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PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Project location
Serbia
Project value
CHF 1,596,000
Client
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

The Local Government Finance Reform Program in Serbia 2016-2018 (RELOF) is a SECO-funded Technical Assistance project. RELOF is based on the Swiss Co-operation Strategy Serbia 2014-2017 and supports six municipalities in Serbia, namely Vranje, Knjaževac, Para?in, Ose?ina, Sremska Mitrovica, and Užice, and local Public Enterprises (PEs). Additional Local Governments benefit from the Project through peer learning exchange. RELOF’s final beneficiaries are the residents of these municipalities and clients of the local PEs, who will benefit from better allocation and greater transparency of public spending and enhanced delivery of public services at the local level.

The overall objective of the Project is to improve Public Finance Management (PFM) capacities in the six RELOF municipalities in order to allow more effective and strategic allocation of available public resources and improve public service delivery. RELOF supports the attainment of 8 specific objectives which have been defined in six municipal Action Plans (APs), one for each RELOF municipality. Four cross-cutting activities complement the municipal APs with the aim of promoting reform momentum; fostering peer exchange and peer learning; strengthening co-ordination and dialogue with relevant PFM stakeholders at the central level and with other relevant PFM donors; developing professional capacities of municipal staff; and creating, through a change management approach, motivated change agents at the local level who understand the dynamics and benefits of change and are capable of effectively driving the reform agenda forward.

Please click the following link to be directed to RELOF\'s online guide for participatory budgeting: http://lokalnefinansije.rs/pbvodic/index.php

Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€75,801
Client
EC
The overall objective of the programme was to undertake a critical review of capacity building and competency frameworks in the area of Internal Audit, in support of the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy, thereby contributing to the development and enhancement of Internal Audit capacity in the whole of government.
The specific purpose of the project was to support the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy for Public Financial Management in this field. The Capacity Development Strategy seeks to promote public sector internal audit capacity within government.

The assignment focused on three main areas of intervention:
• Review and update the Internal Audit Competence Framework in line with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (2013) from the Institute of Internal Auditors;
• Review the Public Sector Internal Audit Framework and provide recommendations for improvement;
• Review and strengthen the Public Sector Content of the Internal Audit Technician (IAT) and General Internal Auditor (GIA) learning program and curriculum for the National, Provincial and Local Government spheres.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€49,880
Client
South Africa National Treasury
The overall purpose of this project was to develop a Stakeholder Relationship Management Strategy and implementation plan with a view to facilitate and support the optimal implementation of the Public Financial Management Capacity Development Strategy. The CDS for Public Financial Management provides a national perspective to address financial management constraints in the public sector.
The specific purpose of this programme was to support the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy for Public Financial Management with regards to stakeholder relationship management.
Project location
MALAWI
Project value
€238,242
Client
Government of Malawi
The global objective of this project is to contribute to the implementation of the Public Financial and Economic Reform Programme in Malawi and, therefore, improve the effectiveness in service delivery to Malawian citizens and enhance the integrity and effectiveness of the internal controls In the Accountant General's Department (AGD).
The specific objectives of this assignment are:
• Conducting an interim staffing and management review in the accounting service
- Provision of specific recommendations for immediate changes to help management take appropriate actions to augment staffing, redefine responsibilities and reporting relationships in areas where they are needed and strengthen segregation of duties and controls
• Developing and implementing a revised guidance and procedures to address financial control weaknesses
- Review and follow up on the recommendations made from the Business Process Review (BPR) recently completed by the AGD and determine whether the Government has implemented them or not
- Development of an action plan on the recommendations which have not been implemented
- Revalidation of the weaknesses and development of new procedures
• Providing technical assistance and advice to strengthen and operationalize the commitment control module in IFMIS to ensure that Treasury funding system is properly linked with commitments from line ministries and departments
- Review and identification of any remaining weaknesses specifically in terms of commitment control module and enhancement of its daily operations
- Development of system changes and provide guidance on how to strengthen related procedures and practices
- Implementation an effective commitment control process, along with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), in order to ensure that all expenditure is within approved limits and is used for the intended purposes
• Designing and implementing verification monitoring reports alongside designated senior Government officers
- To support the AG team in carrying out period closing monitoring reports (daily, monthly and yearly). Monitoring reports include cheques, commitments, GL, payments, receipts and cash management.
- To ensure that all the monitoring reports are generated and used for monitoring purposes
- To highlight any exceptions and risk areas to the relevant authorities, document them in their reports and work closely with the oversight team to mitigate the risks.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€80 000
Client
EC
The general objective of this assignment was to enhance the level of National procurement assistance being given by the TAU to its clients specifically in terms of assistance to improve on the efficiency an effectiveness of the procurement actions being undertaken by these clients using EC rules. The specific objectives of the assignment were to:

Improve on the structuring of procurement support services offered by the TAU

Improve the quality of procurement support services offered by the TAU

Expand, through additional capacity, the support services offered.

Lay the foundation for further expansion of the procurement support capacity of the TAU, by building on the existing track record of the TAU and the conceptual framework of the "Procurement Support Facility" study.
Project location
EGYPT
Project value
€90,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the assignment is to support the Programme Administration Office (PAO) for the Support Association Agreement Programme (SAAP) and CAPMAS in the preparation of an institutional twinning financed under the EU-Egypt SAAP. Tasks included:

Conducting a rapid review and prepare an assessment note on the CAPMAS;

Review of the active and major Local and European legislation on statistics;

Analysis the variousfunctions of CAPMAS;

Assessing the financial means allocated to CAPMAS, its annual budget and its financial perspectives in the view of the future reinforcement of the capacity of the Agency.
Project location
SOUTH AFRICA
Project value
€88,788
Client
EC
The overall objective of the Mid-Term Review of the FMIP II Programme was to provide decision makers in the South African Government and the EC with sufficient information to make an informed judgment about the performance of the programme (its efficiency and effectiveness), and decisions about any required changes to the operational scope and performance trajectory of the programme for the remainder of the operational implementation period.
Project location
BOTSWANA
Project value
€122,080
Client
EC
The Capacity Building for Regional Integration (CBRI) project, which has a budget of € 12.5 million, is designed to support the overall capacity of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat to drive and coordinate the regional integration agenda, with the ultimate objective of supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. The specific objective of CBRI is to increase SADC institution's capacities to drive and coordinate the regional integration agenda, notably through the development of direct financial and technical support.

This Mid-Term Evaluation assessed the aims, design, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and potential impact of the activities undertaken so far under the programme and made appropriate recommendation, including suggestions on how to strengthen the overall management of the integration process and how the programme's resources can best be used during the remainder of the programme period.
Project location
LIBERIA
Project value
€45,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the assignment was to undertake a detailed management study of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs with the intention of making recommendations towards future mandate, activities, organisational structure, operations, staffing, training and funding requirements as part of its future proposed re-absorption into the Ministry of Finance.
Project location
CHINA and BRUSSELS
Project value
€2,464,750
Client
EC
The Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) was designed to further enhance the capacity of European policymakers to monitor and assess current developments in China on the political, economic and social level and their impact on the EU and EU-China relations. It provided for the analysis and discussion of China and EU-China relations as well as the virtualisation of China and EU-China related research, including the dissemination of results. Project activities included:

Analysis and discussion of China and EU-China relations
Virtualisation of China and EU-China research and dissemination of results
Ensuring the visibility of ECRAN
Providing input to developing a sustainable strategy for ECRAN
Project location
CAMBODIA
Project value
€60,000
Client
EC
The overall objective was to review MEF Draft Strategy and Stage 2 Action Plan for the Public Finance Management Reform Programme (PFMRP), to establish dialogue among involved parties and provide recommendations for improvement of the documents. Activities included:

Review the proposed Strategy and Action Plan 

Review the proposed prioritization and sequencing of activities for Platform 2

Provision of recommendations on proposed organizational restructuring and staffing in National Treasury and Line Ministries' Finance Units, arising from changing roles and responsibilities

Proposals for Capacity Building and Financial Management and Accounting skills development

Implementation of the first phase of the FMIS.
Project location
VIETNAM
Project value
€75,584
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to contribute to the improvement of public financial management and oversight in Vietnam through support to the Government of Vietnam and the EU in the formulation and design of EU and/or joint-donor support projects under the 3 pillars outlined below:
1. Capacity Building for Effective Parliamentary Budgetary Oversight through assistance to the National Assembly and/or Provincial People's Committees
2. Capacity Building for improving the quality of External Audit through Assistance to the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV)
3. Capacity building for Sound Public Financial Management through support to the Ministry of Finance.
Project location
INDIA
Project value
€199,999
Client
EC
The global objective of the project was to support the Government of Chhattisgarh in further developing the capacity of government of Chhattisgarh in terms of Public Finance Management, Planning and developing Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEFs) based on the global SPP Action Plan. The tasks of this contract were as follows:

Assist the GoCG specifically in developing further initial outline MTEFs in the concerned sectors;

Assist in implementation of the annual SPP action plan and estimated budgets, presenting a comprehensive overview of the budget allocations from all sources for next tranche release;

Assist the Directorate of Institutional Finance (DIF) to monitor satisfactory progress on agreed set of process and system indicators;

Assist the Directorate of Institutional Finance (DIF) to coordinate among all concerned departments and support the preparation for the second tranche release.
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€3,488,150
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the capacity of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and Serbian municipalities to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in supporting desired local and regional initiatives. The purpose of the project is to assist the SCTM and selected municipalities in providing better services for implementation of the strategic priorities for municipal development in Serbia through, among other, strengthening municipal capacities to acquire new competencies transferred from the central level. The project had the following components:

Strengthening the SCTM secretariat and committee structures,

Review of local self governance law implementation, review of existing service delivery practice and provide recommendations.

Development of the feasibility study on a Municipal Development Fund

Development and/or upgrading the Local Sustainable Development Strategies in the selected municipalities

Design and implementation of Municipal Service Packages

Preparation of the Framework for the implementation of the next phase of support to the municipalities under IPA 2007
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€950,000
Client
ECLO
The overall objective of this project was to support the ongoing decentralisation process and capacity building of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in enhancement of managerial, co-ordination and monitoring competencies and municipal performance assessment, in line with European standards.

The purpose of the project was to strengthen the role of the Ministry of Local Government Administration in the public administration of Kosovo for more effective and citizen oriented services.
Project location
TURKEY
Project value
€2,445,900
Client
EC
The overall objective of this project was to maximise the role of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in the process of EU membership negotiations by promoting the dialogue between parliamentarians as well as political parties represented in the parliaments of the Member States and Turkey. The purposes of this contract were as follows;

To contribute to a better knowledge and understanding between Turkey and the European Union.
To raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey's accession to the EU by increasing publicity and visibility.
Project location
KOSOVO
Project value
€37,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to increase the administrative capacity for financial control, including public internal financial control (PIFC) and external audit. Specific objectives were to provide a fully fledged Terms of Reference (ToR) for two projects to:

Increase the capacity of the MEF to coordinate, develop and implement the principles of decentralised managerial accountability and functionally independent internal audit in accordance with international standards and EU standards through coherent legislation and adequate administrative capacity.

Strengthen the operational and functional capacity of the Supreme Audit Institution
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€1,400,000
Client
EC IPA
The objective of the project was to support the socio-economic development of Serbia in line with EU standards by improving national public investment and budget planning. In other words, this project was designed to support public investment/capital budget planning processes in Serbia at strategic/policy and operational levels according to EU best practices.

The project included the following phases:

PHASE 1 - Elaboration of National Public Investment Objectives:

PHASE 2 - Budgeting for Investment Priorities:

Building the Programmatic Budgeting Process
Improvement of definition of programme/project criteria, methodology and procedures that connect with strategic priorities involving a mix of capital projects, grant schemes etc.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Definition/clarification of authority and responsibilities in the public investments/capital budget planning and implementation process
PHASE 3 – Institutional and Human Resource Capacity Building (Training and Instruction)
Project location
SERBIA
Project value
€170,334
Client
EAR
The global objective of the project was to support the successful implementation of the National Investment Programme (NIP) by improving the strategic and technical capabilities of the NIP office.

Specific objective was based on a review of the NIP project screening mechanisms so far and existing project selection procedures provide policy and technical recommendations, on selection and review of existing project applications and policy recommendations on future actions and support needs of the NIP office to meet EU standards in launching, selecting, evaluating and monitoring calls for project proposals. Draft Terms of Reference for future technical assistance to support the NIP office.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€199,999
Client
EAR
The global objective of this assignment was to improve the administration capacity of the Tax Administration of the Republic of Croatia by introducing an overall strategic business and IT development framework. The project achieved the following objectives:

Assisted in the preparation of a gap analysis, which includes a comparison between the actual situation and the Fiscal Blueprints benchmark

Based on the gap analysis, a needs analysis, which determines what needs to be done to bring the performance in each tax administration functional area up to the standard described in the relevant Blueprint.

Undertook a comprehensive situation analysis on the existing IT solution in the Customs Administration, including the assessment of all available studies and planning documents prepared under other consultancy assignments/twinning projects

Assisted the Tax Administration to prepare and overall IT strategy document, outlining the current situation and guidelines for further IT organization.
Project location
CROATIA
Project value
€189,280
Client
EC IPA
The overall objective of this contract was to develop the administrative capacity of the Operating Structure to efficiently use the EU funds in the pre-accession process and upon accession and to strengthen Croatia's absorption capacity.

The Specific objectives of the project focused on institutional preparations of future Implementing bodies to be able to implement and ensure sound and efficient management of EU funded programmes. Within this contract future Implementing Bodies were prepared for the accreditation (phase II) to successfully play their role in the future partnership building, implementation and monitoring of Funds.
Project location
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Project value
€2,000,000
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the efforts of the RF government to improve transparency, administrative efficiency, and accountability of the Russian public administration by means of enhanced inter- and intra-agency cooperation, and improved state-citizen relations. The main purpose of the project was:

Creation and management of a network of excellence in the area of e-government to increase the efficiency of the Russian public sector at the federal, regional and municipal level by disseminating 'best practices'.

Assistance to the development and implementation of selected multi-regional level e-services (including e-procurement), based on a unified strategy and IT-architecture for the introduction of e-government in multi-functional services

Improvement of the policy, legal and regulatory framework applicable to implementation of G2C services in accordance with the best European practices.
Project location
UZBEKISTAN
Project value
€199,999
Client
EC
The overall objective was to improve public finance management and accountability in budget execution process by means of introduction of the Treasury and budget preparation reform.

The specific objective was to introduce the elements of Human Resource Management (HRM) that constituted "best practice", including preparation of job descriptions, training needs analysis, staff performance appraisal system, etc., as well as to provide experience and policy guidance to the Treasury of the NIOF in what constitutes the factual introduction of the Civil Service law.
Project location
UKRAINE
Project value
€115,000
Client
EC
The global objective of this assignment was to support the Ministry of Finance and the Delegation of the European Commission in Kyiv in the preparation of a Twinning project. The specific objective of this project was to support the Ministry of Finance in the drafting of a Twinning Fiche necessary for launching an institutional Twinning of 1 Million. The project achieved the following objectives:

Supporting the Ukrainian administration in its development and implementation of a public internal financial control in line with internationally recognized standards and European best practice

Assisting the Main Control and Revision Office in establishing an independent Central Harmonisation Unit for Public Internal Financial Control (PIFC)

Developing the KRU's capability to conduct centralised internal audits with the aim of setting up decentralised and functionally independent internal audit systems in the public sector and to re-focus inspection activities on forensic auditing.
Project location
TURKMENISTAN
Project value
€140,000
Client
EC
The Overall Objective was to support the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoE&F) reform and development process in setting up an effective financial budget planning, management mechanism and system including an effective MIS and related programmes.

The Specific Objective is to provide support to the MoE&F in order to initiate the programme of reform as well as to develop a country fiscal budget formulation and management, with specific attention to the provision of a clear and transparent reporting mechanism designed to monitor the effective use of government resources.
Project location
EAST ENPI
Project value
€87,534
Client
EC
The global objective of the study was to provide the potential beneficiaries of the grants and the EC with an overview of the incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for grant projects financed through external assistance (PRaG) and the national legislation on public procurement in the EaP countries.

The specific aim of the assignment was to analyse the identified incompatibilities allowing the EC and the potential beneficiaries to better understand the extent of the problem in each of the countries and to use this as a basis for bilateral discussions with the national governments.

The project involved the following tasks:
- Performing an in-depth assessment of incompatibilities between the EU procurement rules for external assistance to the grant contracts and the national procurement rules in the EaP countries
• Data collection (PraG Grant contracts and public procurement rules and legislation in the EaP countries)
• Review of similar study performed in 2011 for three of the EaP countries (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus)
• Identification, description and analysis of the incompatibilities detected

- Drafting a list of recommendations on possible solutions to tackle the identified incompatibilities (for each of the six EaP countries)

 

The pre-feasibility study provided information about, and justification of, the preferred option to pursue this activity. It evaluated the support that would be received from stakeholders, in particular EU member States and Black Sea partner countries. It assessed the possible fields of activities of the College, and ways of recruiting both faculty members and students. It looked at options for the location of the College. Finally, it examined options for funding, both during the initial phase and after, paying special attention to the issue of sustainability.
Project location
ASEAN
Project value
€104,536
Client
EC
The overall objective of the project was to conduct an independent, final evaluation of the EASCAB project with a view to provide an overall assessment for the achievements as compared with the Financing Agreement as well as draw wider lessons for future operations.

The specific objectives were to:
1. Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impacts and sustainability of the EASCAB. The main emphasis of the assignment being effectiveness and sustainability.

Phase I – Inception Phase
• A desk review of the project literature. Submission of an inception report. Elaboration on the evaluation questions above. Identify indicators used for the assessment of each of the evaluation questions as well as indicate the methodology for how to measure these indicators.

Phase II – Field Work
• Carried out a field survey using the methodology to assess the selected components:
• Discuss with representatives if ASEAN secretariat and ASEAN member states. Assess the results achieved with the project, commitment level, impact on their capabilities and obtain indication if project sustainability.
• Undertake visits in ASEAN Member States to meet with participants in training activities.
• Gather information with regard to compliance of national systems to implement the regional statistical system
• Assess statistical outputs produced by the project.
Project location
CENTRAL AMERICA
Project value
€100,000
Client
ALA
The main objective of the mission was to provide the European Commission and the beneficiary with useful assessment, analysis and recommendations concerning the operation and impact of the programme ADAPCCA (Design and Implementation Common Policies regarding Central America).

The programme, whose geographical coverage includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, seeks to contribute to strengthening regional integration, by formulating, promoting and support in the implementation of common policies related to the Central American Customs Union. The direct beneficiaries are the "operators" (producers, workers, exporters, importers, consumers), linked to economic activity within Central America or have the potential to participate. Other beneficiaries are regional institutions, particularly the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration (COMIECO) and Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA).

The mission analysed the results of ADAPCCA for the implementation period to May 2009 and assessed the achievements to that date, applying the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The consultants suggested strategic guidelines necessary to ensure efficient and effective management of the further phases of the programme and provided recommendations for future development of new actions.
Project location
WEST AFRICAN REGION
Project value
€65,000
Client
EDF ECOWAS
The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Evaluation Committee in carrying out the technical and financial evaluation of the eligible Concept Notes and selected Full Application Notes submitted under the Call for Proposals to Non State Actors participation to Regional Integration Process in West Africa. 

The specific objective was to provide the Evaluation Committee with two separate evaluating grids, once for each eligible Concept Note and one for each selected Full Application Form.
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