PEM PAL Community Facilitator (in Slovenia)
ECA Mission, Principles and Vision
To meet demands in a rapidly changing Region, the World Bank partners with governments and other stakeholders to:
• Promote growth and create jobs
• Encourage social inclusion and fight poverty
• Foster good governance, and
• Address global needs
The ECA Region offers customized knowledge and innovative financial products to address these challenges in a timely manner.
Our Guiding Principles
• Client centered
• Working in partnership
• Accountable for quality results
• Dedicated to financial integrity and cost-effectiveness
• Inspired and innovative
Our Core Values
• Personal honesty, integrity, commitment
• Working together in teams - with openness and trust
• Empowering others and respecting differences
• Encouraging risk-taking and responsibility
• Enjoying our work and our families
PEM PAL (Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning) is a program to create networks of practitioners in public finance in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Central Asian Region (ECA countries). The network at present includes members from 17 countries of the region and puts an emphasis on involving the member countries with less developed institutional systems.
The purpose of the networks is to share experience on reform implementation in key areas of public financial management through the so called Communities of Practice (CoPs). PEM PAL network is currently organised around three thematic communities of practice, including Treasury CoP, Budget CoP and Internal Audit CoP.
Benchmarking is used to stimulate peer to peer exchanges; whereas the Public Expenditure & Financial Accountability indicators (PEFA) provide the general benchmarking tool and more drill-down specific tools are used for the functional areas covered by the Communities of Practice.
The PEMPAL program was conceptualized by the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is supported by other development partners, including Switzerland, US treasury, GTZ, InWent and the OECD. The basic logistical support for the organization of events and information flow through the website is ensured by the Center of Excellence in Finance (Lijubljana, Slovenija) in its role as a PEM PAL Secretariat along the lines described in the Rules of Operation of the initiative. More details about the program can be found at PEM PAL web site (www.pempal.org).
Duties and Accountabilities
The PEM PAL community facilitator, working in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is expected to provide the following support across all three CoPs:
• Support for the learning agenda of the community
1. Assist CoPs to develop and maintain a learning agenda, including: identify issues of interest for learning agenda and ensure distribution of knowledge information, keep abreast of developments in the respective professional fields and inform members accordingly; manage and update agenda based on feedback.
2. Connect the community to their respective international field of expertise including: (i) relate the CoP to professional associations, (ii) ensure involvement of and support from international institutions, (iii) search for and engaging best practitioners to accommodate members’ requests.
3. Ensure access to relevant standards as well as other documents of professional interest for the COP. Facilitate sharing of relevant documentation and other types of professional information between the members through the web based databank.
4. Facilitate knowledge sharing on experiences in application of relevant benchmarking tools by members and facilitate the application of such tools.
5. Develop a database of success stories on specific aspects of CoP development, including documenting ‘what works’ in terms of network development and strengthening.
• Support to the leadership teams (executive committee) and sub-groups
1. Help leadership teams to identify vision and strategy for development of CoPs.
2. Help leadership teams prepare annual work programs and budgets.
3. Help with preparing and facilitating leadership team meetings and virtual discussions.
4. Support to CoP work groups including: comments on work, identification of resource people and synergies with existing initiatives; act as broker between group members and other interested parties as needed.
5. Help leadership teams to foster informal and formal communication among members through various means.
6. Help with preparation of materials to be posted at CoP web page.
7. Help the leadership teams to strengthen consistency of membership in member countries and play an advocacy role in enlarging and deepening memberships.
• Support in elaborating strategies to attract funding for the PEMPAL network
Facilitator is also expected to contribute to preparation of the strategies by the PEM PAL Secretariat and Steering Committee to attract new donors or private sponsors to support PEM PAL activities with a view to gain a certain degree of self-sufficiency of the PEM PAL program in the medium term.
The expert should have the following qualifications and skills:
• Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area (economics, accounting, finance, public administration, etc.)
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience, including experience within a ministry or public organization either as a public official/employee or external advisor/consultant in one of the following fields: public finance policy formulation; budget oversight; budget execution process and reporting; financial management and control; public sector audit.
• Substantive experience as an international consultant /advisor in a developing economy or country in transition.
• Familiarity with PEFA indicators is desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to deal with high level government counterparts.
• Strong communication skills, experience in facilitating group discussions and ability to use web based tools and video conferencing for group communication.
• Fluency in English. Ability to communicate in Russian is highly desirable. Knowledge of other languages of South East Europe is desirable.
Ideally, this person should be a current practitioner or a past practitioner in the domain of public financial management with a degree of familiarity with topics addressed by the different CoPs. This person should ideally have a deep understanding of the reform challenges faced by members and cultural sensitivity to deal with members from countries with different cultural and linguistic background.
The ideal candidate will:
• Have a passion for the PFM domain and its importance.
• Be credible in the domain.
• Be acceptable by the community professionally and personally.
• Have a vision for improved practices, innovation, and direction for the domain.
• Be reasonably good at dealing with people.
• Have a working understanding of communities of practice.
• See the community and its cultivation as a personal learning opportunity.
Estimated time requirement
The initial duration of the assignment is 12 months, with a possibility of extension till June 30, 2012, subject to satisfactory performance. The Community Facilitator will work as a full-time expert at the PEMPAL Secretariat which is located at the Center of Excellence in Finance, having its permanent premises at Cankarjeva 18, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
More information about the advertisment can be obtained on the World Bank external site(Vacancy Number 101735):