As part of its efforts to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of external assistance and to operationalize the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in Pakistan, the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), as nodal unit for external assistance, is in the process of reviewing the existing policy framework within which foreign aid is mobilized, provided, managed and accounted for. The envisioned result of this exercise is the formulation of a comprehensive Foreign Aid Policy, which will govern the provision and management of foreign aid under full national ownership and in line with national development priorities.
Different government institutions have formulated rules and guidelines related to specific aspects of planning and managing external assistance. These regulations do not in all cases complement each other effectively and are not yet parts of a coherent overarching framework. While a written foreign aid policy does not yet exist, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) as formulated major policy drivers regarding external assistance:
• Reducing external dept,
• Conforming to fiscal responsibility law,
• Foreign aid utilized in areas where it is most needed,
• Preference for grants and concessional loans (soft-loans),
• Complimenting GoP resources in alleviation of poverty in particular and attainment of MDG goals in general,
• Provide necessary financial and technical resources to Pakistan to help Pakistan sustain a high-growth trajectory.
In order to ensure that a future Foreign Aid Policy is adequately build on and aligned with existing, effective business processes, the GoP has decided to systematically review currently existing rules and guidelines governing external assistance. In this respect, EAD seeks to hire an experienced consultant, who will assist in compiling and analyzing these guidelines.
The incumbent is expected to perform the following tasks:
1. With support from EAD, compile all existing guidelines, rules and regulations, as well as related documents that the Government of Pakistan has prepared to govern the mobilization, provision, management and utilization of external assistance. The compilation should include Government internal rules and guidelines, including on the budget preparation and execution process, as well as rules regulating the activities of external development partners in Pakistan.
2. Prepare a comprehensive inventory listing all regulations according to a prior developed categorization, including type of regulation, date of approval, area of coverage, etc. The inventory should indicate if the regulation is actually applied and leads to its initially foreseen results.
3. Consult with selected representatives from Government of Pakistan, civil society and development partners to identify perceived gaps in the existing guidelines and framework for external assistance in Pakistan and document respective findings.
4. Based on the assessments prepared under tasks 2 and 3, make suggestions for the formulation of additional guidelines and/or reformulation of existing ones in order to strengthen GoP’s capacity to ensure that development cooperation activities are nationally owned, are fully aligned with Pakistan’s development priorities, and are managed effectively by the GoP to achieve targeted results in line with defined policy drivers.
III. Expected Outputs
1. Comprehensive and systematic inventory of all existing rules and guidelines on external assistance.
2. Succinct analytical paper indicating currently gaps in the existing guidelines and framework for external assistance to ensure that development cooperation activities are nationally owned, are fully aligned with Pakistan’s development priorities, and are managed effectively by the GoP to achieve targeted results in line with defined policy drivers.
The consultancy will be undertaken over a period of 12 days, including research, interviews and consultations. The consultant will report to the Director Donor Coordination Cell and work under the technical supervision and guidance of Aid Coordination Advisor, UNDP