The Transparency and Accountability Network is currently looking for a Senior and Junior Training Specialist for its Localizing Procurement Reform project. For more information, click here.
These posts are project-based and the assignment will focus on “Improving the Quality and Responsiveness of Public Spending in Poor Communities though Localized Procurement Reform” project under the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) of the World Bank. The Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) and the Government Procurement Policy Board Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) are the implementing agencies for this project.
This JSDF Funded project aims to further enhance the impacts of participatory approaches by promoting the participation of volunteers from poor communities in the regular activities of barangay and municipal bids and awards committees. Drawing on the transparency provisions of the procurement law, the grant will support the institutionalization of the participatory procurement processes supported by the KALAHI and other local development projects. Community members and local CSOs are expected to be involved in key elements of procurement processes, e.g, public biddings, canvassing, bid award, contract monitoring, reporting, and oversight. The development of an enabling partnership between the community members/CSOs and the local government units for procurement reform is the key innovative feature of this project. Whereas many of the current relationships related to procurement or local governance often operate in an environment of mistrust, the project aims to demonstrate that it is mutually beneficial to have more productive engagements between LGUs and citizens. The partnership on procurement supported by this project is considered as an entry point that would make the partnership arrangement between government and civil society more mutually beneficial, especially for poor communities.