NG-State & Local Governance Reform - P133045
State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project | Published September 6, 2016 - Deadline September 20, 2016
Expression Of Interest To Support The Review Of The State
Organic Finance Law
EXPRESSION OF INTERESTTO SUPPORT THE REVIEW OF THE STATE ORGANIC FINANCE LAW
PROJECT: - STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE REFORM
PROJECT NO: - P133045
GRANT NO: - TF018335
REFERENCE NO: YOB/SLOGOR/CON/CQS/004/2016
Request for Expression of Interest (EOI)follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this Project that appeared in the UN Development Business Publication of February18, 2015 and in three Nigerian Newspapers of the same date: (i) The Guardian, (ii) This day and (iii) Daily Trust.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has received a Grant from the InternationalDevelopment Association (IDA), acting as administrator ofa trust fund from the European Union, towards the cost ofState and Local Governance Reform Project. The Yobe State Government being one of the six beneficiary of the grant, now intends toapply part of the proceed towards the engagement of a consultant/consulting firm to support for the review ofthe state organic finance law, the assignment is part of the public financial management legislation (PFM) reform that willaddress majorstatutory and administrative instruments governing the conductof the fiscal and financial operations, including Financial Regulations, Stores Regulations, etc., haveover the years become outdated. In many respects, their provisions while proving generally inadequate, in ensuring accountabilityand transparency in the conduct ofgovernment business, appear also grossly outdated, and out of tune with the realities of moderngovernance. And identifyweaknesses and strength in the structures, of the Finance laws in Yobe State. The need to review andaddress these inadequacies has thereforegiven rise to this componentwithin the framework of the State and Local Governance Reform Project.
A reputable consulting firm with key staff having thefollowing qualifications and expertise are required as follows:-
i. An Accountantwho belongs to aprofessional Association and a member of the International Federation of Accountant (IFAC).
ii. Must have at least 15 years' experience in public sectorAccounting and Financial Management;
iii. Vast knowledge of the Nigerian public sector;
iv. Demonstrable experience in public sector budgeting, accounting and financial management reforms in Nigeria or elsewhere;
v. Experience in similarassignment will be essential.
a) At least LL.B with Minimum 12 years of related consultingexperience.
b) Demonstrated experience in Legislative Drafting.
c) Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
d) Comfortable working in pressured environment with capacity to deliver high quality outputs and results to tightdeadlines.
e) Experience in similarassignment in review and drafting of legislation will be an essential. The firm musthave relevant experience in undertaking similar assignments in Nigeria or other developing countries and provide evidence of suchas experience.
The consulting services:-
The consultants will workclosely with the Yobe State Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the project coordinating officeto ensure the successful implementation of the public finance management legislation.
a) Conduct a comprehensive review of all existing frameworks andstatutory provisions that currently govern the conduct of financial administration and management in the State public service.Theseinclude but definitely not limited to: the Public Finance (Control) Management Act; Revised Financial Regulations 2004,Revised 2004 StoresRegulations, Treasury Circulars, etc., and similar PFM Laws of other states and FG;
b) Provide a detailed profile of the identified weaknesses and gapsin the current statutory and administrative procedures governing the conduct of financial and fiscal operations of the StateGovernment,
c) As much as possible, situate identified initiatives within the context of national and international bestpractices in public finance management, bearing in mind, of course, their adaptability within, and relevance to the context of theState public service;
d) Draft an organic public finance law, which reflects the findingsof the review, and the requirements of fiscal responsibility and transparency.
e) Participate as key resource person in three one-day seminarsdesigned to sensitize members of the State House of Assembly, State Executive Council, and other stakeholders on content of thedraftorganic public finance law;
f) Build consensus through wide-scale interaction with the variousstakeholders on the need for specific reviews of existing financial and fiscal regulations and procedures in the State. Thesestakeholders include members of both the executive and legislative arms of government;
g) Prepare a detailed report of proposed reviews including draft legislation with the legal expert financial regulations,statutory provisions, and processes, which have earlier been discussed with the stakeholders. Production of final component implementation completion report;
h) Revise and produce a final draft of the Public FinanceLegislation, based on feedback from key stakeholders;
i) Produce final component implementation completion report;
j) Support the state government in the processes associated with the implementation of public finance management legislationcomponent ofthe project and the achievement of project objectives, including conduct of sensitization forums for key stakeholders(Permanent Secretaries, Legal/Judicial Officers, and key PFM staff).
The Yobe State and Local Governance Project (SLOGOR) now invites eligibleConsulting Firms (Consultants) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consulting firms are herebyrequested to submit a statement of capability indicating relevant experience on similar assignments in Nigeria or elsewhere. Thisshould include, but not limited to, summary of CVs of its key staff, provision of company brochures, description of similarassignments carried out in the last five years, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among keystaff, etc.
The consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the procedures setout in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011revised August,2014). Please visit www.worldbank.org, setting forth the World Bank'sPolicy on conflictof interest. In addition, please refer to specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignmentas per paragraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can be obtained at the address below, during officehours, from 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.
Expression of interest must be delivered in four(4) hard copies and a softcopy to the address below not later than 2weeks from the date of this publication no mail will be receive on the close of businesson the stipulated date.
The Project Coordinator
State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project, State Project
Coordinating Unit (SPCU)
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