The ODI “Budget Strengthening Initiative” (BSI) began in May 2010 and is a major initiative to address budget strengthening and PFM reform in fragile and poorest states: This project works in collaboration with an international network of donors (including IMF through a joint conference) and budget reform stakeholders such as the IBP, CABRI and others to provide high-level policy advice on budgeting issues to governments of fragile states and to develop a centre of knowledge and good practice in effective approaches to PFM reform those contexts. It is hosted by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) and links closely with the existing portfolio of work on aid instruments and PFM reform.
The Budget Strengthening Initiative currently works with Ministries of Finance in three fragile states: Southern Sudan, Liberia and DRC; with a long term aim to expand to up to 3 more fragile states. BSI provides contacts with international experts, demand-led policy advice and technical assistance; and access to peer learning and networks. Requests for advisory support have been wide ranging including on aid strategies; budget reform (incl. MTEF implementation); infrastructure financing; and IMF negotiations.
BSI is looking for an organisation to provide support to the South Sudan and Uganda Country Programmes. Support will need to be based in either South Sudan or Uganda and it is envisaged that this will be provided through 3 roles:
- A Country Programme Manager providing senior technical and managerial support on a part time basis (100-150 days per year),
- A locally employed training, coordination and support role at graduate level on a half to full time basis,
- A locally employed administrative support role on a half to full time basis.
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