Oxfam Consultancy-Extractive Industries Auditing Jobs in Kenya
Oxfam Consultancy-Extractive Industries Auditing Jobs in KenyaObjectives SAIs in countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia among many others on the continent have already been conducting various types of audits in the extractive sector.
The purpose of this research is to establish cases of success in EI auditing and the use of EI audits in East Africa.
With this focus, the research will also assess the challenges to EI auditing and the conditions that provide for effective EI auditing.
It is expected that the research will unlock the potential of SAIs for more effective EI auditing.
The specific objectives of the assessment are;
• Assess how SAIs have been conducting EI audits and the extent to which audit findings have been used by other stakeholders
• Establish the conditions that provide for effective EI auditing
• Establish the constraints to EI auditing
It is important to assess the role of SAIs in auditing the extractive sector. As aforementioned, extractive resources are finite and therefore, any actions to ensure that all the benefits from the resources are captured and judiciously managed- should be supported. SAIs often represent government’s highest auditor and the reports that they publish often carry a lot of credibility.
The role of SAIs in exposing malfeasance in the management of the extractive sector cannot be underscored. SAI audit reports often act as a barometer on the implementation of laws and policies within the extractive sector. SAIs assess the extent to which different government departments and state corporations are complying with national laws and policies.
SAIs are important as they contribute to ‘open governance’ of state corporations. This is particularly important as state owned enterprises/ state corporations increasingly take active roles in the extractive sector.
While there have been many studies that have looked at the role of SAIs in auditing, these have largely been focused on general auditing. Assessing the role of SAIs in auditing the extractive sector would be important given the peculiarities of the extractive sector. It is expected that this research will offer recommendations on how SAIs can carry out effective EI audits.
The proposed research builds on previous work by other institutions. This previous work includes;
• Identification of challenges to EI auditing done by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)
• OAG Norway study on Lessons Learned from building EI Audit Capacity in OAG Uganda
• INTOSAI Working Group on Extractive Industries (WGEI)- Mapping of the EI audit reports along the value chain .
The research is expected to be carried out between July and end of September 2020 and will be focused on East Africa.
The methodology is expected to use a case study method, will be qualitative and will be agreed with the consultant. The research is expected to respond to the specific research questions below, although these are only meant to provide guidance.
• What triggers different EI audits (particularly performance/VfM audits by SAIs)? The research is expected to establish where EI audits have been a result of internal risk assessments (based on International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs)) and or requests from Parliament or other stakeholders.
• What are the parts of the EI value chain that are under the purview of audits by SAIs? What aspects of the EI value chain have SAIs looked at the most?
• What have been the challenges of SAIs in conducting audits in the extractive sector? What are the main restraints facing auditor generals in fulfilling their mandate?
• How have SAIs been successful in conducting audits in the extractive sector with respect to good practice, achievement of targets and or the number of audits undertaken? What has been the impact or result of these audits?
• Have EI audit reports been used by different stakeholders- internally, within governments and externally? In what ways?
• How have SAIs interacted with extractive governance initiatives such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and or the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the context of extractives audits?
30 days – between July 2020 and September 2020
• Inception report indicating how the consultants propose to carry out the tasks with timelines, the methodologies, the rationale, expected results and an outline or table of contents for the final report.
• A draft report of that will be shared with Oxfam
• Raw data from the field work
• Presentation of findings to AFROSAI,INTOSAI WGEI, Oxfam for validation
• The final study report
Skills and Experience
The study shall be carried out by a consultant that shall have the following skills and competencies:
• At least a master’s degree in finance/ development studies or other any other relevant disciplines.
• Experience working on Extractives
• Demonstrated experience in research and working with Supreme Audit Institutions
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills
• Fluency in spoken and written English. Supervision
The overall supervisors of this assignment will be the Oxfam Extractives Regional Advisor for East Africa and
Consultants who meet the requirements of this assignment should submit Expression of Interest of MAXIMUM OF 5 PAGES which should include the following:
• Suitability statement that express commitment to availability for the entire period of the assignment.
• Brief statement on the proposed methodology including a detailed work plan.
• Updated curriculum vitae of the consultant clearly spelling out the relevant qualifications and experience.
• Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted the consultant to carry out similar tasks.
• Financial proposal with daily costs per activity which shall be part of the 10 pages.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Consultancy-Extractive Industries Auditing Jobs in Kenya
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