Request for Quotation
RFQ # 1801-13
USAID Government Accountability Initiative
Operational Planning Specialist
The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI), implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) is a four-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with the overall objective to strengthen the capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders resulting in increased government accountability at the national and local levels. The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases. GAI counterparts include the State Audit Institution (SAI), the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), local governments, specialized anti-corruption courts, and civil society organizations.
It is Checchi’s intention to award a Firm Fixed Price/Level of Effort (FFP/LOE) type subcontract for this work. Under a FFP/LOE subcontract, the Subcontractor is responsible for providing specified deliverables using an agreed to level of effort, by a stated completion date, and for a fixed price.
Travel and other direct costs included in the offeror’s proposed budget are reimbursed at actual cost, without any direct or indirect markups and must be supported by originals or copies of receipts. Subcontractor shall provide all materials, labor, equipment and facilities and shall do all that is necessary for the satisfactory and timely performance of the Statement of Work as set forth below.
Statement of Work
The Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is a four-year United States Agency for International Development-funded project with overall objective to strengthen the capacities and connections of key Serbian stakeholders resulting in increased government accountability at the national and local levels. The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases. GAI counterparts include the State Audit Institution (SAI), the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), local governments, specialized anti-corruption courts, and civil society organizations.
ACA is an independent state body accountable to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. According to the Law on Anti-corruption Agency, the ACA is mandated to supervise the implementation of the National Strategy for Combating Corruption, institute proceedings and pronounce measures in case of a violation of this Law, deal with conflict of interest, financing of political parties and integrity plans. ACA is also responsible for supporting initiatives for amending and enacting regulations in the field of fighting corruption, coordination of state bodies in the fight against corruption, and maintaining registers of officials and official’s property and income.
Technical assistance to ACA is designed to increase the likelihood that ACA will combat corruption in government through actions taken to detect and mitigate conflicts of interest and illegal accumulation of assets or misrepresentation on financial disclosures through enhanced policies, procedures and effective working relationships with stakeholders. GAI completed leadership and change management training for ACA during which the ACA leadership identified improvement priority areas. The leadership of ACA has requested GAI assistance to develop a strategic plan with clearly defined goals, objectives, and performance measures. GAI assisted ACA in development of a 2019-2023 strategic plan for the institution.
Tasks and Methodology
Subcontractor will provide technical assistance to ACA in developing the 2019/2020 Operational Plan of the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. The Operational Plan is to be designed as the specific plan which prescribes how ACA will use its resource towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan. It will guide the day to day activities of the ACA to achieve the goals and result areas set in the Strategic Plan. The 2019/2020 Operational Plan needs to identify the activities and events that will be conducted by ACA as aspired in the Strategic Plan. The subcontractor will have advisory role towards ACA, especially in coordination and facilitation of the process.
The Operational Plan needs to include the following key elements with a view of guiding the implementation of the identified activities:
- Create 2019/2020 measurable actions that are clearly linked with the Strategic Plan and support specific strategic and operational goals, and activities.
- Set up clear accountability and timeframe.
- Specify who is responsible for each activity, and the deadline, including identifying the internal capacities and stakeholders who must be involved in implementing each activity, and the need for a consultant or other specific external stakeholder to implement the activity.
- Mechanisms to regularly track progress.
In drafting the operational plan, the subcontractor will consult with ACA in coordination with the GAI Project Team.
- Delivery of an Operational Planning Workshop for ACA;
- A comprehensive Operational Plan which provides for the above key elements – up to 30 pages – to be delivered for GAI and ACA review before final issuance;
- Report with results of technical assistance with power point presentations from the workshop and recommendations for GAI consideration delivered by May 24, 2019;
- Briefings for USAID, GAI and counterparts, as requested.
Period of Award:
- The work must be completed by May 31, 2019.
This is a Senior level position.
- Education – A least Master’s degree in the field of economics, public administration, organizational sciences, sociology, psychology or another relevant field;
- Prior Work Experience – A minimum of 10 years of professional-level experience, of which at least 6 years in strategic and/or operational planning and management in the public sector with relevant training experience. Experience working in or with a law enforcement agency with knowledge of investigative agency operations will be considered as an asset.
- Language Proficiency / Communication Skills – Must have excellent communication skills, knowledge of English and Serbian language.
- Job Knowledge – A thorough knowledge of good governance and public accountability framework, knowledge of anti-corruption field will be considered a strong asset.
- Skills and Abilities – Ability to use various computer software (e.g. PowerPoint, Word).
Quotations will be evaluated on the following criteria in order of importance:
- Qualifications for the technical assignment. Finalists may be interviewed, and interview results will be considered in evaluation.
- Successful completion of similar assignments and overall past performance.
- Total cost for labor, including other direct costs.
Instructions to Offerors:
- Agree to the completion date and supply a schedule for each deliverable in calendar days after subcontract award in the Schedule for Deliverables Section, and the LOE chart, which you can download here.
- Submit a one-page description of the offeror’s directly relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, three references, and the completed Form 1420 of the individual(s) who will provide the LOE.
- Complete a budget using the budget template attached. Any airfares should be for the lowest cost economy direct flight available. Offerors who reside outside Serbia must supply proof that they have acquired valid medical evacuation insurance.
Rok za konkurisanje: 2019-03-28