Шилэн дансны хуулийн хэрэгжилтийн одоогийн нөхцөл байдлыг үнэлэх, Шилэн дансны хуультай холбоотой тулгамдаж буй асуудлуудыг тодорхойлох дүн шинжилгээ хийх зөвлөх үйлчилгээ
Урилгын дугаар: SGM/CS/2.3.4.1
Захиалагч: Сангийн яам
Зарын төрөл: Зөвлөх үйлчилгээ
Зарласан огноо: 2019-10-08
Дуусах огноо: 2019-10-22 17:00:00  

Зарын урилга

A. BACKGROUND

The World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) agreed to implement a new hybrid Trust Fund (TF)-financed Strengthening Governance in Mongolia (SGM) project aimed to support the efforts of the Government of Mongolia (GOM) to improve fiscal discipline, public financial management (PFM), as well as transparency and accountability processes for strengthened governance in Mongolia. 

This new TF, through both Recipient Executed (RE) and Bank Executed (BE) interventions, will serve two main purposes. Firstly, it will complement and expand the ongoing technical assistance the WB is providing through the Strengthening Fiscal and Financial Stability (SFFS) Project. Secondly, this TF will support the GOM in advancing the current efforts toward increasing transparency, participation and accountability in fiscal matters as well as in strengthening its capacity to deal with non-technical drivers of the reform process that prevent state agencies from implementing policies and regulations as intended. 

The Component 2 of the TF will focus primarily on supporting the specific needs of the GOM to establish sound fiscal discipline, to improve expenditure management by strengthening the budget credibility, to establish the foundations for medium-term budgeting, and to re-orient public investment to strategic projects linked to the diversification of the economy. Five priority areas will constitute the core of the component: (i) development and implementation of a PFM reform plan and inter-agency coordination; (ii) strengthening budget preparation and execution towards results-based medium-term budgeting; (iii) improving budget reporting and transparency by increasing the comprehensiveness of fiscal and financial information and reporting; (iv) improving the management of contingent liabilities, through improving the existing governance framework for recognizing, managing, and disclosing contingent liabilities; and (v) strengthening public investment management, through the development and implementation of mechanisms for prioritizing capital project proposals and cost-benefit analysis.

In order to establish an information system for transparent, open and clear process of decision-making and activities for budget governance and public oversight thereunder, the Glass Account Law (GAL) was initially approved in 2014 and became effective from 2015. For its implementation, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) administers and manages the Glass Account Portal (GAP), which is used for reporting and publication of the formats prescribed in the relevant regulations, and monitors if budgetary entities are fulfilling the requirements of uploading the required information within the deadline specified in the law. However, it is observed that the government users tasked with reporting encounter some issues due to the overlapping reporting requirements and external users in public seeking to use the published information face accessibility issues with the reports disclosed on the GAP. Hence, within this context, it is important to conduct a thorough analysis and surveys to determine whether publicizing all the current information is necessary and how to implement the disclosure 

requirements in more citizen friendly formats. Even though the GAP is already linked to some fo the other government systems, it is required to improve and upgrade the existing connections due to the updates of the connected other systems. Also, there is a need to identify the most suitable internal systems, which will source the data required to be disclosed by the Law and enable connectivity of those systems to the existing GAP.

B. OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT 

The objective of this assignment is to assist the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance (TD, MOF) in conducting policy research and formulating recommendations for improving the GAL implementation towards enhancing GAP’s usage with publication of various fiscal and financial data and information in more friendly and reusable formats. During this assignment, the consultant will i) perform a gap analysis of the current regulatory framework (law and regulations) as well as the operational issues back-office and front-end of the existing operational systems of the GAP procedures; ii) review and propose amendments to the current regulations supporting the implementation of the GAL; iii) provide inputs and recommendations on the design of the revamped GAP to the extent applicable based on the results of the gap analysis and the changes proposed to the regulation and the operational guidelines.

C.SCOPE OF WORK 

The Consultant will undertake the following tasks:

Task 1. Perform a gap analysis on the current regulatory framework as well as the operational issues around the GAL/GAP including:

        1.1 Conduct a comprehensive analysis on the existing legal framework governing the implementation of the GAL;

        1.2 Review and analyze the current practice of implementing the Government resolution#29 (2016), the regulation for GAL implementation, and other related guidelines currently in use for both reporting and releasing budget information to the public through the GAP; 

        1.3 Review the annual compliance audit reports and recommendations to address issues raised with regards to the GAL implementation at general budget governor’s level;

        1.4 Provide support to the client and its consultants in designing, conducting, and drawing conclusions from a comprehensive survey and interviews/focus group discussions on strengths and weaknesses of the existing GAL implementation. The survey should target a sample including representatives from:

            1.4.1 Civil society organizations, media, academia as well as citizens;

            1.4.2 Oversight institutions including the Parliament and the Mongolian National Audit Office; and

            1.4.3 Public sector actors including the MOF, line ministries, extra-budgetary funds, agencies, and local governments not only as parties with an obligation to release data/information but also as consumers of the data released.

        1.5 Identify alternative internal systems, either of the MOF or the reporting entities, from which each data field required by the regulation can be harvested automatically, or describe the method of storage in case it is not in a system to avoid double reporting and enable releasing data in more open formats and a less fragmented way, with support from the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) team;

        1.6 Conduct a differential analysis of the data required by the current Glass Account regulation and international data standards, if exist for each topic, with support from the GIFT team;

        1.7  Review the existing guidelines directing the process for uploading data to the GAP and make an assessment on the workload of public officials when fulfilling these requirements by the GAL, with the objective of identifying possible automations, with support from the GIFT team; 

        1.8 Prepare and present a final report detailing the results and initial changes to be proposed both on the existing law and regulations as well as the operational guidelines.

Task 2. Provide policy advice/recommendations on changes to be proposed to the current regulatory framework, existing guidelines, and the GAP to the extent possible and applicable to improve the implementation of the law and foster the usability of the data released:

        2.1 Support the MOF representative with the preparation of draft proposed amendments to the existing GAL as well as the related regulations to be approved by the Minister of Finance;

        2.2 Develop a proposal of the fields and formats (or data schemes) necessary to comply with the new proposed regulation, including the identified sources of the required information/data; its current storage, origin, and format (differentiating if it is a requirement from the current regulation of the law or a new addition); as well as the justifications/reasoning behind if a field is to be removed. This proposal should also include possible connections of the GAP to the internal systems to enable data release from the origin in more open formats and less fragmented data sets, in collaboration and with advice from the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) team;

        2.3 Provide assistance to the approval procedure of the draft amendments to the law, regulations and other relevant operational guidelines by carrying out the following activities in collaboration with the TD, MOF:

            a. Organize discussions and consultations on the draft documents among specialists in the field and relevant stakeholders as identified in 1.4;

            b. Provide support on technical issues as well as on translation/interpretation when needed to the TD and the GIFT team;

2.4 Prepare training materials (in video and printed forms) covering the GAL implementation procedures for all levels of the treasury units and budget entities; 

2.5 When the proposed amendments are finally approved, conduct training for budget entities and treasuries on the revised regulations and guidelines; and

2.6 Respond to the ad hoc consultations related to the assignment carried out by the TD, MOF and perform any other tasks as reasonably assigned by the MOF.

D. DELIVERABLES

Based on the tasks under the assignment and a detailed CIP to be approved by the client, the consultant’s deliverables will be as follows:

Under Task 1:

        1.1 A comprehensive review report on the legal framework to implement the glass account;

        1.2 Review and analysis report on the current practices of implementing the Government resolution #29 (2016), the regulation for GAL, and other related guidance;

        1.3 Report on the compliance audit findings and recommendations on to address issues on the GAL implementation at the general budget governor’s level;

        1.4 Draft report on contributions to designing, conducting and drawing conclusions from the surveys/questionnaires as well as interviews/focus group discussions with the relevant stakeholders on the GAL implementation that would help inform the revisions to the GAL, related regulations and guidelines;

        1.5 Analysis of the alternative internal systems, either of the MOF or the reporting entities, from which each data field required can be harvested or sourced in case the data is not digitized;

        1.6 Differential analysis of the data required by the current glass count regulation and international data standards; and

        1.7 Report on the current processes and recommendations, based on the results of  the reviews, analysis and surveys/interviews performed, for amendments to the existing legislation and improvement in the processes to upload  data to the GAP by accountants and other budget representatives in charge of the GAP as required by the GAL.

Under Task 2:

        2.1 Draft proposed amendments to the existing GAL, regulations and other related documents on technical issues as well as on translation/interpretation when needed to the TD and the GIFT team;

        2.2 The proposed new, continued, transformed or removed data fields for the amended regulation and proposed technical integrations when possible, or data schemas when systems are not available;

        2.3 Training materials on the amended legal documents to support their roll out; 

        2.4 PPTs and other materials used for conducting training as well as training reports with evaluation sheets from the workshops conducted; and

        2.5 Monthly progress reports and a final consultancy report including all the results achieved during the consulting service including notes of consultations with stakeholdersa.


E. CONSULTANT’S QUALIFICATIONS/ SELECTION CRITERIA

        Education: A suitable candidate should have at least a master’s degree in a relevant field including finance, (economic) law,  economics, business administration and public sector management with a bachelor’s degree in finance or other related field(s);

        Experience: Candidate should have at least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience and have extensive knowledge on public policy and developing and formulating policy documents, knowledge or experience in the data or technology development/management field would be an advantage; 

        Excellent skills required in research, data collection, analysis of information and documentation organization, compilation, reporting and communication (written and verbal); and

        Previous experience in a similar capacity of working with the public financial management system and/or practical experience in diagnostic (quantitative and qualitative) analysis will be considered a plus.

        Language skills: Fluent written and spoken skills both in English and Mongolian;

        Other skills: 

          Excellent analytical, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to function effectively and collaboratively in a team environment; 

          Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines;

          Proven ability to work both autonomously and cooperatively as part of a team;

          Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and institutions;

          Responsible and flexible attitude and capacity to manage a variety of tasks with minimal supervision;

          Be proficient in MS Office such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and have excellent web research and navigation skills; and 

          Be able to work overtime if required.


H. CONTRACT DURATION AND PAYMENT CONDITION

The assignment is expected to commence in October 2019. The total duration of the consultancy service rendered is estimated to be twelve (12) months.  

If you possess the above qualifications, please submit following documents:

        · Cover letter indicating why she/he considers her/himself suitable for the position,

        · Detailed CV highlighting relevant skills/experience,

        · Copy of diplomas or certificates and,

        · 2 reference letters from previous last two employers no later than 17:00, October 22, 2019.


The consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (July 2016).

The submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants. Please note that incomplete applications would not be considered for evaluation. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Candidates can be interviewed. Detailed terms of reference can be requested from procurement@sffs.mn.

Contact address: Attn: Ms.L. Bayarmaa, Procurement Specialist, Strengthening Fiscal and Financial Project. Room #204, Negdsen undestnii 8/2, 4th khoroo, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Tel: 70120582

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