Public Expenditure Scrutiny Training – Guyana







The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has allocated financing towards the cost of the Public Expenditure Scrutiny Training for Members of Parliament (MPs) Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  The financing shall not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  No party other than CDB shall derive any rights from the financing or have any claim to the proceeds of the financing.

CDB now wishes to procure consultancy services to support capacity building in public expenditure scrutiny for MPs, using the Cooperative Republic of Guyana as a pilot country.  The objective of the intervention is to build the capacity of MPs to provide effective oversight and fiduciary roles with respect to the national budget, in accordance with the public trust placed in them.  The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of up to 15 months.

CDB now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest indicating qualifications and experience required to provide these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and

(c) in all cases, the Consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to firms with:

(i) technical competence, qualifications and experience, including:

(a) team members with postgraduate qualifications in Political Science, Social Science, or any other relevant field;

(b) at least 10 years’ experience at a senior level in the area of public expenditure scrutiny, including hands-on experience in the design and audit of budgets;

(c) at least 10 years’ experience providing training to parliamentarians or senior public sector employees;

(d) at least 8 years’ demonstrated knowledge of issues related to environment and climate change, and practical experience using this knowledge in the development of public policies, programmes, strategies and/or projects;

(e) at least 8 years’ Social Development experience providing social inclusion and gender analysis skills for public policies, programmes, strategies and/or projects. A sound understanding of marginalised and vulnerable groups such as women, children, youth, elderly, working age, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and the poor must be evident; and

(f) a sound understanding of the budgetary and parliamentary processes, specifically in the Caribbean and/or Guyana, is required;

(ii) financial capacity; and

(iii) existing commitments.

All information must be submitted in English.  Further information may be obtained at

Electronic copies of the Expressions of Interest must be emailed to CDB at no later than 16:30 hours on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  The email must include the name and address of the applicant and the subject line shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for Public Expenditure Scrutiny Training for Members of Parliament (MPs) Project.

The selection method shall be Quality Based Selection.  A short-list of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals (in two separate files) to undertake the assignment.  CDB reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety.  It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of the Expressions of Interest.