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2024/TPLPDE/11194

Job offer type
Experts

Type of contract
CDDU

Activity sectors
Public resource mobilisation, management and accountability ; Economic and financial governance

Deadline date
2024/06/30 13:49

Contract
Employee

Duration
12 mois

Mission description

Job Summary:

 Expertise France is recruiting a Public Debt Expert for the Technical Project Lead position, specialized in project management and with extensive experience in public debt and green finance, for a 12 months’ mission (with possibility of extension) within the framework of a project supporting the implementation of public finance management reforms in Kenya. 

 The person selected will also, in close collaboration with the National Coordinator based in the Kenyan National Treasury and Expertise France's head office in Paris, support the operational steering and coordination of all activities, communication and other necessary cross-cutting activities of the project regarding the beneficiary administration, AFD and the technical partners in France. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE MISSION:

 

The Technical Project Lead will come from the French public administration. He/she will be based in Nairobi for a duration of at least twenty-four (24) months. He/she will be part of the project team, and will be under the supervision of Expertise France’s project manager. The role of the Technical Project Lead, will be both to provide his/her expertise to the development and implementation of the project’s components (i), and to lead the operational coordination of the overall project (ii).

(i)           Expertise – 70%

The Project places significant emphasis on providing day-to-day support to the beneficiaries, making it one of the most critical activities. The appointed expert will be highly experienced in debt management and possess a strong understanding of green finance. Their role will entail offering valuable expertise and practical insights to the PDMO on debt management matters, and to other stakeholders (including the CF&GEU) on matters related to accessing green finance and implementing green budgeting practices.

 Furthermore, the expert will work in close collaboration with prominent senior experts from both French public institutions and the international private sector. This collaborative approach aims to leverage diverse perspectives and ensure effective knowledge exchange for achieving the Project's objectives.

 The expert will thus address the following activities: 

 Public Debt management

The expert's role will encompass facilitating the execution of debt management activities and identifying any additional requirements for short-term expertise for each task, as needed.

 The Expert will provide valuable contributions to the PDMO by offering support to the teams in their operations and conducting specialized training tailored to address the Office's specific needs.

In particular, the expert will be in charge of: 

a)    TA on supporting PDMO’s organization and governance to achieve institutional autonomy. This activity involves providing support for:

·     Legal and institutional reform in compliance with legal standards (PFM Act) as well as other relevant international standards.

 b)    Identification of capacity building needs for the PDMO, particularly focusing on financial and operational risk management. This activity aims to assess the requirements for enhancing the PDMO's capabilities in these areas. Subsequently, a comprehensive capacity building plan will be formulated, and the preparation and supervision of training materials will be conducted to address these needs effectively.

  c)    TA aimed at enhancing public debt transparency, with a specific focus on informing investors:

·       Formulating a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively communicate public debt-related information.

·       Providing support to develop and facilitate access to public data pertaining to the debt.

 d)    TA for the establish a sustainable public debt strategy:

·       Assisting in the reform of the domestic debt market.

·       Providing support for conducting public debt negotiations with investors.

 

 Green Finance

 

a)    Reinforcing the legal and institutional framework of the CF&GEU, both within the National Treasury, and at an inter-sectoral level.

·       Supporting CF&GEU to review operational capacities

·       Improve collaboration of the CF&GEU within the NT and beyond

      b)    Advise the government in the structuring and issuance of Green, Social, Sustainable or Sustainability-Linked (GSSS) bonds:

·       Providing expert advice on the creation and implementation of a GSSS bond framework.

·       Offering support in analyzing eligibility of projects for green finance.

     c)    Supporting the development of an operational framework for green budgeting:

·       Conducting a comprehensive functional audit to identify specific capacity building requirements.

·       Providing support to adopt a methodological framework for the development of green budgets.

·       Offering methodological guidance throughout the process of creating a green budget.

 Throughout the mission, the expert will prioritize maximizing the transfer of skills to the PDMO and CF&GEU, as well as other relevant stakeholders. This will be achieved through fostering formal and informal relationships and organizing training sessions, ensuring a lasting and sustainable impact on their capabilities.

 

 (ii)          Project coordination – 30%

 He/she will hold the responsibility of coordinating the entire project implementation. Being a representative of Expertise France, the Technical Project Lead will take the lead in identifying the necessary Technical Assistance (TA) requirements, leveraging their knowledge of the functioning of the Kenyan administration and expertise in debt management and green finance.

Supported by the Local Project Coordinator and HQ's Project Manager, the Technical Project Lead will actively participate in or supervise various tasks, including:

·       Preparing and supporting the implementation of field missions, ensuring well-structured and monitored agendas for each mission.

·       Organizing and preparing study visits.

·       Assisting in maintaining quality control over project deliverables.

·       Overseeing the day-to-day implementation of Project activities, including visibility and communication initiatives.

·       Engaging in communication activities with donors.

As the central figure in project coordination, the Technical Project Lead will play a crucial role in ensuring the project's success by effectively managing and supporting the various aspects of its implementation.

The appointed Technical Project Lead will be responsible for providing effective leadership and coordination of the technical assistance to ensure the achievement of project goals within the contractual time limit. This will be accomplished by closely adhering to the terms of reference, the overall project budget, and the approved work schedule, which has been agreed upon by all stakeholders. Supported by the local experts, the Technical Project Lead will play a crucial role in supporting project monitoring and follow-up. He/she will be responsible for regularly reporting on the progress of activities and updating the rolling work program. This task will be done in close collaboration with the Local Experts and the HQ Project Manager, ensuring seamless communication and alignment between all parties involved in the project. By maintaining efficient coordination and communication, the project's success will be optimized, and the desired outcomes will be accomplished within the defined timeframe.

Project or context description

PROJECT DESCRIPTION[1]: Support to the implementation of the PFM reforms in Kenya

The Kenyan National Treasury has initiated several Public Finance Management Reform (PFMR) initiatives under the PFM Act and the PFMR strategy 2018-2023. The Public Finance Management Reforms (PFMR) Strategy aims at building a vision for “A public finance management system that is efficient, effective and equitable for transparency, accountability and improved service delivery for Kenyans”. The current PFMR strategy has eight priority areas outlining key PFM reforms:

1   1.     Sustainable and predictable fiscal space to deliver government programs;
2.    Strategic and transparent spending on public investment and service delivery in line with National and County Policy Commitments;
3.    Reliable cash for service delivery and public investment;
4.    Value for money in procurement and contract management;
5.    Value for money, performance & accountability in staffing for service delivery;
6.    Education institutions, health and other service facilities effectively manage public resources;
7.    Disciplined financial management and accurate reporting, and;
8.    Accountability delivered through audit, oversight and follow up.

 Until 2023, AFD has supported the implementation of the PFMR Strategy, along with a sectoral budget support – the GESDEK Program – co-financed with the World Bank, using the “Program for results” tool. AFD’s support has been funded through two means:

-        A soft loan in the form of a Sector Budget Support (SBS), of 30 million euros.

-        A grant in the form of a Technical assistance support (TA) of 1.5 million euros, managed by Expertise France, the French public agency for international technical assistance.

 In 2024, AFD has renewed its support to the Kenyan PFMR Strategy through a Technical assistance support (TA) of additional 1.2 million euros.

The TA support also aim to promote partnerships between Kenyan institutions and their French counterparts – “peer-to-peer exchange program”. TA is financed through the Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Transfers (FEXTE), which is exclusively dedicated to technical-cooperation programs and project-preparation studies in developing countries. This second peer-to-peer exchange program, operated by Expertise France, will aim to provide high-level French expertise to strengthen the implementation of the PFM reforms, and notably on debt management and green finance. 

 The main beneficiaries of the TA support within the National Treasury are the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) and the Climate Finance and Green Economy Unit (CF&GEU).  The TA support is focused on three components:

·       Component 1: Strengthening and modernising public debt management

·       Component 2: Support for greening of public finances

·       Component 3: Assuring donor coordination on public financial management

 The TA support will be implemented by a project team composed of:

·       A Project manager based in Expertise France's head office in Paris;

·       A Technical Project Lead based in the PDMO Directorate, in Nairobi;

·       A Project manager from AFD’s Agency in Nairobi.

 



[1] By Project is meant the TA support funded by AFD with the 1.2 M EUR grant. By GESDEK Program is meant the GESDEK co-financed by AFD’s and the WB’s soft loans.

Required profile

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS :

  • University postgraduate degree in a field relevant to the assignment: Public administration, Finance, project management, economics or any other relevant fields;
  • Excellent general knowledge and understanding of the public administration, especially public financial institutions;
  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and cultural sensitivity skills and capacity to the public administration, especially public financial institutions;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and adaptability to foreign systems and institutions;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good command of computer applications and information technologies (such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet browsers), good knowledge of Bloomberg would be an advantage;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Good knowledge of French would be an advantage.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :

·       Minimum of 7 years' experience in Public Financial Management (PFM) within a Public Administration.

·       At least 5 years' professional experience in Debt Management.

·       A strong understanding of green finance instruments and aspects.

·       Previous experience in similar assignments, which would be considered an added value.

·       Proven experience of working in a multi-cultural environment, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

·       Experience in working on cooperation projects, notably coordinating, supervising and implementing TA programs with public authorities, particularly at the National Government level (such experience would be appreciated).

·       Previous experience within the Kenyan Administration would be considered an asset.

Additional information

Only shortlisted candidates may then be invited for an interview.

Financial conditions will be negotiated with the selected candidate.

Deadline for application : 2024/06/30 13:49

Expertise France is the public agency of French international technical cooperation. The agency operates around four priorities:

  • democratic, economic and financial governance;
  • security and stability of countries in crisis/post-crisis situations;
  • sustainable development;
  • strengthening health systems, social protection and employment.

In these areas, Expertise France carries out engineering and implementation missions for capacity building projects, mobilizes technical expertise and acts as an aggregator of projects involving public expertise and private know-how.

With an activity volume of 233 million euros, more than 400 projects in portfolio in 80 countries, and 63,000 days of expertise, Expertise France focuses its action towards France’s solidarity policy, influence and economic diplomacy.

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