In light of significant socioeconomic disparity and poor governance systems, the Philippine government launched in 2012 the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) initiative. The BUB is a national government program designed to facilitate annual participatory planning and budgeting at the city and municipal level with the active participation of civil society organisations (CSOs), grassroots organisations, and communities. The BUB has 2 central objectives: 1) Support the attainment of the Philippine Development Plan’s goal of inclusive growth and poverty reduction by funding relevant projects, and 2) strengthening state – society relationships at the local level by providing incentives for local government units (LGUs) to engage with citizens in the budgeting and planning of such projects. There are 13 national agencies involved, each one providing a menu of services that LGUs and local communities can choose from. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is one of the agencies currently implementing BUB through the KALAHI-NCDDP, PSB and SLP programmes.
However, due to weak social infrastructure, financial and administrative bottlenecks, low government and CSO capacities, as well as policy gaps, implementation performance has been lacklustre. While DSWD has introduced a number of initiatives to accelerate delivery for 2015 projects, it faces an immense challenge in 2016, wherein it will have to address the 2015 backlog in addition to delivering on the 2016 projects within an election year. It is in this respect that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) offers support to assist in the implementation of BUB through a government co-financing initiative, which draws from the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) signed by the Philippine Government and UNDP in 1977, and clarified by the 2015 resolution issued by the Government Procurement and Policy Board. This programme aims to deliver 80% of BUB projects in 7 regions in 2016, while at the same time, piloting enhanced governance infrastructure, capacities, and reforms that will enable DSWD, LGUs, and CSOs to execute BUB - and wider service delivery processes - effectively and, over time, independently, without the need for external support.
The Procurement Associate will report directly to the UNDP Procurement Specialist and BUB project manager, who will head the BUB project management team. This team shall be based within the UNDP Democratic Governance Unit, headed by the Governance Team Leader.
The Procurement Analyst will work in close coordination with the UNDP Procurement Team under the guidance of the UNDP Procurement Specialist. The Procurement Officer will directly responsible for the effective and timely delivery of procurement of goods, services and works for the project.
He/She is therefore expected to be able to analyze and interpret the financial rules and regulations, and provide solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement, while promoting a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented service.
The Procurement Officer is expected to work in close collaboration with DepEd, other units in the CO, primarily the programme and project teams in the CO and its field offices.
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Contract Duration: 6 months (extension contingent on funding)