Call for applications: International Expert required for the Republic of Armenia

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Call for applications: International Expert required for the Republic of Armenia

October 19th, 2020

WFD is seeking an International Expert to produce a comparative review of financial and budgetary practice in support of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.

WFD is a consortium partner under the Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia programme. The UNDP “Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia” project is co- implemented with the OxYGen Foundation, the International Center for Human Development, and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. The project is funded by the United Kingdom’s Good Governance Fund and the Government of Sweden.

The International Expert will conduct a comparative review of different models of parliamentary finance/budget committees within the budget cycle. The comparative review will focus on outlining roles, functions, and an extend of the parliamentary control over the budget and the executive. S/he is expected to compare 3-4 countries with similar economic contexts and legal frameworks to Armenia.

The comparative review will include:

  • A detailed comparative overview of good international practices in other countries focusing on instances where the finance committee effectively shape budget formulation processes and influence the budget proposal. The expert will focus on the formal functions and actual roles of finance committees with the budget cycle. S/he will also focus on the roles, functions, processes and interactions with other parliamentary units with budget committees with the budget cycle;
  • Elaborate on key documents produced by parliamentary finance committees of compared countries regarding the budget cycle (e.g. medium-term expenditure programmes and their role in the budgetary processes);
  • Review of the roles and functions of parliamentary budget offices; parliamentary account committees and good practices in performance-based budgeting;
  • Compare and contrast the parliaments’ role in controlling the budget and its powers over the executive as well as elaborate on recent trends and mechanism that enable the parliaments to hold the government to account.

It is hoped that this comparative overview will improve financial oversight in Armenia and inform the Constitutional Review Commission who are currently discussing the separation of powers between parliament as well as holding the government to account.

If you would like to be considered, please first read the Terms of Reference for more information, and then submit your application to Magdalena Randall-Schab, Senior Programme Manager, Eurasia at magdalena.randall-schab@wfd.org by the 26 October 2020 deadline. 

 

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