The leadership of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently directed its efforts towards supporting the following outcomes: empowered and accountable local government units (LGUs), transparent and effective local governance, and an engaged citizenry. One of its major strategies is to incentivize good performance. Hence, it designed and is currently implementing the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) Program that provides counterpart funding for development projects of LGUs subject to their attainment of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) and the alignment of their development projects with national thrusts and priorities (Memorandum Circular 2011-62).
To qualify for the counterpart funding under the PCF, LGUs must first be considered eligible by meeting indicators of internal performance. Eligibility will lead to the conferment of the SGH on the LGU. In 2010, the DILG awarded a total of P30 million to 30 LGUs that under the PCF program. In 2011, it plans to award a total of P500 million to qualifying LGUs.
The appropriations for the PCF required DILG to undertake monitoring and evaluation (M&E) functions. Apart from the M&E of the overall program implementation that it is currently conducting, DILG is interested in: 1) generating and assessing specific M&E information on the LGU recipients project implementation; and 2) assessing the incentive effects of the program in terms of affecting LGU behavior to qualify for the SGH and to align their projects to national priority programs.
Organizational ownership for these needs have been articulated by three internal bureaus of DILG, namely, the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD), the Internal Audit System (IAS), and the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS). Under Department Order No. 2011-601 that created the PCF Project Management Team, BLGD and IAS would lead in the monitoring of PCF requirements and in M&E of program implementation, respectively, while BLGS would lead in the assessment and validation of the SGH.
2. Objectives of the Rapid Assessment
The broad goal of the Rapid Assessment is to support DILG in strengthening the design and implementation of the SGH and the PCF programs in subsequent years. The specific objectives of the Rapid Assessment are to:
a. Evaluate project implementation of the LGU sub-projects that were co-financed through the 2010 PCF program; and
b. Evaluate the incentive effects of the 2011 program on the LGU behavior, including a review of the process undertaken by DILG in developing the SGH criteria and the subsequent LGU assessment implemented by DILG to recognize LGUs in 2011.
3. Competencies Desired and Ineligibility
The World Bank is seeking a firm to undertake the rapid assessment of the SGH and PCF. Interested parties may form consortia composed of an academic think-tank or consulting firm and non-government organizations. The firm/consortium to be awarded the contract preferably has 3-5 years of related experience on the two areas described under the Scope of Work. It must also meet the following criteria:
- Must have the experience, knowledge, skills and tools in project monitoring (particularly for the evaluation of the LGU projects) and in designing and conducting evaluation studies;
- For the process evaluation, in particular, must have sound technical expertise and sufficient knowledge on: (a) the concept of performance grants; (b) fiscal decentralization in the Philippines; and (c) project design and execution in public sector organizations;
- Must NOT have participated and is currently not participating in the PCF program design and implementation, including the assessment for the SGH;
- Must have an available team of experts with good research skills and ability to pay meticulous attention to detail; and
- Must have the demonstrated ability to produce outputs according to agreed-upon deadlines.
* - Mandatory
1. Provide information showing that they are qualified in the field of the assignment. *
2. Provide information on the technical and managerial capabilities of the firm / consortium. *
3. Provide information on their core business and years in business of the firm / members of consortium. *
4. Provide information on the qualifications of key staff. *
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