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framework for projects to be submitted to PIMC through the PIMS Secretariat and are submitted to Cabinet along with the relevant appraisal documents for approval.

Inputs for PIMC Decision Making: In order to undertake these roles and functions the PIMC will be guided by information produced from the following sources:

A. VISION 2030 Jamaica - National Development Plan is the roadmap for making "Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.

B. Growth Inducement Strategy - a strategic framework and a structured program of actions designed to achieve a quick turnaround in the economy and build a platform and momentum for medium-term growth. In essence, it captures the reality of the present moment which demands re-orienting our economic policy towards a sharpened focus on enhancing growth as the necessary basis for realizing sustained improvements in the social well-being of citizens, consistent with the goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica.

C. PSIP Policy Paper: This paper is developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica to aid Cabinet’s decision making on the PSIP and is presented each year to the Cabinet for discussion and approval, prior to its approval of the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the succeeding financial year and includes: a. A diagnosis of the PSIP Performance b. An analysis of the prevailing socio-economic and environmental conditions c. Recommendations for adjustments based on review of recent socio-economic

developments d. A forecast of likely impact of the continuing PSIP on development indicators, and e. Recommendation of prioritisation criteria for determining the size and

composition of the PSIP D. PIMS Guidelines: This is a handbook of the rules, procedures,

requirements and guidelines which shall be prescribed for the governance of all public investments (irrespective of source of funding and origin), in Ministries, departments, public bodies and public private partnership

E. PIM Information System (PIMIS): This is a web-enabled system that will serve as the repository of information on all public investments projects (central government, public bodies and public private partnerships), at the various stages of the project cycle (inclusive of concepts, feasibility, approval, implementation and evaluation) thereby allowing access for tracking of status and performance information on all projects as they move through the project cycle.

PIMS Secretariat as Institutional Support for PIMC: The role and the responsibilities of the PIMC and the PIMSEC are laid out in the Fourth Schedule of the Financial Administration and Audit (Amendment) Act 2014 hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’. The PIMC and by extension its Secretariat, PIMSEC, has a central role in the new PIMS. PIMC is the principle authority on PIMS in Jamaica and as such is a key

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Appendix VI

PUBLIC SECTOR INVESTMENT PROGRAMME FY 2016/17 –FY 2020/21

Reform of Public Investment in Jamaica The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has successfully implemented many of the key activities in the Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform Programme. The primary objective of the Reform is to enhance efficiency of the process and one of its key elements is the establishment of the Public Investment Management System (PIMS).

In fiscal year 2014/15 the Ministry of Finance and Planning in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica completed the amendments to the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act to strengthen the legislative framework for the PFM reform specifically the PIMS. The legislation was Gazette in April 2014.

Through support from the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project (supported by a World Bank Loan of US$35mn) in fiscal year 2015/16 the Ministry of Finance continued the implementation of the reform and has achieved major milestones in the development of the PIMS. These milestones include:

Establishment of the PIMS Secretariat (PIMSEC) - the Secretariat is housed in the Planning Institute of Jamaica, however, it is an agency of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. It is the central point of entry of all projects to be included in the PSIP. The PIMSEC is the key technical body for public investment planning and implementation and provides technical advice to the Cabinet through the Committee">PIMS Committee on investments that are to be included in the PSIP. The PIMS Secretariat directly supports the work of the Committee">PIMS Committee which makes the final decisions on the composition of the PSIP. The Secretariat is fully equipped and is 80% staffed. Up to December 2016, the Secretariat reviewed over 80 investment projects with an approximated total value of US$700mn. These include major investments in transportation, infrastructure enhancement, social protection and governance.

Within the fiscal year 2017/2018 the PIMSEC plans to begin the mid-term assessments of key projects within the PSIP to ascertain their viability for continued support and to better advise the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of remedial actions that may be necessary so as to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the investment in attaining its mandate.

Hosting of Committee">PIMS Committee Meeting - The Committee is chaired by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service and supports the review of all public investments. The Committee was reconstituted in Fiscal Year 2016/17 and now has membership from the Ministers of MICAF, Health, and MEGJC Under the amended FAA Act, all Pubic Investments must be reviewed by the Committee">PIMS Committee.

Development of PIMS Guidelines - After consultations that were completed in FY 2014/15 and 2015/16 the Cabinet has approved the guidelines for the Public Investment Management System. The guidelines, as defined by the amended FAA (2014), establishes some common parameters for the governance framework of the PIMS, and sets out the processes and procedures used by the GOJ to approve and manage Public Investments in Jamaica at all stages of the investment life cycle.

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5. INPUTS FOR PIMC DECISION MAKING In order to undertake these roles functions the PIMC will be guided by information produced from the following sources:

A. VISION 2030 Jamaica - National Development Plan is the roadmap for making "Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.

B. Growth Inducement Strategy - a strategic framework and a structured program of actions designed to achieve a quick turnaround in the economy and build a platform and momentum for medium-term growth. In essence, it captures the reality of the present moment which demands re-orienting our economic policy towards a sharpened focus on enhancing growth as the necessary basis for realizing sustained improvements in the social well-being of citizens, consistent with the goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica.

C. PSIP Policy Paper: This paper is developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica to aid Cabinet’s decision making on the PSIP and is presented each year to the Cabinet for discussion and approval, prior to its approval of the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the succeeding financial year and includes: a. A diagnosis of the PSIP Performance b. An analysis of the prevailing socio-economic and environmental conditions c. Recommendations for adjustments based on review of recent socio-economic

developments d. A forecast of likely impact of the continuing PSIP on development indicators, and e. Recommendation of prioritisation criteria for determining the size and

composition of the PSIP D. PIMS Guidelines: This is a handbook of the rules, procedures,

requirements and guidelines which shall be prescribed for the governance of all public investments (irrespective of source of funding and origin), in Ministries, departments, public bodies and public private partnership

E. PIM Information System (PIMIS): This is a web-enabled system that will serve as the repository of information on all public investments projects (central government, public bodies and public private partnerships), at the various stages of the project cycle (inclusive of concepts, feasibility, approval, implementation and evaluation) thereby allowing access for tracking of status and performance information on all projects as they move through the project cycle.

6. PIMS SECRETARIAT AS INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT FOR PIMC

The role and the responsibilities of the PIM Committee and the PIM Secretariat are laid out in the Fourth Schedule of the Financial Administration and Audit (Amendment) Act 2014 hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’. The PIM Committee (PIMC) and the PIM Secretariat (PIMSEC) have both been given central roles in the new PIM system. The establishment of these bodies and clarity about their roles and responsibilities is all the more critical since they exist currently in name only through the Act.

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6. PIMS SECRETARIAT AS INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT FOR PIMC

The role and the responsibilities of the PIM Committee and the PIM Secretariat are laid out in the Fourth Schedule of the Financial Administration and Audit (Amendment) Act 2014 hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’.

The PIM Committee (PIMC) and the PIM Secretariat (PIMSEC) have both been given central roles in the new PIM system. The establishment of these bodies and clarity about their roles and responsibilities is all the more critical since they exist currently in name only through the Act.

It is intended that PIMC will be the principle authority on PIMS in Jamaica and as such will be a key adviser to the Cabinet in terms of their executive decision making regarding the PSIP, in terms of which projects are included and which ones are not.

PIMSEC directly supports the work of PIMC and as such has a pivotal role in the whole system. It is PIMSEC that is the ‘Gatekeeper’ of the entire system. Its primary objective is to provide focus, co-ordination and direction to the PIM system and in doing so, improve the quality of the projects that are approved for funding whilst at the same time weeding out unsuitable or unaffordable projects early before they can waste the country’s limited resources. Like PIMC, it has no executive powers, only an advisory role; therefore it can only be sustainable if it achieves credibility and respect. This will happen if its decisions, based objectively on policy and supporting data, are in the main accepted by PIMC and, subsequently, the Cabinet.

Whilst all project proposals have to pass through the PIMSEC to stand any chance of approval and funding, the PIMSEC reports to the PIMC with its technical recommendations. The PIMC in turn reports to and makes recommendations to the Cabinet, which legally has executive authority on the PSIP. Under the revised legislation, Projects cannot enter the PSIP without Cabinet approval.

7. OUTPUTS OF THE PIMSEC SUPPORT TO THE PIMC Through effective oversight of the PSIP and partnership with MDAs the main outputs of the deliberations of the PIMC are:

a. Viable Project Proposals for inclusion in the PSIP –Projects that are ready for implementation after being appraised and assigned financing through Bi-lateral, Multi-lateral, Public Private Partnership or the Budget resources of Ministries, Departments and Agencies

b. Public Investment Performance Reports – This is a comprehensive performance report on the Government’s PSIP which is produced periodically by the Minister of Finance and Planning.

c. Administration of the PIMS through the Reports to Cabinet; Endorsed PSIP Policy Paper; Reports on ex-post evaluation of projects

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 At least 5 years of experience of working within or with a governmental environment – in Jamaica or elsewhere

COMPETENCIES:  An inquiring mind with an eye for detail  Specialized training in project management, results-based management

techniques and approaches  Sound knowledge of most commonly used results-based management

techniques  Strong minded and objective thinker, unlikely to be swayed by external

pressures  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

9. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONSULTANCY  Level of effort: Full time level of effort of Twelve (12) consulting months will

be required.  Duration of contract: Twelve (12) consulting months in the first instance with

option for renewal.  Type of Consultancy: Individual Consultant.  Type of contract: Lump sum.

10. DELIVERABLES

A. Monthly reports detailing activities related to the review of project proposals submitted to the Executive Director of the PIM Secretariat

B. Access M & E Project Reports from relevant agencies where available or seek specific updates from MDAs to satisfy any project performance requests from the PIM Committee through the Executive Director of the PIMS Secretariat.

11. REPORTING AND SIGN OFF The consultant shall report all matters to the Executive Director, PIMS Secretariat, who will have overall responsibility for the delivery of this consultancy. The Technical Coordinator Component 1, SPSTP will review and authorize acceptance on all deliverables produced. Sign off for payment will be done by the Technical Coordinator, Component 1, subject to acceptance received from the Executive Director PIMSEC.

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