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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

(CONSULTANT NDP 11 MIDTERM REVIEW)

The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) is an independent trust set up by a Presidential Directive. It started operations in 1995 as a non-governmental policy research institute. BIDPA focuses mainly on Research and Policy Analysis and Capacity Building in Policy Analysis. BIDPA work is informed by the Institute’s mandate as defined in the deed of trust that formed the institution.

BIDPA seeks applications from experienced and qualified candidates for the position of Consultant, National Development Plan (NDP) 11 Midterm Review at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED), Botswana

Main Purpose of the Job:

  • To assist MFED to conduct a mid-term review of the NDP 11, which runs for a six (6) year period from April 2017 to March 2023. 
  • Detailed Terms of Reference can be accessed at: www.bidpa.bw

Education & Experience:

  • The consultant must have a higher University degree in Economics preferably a PhD and work experience in a developing country with comparable development circumstances to Botswana. Knowledge of the Botswana economy will be an added advantage.
  • The consultant should have at least 10 years of post-qualification experience in conducting national development planning and reviews. Strong experience in advising governments on NDP formulation and similar assignments is a necessary requirement.
  • Practical knowledge on economic forecasting, modeling, Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as well as economic policy analysis will be an essential requirement.

Knowledge, Attributes and Skills:

  • The consultant will be expected to be proficient in the use of computers and software, be conversant with Microsoft Office especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Econometrics software such as Eviews and CGEM.
  • Successful experience in training and coaching on similar areas or activities.
  • Good drafting, advocacy and communication skills are necessary.
  • Experience in working in middle-income countries will be an asset.

Duration of Assignment:

  • Full-time for twelve (12) months during April 2019 – March 2020.

Submission of Proposal:

  • Technical and financial proposals should be sent to:

Executive Director,

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA)

BIDPA House,

Plot 134 Gaborone International Finance Park,

Private Bag BR 29, Gaborone, Botswana

Tel: (267) 397 1750

Fax: (267) 397 1748

Website: www.bidpa.bw

Submissions may also be submitted through email to recruitmentndp11@bidpa.bw

Closing date:  31 January 2019 

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE ELEVENTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP 11)

 

  1. BACKGROUND
  • The National Development Plan (NDP) is a major policy document which outlines the development agenda, policies, strategies, programmes and projects to be achieved within a particular plan period, normally six (6) year period. The Plan is informed by economic developments and forecasts on the performance of the economy, and quantitative financial and manpower targets. It is also based on the principle of sustainable development which advocates that resources should be used efficiently and effectively to achieve national goals and objectives as per the Parliamentary approved national priorities for the Plan period.
  • The Plan is usually developed through extensive consultations involving, Public Sector, Private Sector, Trade Unions, Academia, Civil Society Organisations, and Parastatal Organisations. However, the development of National Development Plan 10 and 11 was also, done in collaboration with the four (4) Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) of: Economy and Employment; Governance, Safety and Security; Social Upliftment; and, Sustainable Environment.
  • The planning process follows a “bottom-up” approach where District Development Plans and Urban District Plans feeds into NDPs. The decentralisation of planning ensures that districts level high priority goals, projects and programmes are reflected in the National Development Plans.
  • The overall responsibility of coordinating the preparation on the NDPs and their Mid-Term Reviews, falls under the Macroeconomic Policy Section within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED). The mandate of the Section also includes providing guidance on the economic management such as, producing macroeconomic forecasts for budgeting purposes.

 

  1. OBJECTIVES
  • It is customary in Botswana that half way through implementation of the National Development Plan, a Mid Term Review (MTR) is conducted to assess performance in the previous three (3) years so that appropriate fiscal, monetary and programme policy adjustments can be made going forward. Therefore, the overall objective of the Consultancy is to assist MFED to conduct a Mid-Term Review for the NDP 11. The plan period runs for a six (6) year period, which started from April 2017 to March 2023. Therefore, the review will guide development in the country during the last three (3) years of NDP 11 from 2019/2020 to 2022/2023. The review process will start in April 2019 to March 2020.
  • It is crucial that appropriate capacity and expertise is acquired for MFED to be able to deliver on this mandate, hence the need to secure a Consultant. The Consultant will work closely with the Macroeconomic Policy Section within MFED and liaise with other  Ministries, Thematic Working Groups, Parastatals, the Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in carrying out this exercise and ensure that the MTR timetable is adhered to so that the project is completed on time. The process is expected to be completed within one (1) year and as such, it is advisable to have a Consultant devoted exclusively to the review and based within the MFED. 

 

  1. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • The overall mandate of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is to coordinate national development planning, mobilise and prudently manage available financial and economic resources. Further to that, the Ministry is responsible for formulation of economic and financial policies for sustainable economic development. The Ministry is divided into three (3) divisions of; Economic and Financial Policy, Development and Budget and Accountant General.
  • The Division of Economic and Financial Policy is comprised of three (3) Sub-Divisions; Finance Administration; Macroeconomic Policy; and Financial Policy. The Division is headed by the Secretary for Economic and Financial Policy. All the sub-divisions are headed by Deputy Secretaries and deputised by Directors who are heading the Sections. The Division is responsible for economic planning both at macroeconomic and sectoral level, which entails policy coordination and planning on issues pertaining to fiscal, trade, finance, employment and income, exchange rate policy matters as well as development issues such as facilitating international collaboration.
  • The Development and Budget Division, which is divided into Development and Recurrent Sub-Divisions is headed by the Secretary and deputised by two (2) Deputy Secretaries one heading each Sub-Division. The Division is responsible for coordinating the formulation of the Government's Recurrent and Development Budgets, control in the use of budgetary resources, public debt management, cash flow analysis and reporting. It is also responsible for financial administration of loss of cash and stores, unserviceable and obsolete stores and Government motor vehicle accidents surcharges. The Division further assists Ministries to identify cost recovery areas. MFED also coordinates the Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFM) for Botswana. The Programme aims at enhancing the management and efficiency of public spending and services to the public. This Programme is coordinated by the Division of Development and Budget Management which has tasked Public Finance Management Control Unit to oversee and spearhead the reform process.
  • The Office of Accountant General is responsible for ensuring proper accounting and financial systems, procurement and distribution of goods to Ministries and departments in accordance with Acts and Regulations.
  • Statistics Botswana is a Parastatal statutorily established and mandated to produce and provide Government, the private sector, parastatal organisations, international organisations, the civil society and the general public with statistical information for evidence based decision-making, policy formulation and planning as well as for investment purposes.
  • Other Departments in MFED include Corporate Services and Internal Audit which are responsible for human resource management and ensuring that appropriate governance, controls and operation procedures are adhered to.

 

  1. SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANT’S WORK 
    The Consultancy is expected to commence work from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 which covers the duration of the Mid-Term Review exercise. The main duties of the consultant (s) will be to:
  • Provide extensive review and analysis of economic performance during the first three (3) years of NDP 11;
  • Examine past performance of the economy through GDP growth rates and its components using the three (3) GDP approaches;
  • Provide clear macroeconomics variable trends and reasons incognisance of the strategies in place;
  • Examine the extent of implementation of Government projects, policies and programmes during the first three years of NDP 11, both at National and sectoral levels;
  • Provide a detailed review of the impact of all sectoral strategies adopted for implementation during NDP 11;
  • Provide an assessment of the global economic developments and their implications on the domestic economy;
  • Work closely with Thematic Working Groups to review sectoral strategic objectives for NDP 11;
  • Assist the Thematic Working Group Coordinators in policy analysis with a view of making follow up where necessary;
  • Provide macroeconomic forecasts for the period 2020/21 to 2022/23 in line with approved Government strategies going forward;
  • Validate the accuracy and consistency of the NDP 11 revenue and expenditure projections and adjust them as may be necessary;
  • Provide detailed Government budget ceilings including manpower, development and recurrent expenditure for the last three and years of NDP 11 and make appropriate recommendations going forward;
  • Produce regular briefing notes for consideration by the Mid-Term Review Reference Group, MFED Minster and Senior Management, the Economic Committee of Cabinet, Cabinet and Parliament;
  • Produce and present periodic drafts of Sub-Sections of the Mid-Term Review for consideration by the Mid-Term Review Reference Group at their scheduled meetings;
  • Ensure that the Mid-Term Review document is well written with appropriate tables, charts and figures, edited and published in an agreed format within  the agreed timetable and standard as set by the MFED;
  • Participate and present the draft document in workshops/meetings organised for stakeholders and provide the necessary guidance;
  • Perform other tasks as may be seem necessary by the MFED as being critical for the successful execution of the Mid-Term Review exercise.

 

  1. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE CONSULTANT
  • The consultant will report directly to the Director of Macroeconomic Policy, and, indirectly, to the Secretary for Economic and Financial Policy, who will also be the Chairperson of the Mid-Term Review Reference Group. However, on daily basis, the consultant will work closely with all the staff of the Macroeconomic Policy, who will provide the necessary support.
  • The consultant will commence work by preparing the Macroeconomic Outline, which gives an overview of the policy environment, the strategies and projections of the resources that are likely to be available to Government for the Plan period as well as the Policy Framework paper in April 2019. The Outline will be reviewed by the Senior Management (MFED), Thematic Working Groups, Reference Group and Economic Committee of Cabinet until it is finally approved by Cabinet. At each stage, the consultant is expected to lead, edit the Outline and incorporate comments into as and when need arises.
  • The consultant will produce drafts of the Mid-Term Review at each stage for consideration and approval by the Reference Group and MFED Senior Management. A draft Mid-Term Review will be sent for consideration by the Economic Committee of Cabinet and Cabinet. Thereafter, the consultant will review and produce a final draft of the Mid-Term Review for submission to Parliament.
  • The consultant will be expected to closely follow the Mid-Term Review timetable without fail.
  • All the review work done by the Consultant remains the property of the Government of Botswana.

 

  1. OBLIGATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • Both Cabinet and Parliament may reject the draft Mid-Term Review document and the Consultant is bound by their decision to re-start and review the Plan accordingly at no cost to the Government.
  • The Government of Botswana will provide an office, a computer and access to other support services that the consultant will require in the execution of his/her duties.
  • The Government of Botswana will also arrange for meetings and workshops with various stakeholders, including institutions that the consultant may need to contact/consult in the execution of review duties.
  1. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • The consultant must have a higher University degree in Economics preferably a PhD and previous work in a developing country with comparable development circumstances to that of Botswana. Knowledge of the Botswana economy will be an added advantage.
  • The consultant should have at least 10 years of post-qualification experience in conducting national development planning and its review. Strong experience in advising Governments on NDP formulation and similar assignments is a necessary requirement. Demonstrated knowledge of economic forecasting, modelling, MTEF as well as economic policy analysis will be an essential requirement.
  • The consultant will be expected to be proficient in the use of computers and software, be conversant with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as Econometrics softwares such as Eviews and CGEM etc
  • Successful experience in training and coaching on similar areas or activities.
  • Good writing advocacy and communication skills in English are necessary.
  • Experience in working in middle-income countries will be an asset.

 

 


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