Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst

  MBAW/MoF
  Afghanistan Unspecified 236
Date Posted:Oct 27, 2010
Reference:MBAW-038
Closing Date:Nov 7, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Male
Functional Area:Government
Nationality:International
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About MBAW/MoF:

 

The Budget Department within the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is responsible for the preparation of the national budget and for monitoring and reporting on its implementation. The national budget activities, at present, are largely donor/aid co-ordination function with considerable liaison and involvement of international partners. The budget is used as a major co-ordination mechanism of the Government through which it consults, agrees and articulates to all national and international stakeholders the expenditure programmes and priorities of the Government for the year ahead. The National Budget is also the primary instrument for the Government to allocate and manage its financial resources (both internal and external revenues) in a balanced, transparent and accountable manner within a short to medium term framework. The Budget Team is composed of Directorate General Budget, Budget Execution Sectors, Budget Policy, Coordination & Reporting Unit, Provincial Budgeting Unit and Program Budgeting Unit. In addition, the Project Management, Office Management and IT Units provide administrative support to the Budget Department including plan development trainings and office and logistics management. The Project Management, Office Management and IT Unit also coordinate and implement a public information strategy on the National Budget and develop mechanisms to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of Budget Department’s products and services to key stakeholders and clients.

Job Summary:

• Undertaking research and analysis of the GoA’s fiscal position;
• Contributing to the development and revision of key fiscal policy documents including the MTFF and MTEF;
• Undertaking monitoring and in-depth analysis of domestic revenue mobilization;
• Writing periodic reports and briefings to high-level Government officials and international counterparts;
• Coordinate and manage work processes of fiscal policy unit.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of key functions:


• Undertaking research and analysis of the GoA’s fiscal position;
• Contributing to the development and revision of key fiscal policy documents including the MTFF and MTEF;
• Undertaking monitoring and in-depth analysis of domestic revenue mobilization;
• Writing periodic reports and briefings to high-level Government officials and international counterparts;
• Coordinate and manage work processes of fiscal policy unit.

1. Undertaking research and analysis of the GoA’s fiscal position:

• Assessing the current fiscal situation, including the analysis and explanation of any deviation of fiscal outturn from forecast;
• Assessing and realigning the Public Investment Program and evaluating a consolidated expenditure scheme consisting of current and capital expenditures;
• Assessing the overall fiscal situation and developments in relation to the budget including estimates arising from changes in financial conditions;
• Assess and develop the fiscal sustainability model for Public Administration Reform – PAR (Pay and Grading – P and G, Pension reform etc);
• Assist in developing financial programming template for Afghanistan which is a Utilization tool for macroeconomic analysis;
• Maintenance of central macroeconomic database.

2. Contributing to the development and revision of key fiscal policy documents including the MTFF and MTEF:

• Preparing a consistent and reliable macroeconomic framework, which will feed into the fiscal policy framework including the budget process;
• Assist in updating and strengthening medium-term fiscal framework (MTFF) in consultation with the Budget Department and other Departments/Units in the MoF;
• Assist in structuring the Medium term expenditure framework(MTEF) based on the MTFF;
• Working with and guiding the line ministries to understand the MTFF covering macroeconomic and financial variables and to incorporate the fiscal policy objectives into the budget making process;
• Analyzing the consistency of expenditure estimates across budget sectors, in particular expenditures that are affected by demographic or macroeconomic developments (pensions, unemployment benefits, social transfers, etc.);
• Monitoring revenue projections prepared by the Revenue Department;
• Monitoring monthly/quarterly forecasts of revenues and expenditures for the budget year in close coordination with the Budget Department and Treasury Department;
• Monitoring the fiscal expenditures in the provinces and assessing disparities;

3. Undertaking monitoring and in-depth analysis of domestic revenue mobilization:
• Reviewing revenue estimates for the forthcoming budgetary year in close cooperation with the Revenue and other departments that use micro-data and tax calculators to prepare alternative revenue estimates;
• Assist in strengthening and updating revenue projection model

4. Writing periodic reports and briefings to high-level Government officials and international counterparts:

• Liaising with the international financial institutions and contributing to the briefs and reviews (e.g., International Monetary Fund’s Article IV Consultation);
• Preparing budget briefs (in collaboration with the Budget department) for the Cabinet and the National Assembly/Jirga. This will include a description of the macroeconomic environment and forecast of the government fiscal position as well as public debt, contingent liabilities , and an assessment of fiscal and debt sustainability;
• Preparing reports for and briefing the MoF officials and the Minister of Finance on changes in the macroeconomic environment, fiscal developments and policy options;
• Producing quarterly fiscal bulletin by taking into consideration revenue and expenditure developments, including comparison of outcomes with forecast;
• Preparing special reports for the Minister, the Cabinet, or the National Assembly;
• Produce monthly brief that summarizes main macroeconomic indicators;
• Assist in preparing fiscal strategy paper for the budget consistent with fiscal objectives set out in the MTFF

Job Requirement:

Education and Experience:
• Master’s Degree or Bachelor Degree in Economics or any other related field

Experience:
• With Master Degree 5 years of experience and with Bachelor degree 5 to 7 years experience in Public Finance Expenditure Management, experience in research and Policy-Level Analysis, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects respectively.
• Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (i.e. Eviews), experience in handling of web-based management systems and advanced programmes for statistical analysis of data.
Language Requirements:

• Fluency in English (reading and writing) and proficiency in Dari and Pashto.

Job Location:

Afghanistan
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