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The technical assistance project to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the Public Financial Management strategy (PFM) Albania was designed to support the implementation of the public finance management reform strategy for 2014-20 alongside the EU-funded PFM Sector Reform Contract. The project will be implemented from 18 April 2017 to 17 April 2020.
The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) and other stakeholders to implement the public finance reform strategy, strengthened transparency and accountability processes through enhanced dialogue and availability of information through Parliament, High State Control and strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Finance for the better coordination and management of the reform process.
The purpose of the Technical Assistance is primarily to strengthen the capacities of the MoFE to run an effective mechanism for the management of the reform process to coordinate the implementation of the PFM strategy, monitor and report on results via the PFM Steering Committee and its Secretariat.
The assignment will be undertaken by a Junior Non-Key Expert from 1 December 2018 - to 31 May 2019 (for maximum of 30 working days).
It will also provide assessment, policy advice, capacity building etc. to the MoFE and other stakeholders involved in relation to the implementation of the reforms process.
The assistance will also strengthen the capacities of and cooperation with other stakeholders such as relevant governmental counterparts, state audit office, Parliament as well as consultation with development partners, think tanks and civil society organisations to contribute to overseeing the reform implementation.
The project and this assignment in particular delivers assistance split into the following six components:
Component 6 aims to enhance communication and understanding of the PFM reforms, its importance and value added including the EU’s support attached to it including enhanced awareness raising of the public. It seeks particularly to increase the capacity of the MoFE to manage its communications in relation to PFM Reform.
The purpose of the assignment is to undertake and support communications activities undertaken by MoFE and support other project components’ Key (K) and NKEs in their planning and implementation of Component 6 activities.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
The initial assignment for Year 2 will be undertaken by a JNKE who will report to the SNKE Communications and Team Leader during December 2018 to 31 May 2019.
Further assignments for Year 3 will depend on the requirements of the project.
Immediate activities will include planning, design, implementation and delivery of communications messages, activities, products and events. The aim will be to raise awareness and promotion of PFM reform, its importance and value added.
Deliverables will include at least one external Communications event per quarter in relation to PFM as detailed in the Communications Strategy and Plan (informed by the MoFE PFM Strategy and the project components).
The NKE will also undertake activities to support the internal communications capacity development of project counterparts and a core team of civil servants within MoFE.
As well as being responsible for the design and delivery of specific communications activities and products, including training and capacity development; the NKE should advise and support other K/NKEs on the planning, design, implementation and delivery of their components’ communications activities to ensure consistent high-quality inputs and outputs.
An important ongoing task will be to contribute to monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Communications Strategy and Plan throughout the project (initially Year 2) and liaise with K/NKE and key stakeholders in order to do so.
Year 2 activities and outputs may include but are not limited to:
Activity 1: Provide internal training and capacity development support
Foster the development of a strong MoFE communications core team and support them through the design, planning and delivery of communications training and capacity development to increase the volume and quality of communications messages, activities, products and events being delivered by the Ministry.
Activity 2: Undertake external Communications activities and events
Undertake communications activities including the design and delivery of communications activities, products and events using a range of methods and mediums.
Activity 3: Advise K/NKE on communications activities
Advise, support and quality assure other K/NKEs planning and delivery of communications activities as part of each component to ensure consistent high-quality inputs and outputs. activities training and other capacity development
Activity 4: Monitor and report on implementation of Communications
Monitor and report on the delivery of Component 6 through the Communications Strategy and Plan throughout the project (initially until 31 May 2019).
The outputs shall be submitted to the SNKE Communications and Team Leader for quality assurance before official submission to the Beneficiaries. All outputs, except for outputs related to solely MoFE activities, shall align with the EU visibility guidelines and will be produced in conjunction with them, as appropriate.
Qualifications and Skills
General professional experience
Specific professional experience
Civil servants and other staff currently employed by public administrations of the beneficiary country are not eligible to apply as experts.
Experts must be independent and free from any conflict of interest in the responsibilities defined by the Terms of Reference.
The activities will be implemented in Tirana, Albania and the JNKE will be based in the Ministry of Finance and Economy. It should be noted that work from another office or home base is not permitted. The required number of working days is approximately 5 days per month between December 2018 to end of May 2019 amounting to a maximum of 30 days. The exact number of days per month may vary depending on the project assignment requirements and in agreement with the SNKE.
All activities will commence with a short plan and be completed with a brief activity report.
Together with the Senior NKE on Communication / Public Relations, inputs to the Quarterly Communications Progress Reports by the end of each quarter will be delivered to the Team Leader.
Language: the working language of the assignment is English but most external communications will be produced in Albanian language.
The Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV (Europass format), examples of communication/visibility/PR materials and a cover letter in English by 30 November 2018 via e-mail (please quote "384-002 JNKE Component 6”) to the following address:
Shortlisted experts will be proposed to the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, which will formally approve the proposed candidates. The selection procedure shall be based on professional background, relevant work experience and language skills, according to the requested qualifications.
Employer’s Certificates/References, diploma/s/certificates must be available upon request. The selected expert will sign a Statement of Availability.
All submitted documents will be considered strictly confidential.