Regional PFM in Advisor, Ljubljana
The Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) of the IMF is seeking an experienced and qualified expert to act as a Regional Public Financial Management Advisor, based in the Center of Excellence in Finance in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The advisor will form part of a regional program of technical assistance in South Eastern Europe (SEE). The Advisor’s position would be for an initial period of one year starting September 30, 2014, with an option to renew based on satisfactory performance.
The advisor will be expected to provide direct advice on PFM issues to a wide range of SEE countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. The work program will be designed jointly with individual countries and the and will seek to build on existing efforts to; improve the design of legal and regulatory frameworks framework (including design of fiscal rules, organic budget laws, organization of ministries of finance and independent assessment of fiscal policy design and implementation); develop medium-term budget frameworks and introducing a performance orientation to the budget preparation process; strengthen budget execution and treasury functions including expenditure controls and cash and debt management operations; and improve accounting standards and the coverage and quality of fiscal reporting. Other areas where the advisor may be expected to be involved include offering advice on implementation of financial management information systems and developing financial management capacity in line ministries. The advisor will also be expected to contribute to the work of the Center of Excellence in Finance, mainly through participation in training courses in PFM topics for member countries of the CEF.
Applicants should hold a university degree or equivalent qualification relevant to the above duties; possess excellent written and oral communication skills in English; have well developed analytical and research skills; be proficient in standard office IT applications (such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and have experience in project management. Applicants should also possess excellent interpersonal skills, be self-motivating and have an ability to work as part of a team, an aptitude for establishing cooperative relations and sharing technical knowledge with national authorities, as well as capacity to handle sensitive issues with discretion. Experience in organizing and conducting training courses and workshops would be an additional advantage, as will flexibility and adaptability in a range of PFM areas. Preference will be given to candidates with at least ten years of relevant experience, including in a senior or advisory position within a ministry of finance, treasury, or a related institution; who have managed or participated in the delivery of TA programs in the above PFM areas; and who understand the PFM challenges facing SEE countries, including the substantial reforms required by those countries on the path towards EU accession. Experience of working in countries with IMF supported programs and/or of working in the region would also be an advantage.
Other qualified candidates, not selected for this position, may be considered for short-term technical assistance assignments.
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