AFIDEP Vacancies: Budget Analysis and Public Finance Management Expert (x3)

The Parliament of Malawi is the supreme legislative body in Malawi. It plays the important roles of oversight, legislation, and representation in the country. The Parliament is currently seeking to strengthen its capacity in undertaking budget analysis and financial scrutiny, legislative drafting and scrutiny and research required by committees to perform their functions. This has provided an exciting, short-term opportunity for relevant professionals wishing to work in parliament. Accordingly, Parliament is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the positions of Short-Term Technical Experts (STTEs) in the Parliament of Malawi to support various technical functions including budget analysis, financial scrutiny, legislative drafting and scrutiny, and parliamentary research. The STTE positions have a 6-months tenure with the possibility of renewal or full-time employment based on performance and availability of funds. We will also consider experts willing to take sabbaticals to work at parliament on a full-time basis during this period. The positions are supported by an ongoing programme funded by USAID and implemented by Parliament with technical support from the African Institute for Development (AFIDEP).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide independent, unbiased and non-partisan analysis of the budget estimates/proposal presented by the Executive.
  • Provide neutral economic analyses on fiscal/monetary policy for Members of Parliament and Committees.
  • Analyze government macroeconomic plan and socio-economic programs contained in the budget framework.
  • Analyze government loans, loan guarantees and grants to ascertain value for money, sustainability and utilization towards national development objectives.
  • Provide cost estimates, macroeconomic forecasts and conduct risk analysis associated with proposed government policies and bills.
  • Forecast and project social and economic statistics, variables such as GDP, gross and net revenue.
  • Develop and maintain a database of key social, economic and fiscal statistics and information.
  • Conduct and share with Committees analyses that explore other means of growth and stabilization of the national economy.
  • Develop macro-economic policy performance and measurement indicators of government’s policies and programs.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Advanced Degree in Economics or Finance. A postgraduate qualification focused on budgeting or its equivalent will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated technical experience/knowledge in Public Financial Management.
  • Ability to transform technical concepts into content that is relevant and easily digestible.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong work ethics, with high levels of commitment and results-focused.
  • Strong communication skills, including demonstrated high-quality presentations techniques.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, as well as attention to detail.
  • Good judgment, integrity and reliable.

To apply: Please send (1) one-page cover letter; (2) CV of not more than 5 (five) pages-including 3 (three) relevant referees; (3) 1 (one) page motivation statement detailing career goals and interests, not later than June 30, 2018 to:  parliament-experts@afidep.org. Application letters should have the title of the position as the subject as well as subject of email for email applicants. Only qualified applicants shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.