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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:POLICY EXPERTS

Project: Consultancy Services to Manage the KfW- Funded DOF Technical Consultancy Services to Manage the KfW- Funded DOF Technical Assistance For Sustainable Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs (Phase II of the Capcity Development Support Project)
Location: SDC Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave. Quezon City
Duration: July 2016 to March 2017
Report to: Dean/ Project Director/ Manager


Project Description and Objectives


The initial stages of this Project commenced in April of 2015 – exploring primarily, an assessment of the Department of Finance (the “Department”)’s existing status – both operationally and institutionally, as a regulatory agency.  The function of the Department as the foremost agency charged with revenue collection and fiscal management had been reviewed and evaluated to identify 1) issues in existing policies; 2) gaps in these policies; and 3) provide insight and baselines for the succeeding months and beyond. 

Taking off from its past reforms and initiatives, spearheaded by the Revenue Operations Group of the Department and to prepare the country’s fiscal position in its transition to the next Administration, this Department intends to formulate, institutionalize, and manage stronger and enduring structural and policy reforms relating to tax collection, resource mobility, and public sector debt for long-term sustainability of revenue collection. In such a case, the initial phase provided for a basic framework for monitoring and evaluation of reforms and a transitional plan which shall aid the next leadership.  This is to ensure that the laid out plans of the previous administration shall be carried out by its successor.

Thus, in pursuance of its mandate and long-term objectives and the passage of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and the amendment of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Securities Regulation Code (IRR-SRC), the Department, through this Project, will receive further technical assistance and policy expertise in areas of financial regulation and trade facilitation to continue the initiated reforms from the past several years, implement and sustain them.
 

Hence, vital to this policy formulation role of the Department is the commencement of enforcing the CMTA.  The Project shall help develop guidelines, i.e., implementing rules and regulations and other industry-particular polices to institutionalize systemic changes cured by the new legislation.  Thus, the Project shall 1) initiate efforts in developing policy crucial to the CMTA; 2) provide aid in enforcement governance mechanisms for the said law; and 3) present feasible solutions to make it more consistent with other existing laws and regulations. A thorough review of the overall conditions of the revenue collection and public financing management of the Department (and the country as well) proves to be significant.

I. POLICY EXPERT - ROLAG

Scope of Work
  • Examine and dissect existing laws, regulations, and policies relative to the Government’s revenue operations (internal revenue and customs), in particular, but is not limited to the CMTA;
  • Enhance the existing policies/systems to prepare the subsequent Administration in revenue operations and collection process;
  • Discuss and coordinate with relevant personnel and officials the issues of existing policy and governance models, in relation to the CMTA;
  • Implement the old and new policies which are applicable and consistent with the reforms made during the past administration, notwithstanding its sustainability in the long-term and adaptability to the modern market mechanisms;
  • Intensify ROLAG’s capacity, through expert technical assistance, to undertake and sustain the new changes spearheaded in the reform programs;
  • Provide technical expertise in the Department’s and its attached agencies’ reform initiatives to build capacity and develop long-term institutional change;
  • Provide strategic communications support as may be required for the attainment of the ROLAG’s every day operations;
  • Provide an adequate platform for technical, procedural, and administrative expertise for the interoperability of trade facilitation among the different stakeholders, to ensure that revenue collection and growth is efficient and sustainable in the long run;
  • Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Dean and his authorized representative similar to, and related to the functions enumerated above.
Qualifications

The Policy Expert must have the following qualifications:

  • A graduate of law (Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws) from a reputable law school;
  • A first degree of finance, economics, business, or any related field is an advantage;
  • 2-6 years of  experience in  case handling or legal advocacy  in a law firm or public office setting;
  • Previous work  in the areas of litigation, tax or customs practice, due diligence, financial forensics, and good governance advocacy;
  • Reform-oriented and has a zero tolerance attitude towards corrupt practices;
  • Has excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills; 
  • Capable of rapidly working in groups and in dealing with sensitive matters;
  • Customs knowledge is preferred.

II. POLICY EXPERT - ECONOMIC RESEARCH TEAM (L)

Scope of Work

  • Prepare policy reports and memoranda;
  • Monitor and evaluate the financial and economic impact of proposed laws and regulations for the general sustainability of the financial landscape of the country through recommending internal governance rules and procedure;
  • Continue assessment of the performance of the capital markets to enable the on-going implementation of rules and regulations;
  • Provide technical assistance to aid in the decision-making process during implementation of rules and regulations;
  • Assess the behavior of corporations and their risk in exposure to possible liability to accelerate generation of revenues from their respective industries;
  • Make recommendations relating to new financial products such as the ASEAN+3 Multi-Currency Bond Initiative Framework (AMBIF), project bonds, and new derivatives products which will broaden and deepen the capital markets, and complement the existing financial system currently in place;
  • Continue studying the interrelationship of corporations and investors for the purpose of recommending new or additional measures for investor protection to come up with specific regulatory guidelines involving both parties;
  • Review, study, and analyze the respective roles of various government agencies and other stakeholders in achieving financial stability;
  • Make recommendations to address issues and proposals presented before the Financial Sector Coordinating Council, including the Single Price Initiative, Benchmark of Corporate Issuance, and Financial Market Benchmark;
  • Study and analyze specific breakthroughs in financial regulation such as:    (1) Inter-bank Repo Program, (2) Primary Dealers Program, and (3) Overnight Index Swaps Program, which will improve credit and liquidity in the financial markets;
  • Make recommendations on market integration initiatives involving ASEAN (in the adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community), ASEAN+3 and APEC, and assess the capacity of attached government agencies and other institutions in the adoption of recommended initiatives.  In this regard, study and suggest methods to improve capacity and/or develop changes in rules and policy;
  • Look for ways to maximize benefits of integration efforts for trade financing, infrastructure development and capacity building among others;
  • Examine the existing vulnerabilities of the financial system and research        on available tools to address such risks and in that respect, recommend a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for said risks;
  • Analyze, and harmonize (if necessary), the existing regulations relating to the supervision of the capital markets and the participants therein;
  • Scrutinize sustainability measures on corporate, securities, other financial products, and financial regulation, as a whole to reconcile investor confidence with financial regulation; and
  • Do tasks and functions as assigned by the Project Director and/or Project Manager, in particular, but is not limited to, research contributions to the school.

Qualifications

  • A graduate of law (Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws) from a reputable law school;
  • A first degree of finance, economics, business, or any related field is an advantage;
  • A strong research background is also an advantage;
  • 2-6 years of  experience in  case handling or legal advocacy  in a law firm or public office setting;
  • Previous work  in the areas of litigation, tax or customs practice, due diligence, financial forensics, and good governance advocacy;
  • Reform-oriented and has a zero tolerance attitude towards corrupt practices;
  • Has excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills; and
  • Capable of rapidly working in groups and in dealing with sensitive matters.

III. POLICY EXPERT - ECONOMIC RESEARCH TEAM (S)

Scope of Work

  • Supervise research and economic policy analysis;
  • Monitor and evaluate the financial and economic impact of proposed laws and regulations for the general sustainability of the financial landscape of the country through recommending internal governance rules and procedure;
  • Continue assessment of the performance of the capital markets to enable the on-going implementation of rules and regulations;
  • Provide technical assistance to aid in the decision-making process during implementation of rules and regulations;
  • Assess the behavior of corporations and their risk in exposure to possible liability to accelerate generation of revenues from their respective industries;
  • Make recommendations relating to new financial products such as the ASEAN+3 Multi-Currency Bond Initiative Framework (AMBIF), project bonds, and new derivatives products which will broaden and deepen the capital markets, and complement the existing financial system currently in place;
  • Continue studying the interrelationship of corporations and investors for the purpose of recommending new or additional measures for investor protection to come up with specific regulatory guidelines involving both parties  ;
  • Review, study, and analyze the respective roles of various government agencies and other stakeholders in achieving financial stability;
  • Make recommendations to address issues and proposals presented before the Financial Sector Coordinating Council, including the Single Price Initiative, Benchmark of Corporate Issuance, and Financial Market Benchmark;
  • Study and analyze specific breakthroughs in financial regulation such as:    (1) Inter-bank Repo Program, (2) Primary Dealers Program, and (3) Overnight Index Swaps Program, which will improve credit and liquidity in the financial markets;
  • Make recommendations on market integration initiatives involving ASEAN (in the adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community), ASEAN+3 and APEC, and assess the capacity of attached government agencies and other institutions in the adoption of recommended initiatives.  In this regard, study and suggest methods to improve capacity and/or develop changes in rules and policy;
  • Look for ways to maximize benefits of integration efforts for trade financing, infrastructure development and capacity building among others;
  • Examine the existing vulnerabilities of the financial system and research        on available tools to address such risks and in that respect, recommend a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for said risks;
  • Analyze, and harmonize (if necessary), the existing regulations relating to the supervision of the capital markets and the participants therein;
  • Scrutinize sustainability measures on corporate, securities, other financial products, and financial regulation, as a whole to reconcile investor confidence with financial regulation; and
  • Do tasks and functions as assigned by the Project Director and/or Project Manager, in particular, but is not limited to, research contributions to the school.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in economics, finance, business, or any related field;
  • A strong research background is also an advantage;
  • 5-10 years of  experience in  regulatory, research, or policy work;
  • Previous work  in the areas of the markets, securities, financial forensics, and good governance advocacy;
  • Reform-oriented and has a zero tolerance attitude towards corrupt practices;
  • Has excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills; and
  • Capable of rapidly working in groups and in dealing with sensitive matters.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
 
All interested applicants should submit the following:
a)   An application letter addressed to: Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza, Dean, Ateneo School of Government.
b)  Curriculum Vitae with three professional work references (including their emails and contact numbers).
 
Please submit the requirements to hr.asog@gmail.com with the position title as subject of email. 

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Internship Opportunities

A student intern must be endorsed by the Department Head / Internship Coordinator of his/her School. The endorsement letter must be addressed to the Dean and should state the following:
1.       Internship scope/ target tasks/ What is expected from the internship experience
2.       Required number of internship hours

The intern should also submit his/ her curriculum vitae with a letter of intent addressed to the Dean stating why he/she chooses ASoG for the internship program.

Please submit the requirements to hr.asog@gmail.com