Posted on :
15 Apr, 2011
15 Apr, 2011
The Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS) in fulfillment of its mandate of ensuring the effective and efficient day-to-day administration of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and in accordance with the Local Government Service Act 2003, Act 656 .
The Government of Ghana has applied for funding from the World Bank towards the cost of implementation of the Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP) through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD). The Objectives of the project are:
To strengthen the intergovernmental fiscal framework;
To strengthen local public financial management and accountability for improved infrastructure and services in urban assemblies; and
To improve citizen’s engagement with urban assemblies and their perceptions of urban management
The project is divided into four components.
Components 1 will support the establishment of a predictable and transparent fiscal framework for local governance by assisting the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) to develop and manage specific aspects of the fiscal framework for local governance.
Components 2 will support selected urban local governments to improve their management capabilities in identified key reform areas through a performance based Urban Development Grant and targeted capacity support.
Components 3 will generate civil society demand for financial information from urban assemblies on this data, and strengthen the capacity and engagement of citizens’ representatives on the budget and service delivery issues.
Components 4 will provide support to MLGRD in fulfilling its roles in supporting the decentralization process and in managing the project.
The Local Government Service Secretariat will implement the second sub-component of component 2, which is Capacity Building Support to 46 Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs). This sub-component will provide capacity support to MMAs to assist them in improving their performance in five core local government Public Financial Management (PFM) reform areas:
Reporting and Auditing Revenue Management
These areas will be assessed annually as part of the Urban Development Grant performance assessment process. Capacity support on PFM will be provided to urban assemblies in two modalities: (i) training and technical assistance support that will be managed centrally, and (ii) a Capacity Support Fund that will be made available to MMAs.
RECRUITMENT OF INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS:
The project is being implemented through the mainstream structures of the Service. For smooth implementation of this component, LGSS seeks to recruit suitable qualified and competent persons to fill the following positions to support its existing staff to implement these components:
One Long Term Technical Advisor
Objectives of the Assignment:
To support and work with the LGSS’s Procurement Unit to develop, implement and operate a procurement management system for the implement and operate procurement management system for the LGSS that adheres to the project management information needs and implementation requirements of the World Bank. The Contract will be a one year contract renewable every year for up to two years, subject to satisfactory performance.
Scope of Work:
The Procurement Specialist will be directly responsible for all procurement and contract management activities under the project and use the project activities to mentor and strengthen capacities of staff of the procurement unit, in addition to any other relevant periodic duties that may be assigned by the Head of the Service through the LGSS’s Procurement Unit. The Specialist is expected to perform these duties by applying sound technical practices and methods, collecting and making use of available and necessary data in carrying out the assignment. The consultant shall work in close consultation with the Head of the Service.
Required Skills or Experience
First degree in relevant discipline, e.g. business, law, engineering, administration etc. with minimum 8 years post graduate experience in procurement, especially in the management of consulting services and goods, and experience in contract management in the public sector.
Must have good knowledge of procurement policies and procedures of multilateral financial institutions (e.g. the World Bank) and development co-operation agencies; as well as good knowledge of the institutional, technical, and commercial aspects of procurement.
Excellent skills in project management demonstrated in previous jobs
Proven track record in working effectively within multidisciplinary teams
How To Apply
Individual Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out under Section V of the World Bank’s Guidelines:
Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, (May 2004 revised October 2006 and May 2010)
All interested individuals are requested to submit typewritten letters, curriculum vitae and copies of certificates for the specific position described above.
Letters of interest clearly marked “Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP)” and the name of the position should be received by 12.00 noon on Monday 9th May, 2011 and addressed to:
Head of Service
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE SECRETARIAT
UNIVERSITY POST OFFICE
PRIVATE MAIL BAG L-52
Tel: +233 243320309 & 233 208152492
Fax: +233 302 662799
Offer valid till: 09 May, 2011