission is 29 January 2016.

Team Associate, Strategic Results, Partnership and Innovation Unit

UNDP Myanmar - MYANMAR | Published July 11, 2018  -  Deadline July 19, 2018
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Background:Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country. The UNDP Myanmar Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team drives new ways of working through partnerships, innovation, communications, design and data visualization; coordinates quality assurance of monitoring and evaluation as well as continuous project monitoring through defined indicators; supports programme teams and CO senior management in planning and management of thematic country programme and project evaluation(s) and follow up in implementation of recommendations; and promotes evaluation standards, quality assurance/control and capacity development in the Country Office by facilitating knowledge building and management. The team strives to bring new methodologies, energy and insights into the work of the entire Country Office. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team Leader, the Team Assistant provides support to the team performing a variety of standard administrative processes ensuring high quality and accuracy of work. The Team Associate promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach. The Team Associate works in close collaboration with the Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team and other Programme, Programme Support and projects staff in the CO and other UN agencies to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery. Objectives and Scope of Work:Implementation of administration and team strategiesSupport to effective and efficient functioning of the teamSupport to administrative and logistical servicesSupport to knowledge building and knowledge sharing 1. Ensures implementation of administration and team strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:Full compliance of administrative activities with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies;Provision of inputs to the unit business processes mapping and implementation of the internal standard operating procedures (SOPs);Provision of inputs to preparation of Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team results-oriented workplans. 2. Ensures effective and efficient functioning of the unit Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team, focusing on achievement of the following results:Contacts with visitors and staff, arrangement of appointments and meetings, acting as an interpreter when required and/or taking minutes;Compilation and preparation of briefing and presentation materials, speeches, background information and documentation for meetings and missions;Translation of simple correspondences, when needed.Liaison with the media as required. 3. Ensures effective administrative and logistical support, focusing on achievement of the following results:Administrative support to conferences, workshops, retreats;Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials;Extraction of data from various sources;Research and retrieval of statistical data from internal and external sources; preparation of statistical charts, tables and reports;Follow up on deadlines, commitments made, actions taken and coordination of collection and submission of the reports to head of unit;Assistance in the preparation of budget, provision of information for audit. 4. Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the CO, focusing on achievement of the following results:Participation in the training for the operations/projects staff on administration;Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.Create and maintain the team space on sharepoint. Expected Outputs and Deliverables:Function 1: (1) Support to the team for daily media monitoring (2) Communication support including publications, newsletter, other communication products etc (3) Translation of simple correspondences, when needed (4) Management of pictures and visual aids for communicationFunction 2: (1) Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials; (2) Weekly update of the share point and documentation (3) Compilation and extraction of data from various sources for preparation of briefing and presentation materials, speeches, background information and documentation for meetings and missions;Function 3: (1) Maintain Field Visit Plan, Meeting Plan, Level plan of the staff members (2) Support the team day to day operation including travel management (3) Administrative support to meetings, conferences, workshops, retreats (4) Proceed the unit related payments (5) Assistance in the preparation of budget, provision of information for audit. (6) Contacts with visitors and staff, arrangement of appointments and meetings, acting as an interpreter when required and/or taking minutes; TimelineInception report (Within 15 days of contract)Progress report (Every months)Final report (End of contract) Duration of Work:The estimated time frame of the consultancy is a total of 4 months Location of Consultancy:The Consultant should ideally be already based in Yangon, Myanmar. Competencies and Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor:Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrityDemonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgmentSelf-development, initiative-takingActing as a team player and facilitating team workFacilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectivelyCreating synergies through self-controlManaging conflictLearning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.Informed and transparent decision-making UNDP Procurement Certification programme Building Strategic PartnershipsLevel 1.1: Maintaining information and databasesAnalyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives. Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge SharingLevel 1.1: Basic research and analysisResearches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things. Job Knowledge/Technical ExpertiseLevel 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and proceduresUnderstands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position;Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments. Promoting Organizational Change and DevelopmentLevel 1.1: Presentation of information on best practices in organizational changeDemonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions. Design and Implementation of Management SystemsLevel 1.1: Data gathering and implementation of management systemsUses information/databases/other management systems. Client OrientationLevel 1.1: Maintains effective client relationshipsReports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion;Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;Responds to client needs promptly. Promoting Accountability and Results-Based ManagementLevel 1.1: Gathering and disseminating informationGathers and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results-based management systems Recruitment Qualifications Education: Secondary education. Certification in administration desirable.Experience: 6 years of relevant experience in administration or programme support service.Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).Experience in handling of web-based management systems.3 Year of relevant experience required if in possession of Bachelor degreeLanguage Requirements: Fluency in English. Recommended Presentation of Offer:The following documents are requested:Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. Financial proposal indicating either (i) an all-inclusive fixed total contract price; or (ii) an all-inclusive daily rate, along with a proposed workplan. Scope of Price and Schedule of Payments:The Consultant will be paid according to the schedule below:1st instalment – First progress report (End August)2nd instalment – Second progress report (End of September)3rd instalment – Third progress report (End of October)Final payment – Final report (November end) Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:The basis for evaluating offers will be undertaken via a combined scoring method, in which the qualifications and description will be weighted 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted at 30%.The offer will be evaluated according to the following criteria:6 years of relevant experience in administration or programme support service.Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.).Experience in handling of web-based management systems.3 Year of relevant experience required if in possession of Bachelor degree ANNEXANNEX 1- TERMS OF REFERENCES (TOR) ANNEX 2 -GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACTANNEX 3 - P 11 for ICsANNEX 4 - OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT

International Nexus Consultant

RCO, Myanmar - MYANMAR | Published July 6, 2017  -  Deadline July 27, 2017
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Country: MyanmarDescription of the assignment: International Nexus ConsultantDuty Station: Yangon Period of assignment/services: end-August 2017 — end-October 2017 (43 days of work over a period of 2 months)Proposal should be submitted to the Procurement Unit, UNDP Myanmar, No. 6 Natmauk Road, Tamwe, Yangon or by email to bids.mm@undp.org; no later than 27 July 2017.Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. Procurement Unit will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Background Under the auspices of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the context of the formulation of Myanmar's first United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022, the UN in Myanmar is looking to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus to ensure a conflict-sensitive and \"do no harm\" approach for UN agencies and partners to work in a more integrated and coherent manner across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. The \"new way of working\" described in the Secretary-General's Report \"One Humanity: Shared Responsibility\" seeks to \"move beyond traditional silos, works across mandates, sectors and institutional boundaries and with a greater diversity of partners towards ending need and reducing risk and vulnerability in support of national and local capacities and the achievement of the 2030 agenda. It encompasses three major shifts: 1) Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems; 2) Anticipate, do not wait for, crises; and 3) Deliver collective outcomes: Transcend the Humanitarian Development Divide. The new way of working focuses on strengthening the humanitarian-development, and critical for the Myanmar context — peace-building - nexus through use of multi-partner trust funds, country-based pooled funds and other initiatives. Efforts to strengthen the nexus were given fresh impetus through the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs, which commits to leave no one behind and prioritize the most vulnerable through the underlying principle of \"reaching those furthest behind first\". The SDGs have the potential to transform development cooperation with their focus on the most vulnerable people and represent an overarching framework with collective outcomes that, for the first time, are relevant for both humanitarian and development actors. Linking development, humanitarian and peace-building activities to further World Humanitarian Summit outcomes and the 2030 Agenda and SDG's will help provide a holistic response to the needs of vulnerable Myanmar communities and support the 2030 Agenda and the Commitment to Action: \"Working to collective outcomes across the UN system and the broader humanitarian and development community, including Multilateral Development Banks; working over multi-year timeframes, recognizing the reality of protracted crises and aiming to contribute to longer-term development gains, in the logic of the SDGs; and working collaboratively based on comparative advantage of diverse actors (as relevant to the context)\". The Myanmar context strongly lends itself to this joined up approach: There are communities in several specific geographical areas with acute humanitarian vulnerabilities. At the same time, needs in communities affected by conflict and disaster are well beyond humanitarian as Myanmar has a number of long-term structural causes of humanitarian needs related to under-development, including high poverty rate, low literacy and low levels of development and community peace-building activities. The level of conflict is relatively low across a defined geographical area. Conflict has been reduced in some areas as result of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) but in other areas, conflict has escalated significantly. There are well-capacitated humanitarian, development and peace building communities comprised of national and international organizations as well as political interest and will in solidifying a benefit of peace. In this regard, a coordinated call would build linkages and synergies between the humanitarian-development-peace spectrum in projects that could engage refugee and IDP returnees in finding durable solutions to displacement, support the interim Arrangement provision of the NCA, foster increased socio-political participation in ceasefire and peace-related dialogues leading to political aspirations with regards to a deeper democratic transition and Federal Union, and promote the centrality of protection in civilian monitoring mechanism/s at community levels. In the context of the UNDAF, the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding linkages are recognized as one of the key approaches for integrated programming. The relevance and importance of working across the nexus has been recognized by the UN Country Team and more broadly by the international donor community in Myanmar. To this end, the UNDAF will adopt the UNDAF key approaches for integrated programming to respond to the complex situation in a coherent manner. PurposeAgainst the backdrop of the above outlined, the objectives of this consultancy are two-fold and will include the following elements: 1) Produce an analysis assessing which geographical - and potentially sectoral area - lends itself to a joint UN initiative on an integrated approach to humanitarian, development and peacebuilding approaches. This analysis would: suggest conflict sensitive development and peacebuilding interventions in one conflict or post-conflict state/region integrating a human rights perspective; identifying the obstacles that may hinder development interventions in such context; assessing the differences in humanitarian-development and peacebuilding approaches with suggestions as to how these could be bridged; suggesting how the UN can take a 'leave no one behind\" approach in the chosen geographical area; and suggest how to take a risk informed, do-no-harm approach. Based on this analysis, present recommendations on how the UN can pilot such integrated approach including how and where synergies can be strengthened as well as where joint ongoing planning/programming activities can be scaled up. Document lessons learned from previous contexts as part of this exercise. 2) As part of the UNDAF and the 2030 Agenda SDGs, suggest how the UN should approach the Nexus in line with the official UNDAF Guidance (2017). Draft the section of the UNDAF that pertains to the Nexus. Cutting across the above two objectives, ensure relevant stakeholder participation of NG0s/ING0s, Civil Society, communities and local authorities, and consult with existing development, peace and humanitarian coordination structures. As part of the methodology, conduct consultations with relevant communities/groups/areas to identify the resilience and coping mechanisms needed for making targeted and meaningful interventions. Qualification of the Successful Individual ContractorThe international consultant should possess the following competencies:Master Degree in development studies, social sciences, public policy, economics or relevant fields;At least 10 years' experience in positions dealing with humanitarian affairs, development, and implementation of development policies and strategies in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization context;Proven knowledge and leadership in developing strategies and humanitarian coordination, and supporting development processes, including countries in transition by working with a variety of humanitarian and long-term development actors;Knowledge of United Nations mandates and practices, as well as the programming mechanisms of the United Nations and its partners, particularly in crisis and post-conflict situations, as well as a functional understanding of the international development architecture;Excellent communication and analytical skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and intercultural);Outstanding research, analytical, response programming and report writing skills;Familiarity with participatory facilitation methods and with data gathering, and UN five Programming Principles (HRBA, Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability, RBM and Capacity Development);Ability to work efficiently and independently under pressure, handle multi-tasking situations with strong delivery orientation;Fluent written and oral English;Experience with working in Myanmar is an advantage.Accountability and Reporting The UN Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) in conjunction with UN agencies will provide strategic direction to the process and will be responsible for the endorsement of the final documents. The consultant will work closely with and report to the RCO DeliverablesProduce an analysis assessing geographical scope where a joint UN initiative can be rolled out;As part of this analysis, suggest conflict sensitive development and peacebuilding interventions in the identified conflict/post-conflict state/region integrating a human rights perspective;Identifying the bottleneck and potential risks which may hinder development interventions in such context;Assess the differences in humanitarian-development and peacebuilding approaches with suggestions as to how these could be bridged;Suggest how the UN can take a 'leave no one behind\" as well as a risk informed, do-no-harm approach in the chosen geographical area;Present recommendations on how the UN can pilot such integrated approach including how and where synergies can be strengthened as well as where joint ongoing planning/programming activities can be scaled up;Conduct stakeholder consultations with UN, INGOs, development partners, Government, CSOs, communities and potentially others.Document lessons learned from previous contexts as part of this exercise. Duration of the Work end-August 2017 — end-October 2017 (43 days of work over a period of 2 months) Duty Station Yangon, with in-country travel Recommended Presentation of OfferDuly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;Brief Description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for this assignment, and a methodology on how the assignment will be completedFinancial Proposal indicating an all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. If an offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.Personal CV and P11-form indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone numbers) of the candidates and at least three professional references.Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments: The consultant will be paid on a lump sum basis including fees, living allowance, international travel cost (most direct economy air fare) to and from the duty station, terminals, communication and other fee related to the assignment. For the local travel, travel costs shall be paid on actual basis.