Budget Adviser

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 19 June 2020
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Job Description

Australia’s Solomon Islands Governance Program

The Australian Aid Program, through the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, funds Australia’s ‘Solomon Islands Governance Program’, a four-year, $30 million initiative, running from 2017 to 2021. The Governance Program’s goal is to strengthen the ability of government agencies to more effectively support economic growth and improve public service delivery.

The Governance Program supports all three strategic objectives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Aid Investment Plan for Solomon Islands by supporting stability, enabling economic growth and enhancing human development.

The Governance Program seeks to do this by building and sustaining capacity across the Solomon Islands’ public sector. The aim is to improve service delivery by removing barriers associated with weak governance in areas such as public financial management, human resource planning and systems administration.

There are three end of program outcomes:

§ Fiscally and socially responsible budgeting and borrowing policies.

§ Improved PFM that facilitates service delivery.

§ A more accountable and responsible public service.

The Governance Program has provided an impetus towards a stronger partnership between DFAT and the Solomon Islands Government (SIG), with increased mutual accountability and increased emphasis on demand-driven inputs. Inbuilt program flexibility allows for amending support when required and capturing opportunities as they arise

The role

The main role of the Budget Adviser is to provide internal capacity building to the MOFT Budget Unit which is in a rebuilding phase. The focus will be on building team capacity and skills to work more collaboratively with other MOFT divisions in undertaking complex budget analysis and ensuring the formulation of a national budget which promotes economic growth and affordability.

The adviser will also:

§ Work alongside counterparts in the MOFT BU to develop a Capacity Building Plan which includes practical strategies for achieving and sustaining core competencies within the BU

§ Build leadership and management capacity of the Deputy Director BU to lead the Oversight, Monitoring and Reporting Sub-division, as well as other key budget processes and reforms.

§ Support MOFT BU to ensure the BCC is meeting regularly and providing fiscally sound and responsible advice to Government. This may include providing targeted capacity building support to budget officers in MNPDC.

§ Support the Budget Strategic Committee (BSC) and other financial committees, as required by MOFT BU.

§ Assist the MOFT BU to work collegiately with other MOFT divisions to formulate a SIG budget which enables sustainable economic growth, and is aligned with Government priorities, including the National Development Strategy 2016–2035.

§ Support MOFT BU with development and monitoring of annual budget estimates, and provide advice on emerging budget pressures (against the ongoing development of a medium-term fiscal strategy, and over time, a medium-term budget framework).

§ Support MOFT BU with the development and application of internal processes and checklists for virement and contingency warrants applications (to assist BU to improve their analysis and recommendations for budget adjustments in-year].

For further information, please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria: https://bit.ly/2AEM8aZ

About you

You will be a motivated and proactive individual with the right combination of experience, talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. You will also have:

§ Extensive experience in a PFM related role which involved building team capacity and providing technical advice to other stakeholders, preferably within a Pacific Islands context.

§ Extensive knowledge of PFM processes, particularly as they relate to budget planning, formulation and expenditure in a developing context.

§ Demonstrated ability to apply cross-cultural capacity building approaches and methods to bring about individual, team and organisational improvement.

§ Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to maintain effective and constructive relationships with multiple stakeholders in a cross-cultural context.

§ Ability to apply gender equality and socially inclusive approaches at a practical level.


This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 3 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidate’s experience relevant to the role.

To access the ARF rates, please copy and paste the following link: https://bit.ly/2KdcPoo

Location and travel requirements

The position will be based in Honiara with regular provincial travel required.

Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF)

The Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) is supported by the Australian Government and managed by Cardno. SIRF is an integrated facility that delivers both Technical Assistance (TA) and Deployee Support Services (DSS), in Solomon Islands.

Why join Cardno?

Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.

By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook

How to apply

We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Click the ‘apply’ button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/MN/SIRF/BA by Sunday 19 July, 2020. Your application must include the following:

§ Your CV; and

§ Completed application form in lieu of a cover letter. Please copy paste this link to access the application form: https://bit.ly/37IbuAF

About the Organization

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Notice to recruitment agencies:

Please note that Cardno does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or recruitment agencies.


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