Job offer: PFM Advisor for PFTAC in Suva, Fiji
Regional PFM Advisor for PFTAC in Suva, Fiji
The Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund has a vacancy for a public financial management (PFM) advisor at the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), based in Suva, Fiji. PFTAC is a collaborative venture between the IMF, the recipient countries, and bilateral and multilateral donors and is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to sixteen Pacific Island Countries.
The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial period of one year with an expectation of an assignment of 2 years or more (subject to satisfactory performance). It is expected that the successful candidate will take up the appointment on a date to be agreed in July/August 2014.
The work program of the advisor will be designed jointly with individual countries and be based on implementation of the objectives set out in the PFTAC results-based management framework. These involve assisting countries with:
• Conducting PEFA assessment, self-assessments, and updates;
• Developing and implementing PEFA assessment based reform roadmaps;
• Improve the design of legal and regulatory frameworks;
• Improving organization of ministries of finance;
• Developing medium-term budget frameworks;
• Strengthening budget execution and treasury functions including expenditure controls and cash and debt management operations;
• Improving accounting standards and the coverage and quality of fiscal reporting.
Other areas where the advisor is expected to be involved include:
• Providing advice on implementation of financial management information systems and developing financial management capacity in line ministries;
• Preparing and delivering training courses and workshops for PFTAC member countries and regionally, including preparing the required training materials;
• Providing backstopping support to short-term PFM experts (including recruiting, guiding and supervising) hired to deliver technical assistance to PFTAC members;
• Monitoring TA implementation and providing effective accountability within a results-based management framework;
• Coordinating closely with other technical assistance providers working in the region and their experts.
Applicants should have a university degree. Preference will be given to applicants with at least 10 years of practical experience in a senior line or advisory position within a ministry of finance, treasury or a related budgetary institution and/or have actively managed, or participated in, technical assistance (TA) in one or more of the following PFM fields:
- budget formulation, including budget classification medium-term budgetary frameworks, performance-oriented budgeting, and program budgeting;
- budget execution, including internal controls, treasury operations and cash management;
- public debt management;
- the legal and regulatory framework for PFM;
- government accounting and fiscal reporting systems and standards;
- government integrated financial management information systems.
Applicants should be proficient in English; have excellent written and oral communication skills; be proficient in standard office IT applications (such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and willing to travel extensively in the region with missions lasting from 1-3 weeks. Applicants should also be self-motivating, possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team to maintain effective and cooperative relations with national authorities and to handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment. Experience in organizing and conducting training courses and workshops, managing and overseeing TA work and coordinating with donors, and designing and delivering of assessments under the PEFA PFM Performance Measurement Framework would be desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who are fully aware of the PFM challenges facing the region.
Other qualified candidates, not selected for this position, may be considered for short-term technical assistance assignments.
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