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International call for tenders for the recruitment of technical assistance in support of tax transition in West Africa

Country : Burkina Faso
objectives of the project   :The contract aims to provide long-term and short-term technical assistance, support the program’s training action and the implementation of other contributions likely to improve the management of domestic taxation of ECOWAS member states and strengthen the system of coordination, monitoring and evaluation of fiscal transition programs at the level of each Commission (ECOWAS and UEMOA) and at the level of Members states. As a reminder, the objective of the West Africa tax transition support program is to support the implementation of tax transition programs in West Africa, following the implementation of regional policies of trade liberalization (Customs Union, TEC, EPA,). Three products are expected:

(i) the management of the internal taxation of the Member States is improved and better coordinated in the region;

(ii) the fight against fraud, tax evasion, illicit financial flows and corruption is stepped up and contributes to increasing tax revenues;
(iii) the system of coordination, monitoring and evaluation of tax transition programs is strengthened at the level of each Commission and at the level of MS.
Duration :The duration of the assignment 2 years
Job Spécification:The purpose of this contract is to recruit technical assistance to carry out the following activities • organize annual ECOWAS seminars to clarify basic VAT rules with exchanges of experiences and good practices; • analyze the capacities of national tax administrations to manage VAT and facilitate cooperation between stakeholders (private sector and tax administration);  • assess and possibly revise the ECOWAS VAT Directive, on the one hand, help transpose the directive in MS that have not yet done so; August 2018 Page 59 of 124 • carry out awareness-raising / communication actions on VAT rules (ECOWAS brochure or online guide) for professionals;  • reserve a place of choice for civil society organizations and the private sector for better advocacy on the application of VAT;  • define the missions of short-term experts relating to product 1 (terms of reference) and supervise their work.
Searched profilAs part of the execution of this project, the following profile could be requested:

Senior tax expert, specialist in indirect taxation, in VAT management:

Qualifications and skills • Holder of a diploma in public finance, jurist, tax expert, statistician economist or equivalent qualification (BAC + 5 at least); • The expert must have a strategic vision, demonstrate a good capacity for analysis of tax systems, in particular indirect taxes. It will also have to demonstrate a capacity to strengthen the capacities of ROs.  • Excellent command of the most common computer tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and messaging; • Perfect command of English and French (reading, writing, speaking);  • Great aptitude for multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork, coordination, networking and facilitation; • Any additional training in the field of monitoring and evaluation and results-based management is an asset.

General professional experience • At least twelve (12) years of professional experience in tax administration, including VAT;  • Having worked in at least 3 different countries, including at least one English-speaking country in sub-Saharan Africa will be an asset; • At least proven experience in managing a team of multidisciplinary experts in VAT; • Good understanding of the challenges of regional economic integration.

Specific professional experience • Good experience in analysis and / or management of tax reforms will be an advantage; • Knowledge of UEMOA and ECOWAS directives and in particular of the fiscal transition program will be an advantage.  • Professional experience of at least 7 years in VAT management • Work experience in the field of tax transition; • Demonstrated competence in drafting terms of reference is an asset.

Working language (s): The working language is French and English  
Monitoring:Please send your application to iamoussa@linpico.com with the reference « Senior Tax Expert» by copying ignanou@linpico.com et admin@linpico.com

Linpico’s response to COVID

Training seminar given by the Team Leader Dr JJ PADOU for Linpico at the Court of Accounts in the Central African Republic in accordance with the COVID19 security measures in force.

The COVID pandemic has caused an unprecedented international crisis forcing all governments around the world to put in place emergency strategies to deal with this health situation which affects all sectors of the global economy.

Consequently, all the development aid activities and objectives implemented through current and planned projects funded by the various international donors had to be reviewed.

Faced with this situation, Linpico was able to react and adapt its support to donors and governments by developing 4 main strategies:

1. Emergency repatriation of experts:
Linpico has deployed its resources at headquarters to find the quickest solutions for modifying the experts’ return flights, revising their contracts accordingly and favouring contract extensions with donors and clients in order to adapt deadlines to be completed through remote work;

2. Remotely continuing activities already underway:

• Maintaining communication amongst our permanent staff and with our various repatriated experts and confined clients around the world, by email, via Whatsapp, Skype, or Microsoft Team;

• By implementing hygiene and distancing measures (supply of masks, hydroalcoholic gel, soap, cleaning of toilets, etc.) for projects still underway.

• Ensuring the sharing of larger data and the simultaneous online work of Linpico experts and backstopping staff members via tools such as Sentspace or Dropbox;

• Organizing videoconferences with the various ministries and donors involved in our projects and  maintaining the implementation of the training workshops initially provided for by our contracts at a distance, via tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Team and with dynamic presentations on Power Point and Visio;

3. Modifying the ToR’s for current projects:
Linpico has also worked in concert with donors, clients and teams of experts to propose adaptations to the objectives and services initially planned for the containment situation, but also for the economic consequences of this crisis;

4. Encouraging a gradual return to work in the field:
Ensuring optimal health security conditions, in particular by offering the teams training on health standards.

Hereafter some relevant examples, where these various measures have been implemented within Linpico’s projects:

Technical Assistance to the Court of Audit of the Central African Republic: The training initially planned at the Court of Audit has been partially maintained (although the training of part time experts has been suspended) and carried out in conformity with the strict sanitary measures in place: restrictions to the number of participants (splitting into two groups to reduce the number of people present), respecting social distancing, availability of soap and the wearing of masks.

Tax Administration Efficiency Improvement and Public Expense Management (PEM) Program in the Dominican Republic – Business Process Re-engineering for the Integrated Financial Management Information System:

The team has been providing all the required services from home, communicating and working together online through Outlook, Whatsapp, Skype, Dropbox and Sendspace, Zoom and Microsoft Team.

These culminated in a virtual meeting with the Minister of Finance, his main advisers and some Managing Directors, where the new proposed processes were approved .

The Minister of Finance’s reaction was very positive, giving us an hour and a half of his time. This shows the importance that he assigned to our work and its practical results for its management. He asked that we continue to accompany him in this last stage to deliver everything planned and with the quality with which he has worked so far. He suggested that we extend the project to deliver everything virtually, as it will not be possible to travel before the deadline for presenting the final report and training.

Support for the Establishment and Running of a Unit responsible for implementing the Government’s PFM reform programme :

Due to the health crisis triggered by COVID-19 and its effects upon Paraguay’s economy, the Ministry of Finance is now having to implement many PFM reforms  to better manage the available resources and give greater aid to those sectors rendered the most vulnerable by the situation.

Linpico and the Ministry of Finance have reviewed the ToR’s in order to re-allocate our technical assistance to support those new short and medium term reforms.

Analysis of the budget and Public Finance Management in Tunisia: Due to the health crisis triggered by COVID-19 and its effects upon Tunisia’s economy, specific ToRs are being developed in order to adapt the experts’ mission. Indeed, the studies and analysis will have to be primarily focussed on the disbursement of special budget aid (budget aid of 175 thousand dollars to aid Tunisia in coping with the effects of the new COVID-19 and allocated to the emergency operation title for aid to development politics for resilience and recovery), whilst also taking into account the new macroeconomic data emerging from this unusual situation and its effect upon the economy.

FRAMEWORK CONTRACTS ASSISTANT / JUNIOR PROJECT MANAGER

ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN EUROPEAN UNION CANDIDATES ONLY

JOB TYPE: Full-time, 6 months internship with strong likelihood of a fixed-term contract (CDD) 18 months.

LOCATION: Remotely until the end of the covid-19 crisis then in Linpico Head Office (Les Arcs sur Argens, Var, France)

SUPERVISOR/MANAGER: Framework Contracts Manager : jduluc@linpico.com for contacts (copy [email protected])

PRESENTATION OF LINPICO AND THE DEPARTMENT:

Linpico is an international development consultancy. We implement projects funded by International Donors (such as the European Union, or the World Bank) that aim to supporting developing countries’ governments in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their public policies.

Linpico’s projects cover five main sectors: Public Finance Management, including Budget Support; Education; Governance and Aid Management; Trade and Private Sector Development; Information Technology. Our projects are in all regions of the world, in over 80 countries. They are both long- and short-term, ranging from several years to a few months in length.

International Donors launch calls for proposals to find a consultancy who they will subcontract to implement their international development projects and programmes. We respond to these calls by presenting a technical strategy and financial proposal, along with a full team of specialist free-lance consultants who will be implementing the project’s activities in the field. Once we are awarded a specific project, we manage its implementation (managing the budget, the communication with the Client, the mobilization and utilization of the expert resources, etc.).

Our main office is located in the South of France; we also have an office in Burkina Faso. Linpico employs 17 permanent staff in the following departments: General Management; Project Management and Framework Contracts; Administrative and Technical Support; Finance and Contracts Administration.

This job description refers to a position within the Framework Contracts Department.

The Department deals with short-term projects of a value up to 1 million EUR, which are tendered under the umbrella of a wider 4-year long Framework Contract. Under these wider contracts, only a handful of Consortia are selected and are receiving the requests for proposals. The Framework Contracts are divided into lots corresponding to specific aid areas.

  • Linpico is leading a Consortium for Lot 5 relating to Budget Support; and is the member of a Consortium for Lot 1 relating to Natural Resource Management.

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide support to project management and coordination of the Framework Team;
  • Search for experts based on each project’s requirement, contact the best candidates;
  • Coordinate the search and keep track of all experts contacted by the team, regularly update the database;
  • Support the evaluation of profiles of experts and closing deals with the selected candidates;
  • Responsible for tracking statistics and data about proposals and projects to support internal and EU reporting;
  • Support the Framework Contracts Manager in the preparation of financial and technical proposals (including tailoring CVs, proofreading methodologies, doing background research);
  • Support the Framework Contracts Manager in the implementation of ongoing projects – getting updates from experts in the field; preparing contract documents; quality control of deliverables and reports;
  • Responsibilities in proposal preparation and project management are likely to increase over time;
  • Other tasks as directed.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • University Degree (Master’s degree is an advantage) in relevant subject such as International Relations, International Development; European Union Affairs
  • This is an entry-level position. It is understood that the candidates would not have years of experience. Any professional / internship / university / volunteer experience in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage:
    • International Humanitarian and/or Development work;
    • Human Resources; Recruitment; Evaluating CVs; Contracting;
    • Preparation and/or Management of Budgets;
    • Drafting and proofreading reports, articles, papers or other written communication;
    • Experience of responding to calls for proposals or preparing documentation to obtain grants (such as for an NGO, a university association, or as part of a university simulation exercise);
    • Project Management.
  • Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and Outlook);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and French. Spanish would be an advantage;
  • Organised and able to meet deadlines;
  • Able to prioritise tasks and remain calm to deliver under pressure;
  • Proactive and eager to learn and gain autonomy.

Two Municipal Finance experts to assist the Kabul Municipality in Afghanistan

Linpico is seeking two Municipal Finance experts to assist the Kabul Municipality in Afghanistan with strengthening Financial Management. Experts should have the following profiles:

Municipal Finance/Local Revenue Specialist

Bachelors or master’s degree in Finance/Accounting/Economics/Public /Municipal Finance OR Professional certifications such CA/CPA with at least 8 to 10 years of experience. Prior experience in financial analysis and local revenue management of municipalities will be an advantage.

The expert will perform the review of Kabul Municipality revenue management and prevailing urban services charges law (2000). The expert will develop Kabul Municipality revenue management manual (Total input 100 days).

Asset Management Specialist

Master’s degree in finance/Business Administration/Economics/Public /Municipal Finance. Professional certifications such CA/CPA will be an advantage with 8 to 10 years’ experience. Specific prior experience in Asset management analysis and local authority asset management of municipalities will be an advantage.

The expert will perform fixed assets and inventory management assessment, based on that the expert will develop fixed assets and inventory management module. The expert will also be responsible for providing inputs to relevant training manuals. (Total input 50 days).

Please send your CVs to Ivan Linhart at ilinhart@linpico.com

AVIS DE RECRUTEMENT D’UN EXPERT PPP/ BURKINA FASO

Objectif général

L’objectif général est d’accélérer le développement du pays à travers le renforcement des financements innovants comme le PPP

Objectifs spécifiques

La mission a pour objectifs spécifiques (i) Optimiser les investissements publics au Burkina Faso dans le respect des normes et bonnes pratiques internationales ;(ii) Maîtriser l’utilisation et la gestion des contrats PPP en lien avec la saine gestion des finances publiques.

Résultats attendus de la mission

Les résultats attendus de cette mission sont les suivants :

Resulta 01 : Les investissements publics connaissent un accroissement rapide en quantité et en qualité ;

Resultat 02 : Les acteurs maîtrisent les procédures d’utilisation des financements innovants notamment les PPP en vue de renforcer les investissements publics sans aggraver les risques budgétaires.

Qualifications et compétences: 

  • Avoir un diplôme de l’Enseignement Supérieur (master ou équivalent) en science économique, droit, finances publiques ou équivalent ;
  • Maitriser parfaitement le français ;
  • Avoir une bonne connaissance des logiciels bureautiques et de messagerie les plus répandus ;

Expérience professionnelle générale :

  • Avoir une bonne expérience en matière administration économique et financière
  • Avoir dix années d’expérience en matière de gestion de finances publiques et d’économie.

Expérience professionnelle spécifique :

  • Avoir une expérience d’au moins dix ans dans l’accompagnement de la mise en œuvre des projets économiques ;
  • Avoir une expérience avérée en conception et de gestion des projets de partenariat public – privé ;
  • Avoir réalisé ou suivi la réalisation d’un projet similaire dans un pays subsaharien

Lieu et durée et calendrier à titre indicatif de la mission :

L’étude se déroulera à Ouagadougou sur une durée totale de 20 jours ouvrés..

Activités Durée (H/J)
  Réunion de cadrage et de compréhension mutuelle des TDR 1
  Entretiens, recherche et exploitation documentaires ainsi que rédaction et présentation du rapport d’étape 9
  Poursuite de la collecte d’information, rédaction et présentation du rapport provisoire 8
  Prise en compte des commentaires, observations suite à la présentation du Rapport provisoire et dépôt rapport final 2
  Total 20

Merci de contacter Mr Ismaël AMOUSSA : iamoussa@linpico.com avec la mention (Expert PPP), non sans mettre ignanou@linpico.com et [email protected] en copie.

Fiscal Transition Support Programme for WAEMU and ECOWAS member states

Linpico has started performance of a 3 year € 4.8 million EU funded service contract to support Fiscal Transition in the West Africa region. The project provides support to the WAEMU and ECOWAS member states for improving tax management; strengthening measures for tackling fraud, tax evasion and illicit financial flows so as to improve tax revenues; and strengthening the regional and national fiscal transition coordination systems.

Recruitment of a francophone / French mother tongue full time proposal writer to work in our Francophone West Africa office, located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Linpico is seeking to recruit a francophone / French mother tongue full time proposal writer to work in our Francophone West Africa office, located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Candidates should have extensive experience in technical proposal preparation for EU / WB / African Development Bank / Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) tenders covering a wide range of sectors such as Public Finance Management, Private Sector Development, Education and IT. Experience should include coordinating technical proposal preparation, providing significant written inputs for proposals and formatting.

Only applicants who can demonstrate successful proposal writing experience will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and should be prepared to provide examples of proposals that they have been responsible for preparing.

Please submit CVs to Ivan Linhart at ilinhart@linpico.com with “Proposal writer – Burkina” as the subject.

4TH ANGOLA-EU MINISTERIAL MEETING LUANDA, 11 MARCH 2019

As the provider of the Technical assistance to the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund in the Republic of Angola project, Linpico supported the implementation of the Fourth Ministerial meeting on 11 March 2019 in Luanda. It was organised under the EU-Angola Joint Way Forward (JWF) agreement, a framework for dialogue and cooperation based on common interests and shared values.

The Ministerial talks covered a broad spectrum of issues: economic cooperation, sustainable development, governance and human rights, multilateral and global challenges such as peace, security and climate change.

This meeting, was co-chaired by the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto and the Minister of Economy and Planning of the Republic of Angola Pedro Luís da Fonseca on the Angolan side and on the EU side by the Vice Prime Minister of Romania, Ana Birchall, representing the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The participants reiterated their full commitment to maintaining the Joint Way Forward as a forum for constructive dialogue and cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect, openness, democracy, rule of law and transparency. Such a partnership can allow a fruitful cooperation with a view to tackle internal and global challenges in the interest of both Angola and the EU.

The participants welcomed the already achieved adjustments of the instruments put at the disposal of the partnership with the adoption of a Dialogue Facility and of an Economic Governance programme, in line with the Government of Angola’s ambitious reform agenda.

They agreed on the need to make full use of existing instruments in order to enhance cooperation in the economic and social fields, but also in the peace and security area, in line with agreed global, continental and regional mechanisms contemplated in the EU-Africa Partnership. The Joint Way Forward should also continue to offer a privileged forum for high-level dialogue and concrete cooperation activities on good governance and human rights related issues, by using all the instruments available.

The participants agreed that the next Senior Officials and Ministerial meetings will take place in Brussels during the second semester of 2020.

 

SIEA 2018 Lot 5 Update

Since the launch in June 2018 of the Framework Contract Services for the Implementation of External Aid (SIEA) 2018, Linpico has led a successful Consortium of ten partners in Lot 5: Budget Support.

Having been invited to tender in more than 50 Requests for Services, the Consortium has so far proposed over 100 experts in projects worth a total of €11m.

As the Consortium has grown from strength to strength, successes have followed. Linpico has thus far won 12 projects in all corners of the globe, from Papua New Guinea to Jamaica and everywhere in between. This has required the mobilisation of approximately two dozen experts for assignments totalling €2.8m of aid.

As this Framework Contract develops over the coming months and years, the Consortium is well-positioned to sustain the achievements it has already enjoyed and further build on its accomplishments to remain at the forefront of the industry.

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